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Last year I painted Reaper's Halloween Knight with - I think - some success (you can check the mini on my Insta account, @albertnyarla); so I decided to start a tradition and pay hommage to my favourite festivity this year too.
Here I went with one of my favourite horror tropes, the Witch, with this fantastic Witch Coven by Reaper, under the "Tree of Despair" from Bones IV, with a couple hommages to good horror movies. Had to refrain myself to include even more references to avoid getting it too crowded.
Overall, I'm happy with the outcome. It will mean everything (if you like it) to give it a like and maybe a follow on Instagram, it really helps with motivation ^^
So here is a small little mini that was sculpted way back in 1979, making the sculpt already 40 year old. It was sculpted by Dennis Size in the old Partha Days and belonged to a game that Partha had produced called the Witch's Cauldron, which pitted adventurers against monsters. I've never actually played the game some miniatures that I've painted actually came from this game. So here is the witch, to whom the cauldron belonged. She is a small little figure and crouched down to make her even smaller. The white hair has actually got some shades and washes in it, but you can't always see them in these photos. Anyhow, enjoy:
I'm reasonably pleased with her. I was kind of going for Drow but not Drow. I really like the "Dark Elf" triad for the Drow, but I've seen artwork that shows Drow skin almost more like dark, natural tones, so wanted to give a try for that, plus I'm also painting two other figures with the same skin tones that just flat out have a more African vibe.
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I had decided early on to paint her as a less then friendly witch, and to include a few references to various things. Her yellow eyes and white hair, (actually Vampire Skin and Vampire Highlight) were to suggest she may be a relation of Raistlen Majere, her pink orb is Mearlyn's Grapefruit from Stephen King's Dark Tower series,(which I had a bit of trouble painting) and her tome is the Red Book of Appin. All in all not a friendly witch and likely a bitter and sarcastic one.
The circle she's standing in was the result of a happy accident. My GW Hapshut Copper is rather old and was acting strangely, not so much covering as clumping despite repeated shakings. So I doused the area in Black Wash and drybrushed a bit of Copper Verdigris on it,(the first time I've used that color for it's intended purpose), and found that the result gave the impression that her circle was a large and unlucky penny.
I probably should've highlighted the gray on her cloak a bit more before the Black Wash, but I was nervous about it blending into the border too much.
I finally got her eyes to show up in a photo!
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