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This is Bones Nakayama Hayato Iconic Samurai.
I found his details a bit crude and decided to paint it as a statue for my Nippon Project.
Speed Paint with the Reaper Stone Triad.
Scale 75 Decayed Metal, P3 Molten Bronze and Vallejo Verdigris.
There is a legend that deep in the woods around Kyoto there stands a statue of one of Nippon's greatest warriors.
If one would find it and paid respect to it the statue might bestow luck on that person.
It is also believed that when the Empire is in dire need, the statue will come to life to fight once more to protect Nippon.
so here's a figure I just finished, an old Ral Partha Saturday Night Fever Samurai, who I'm going to go out on a limb and say he's based on John Belushi. Pretty straight forward figure to paint, and I wanted to give him more of a five o'clock shadow (thanks Patrick for the advice) but I just gave it to him where it was actually kind of sculpted in. I looked at a few reference pictures of John Belushi in his Samurai suit, but eventually went a slightly different route to give a bit more color to him. I tried to get a little bit of heat from his cigar too, don't know if you can notice a bit of red and yellow by the ash?
Anyhows, I hope you guys all enjoy this little blast from the past!
Here is my painted rendition of the tengu wizard -- the last of the 3 tengu figures that I sculpted for Reaper.
(The other 2 figures are the rogue(ninja) and the warrior(samurai). Click those links for my Show-Off threads.)
My idea when I designed the figure was "Since crows like to collect shiny stuff, maybe a tengu wizard can work magic using shiny stuff." Hence, the preponderance of jewelry -- rings, a bracelet, an anklet, and a big octagonal pectoral. I sculpted the clothing smooth and simple so the painter could add freehand and shininess.
Someone here on the Reaper Forum (sorry, I forget who) suggested that male and female tengus probably look the same to a casual viewer ... so although I hadn't thought of the wizard as female before, now she is!
The colors of this zany old bird's feathers and eyes are not as bright as those of the other 2. Her left eye is clouded over.
And here's a group shot:
I have a few more photos to share, but I won't make you click through to a separate WIP thread.
Before I started painting the figure, I didn't know what colors I would use, whether to harmonize with the cool colors of the other two tengus, or use more contrasting colors
After applying a coat of black brush-on primer, I painted a careful monochrome value study, using Brown Liner as "black", plus the Shadowed Stone - Stone Grey - Weathered Stone triad.
I spent about 3 hours on it.
I forgot to photograph the result, but it was something like this. (This is a full-color work-in-progress photo that I converted to grayscale electronically.)
To get inspiration for the colors, I looked through a few Spectrum art collections on my bookshelf, and chose a painting that was mostly rosy purple and salmon-pink, with some accents of blue, green, and red.
After about 5 hours of painting colors over the grayscale study, this is how the figure looked (with a blue paper background instead of the gray that I used in the photos at the top of this post):
I paused here so I could do some electronic "painting" for the freehand, and see whether the pants would look better green.
Then I spent about 4 hours painting the freehand, glazing, texturing, and touchups.
One more hour to make the base, and an hour to paint it.
Another Clan Wars mini I got from @Jasper_the_2nd for my Nippon, Land of the Rising Moon project.
This time an ONI OGRE.
When asked for their allegiance the Oni joined forces with the murdered Toda Clan and the last survivors.
Due to the family ties they swore to annihilate the Kenmu Clan for their foul deeds.
In battle these Oni terrified the enemy, larger than men and wielding huge weapons they cut their way through the Kenmu ranks.
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