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For my first ever WIP I thought I'd go for something simple.  Reaper's animal companion pack of goat, pig, and cow.  Got these half price at my FLGS a little while back.  They must have sat in their p

Thanks for the encouragement Cyradis.  I'll take it to heart.     And thanks also for your kind words lowlylowlycook, Pochi, Xherman1964.     Squeal.     And on th

Tonight I had some fun playing with the bases on my starting three.  First time using tufts.  Also out gloss varnish on the mud.  I think I'm calling these three done.     So do I

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doubt I can replicate the eyes but I'll give it a try.  I'm thinking black overall with white spot on the head, belly, and legs.


Mr. Goat will be named Gilligan.




How now, brown cow?  


I have named her Ms. McLeod




I want black spots on the pink pig.  Its name is Zappo.


16 hours ago, Xherman1964 said:

Go Go Go !!!


*** Prepares BBQ***


But I named them.  You can't eat them now! ::o:

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All three got some pure black tonight.  




Gilligan goat got the most attention after that.  I used spectral white to pick out the white bits on head, legs, and belly.  I also put some in his eyes.  From what I can tell in the pictures I've looked up, you can see a little of the white in the eyes of goats and pigs, but not really in cows.




Too tired for anything else tonight.

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You can get the goat eyes.... with a lot of patience, and a little bit of swearing. I am a fan of the "paint around what you want" idea for eyes. If you made the whole eye black, and went around the pupils with yellow, you could shape the pupils to an extent. Then toss on the goat-fur color around the yellow.

Warning on painting black: it is almost as difficult to paint as white, since you are limited in shading before it looks gray. I'd probably paint a medium-dark gray to start, then do heavier washes, and drybrush a little bit of gray/brown (drybrushing makes a rough texture but is kinda great on fur, especially for animals that likely rolled in dirt). 

So looking forward to seeing Gilligan, Ms. Mcleod, and Zappo! I am partial to goats, they're super cool critters. 


Edit: Posted before new photos went up. I like the work! But hey, ideas are ideas, so I'm not deleting :) 

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Thanks for the ideas Cyradis.  I may have made it harder on myself already by starting with pure black.  And white in the eyes already!  That's alright, though. I am going into this fully aware I will mess many things up.  I'll see what I can recover another time.  For now sleep calls... Painting, I mean counting, sheep...

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18 minutes ago, InvisibleThumb said:

Thanks for the ideas Cyradis.  I may have made it harder on myself already by starting with pure black.  And white in the eyes already!  That's alright, though. I am going into this fully aware I will mess many things up.  I'll see what I can recover another time.  For now sleep calls... Painting, I mean counting, sheep...


Oh don't go and call it a loss! The goat still looks pretty darn sweet. There are lots of ways to go about painting; those are just some of the ways I've dealt with things like this. If it bothers you, you can do overcoats of other colors. There is no way that is 100% right all the time, and everyone learns. Most figures are salvageable through mistakes. My common mistake is going and getting something like a sleeve cuff looking nice, and then mangling it by painting the skin next to it and spending hours on touch-ups later.
I can show you some of my early ones if you want to be amused and cringing at the same time. What can I say? I was 13, loved glossy paints for most purposes, using enamel paints, and likely a bit high on turpentine fumes. 

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Thanks for the encouragement Cyradis.  I'll take it to heart.  


And thanks also for your kind words lowlylowlycook, Pochi, Xherman1964.


On April 25, 2017 at 10:13 AM, Mehman said:

Oink oink oink ^_^!




And on that note, tonight's minimal progress involved a glaze of 3 parts "Caucasian skin" one part "garnet red" (both reaper paints) on Zappo.  


Ready for for your close up Zappo? 




No not that side?  Sorry.




There you go.  Zappo also received dots of "red shadow" that almost completely covered up he whites of its eyes.  


Oh and this happened



Meet Ceecee and Deedee.  Couple of chickens sneaking in late to the wip.  Primed white but not based.  The base is just there to make the photo possible.  


Stop drooling Xherman1964!

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