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Gift/Entry in progress: CotZ: Sagittarius

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Right. So, I've been mumbling about this for a while. For me, this is an Ambitious Project (sezzhe who's done a Goblin Challenge). But I don't usually do bases, and I don't paint past 'table top', so ... this is gonna be a thing.

This is a Thing I might both enter - if I can get myself to Reapercon - and will definitely be a gift. I have an uncle who's favorite mythological critter is centaurs, and I'm painting it for him.

 

So, here's in her blister, bits and mold-lines and all.

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Glue's drying on her cork, post cleaning. I let that cure for a good long while, because her footprint is pretty small. ... actually, 'pretty small' doesn't quite cover it.

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Here we have her post-priming, with her new base in the background. No, I wasn't planning on using the one she comes with. ^^;

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And, here we have basic colours slopped on. Well. Slopped... It's not as good a picture; I'm having to pick angles because she's pretty nekkid, other than her quiver.

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Obviously, she's going to be a dark bay on the horse-end. I have some pictures to work with, but she might be less red when I get done. I'm sort of thinking of a specific mare while doing this, and she was a dark bay.

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I also love centaurs and other taur things..well, and winged things, and merfolk...and cats of course....But I digress. :D  Looking forward to watching this come to life. 

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I'm hoping I won't need much luck. ^^;

 

So, I did a little more last night before I crashed, and ... I need to get better at pictures, I think.

Or take a few from the front and link 'em.

 

Started the hair-end with ... Mahogany Brown, I think. Thinned some Walnut Brown for shading, used Coal Black under a little thinned Walnut for the hair, tail and fuzzy bits on fetlocks. I used Tanned Leather on the skin, and thinned Chestnut Brown for shading on the human end. Coal black on the quiver, bow and harness, and hooves. I'm going to shade with browns on the leather; and 'polish' the hooves... mebbe bluish? I'unnno yet.

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... this works better in person. I'm having trouble getting clear pictures.

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Looking good.  Don't worry about the photo quality, my photos are terrible at the moment too!  I do find that a grey background tends to help though (maybe a lid to a game box or some such -- I usually use the inside of a lid to a board game as my background, seems to help bring out the figure better).

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Made a little progress today before my elbows started in. Found something better to use as a background; might have to give in and get one of those backdrop hanger doodads.. in the meantime, this works. It's .. ah. The back side of one of those little magnetic calendar things. 2016 was good for something. >.>

 

This is better, I did some shading and glazing and more shading and ... there was a lot of back and forth. I'm not happy with her hair-end, but we're getting there. She's slightly darker in real life; not quite as red. Oh well.

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When I start having to link 'em, you know I've started on the human half. ;p

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Right. So.. progress! Horsebutt and other horrors. I'm a little surprised at how much I got done, considering that Knarthex and ... ah, yes. Buglips. ... tried to kill me in the hangout earlier. They failed, of course; I'm much tougher than I look. ^^;

 

So, horsebutt. Horsebutt from the back:

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The blending was starting to make my eyes cross. I think I still need to do some work though; I kind of want a near-show quality shine at least on her whithers.

 

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Horsebutt from the front. Because, you know, nekkid .. if the link doesn't work, I'll stab it a few times, just let me know that it's busted.

We're back again with blending, but I don't want her looking slick, so .. skin. Gnrrr...

 

BASE!

 

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I forgot what I was doing and had to go back and fill some bits in. So, I'm not actually done with it; I have to go back into the flocking and the little rocks and ... Yah. But I'm looking for the beginnings of a little stream coming down, and it's starting to look like I might pull that off. The nekkid bit of cork is where I'm going to glue the crap out of her little footprint. I keep reminding myself she's running downhill...

 

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.. and yet, I just realized I have oriented the nekkid spot in the wrong direction. Oh well. There's sufficient clearance.

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awesome base!

 

I agree, many props to you, its really looking great so far.

 

She's looking great as well.  The nudity ban is a bit silly, but I understand the reasons.  I really like the way she loooks so far.  I don't know why I didn't notice it before, but I'm not a fan of her bow.  I mean, its fine, the converter in me wants to make it look a little fancier. :)  

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awesome base!

 

I agree, many props to you, its really looking great so far.

 

She's looking great as well.  The nudity ban is a bit silly, but I understand the reasons.  I really like the way she loooks so far.  I don't know why I didn't notice it before, but I'm not a fan of her bow.  I mean, its fine, the converter in me wants to make it look a little fancier. :)

 

Hopefully, it will continue to look awesome as I work on it. Glad you guys approve; I'm making this up as I go. ^^;

Literally; no idea what I'm doing.

 

I found the bow kind of plain-looking myself, but at that scale, I can't gripe too much about it not being fancy; Ms. Horsebutt is, compared to most of the other centaur minis I have, ridiculously tiny. I have the bones centaurs from.. Bones II, I think, and she's like half the size. It's crazy.

I'm not sure how I'd make it fancy, considering; I am going to concentrate on making it look good.

 

I took a break yesterday, and only worked on the base a little today. I have all year. .. well, okay, I have until about September. So I'm not in a rush, as much as I would like to get her finished. ^.^

 

No pics yet; haven't broken out the camera. I may be on hangouts later, working on it .. I plan to try.

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Wow, I didn't realize she's *that* tiny!  I'm even more impressed!  Even when I plan out what I want to do, its still on the fly as I end up doing what feels right while I'm painting.  Speaking of painting, I'm hoping to finish my homework tonight so that I can paint tomorrow.

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I got a little more done; she has eyes now. And man, are they tiny. They're tiny enough that I don't think I can get macro enough to photograph 'em. She almost has individual arrowshafts, too.

 

So, I shanghai'd Sir Forscale to give some idea of just how tiny she is for these progress pics.

 

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I think this is the one that best shows the freehand doodles I'm doing on her bow; not super elegant right now. Little Alien Goo, some Golden Glow and a little Christmas Wreath went into that; the latter is proving a rather transparent green and I'm liking it for washes.

 

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Side view. Did a little bit with her hair and tail, and doodled some sandstone and such into her base; I'll probably bring it around to something a little nearer slate later.

 

The base has seen a lot of work; it's been liberally dusted and dabbed with basing material, and that's been washed... sort of, to bring the colour around a little. The water is starting to be applied, although I think I'mma have to streak some paint in to mimic the way water foams and shimmers when it's coming down a little cascade. Still thinking how to do that.

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