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Women in Horror tribute to Caitlin R. Kiernan (Fish Bride) Bones Sea Hag 77276

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I've been painting this for a few weeks, but haven't posted any of my progress photos. I'll be posting things soon.

For more info on this project, you can check out my request for help thread here where I discuss a few issues. Here are the descriptions I've been basing my paint job on. I've decided to make my interpretation sliiiightly further along in the change, because... we'll it's already going to be difficult.



  • She lifts her right hand from the damp sheets, and patches of iridescent skin shimmer ever so faintly in the morning light. The sun shows through the translucent webbing stretched between her long fingers. Her sharp nails brush gently across my unshaven cheek.
  • Her grey eyes have gone almost entirely black, and I can no longer distinguish the irises from the pupils
  • She has teeth like those of a very small shark, and they glint wet and dark in healthy pink gums. I have often wondered how she manages not to cut her lips or tongue on those teeth, why there are not always trickles of drying blood at the corners of her thin lips
  • I look away from the ceiling, at her throat and the peculiar welts just below the line of her chin. The swellings first appeared a few weeks back, and the skin there has turned dry and scaly, and has taken on a sickly greyish-yellow hue.  Sometimes, there are boils, or seeping blisters. When she goes out among the others, she wears the silk scarf I gave her, tied about her neck so that they won’t have to see.

Photos soon.

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That was too much blue, so here's a bit of tanned skin with pale skin highlights.



This is when I started to get worried .

I bet if I paint this cephalopod pink and try to line, that will help.OK, maybe?


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Yeah, I haven't figured the octopus yet.
I've done a bit with trying to put pale flesh/ pearl white on webbing.
Edited for oops, I uploaded the same pic twice while on a break at work.



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You know, before seeing what you have done with her, I wasn't a fan of this sculpt. Now, I'm looking forward to painting her. Looking good so far!

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Thanks. I'm not sure how well this works for the character in question, but it's the best option I have.

I did some more stuff in the morning but haven't taken pics yet. I'll do that before I do more painting (and more photographing) tomorrow morning.

I'm hoping to be done soon so I can try to do the diorama-y bits.

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Not wild about how I messed the skin up. It looks better here than in hand.

I did pick out the star fish and crab. I brought out the visor and good brush to finish up.


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Due to life being stupid, and me not wanting to do anything that would mess this up (hence my painting a million other minis instead) I haven't touched this in... 7 weeks? Crap. Well, at least I know I could easily have finished a mini during Women in Horror month.

Today I basically just touched up everything. I re-worked highlights a bit (happy with the hair especially), added a few grey bits (okay dusky skin triad) on the leg and under the chin, and tried to give them a bit of an irritated scabby area which didn't show up. I think at this point I need a larger open surface to pull that off.

I also worked on other stuff, but I'm going to have to look for where the WIPs left off - it's been a while.

No pics until tomorrow - it's snowing. I may have a few more touch-ups, but then it's more about figuring out what I'll do for the diorama.


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It's okay that these pics are blurry.

Should I try to do actual scales on the grey section? Or does anyone have tips for faking scales?  I think that skin looks suitably rotten & disgusting

I feel like Kuro free-handed some on something? How about others? Anybody else I should ask?


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Would the instructions in the following thread still apply of I'm faking it and not painting sculpted scales?


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