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Whoo!  I finished Narthrax and will go place him in showoff.  In the meantime, a few WIP shots just for fun:


So, I decided I wanted to do some fancy work on the base.  I used the tutorial on Big ol Pile of Treasure more or less.


I stole a shield from a kobold and a sword from KD phoenix kit just to spice it up.  The hot glue melted the plastic sword, so be careful with the hard plastic and heat!


Here's the palette for the dragon.  I find it a lot easier now for blending if I make some steps in between vastly different colors, rather than my usual method of mixing on the fly.  It saves time in the long run.  I'm learning!!


all I did was a mix of each in between.  that way I can still mix as I go, but I don't have to work as hard at it.  It would certainly be reasonable (and even easier...) to create a greater number of steps with these colors and then do layers with them.  colors are walnut brown, mahogany brown and sun yellow.



here's the hoard filled in and some little greenstuff ferny things.  I made the leaves on a flat surface and then attached them and added a few others sculpted on top to make it look plant-ish.  I ended up trying to get this monster to sit up straight by nailing his foot from the top down and greenstuffing over top of the nail to disguise it.  it still didn't work.  I love me some bones, but this two-point support system just isn't working.  So, I cheated.  I pinned his tail to the base and in doing so pulled him to one side and thus, more vertical.  It worked!!

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La di da, waiting for the rain to go away.  Time for painting!   First, the local DV shelter is having an art auction, so I figured I could donate a narthax.  Which means I need to paint a narthrax!

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plants: me- with greenstuff. ^_^   I can throw together a quick tutorial if you want.  Plants are pretty straightforward.


you should already know the answer to that!


OF COURSE we want a step by step...  how else can us mere mortals learn from the gods(or goddesses) of the mini world!



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you should already know the answer to that!


OF COURSE we want a step by step...  how else can us mere mortals learn from the gods(or goddesses) of the mini world!




Yep, what Robin said! :D




I concur

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took a nice hiatus to do NaNo, so back to the grindstone now.  I went to visit my grandmother a few weeks ago and gave her a guardian angel:


I can't take credit for the cloud idea- I stole that from Jabberwocky.  But it works for the theme perfectly! I admit, I haven't painted a Garrity in awhile and I do not miss the tiny eyes.  Sigh.  I ended up just painting them wider than the allotted space.


Also, I decided I wanted to play with red and blue in my kingdom death.



They're in progress, but I'm feeling hopeful.  I'm using clouded sea for that lovely desaturated blue-green.  the shadow is deep twilight and the highlight fair skin.  I'll work in the lantern color after I get the shading completed.  I'm not sold on the back anatomy.  I think I'm going to fiddle with it.  For the cloth I just used the deep twilight and leather white.


The kingsman I'm loving the red, but his NMM gold is still in progress.  I need to up the contrast I think to really sell the effect.  here's a few in progress to show the steps.  a bit.  I had to charge the camera, so most of it was more done.



The red is my usual recipe.  I'll say about red: it loves lots of layers.  I put down a base of mahogany brown.  then layers a bunch of big top red and fire red.  Then I used a bit of lava orange and a hint of saffron sunset and glazed back over it with clear red to tone it down.  There's some walnut brown in the shadows.  Remember with red each successive layer takes up less real estate so is narrower.  This is a good way to get contrast with red. 


I'll probably go ahead and attach his other bits then finish the touchups.  More soon!

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So I'm looking at the pretty blue dragon again and I just had a really big epiphany. It's like painting a single moment in time! And I think I was getting stuck on that, because I wanted the lighting to be from my point of view, no matter which side of the mini I was looking at, and it was really confusing me, because so many light angles.... Your moment in time has that torch as your light, so no matter where you are looking at the mini, the light is still from that one torch! Ahhh!!!


I realized this when I saw that all your teeny scales had the shadows and highlights gradually moving away from that light, instead of all them being the painted the same way, if that makes sense.

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Great epiphany! Lighting is such an essential part of painting (everything is color and light!). It helps to take pics of the primed mini with a light source at a fixed angle, this guides where to place the shadows and eventually it started becoming second nature to paint that way (I still take the pics AND zenithal prime).

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Okay, thank you! I will try that with the minis I am working on when I get home! I guess it was also throwing me off that I've only ever seen amazing minis on these forums...  I thought all those extreme highlights and shadows were from the lighting + the mini itself, not painted on details! So that means on the blue dragon, the shadows under the neck and wings are actually painted on?  :wow:


It's still really messing me up that there's like a... color brightness difference... Ugh, I don't know the proper words. That bronze narthrax really shows it. The wings are really colorful but somehow the Sun Yellow highlights on the bronze scales seem even brighter than all the colors on the wings...?  How did you do that, Corporea? You're confusing my eyes with your paint skills! :lol:



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