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  A few days ago I started a thread over on the Conversions sub-forum showing how I had converted an Olivia, Female Cleric figure into a Sigilist type wizard for a new Forstgrave Warband.  For those not familiar with Frostgrave, a Sigilist type wizard is all about the power of words and languages, scrolls and books.  

 

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I've got about half way through painting, and need some advice.  I had painted her robes like parchment, because I had envisioned making them appear swirling with words themselves; with the words fading in and and out like objects floating to the surface of a lake and then sinking again, as they moved across the surface of the robes.  I now find I'm not really sure how to execute that, or if I should even try;  I'm actually quite happy with how she looks as she is (other than finishing with shading, highlighting etc.) I was kind go going for a very plain librarian look about her, and i think that works as it is.  

    Also, if I do do this, how do I write the words so they don't look like a 5-year-old scrawled them?  And, should I use English, or a made-up Fantasy script?  Another option I was considering was just doing it on the hem at the bottom of the robe and the cuffs of her sleeves; would that be better and simpler?  Or should I just leave well enough alone and not mess with things beyond my power? :)

 

Any advice appreciated...

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I think English would be distracting. A made-up script has the virtue of not blowing the ethos, the way inadvisably chosen Japanese characters sometimes can, for example.

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As has been said, not English, I think that would be distracting and a little corny.

 

Now, ruins of power and symbols of magic is a completely different story all together and I think you should try it out.

 

Maybe just around the hem and cuffs, maybe the entire robe covered in different sizes of them.

 

I think the real question is what color do you go with?  Red?  Green?  GOLD?!?!

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Agreed on not-English. You might want to try something like Tsolyani script.

 

To get the words to look like they're drifting into and out of visibility, I'd write them straight, then differentially glaze the script back into the cloth color for the parts that are receding and work in a light drop shadow for the parts that are coming out of the surface. Use a technique something like that used for painting tattoos, but vary the intensity across the length of each word. I'd probably also use black or gray to avoid making the script too garish.

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I'll second the non-English script, though a choice phrase or fragment in a flowing cursive could add some interest.  Maybe some Anglo-saxon runes, some variations of the English alphabet--as the Viet Namese write, or Cyrillic, or Greek even.

 

Method-wise?  I have to suggest a micro pen.  They come in absolutely minuscule sizes, and you may be able to experiment a bit and dab dilute alcohol on the writing to make it fade or look transparent.  Sounds like a cool idea!

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I once painted all kinds of alchemy symbols on a mini.

 

For reference and hopefully inspiration ( or to see how you shouldn't do it :upside: )

 

http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/60501-bones-kyra-female-iconic-cleric/?hl=kyra

Thanks for the link, xherman! It was beneficial to see what you did. And, I was interested in reading your super-glue nose fixing method. I have yet to paint that figure, so I may try it out myself. :)

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I once painted all kinds of alchemy symbols on a mini.

 

For reference and hopefully inspiration ( or to see how you shouldn't do it :upside: )

 

http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/60501-bones-kyra-female-iconic-cleric/?hl=kyra

Thanks for the link, xherman! It was beneficial to see what you did. And, I was interested in reading your super-glue nose fixing method. I have yet to paint that figure, so I may try it out myself. :)

 

 

I used a little toothpick, a drop of superglue on that and smeared it in her nose while she was upside down.

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She looks great so far!  I'd definitely go with the "no English words" mindset.  I'd also say just a lining along the edges of the sleeves would be better than all over.  Maybe add some on her "apron" piece as well?

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I can add absolutely nothing to this; everyone beat me to it. Coincidentally, that same figure is serving in MY warband, under the name Drogas the Apothecary...

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Thanks folks for the continued input.  I finished her robes this afternoon, and I'm very pleased with how they turned out.  I went with made-up runes, in black, on her robes, and glazed over some to varying degrees.    I should have her ready for a Show Off thread by Thursday. 

 

 

She would make a great apothecary, Dr B. 

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Would seeing some artwork help? All courtesy of artists from Magic the Gathering

 

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Spoiler for large pictures and also I see I'm a bit late. XD

 

 

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