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A note: I use Golden Matte Fluid Acrylics and mix my own colors.  All color references are to what I have mixed and sometimes how.

 

Last summer Bad Squiddo Games had an eyeblink of a Kickstarter (I think it might have been one week) for a line of Gothic horror minis, called "My Last Sunrise". Annie the Dice Bag Lady specializes in realistic non-objectified female minis from manufacturers worldwide and has a pretty good sense of humor about it.

 

These are three vampire brides from the assortment. They have a classic Hammer horror look to them. They were introduced in the Kickstarter as "Get married, they said. Best day of your life, they said."

 

Anyhow, I figured I would paint them up. 

 

As ever (though I don't think I have mentioned it lately), comments and critiques are most appreciated. I'm always learning and glad to hear other perspectives.

 

Normally I prime my minis white and wash them with Burnt Umber, a rich, dark brown. But I wanted these to look more chilly so I washed them with a cold grey mixed from Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna. It does not enhance the details as much as the darker Umber.

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Ultramarine Blue tends to dry with a grainy texture in thin washes.  In passing, I note that this looks like a pretty good crystalline rock texture and would be a fairly fast method for painting statues.

 

C&C welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

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telling people what paints I use is useful
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The first layers I painted were skin. I let the grey priming show through as shadows, building up the lights with thin washes of pure Titanium White.

 

Some people can make vampires look subtly menacing and inhuman with sickly-colored skin, but I seem to need to make them stark white to come across as preternatural.

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I mixed some stark pale grey out of pure Carbon Black and Titanium White.  Normally I don't use this color because it's so unsubtle, but I like the effect it has shading vampire skin.

 

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Next: Color!

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I ran across the information that Gus Kearns sculpted these, so I have updated the tags.

 

I like to paint the faces on figures early so I can work out their personalities as I paint their garments. I have been painting my vampires with blank black or red eyes, mostly. If the eyes are especially big, like on this figure, I get a little fancier.

 

These figures have fairly small eyes, so I painted them simply. I laid in the eye sockets with straight black (also dabbing a little shadow under their noses). I brushed in color with the ivory yellow I am using for the teeth (Titanium White plus Yellow Ochre), then glazed over that with a layer of Quinacridone Magenta and then then another of Quinacridone Magenta warmed up with a little Red Iron Oxide.

 

I painted their lips with straight Red Iron Oxide. Next I highlighted with a pink mixed from Red Iron Oxide, Quinacridone Magenta, and Titanium White. I glazed over that with the mix of Quinacridone Magenta and Red Iron Oxide and added smaller highlights with the same mixed pink as above.

 

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Up close I can see some rough bits to fix (and whoops, those nostrils on open-mouth-lady). But you can sort of see how the faces now look mostly like faces anyhow.

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Loving it!

 

***Of course I got a thing for female vampires***

 

 

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7 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Loving it!

 

***Of course I got a thing for female vampires***

 

Well, sure. They are classic.

 

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Oh boy, close up photography is a godsend for spotting everything one did wrong.

 

So I mixed some middle tone light greys from pure Titanium White and Carbon Black and smoothed out the faces. I also cleaned up the eyes and mouths, and a covered over bit of stray pink here and there to give them actual faces with actual expressions, or reasonable facsimiles thereof anyway.

 

"Grr!"

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"Heh."

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(Sulk)

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OK, so I think I've gushed about the way you paint before, but I just need to do it again. These are awesome.

 

I know you don't tend toward the hyper-smooth transitions/blending that most miniatures painters strive for, but your work is always so lively (or, in this case, the opposite thereof). I think I learned more about contouring human faces from these six closeups than from the last ten years of painting. Your shadow placement is really brilliant and more expressive than simply changing the shape of the lips or eyes alone. I love it.

 

The only critique I can point at right now is that the hairline on "Grr" still seems a little messy on her left forehead.

 

 

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On 12/5/2017 at 8:23 PM, Sanael said:

OK, so I think I've gushed about the way you paint before, but I just need to do it again. These are awesome.

 

I know you don't tend toward the hyper-smooth transitions/blending that most miniatures painters strive for, but your work is always so lively (or, in this case, the opposite thereof). I think I learned more about contouring human faces from these six closeups than from the last ten years of painting. Your shadow placement is really brilliant and more expressive than simply changing the shape of the lips or eyes alone. I love it.

 

The only critique I can point at right now is that the hairline on "Grr" still seems a little messy on her left forehead.

 

 

 

Thank you kindly. I do love those hyper-smooth paint jobs, and I have had training in that sort of thing (taking a week to paint a plum, or a month to do a cat skull, for example). But somehow when I sit down to paint things for my own amusement, this happens. I am glad you like the effects.

 

I agree about the forehead of "Grr." There is also something just a little odd along her right cheek (our left) where I can't quite decide what is hair and what is cheek.

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So I have started painting their hair. I'm trying to keep the colors natural, so they look really dark and odd next to those mime-like white faces.

 

I like working with natural earth colors for hair. "Grr!" has a base coat of Burnt Sienna, a rich brown with fiery undertones:

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These two have a layer of Burnt Umber, a deep dark brown. I am thinking of making (Sulk) brown-haired and "Heh" closer to black, maybe with some grey streaks.

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Whoops. Missed a spot. That's one of those microscopic pinpoint pits that show up like spotlights when the flash reflects off the metal at their bottom.  I will try to fill it in.

 

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I washed some thinned Burnt Umber over "Grr!"'s hair and some thinned Carbon Black over "Heh"'s.

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I mixed a medium grey from Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, and a little Titanium White and sketched in some grey streaks on "Heh"'s hair.

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Here too I can see tiny pinpoint pits where I missed with the paint. They are much more prominent in photos than in the hand, even under high magnification, so the photos are helpful to see where I need to touch up.

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I fiddled and diddled with the hair.  I like painting hair a lot.

 

I used the grey mixed from Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna and Titanium White to add some highlights.  I was less concerned about color here than about tone because I'm planning to glaze over it.

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... And then more.

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Fixed that dot!

 

 

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