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(Note: I actually started these a while back, though they are not done yet. This is a bit less of a WIP thread than a how-I-got-here-so-far thread, which I will update as I get my old pictures organized. Questions and comments and critiques are, as always, welcome.)

 

Last summer Bad Squiddo Games hosted a brief Kickstarter, "My Last Sunrise," of an assortment of Gothic horror minis centered around vampires. These two stood out to me as a little beyond the Hammer horror ethos of most of the other figures. While I was painting them I thought of them as "Feral Vampires," although when I just rechecked they are called "Vampire Thralls."

 

I dunno. They don't look very thrall-like to me. :poke:

 

Their tag line in the Kickstarter was "Float about in my night dress cooing for scraps? No way. I hunt my own meal."

 

Anyhow, they have a fun, odd, lady pirate or highwayman look.

 

All paints used are Golden Matte Fluid Acrylics. Color mixes are (usually) noted, but not exact ratios.

 

Questions are welcomed and I will try to answer them. Critiques are appreciated.

 

This is a slight deviation from how I prime figures. Normally I prime them with Titanium White (which I did here) and then wash over them with Burnt Umber to bring out the details. These I wanted kind of cold-looking, so I washed them with a cold dark grey mixed from Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue.

 

That's them on the left. For a while I was including Bad Squiddo's "Dracula" in the photos, so you get a free peek at that too.

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And as per usual, the first thing I did was their skin. In contrast to the skin of living humans, I have been painting vampire skin in stark black-and-white mixed from Titanium White and Carbon Black. The very first layer is thinned Titanium White, then pale shadows of the lightest grey.

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After noodling around with greys and whites for a while, once the skin began to look more or less okay, I painted in some features, a little crudely at first. The lips are at the moment straight Red Oxide.

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I painted the eyes by lining the sockets with Carbon Black, then mixing a cream color from Titanium White and Yellow Ochre. I used that color to paint the sclera (no irises) and the fangs and teeth. For the eyes, I glazed over the color with a mix of Quinacridone Magenta with a tiny bit of Red Oxide mixed in. I highlighted their lips with a pink mixed from the cream color and the lip color.

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You do have The Touch for the Living Impaired Folk. There is something about your technique that goes beyond their appearance & gives a glimpse of their nature. 

Another WONDERFUL START!

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2 hours ago, malefactus said:

You do have The Touch for the Living Impaired Folk. There is something about your technique that goes beyond their appearance & gives a glimpse of their nature. 

Another WONDERFUL START!

 

Thanks for your kind words of encouragement.  ^_^

 

It's interesting to paint creatures that aren't human but are trying to look and act sort of like them.

 

I try to make each figure individual, as it would think of itself. Even a skeleton in an army of skeletons was a person once and has a backstory.

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I tidied up their faces.

 

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I decided what the heck, I will make one of them blonde. In my opinion blonde vampires look extra creepy.

 

The blonde base color was a drab mix of Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, and Titanium White. The brunette base color was pure Burnt Umber.

 

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I used the same colors as the blonde mix in different ratios to make highlight colors. I have found the secret of success to blonde hair is to paint it far drabber than you think it should look.

 

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I washed the brunette's hair with a blackish color mixed from Phthalocyanine Blue and Burnt Umber, and highlighted it with greys mixed from Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Titanium White.

 

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Then I washed it all over with Burnt Umber and highlighted with Burnt Umber mixed with Titanium White.

 

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And I just kept going with transparent washes of Burnt Umber and Phthalo Blue mixed with Burnt Umber, and highlighting with neutral greys which I then glazed more color over, until her hair looked more or less like this.

 

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And here's the two of them so far:

 

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Blonde Vampires are awesome!

 

Think of Harmony and Darla from Buffy for instance..

 

You know I love Vamps..

So I'm following all of your vampire threads.

 

I recently purchased another Female Vampire Bust..

So all ideas are absorbed till I feel confident enough to tackle her!

 

 

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I laid some Red Oxide and some greys mixed from Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Titanium White on their clothes.

 

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I painted the silver gauntlets and rapiers.

 

I shaded the red with a little translucent purple mixed from Ultramarine Blue and Quinacridone Magenta with a tiny bit of Titanium White mixed in.

 

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Moar purple!

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I have found one can get a rich red color by laying in Red Oxide (which is strong and opaque, but a little orange-brownish) and layering over it with Quinacridone Magenta (which is weak and transparent and pink-violet).  This is also shaded with a purple mix.

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This is actually their current state, so now this is a true WIP thread!

 

 

 

 

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I painted the brunette feral vampire's trousers a translucent (i.e. underpainting colors show through and have effect) violet mixed from Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Crimson, and Titanium White, highlighted with mixes of the same.

 

I used the mix without Titanium White, which is transparent, to add some shadows to her red top.

 

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I mixed a medium blue from Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White, subdued a bit with a small admixture of Burnt Sienna, and used it to add some further color to the trousers and the cloth hanging from her waist.

 

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I came back to them and did some more painting.

 

I decided to treat their corsetry like armor.

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And I ... er, threw on some more paint (details available upon request) and I think I might be done with them.

 

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