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Githyanki of the Old West (Reaper 91001: Stone and the Bones Ellen Stone)

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So, I started these a while ago as a kind of a giggle. This is kind of a catch-up thread, as I am pretty far along with them.


I had been feeling the need for more Githyanki / Githzerai figures.


Anyhow, I had the abortive Ellen Stone, Cowgirl figure (link is to the metal version) from the first Bones Kickstarter, the one that never made it to retail because she hasn't got a nose.  Someone (it may have been me, if anyone feels like digging through the old posts) suggested painting the bodged Bones version up as an alien.


Then I noticed this guy from, I think, Bones II, 91001: Stone from the "Savage Worlds" line, who looks like a sort of zombie-ish revenant cowboy with a gaunt build and a skull-like, noseless face.


And it all clicked together.


My normal prep for Bones figures these days is mild flash removal and a wash of dilute Reaper Brown Liner.  I don't have any pix of the figures at that early stage, but here they are with a thin layer of pale banana yellow on their skin (the male figure appears to have gloves, but I'm going with bare hands anyway to emphasize his alienness).  I mixed it from my favorite Golden matte fluid acrylics in Yellow Oxide and Titanium White.



The point of this pale layer is to give an undertone to the skin so that one is not dealing with a single flat color.  After the initial layer I rinsed over the skin with a very fine wash of a more orange tone mixed from Hansa Yellow Opaque (a very bright lemon yellow) and Golden heavy body Pyrrole Orange.



Then I started building up the shapes and contours of the skin with various subtle golden browns, mostly mixed from Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Oxide, and Titanium White, and add more bright yellows based on Hansa Yellow Opaque.  This is where you can start to see the shapes of their faces and they start looking a little less awful.



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Once the skin was more or less in place, I moved on to the faces and hair.


Preliminary hair, eyebrows, lips, and speckles on their skin were laid in with pure Mars Red (Red Oxide).  It's interesting to see how their hair looks bigger with the red paint on it.





I used some straight Carbon Black to prime their guns (which I planned to paint silver), his hat, and thinned down on their coats, and I did some work with it on their faces and washed it over their hair.

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Here's a close-up of the female Githyanki's face (the male's eyes are partially obscured by his hat and less detailed).



I started blocking in clothing.





And shaded it some (most noticeable in their trousers). 





A bit more color and some work on their bases.  Also my camera flash accidentally got set to something weird and it took a while for me to figure it out and fix it.






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I brought up blue and grey highlights with colors mixed from Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Titanium White.  I picked out details of their belts and holsters and coats and his vest buttons.





I painted their guns silver.  In the side view you can see how I painted her chaps' ties red.





I did a lot of work on the browns, sort of grubbying things up, painting the boots and enriching the leather.  The browns were multiple mixes of Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Titanium White, and the odd bit of Ultramarine Blue.  I also painted his coat buttons silver-brass.




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I've done one of my favorite bits for shading subtlety.  I have a transparent near-black mixed from Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue.  By tilting the balance a little towards one color or the other I can have a wide range of completely transparent warm, neutral, or cold shadow colors.


So I've been sort of drybrushing in (It's not really, but I'm not sure what to call it.  It's a barely damp brush with a small amount of paint on it rubbed from an edge until it's like smoke and almost nothing.) around their shirts and vests and trousers and boots and coats and guns to grime them up a little and give them more shadows.





And here -- man, it's kind of subtle, but I have taken a glaze of that color tilted a bit towards the blue and gone over their  coats and coat linings and her shirt and a bit of the shadows in her hair.





And then because I felt they were getting a little monochromatic I took some pure Phthalo Green, which is a glass-transparent deep bottle green, and laid it over some of their shadows so they wouldn't look so dull.


Over her deep red coat lining the green shadows just look dark without being really obviously green.  About the only place you can see actual green on them is on his tie.


I also mixed a bit of bright Phthalo Blue and Titanium White and brightened up their blues.





Also these are what the bases look like now.




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