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Sangrariah - Vampire Ringleader from Raging Heroes Dark Carneval Set.
3D Printed on Elegoo Mars with Elegoo Grey Resin.
When his wife passed away, Baron von Leeresgehirn tried to raise his son by himself as good as he could.
The young boy did well.
Both villagers and nobles liked young Alaric, they had pity on his father though, the poor man could never forget his late wife, never remarried and never even longed for any woman.
Years went by and Alaric was about to come of age.
To celebrate, a huge feast was prepared and Alaric himself decided to take some friends with him on a hunting trip to provide meat for the feast.
They rode into the woods, further and further, the Sun went down and they made camp.
Sitting around the fire the friends drank, ate and made jokes, when suddenly a a loud scream was heard.
Alarmed the men took up their swords and ran towards the direction the scream came from, another scream was heard and then nothing...
They found an old abandoned hunter's hut, carefully they walked to the door, one of the men kicked it open.
Holding a torch Alaric entered the hut, the scene before him sent a cold chill down his spine.
A beautiful young woman sat on the floor, her back leaning against the wall, she was covered in blood, two dead men laid beside her, also drenched in blood.
The poor girl looked at Alaric and whispered "help me" before she fainted.
Alaric and his men took the girl to his father's Castle, no doubt those men were bandits ready to ravage her, surely they had gotten into a fight who got first turn and when the one killed the other the poor girl had taken her chance and plunged a dagger in the other bandit's throat.
So brave and yet so fragile and beautiful, Alaric thought.
For a few days the young woman rested in a spare room, Alaric had been visiting her every evening to see how she was doing and it seemed they liked each other.
Alaric's father was proud of his son, and he figured the girl must be of noble birth given her dress she was found in.
He hoped she would recover soon enough, he was a tad worried about Alaric, though, the boy seemed to look paler every day and he didn't even eat and drink anymore.
Every night he was at the girl's side, oh to be young and in love again, the Baron thought.
He had learned her name, Sangrariah, she would make a nice bride for Alaric if things went on as they seemed, the Baron thought.
It would be nice to have a woman around the house again.
That night the Baron was woken up by a sound, he looked up and saw Alaric and Sangrariah standing besides his bed.
Oh, good! He said, you seem to be better! But ehh, why are you in my room?
Sangrariah insisted to thank you for your hospitality Father, Alaric spoke in a trembling voice, the boy looked paler than ever and had he cut himself shaving?
The Baron sat upright now in his bed when the young woman approched him, please My Lord, let me thank you with a kiss.
Before he could resist the young woman embraced him, he felt a sharp pain in his neck, the poor inexperienced girl must have bitten him, where his last thoughts as a mortal man.
From that night on, the Barony was ruled in a different way.
How slowly has this WIP gone? I started these elves in late spring 2016. Because of events and shake-ups I set aside all my work from that time, but now I have picked them up again. For this WIP I am making a warband of three female and one male Drow with support from a female sorceress Drider.
The three women are the wonderful set 03516: DHL Classics: Dark Elves sculpted by the inimitable Sandra Garrity. I'm going to identify each separately because they also have individual SKUs and names and it's easier to keep track of them that way. The man is 14046: Ardynn, Elf Hero sculpted by Werner Klocke; he is not intended as a Drow, but he looks so cranky I think he will do well as one. The Drider is a Bones mash-up of 77182: Arachnid Archer plus the torso of 77057: Juliette, Sorceress, as detailed in this thread.
All paints used are Golden Matte Fluid Acrylics. Color mixes are (usually) noted, but not exact ratios.
Questions are welcomed and I will try to answer them. Critiques are appreciated.
This is the way I usually start miniature figures: Lightly primed with Titanium White, then when that is dry, washing it over with Burnt Umber. Burnt Umber is a dark, transparent pigment that settles into crannies when thinned down and shows the details very well. It also gives a nice warm undertone to later paint layers.
To begin with I painted the three women's weaponry straight Carbon Black, with the thought that I would paint over it later with metallics or iridescents, which always look better against a dark underpainting.
I mixed a transparent dark blue-black from Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue and washed it over the three women's skin, and a bit lightly over their hair to begin to work where shadows will be,
The first dark elf in the Garrity set is also sold as 02574: Female Dark Elf.
The second is also Reaper's 02524: Female Dark Elf Cleric
And the third is 02460: Vernicia
I then mixed some Titanium White with the blue-black to make a cold blue grey and added rough lights to the skin, and white to the hair.
Ardynn I started a little differently, with blue-grey mixes from Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Titanium White and a bit of straight white in his hair from the start.
This is my custom-made Drider, primed with Reaper's Brown Liner diluted somewhat:
I painted her skin and hair the same way I did Ardynn's. This is the crude beginnings:
Next time: Faces! And arghy bits I missed, like Ardynn's hands.
Here's a figure that I painted in the last week: Liela, the sorceress for the Darkreach dark elves, from Warlord's Savage North.
Besides my usual palette for dark elves -- Volcano Brown skin, Deep Amethyst metals, Brown Liner ("black") leather and cloth -- I also used Surf Aqua and Sky Blue to get some icy tones. Her eyes are a softer pink than the orange or red that I've used on other dark elves. Her staff is in bone colors, with some scribbled painted-on texture.
For the snow, I used the same technique that I made up for the dwarven King Axehelm figure: Deep Amethyst, Sky Blue, and Pure White for the snow, and simulations of reflected light on the undersides of some objects using Sky Blue and Pure White.