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I was in the mood to try out some metallics, and the victimsubject this time was Finari (apologies for the subpar pics):

 

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There were some issues with this sculpt. Most of her face was offset a couple millimeters forward, so there was an odd bump to one side. Additionally, her left foot has a large chunk that just isn’t there, just below the sword. These I hid as best I could.

 

 For the majority of her armor, I mixed three parts Royal Purple with one part Honed Steel. Compared to some other combinations I’ve tried out lately, this ended up being a nice metallic while keeping close to the base color.

 

Rivets and ornamentation were done in Antique Gold with New Gold highlights. Not pleased with how splotchy the breastplate turned out, however.

 

There was one detail that still eludes me. You can see in the rear view a lump of some sort next to her shield. It isn’t part of her arm or any bit of armor that I’m aware of, so I made it into a...brownish leather thing. 

 

C&C appreciated, armor isn't something I’ve done much of and I need to get better at it.

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looks good. I love this sculpt, it is really too bad the Bones molds do that to her face...I had the same issue.

 

the brown lump covering her left buttock is a belt pouch, so you did well in making it brown leather.

 

For the yellow metals, they look nice, but you can go higher with the highlights and use a brown transparent glaze to shade, just as you would with nonmetallics. My golds usually go up to a silver metallic at the highest, and opaque brown at the darkest end.Your purple armor can do the same thing, but I think could use even more metallic to sell the shine.

 

remember that metal isn't shiny where light isn't hitting it, so the shadows should not have any glitter in the paint.

 

Also, don't forget to basecoat with regular paint before putting down metallics! A different undercoat can really change the personality of a metallic paint, because most metallics are fairly translucent aside from the sparkly flakes.

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