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I said I'd introduce this fellow once I was done with my Burrowing Horror, but I need some advice on how to proceed.

 

Here's what it looks like naked (as in unpainted, still SFW):

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And here's what I've done so far with it:

 

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So my questions are, Where did I go wrong? What can I do next to make this look more convincing and natural, whilst maintaining the vivid colors?

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Natural?  Not so much.  You can make it look a little more...realistically shaded with a simple wash.  I'd go deep, dark red-brown for the orange parts, as they resemble lobster carapace.  For the blue...maybe a very dark, rich purple.  A bit of highlighting here and there would give it more depth too.  And of course a base always finishes a mini off right.

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I think the "lobster" idea has merit. Going that route, I think it needs to be mostly brown (for the orange areas) and black/dark purple for the blue areas. Googling up images of lobsters, I think that's the way to go. I guess to rephrase that, it needs to be dark colored, but then the highlights need to be the vivid colors. It will tone the colors down quite a bit, but would look more realistic.

 

And by "highlights", I'm meaning a much larger area than normal. I guess that would imply that the base color would be brown, then midtone orange, with some bright orange highlights. I'm thinking 50-40-10 like ratio.

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I finally recovered the images that inspired this color scheme, and now I can see what I'm doing wrong.

 

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Seems that the reds need to be deeper, blues generally lighter, edge highlights brighter, and transitions more abrupt, though not absolutely.

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In light of this new information that I'm still not following sufficiently, I've accomplished this on the left side of the monster:

 

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More to do. Much more to do.

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I think I have a handle on the legs. The tentacles are still iffy. I trimmed the fangs off the mouth parts. There were mold lines going through them and I couldn't fix it with a knife; I might set pin points in them later.

 

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I need to take another pass at the tentacles. The bright blue coming directly from the red shell doesn't seem right, nor the pink on the sucker-side. Think, thank, thunk.

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I repainted the arm tentacles orange and regularized their pinkish sucker sides, but left the eyestalk largely as it was. A purplish tint was added to the sacs around the sides. There is some general progress on the legs. I don't really know what to do with the mouth parts.

 

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It looks like the mouth parts in your inspiration photo are blue. I think the blue would go well on your mini as it is mostly orange in that section so the blue would stand out. It's looking really awesome!

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I think it's finally coming together now. Maybe putting the blue face on the eyestalk was a mistake. Yellow dots in the blue areas seem the key to holding this all together. I'm still puzzled as to how to treat the suckers.

 

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