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Basilisk from the Bones 5 Core Set.
I wanted to give him the classic green and gold coloring of the basilisks of lore, and I am happy with how he turned out.
Learning how to blend and layer is a continuous process of improvement for me, so tips and advice are welcome!
One of the two selections this week was the basilisk. I immediately knew I wanted to this guy as blue when I saw him, but didn't realize I'd go orange, too.
* Started this one with a brush coating of the new dark purple from Bones 5. I mean, you get these new colors, you gotta use 'em, right?
* Lightening up the purple to blues with rich indigo, then again to aquamarine. I wanted the blue to really pop.
* After getting all the blues in place it immediately occurred to me I wanted to go in a different direction. I looked at the color wheel and saw orange on the opposite end of the spectrum. Let's do it. Used it as a filter to not lose the dry brushing color and it ended up making a cool skin effect. Sweet!
* Using the orange now as my basis for something brighter and could lighten up, I placed it between all the scales and used it to bring forward the shadows.
* The shadows weren't bright enough, so I took the liberties of using an orange/yellow mix to show scales on the underbelly and match them to the little dots I found on this guy's skin. With there only being a few dots they looked out of place, so I added some more dots to bring it out. May have gone a little heavy handed...
* Taking a note from my Werewolf I did in a previous post, I used the Drakenshade for areas where the muscle or armor were and used it very sparingly. Looks great and worked great! Helped define the musculature.
* Eyes pop, but feel I could have made them better.
* I love the way the bone and horns look, but I'm not sure they work for this basilisk. I originally had them as blue, but opted to keep them light. Not sure how anyone else feels about this?
* The scales on the feet needed something and rather than going orange, I went with the blue seen above. Again, seems pretty bright and I'm not totally sold on it, but it works.
This guy was fun, looks good overall, but also has a LOT going on for colors. Obviously, this is a departure from classic basilisk colors, but then again - IT'S FANTASY! I thought making the yellow areas look as though they are soft spots for a team to target. Not sure it worked fully, but it was fun. Win.
If you have any feedback or comments, please lay them on me. I can't get better without some direction from the team.
Look at this cute fellow! But don't look directly at his eyes. Too late? Uh-oh, I'm sorry if you just turned to stone.
Anyway ... this is the Basilisk, #77371 in Bones.
The color scheme is inspired by the iridescent plumage of a bird, the White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi). My folders of saved wildlife references include a photo of an ibis whose wing has golden, green, and orangey-pink metallic tones, and its head is more purplish-pink.
I clipped away part of the integral base and built up this rocky base with putty.
I added bits of two metal figures as the basilisk's petrified victims: the head is one of the 3 options for the Death Warden (Dark Heaven 03083), and the leg is from my Dwarf Shieldmaiden (Warlord 14379). I imagine that the basilisk ate the rest of those 'statues' and left these for later snacking.
The grass is a preformed "Winter Tuft" product (dull yellow-green and black) with painted highlights, and the leaves are dried oregano, fully painted.
I had used this basilisk as a demonstration figure at ReaperCon 2019 ... or maybe 2018 ... in my "Painting Fur, Feathers, and Scales" class.
It was all dark green, with just the front right shoulder area painted with highlights simulating smooth shiny scales.
It sat on my shelf since then. I wanted to paint something small and relatively simple, so I mentally kicked around a few color schemes without conclusion until I rediscovered the image of the ibis last week.
I spent a couple of hours wet-blending the colors, and then a few more hours glazing and stippling, shifting the scales green and pink and purple and yellow-ocher and orange, etc.
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