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14132 Yagun Oog, Reven Mage

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When I first saw this guy, I wanted to paint him.  Of course, I didn't realize how big he was.  I bought him but have just had him sitting on a pedestal waiting for a reason to use him.  Then I started hearing rumors of Frostgrave, but ignored it for a while.  Then one day I looked up Frostgrave because I kept hearing about it.  And there it was... the perfect reason to use him.  I got in my Frostgrave book and ideas started coming on a warband to support our Ogre mage.  Once I finalized my starting warband list, and now have a fairly comprehensive list of add-ons I can pick up, I figured it was time to paint him.  

 

I cleaned him up as best I could.  He has a warped casting that looks like the two sides didn't meet up properly at a couple of extreme edges.  In most of the middle it wasn't bad, but there are some spots that would need to have some things resculpted with a knife and are in hard to reach areas.  I did what I could and will live with what I left.  As my only free time has either been rain or after dark, I used brush-on primer.  I was going to do skin and hair in the white and use the black primer for the other areas, but something was wonky on the black primer so I ended up just doing the white brush on primer for all of it (except the feet, need to come back and do that area soon).

 

I took a shower so I could figure out colors for him (stirs the creative juices) and think I am going to go with orange-red hair and blue eyes, so fair skin on the rest of him.  I started in with 9046 Fair Shadow for the body and put Brown Liner on the leather and wood areas.  In the process found several more heads with hair hanging from various pieces (now up to 3).  

 

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Going to have to go over all of the painted skin again before mixing up the next set.  I will say, though, this guy eats paint like nobodies business!  Soooo much skin!

 

Still trying to work out his spells, but I'm leaning toward an odd mix and going with Enchanter, and if I do that I've got to revise my warband and find me a good construct (or two or three).  

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Thanks guys!  A second layer of Fair Shadow added tonight to even out coverage.  Also got to the legs and the back filled in much better tonight.  

Was good to paint and talk with Knarthex on the Hangouts.  

 

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Need to figure out a way to do the feet though.  He is very top heavy... in addition to just being plain heavy.  The tab is solid in the vise and I'm afraid that if I pin the feet I will lose that stability.  But if I wait too long then I'm going to have trouble holding on to him without fearing messing up paint by handling it too much.  Anyone have some best advice on painting feets on top heavy figures?

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Why don't you base him with the tab, and then hide that with a little putty?

 

Else, pinning combined with a little putty+ Superglue will do the job.

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I might... if I can find a 50mm round slotted base.  Based on the Jewelers Vise being at 6mm spacing, I estimate his tab to be a bit over 40mm long.  The largest Reaper one I'm seeing is only 34mm on a 40mm base.  Close, but not close enough for his big feet.  I wonder when the Kickstarter bases will start appearing in the store, maybe they have one that will fit?

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I might... if I can find a 50mm round slotted base. Based on the Jewelers Vise being at 6mm spacing, I estimate his tab to be a bit over 40mm long. The largest Reaper one I'm seeing is only 34mm on a 40mm base. Close, but not close enough for his big feet. I wonder when the Kickstarter bases will start appearing in the store, maybe they have one that will fit?

Did you get a swag bag with the base sampler in it?

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I might... if I can find a 50mm round slotted base. Based on the Jewelers Vise being at 6mm spacing, I estimate his tab to be a bit over 40mm long. The largest Reaper one I'm seeing is only 34mm on a 40mm base. Close, but not close enough for his big feet. I wonder when the Kickstarter bases will start appearing in the store, maybe they have one that will fit?

Did you get a swag bag with the base sampler in it?

 

Nope.  My Father-In-Law's 50th Work Anniversary / Retirement Party was the Friday of ReaperCon.  I missed out on all of that stuff last year...

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Looking at the basecoated skin of Yagun, I was afraid I was not going to have enough contrast.  Looking back through paint recipes for skin, I can see that adding in the Tanned Skin trio to the Fair Skin trio will give me a much wider range.  

 

So I spent some time tonight adding in the shadow of 09043 Tanned Shadow and I'll begin working up through the spectrum...

 

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Tonight added in a couple of things.  

09044 Tanned Skin as a less dark shadow in the shadow areas trying to leave the Tanned Shadow in the creases.  Difficult to see this layer very well except it all looked smoother and darker overall.  Four more layers and I'll be back up to seeing the full contrast range.

 

Wasn't sure I was up for the next layer (Tanned Highlight), so I opted to pull out my 09031 Tanned Leather and see what it was going to look like across the basic leather pieces in his torque/collar, gloves and at his waist.  

 

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Feels good to paint for several days in a row, even if I've had to accept that I'm going to only get about 1-2 hours per day.  I can still be productive and the rearrangement of my daily schedule is paying off.

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Painted last night, but after I messed up the eyes, I didn't want to take any photos.  Started off tonight fixing that.  Giving him a whitish eye on the left side as the mold line was bad enough I'm turning it into a scar on that side of his face.  I did add VMC 70.899 Olive Drab to the Leather.  I have retouched the 09046 Fair Shadow skin tone.  I then added VMC 70.940 Saddle Brown to the hair.  

 

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