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This is the Sea Lion that I painted for my father. It was meant to be a part of a diorama, but since I kept forgetting/putting off working on it, I had to drop all of the other elements and just go with the single figure.
I spent a huge chunk of the time that I spent on this guy just working on his skin - only to obliterate all of the work I'd done highlighting with a sloppy glaze. Ugh on me. I still think he turned out pretty cool.
Since I had to drop the rest of the diorama that he was meant to be a part of, I had to make him work with a base that I already had put together and primed but had not yet painted. It miraculously worked almost perfectly for him.
I cheated the water with Scupley Glaze because I did not even remotely have the time to mess with any kind of water effects. The universe saw me cheating and caused me to put my finger in it while it was still tacky.
I think he turned out pretty cool, although all of my rushed mistakes/shortcuts are really blatantly obvious to me. Sorry the pictures came out blurry. I was taking them in a rush and he is no longer in my possession.
Comments and criticism are always very welcome!
As you might gather, I am really slow at this. Also my miniatures painting things have been stowed away for the long holiday season.
But I have finally finished my first Bones mini, 77188 "Sea Lion", sculpted by Julie Guthrie.
I have been intrigued by underwater photography, particularly in shallow clear water under bright sunshine where the lensing effects of the wave ridges create constantly changing lines of glowing pale green on whatever swims under them. So I tried a bit of that on this mini.
I had a difficult time capturing the colors accurately in the photographs. Some of them are in front of a neutral gray card, and some in front of crumpled "Tiffany blue" tissue paper, which I thought might give a nice oceanic feel but may have too much reduced the color contrast.
Welcome again friends to some more 4-5 hour tabletop painting.
Darkshade Raider. This sculpt is metal and is so eerily thin that when you get it in your hands it is quite strange looking. When I examined this sculpt I didn't like her so much as a Dark Elf, but more as a Vampiric Assassin. I don't know why I thought that, but it probably has to do with the kama's. I went ahead and tried to give her the look of a (former) living drow but give her a touch of undeath. The quality of the casting wasn't so great with respect to the facial details as you might see in the online store so I had some work around to do there. Reaper colors: Gory Red, Sun Yellow, Vampiric Shadow, Spattered Crimson, Woodstain, Nightshade Purple, Dusky Skin Highlight, Violet Light, Blood Red, Yellowed Bone, Linen White, Pure White.
Sea Lion. Bones and lots of mould lines, many of which didn't get cleaned up enough but I'm a bit over trying to pick over the mould lines. Adventured into some freehand on the creatures back to enhance the fish feel and tried to warm up the facial features to tie back into the lion/mammal feel. The base is from the Scibor Egyptian Ruins Terrain and was perfect for a sunken pillar. The pillar featured 5 scarabs and while 4 were covered as sea growth, the other was turned into Sebastian. I'm not much of a sculptor but I'm happy with how the crab turned out. Reaper colors: Driftwood, Redstone, Ultramarine Shadow, Nightmare Black, Tanned Leather, Woodstain, Nightshade, Oiled Leather, Dusky Skin Highlight, Pure Black, Yellowed Bone, Linen White, Rusty Red, Gory Red, Sun Yellow, Vampiric Shadow, Jungle Moss.
Creature of the Blood Reef. Probably the worst Bones figure I've ever had/painted. The mould lines are really bad and are diffuse; this is on top of obvious sculpt imperfections that litter the figure...reference the right leg. I tried to paint around it as best as possible to minimize the defects. That said, I'm pleased with how the paint job turned out and will happily replicate that color scheme on other fish monsters. Reaper colors: Redstone, Ultramarine Shadow, Nightmare Black, Woodstain, Nightshade, Bright Turquoise, Blue Liner, Burgundy Wine, Pure White.
Comments, criticisms and ideas on how to do it better next time always welcome from ANY level of painter.
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