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Judas Bloodspire 77160 is turned into Vlad Tepes. The painting begins..

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At long last some progress with Vlad, too. I found a solution for the pearls: nail art microspheres.

 

Do you guys think the five pearls over the gem are too large?

 

I also started sculpting the amulet of the order of the dragon. I need to add some material to the back of the dragon with a cross. I based it on this depiction (Photo by Christian Chirita CC BY SA 3.0):

 

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My wife pointed out the other day that I went to such length to sculpt Vlad's headdress, that I should go all  in and correct some details. So I reduced the pearl size, added something resembling horsehair and the central star. All that is missing now is the gem.

 

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Vlad got some paint the past few evenings. I am pleased with the face so fare and the armour and cloak are also getting there. 

 

As I want to try something new with each miniature I paint I decided to use a very limited palette that uses purple as a unifiying color. So the armour, cloak and face are shaded with purple tones.

 

The photos are a bit darker than I would usually take them, but it shows the colors as they appear in reality better.

 

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The terror of the Wallachians! I trust there are going to be some SKEWERS on the base when he's finished? :lol:

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No skewers on this one, as he stands in a graveyard, but I am also working on a historical version with the Perry Miniatures foot knights . The base will feature a stake.

 

In the meantime is fantasy counterpart got more contrast. I introduced some teal shadows and highlights, worked on the gloves and the back of the cloak. I may reintroduce some warmer tones or maybe add a subtle colour shift on the back of the cloak. 

 

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Looks great, I think warm tones could be good. The inside of his cloak is absolutely amazing. 

From the picture you could push the contrast of his gloves a bit further.. 

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Thank you, much appreciated! I did add some more warm tone transitions on the cloak and finished the head piece.

 

The gravestone and gem needs some more love, but otherwise I may keep him as is. Maybe smoothing the one or other transition.

 

Anyone has a good technique for painting such a small rectangular gem? Most tutorials are for round or tear drop gems. 

 

Next up is fitting him to the base, painting the bat swarm and then I think everything is in place.

 

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