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Behir 77492 - A Lindwurm approach

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Dear all, 

 

I decided to tackle a large miniature this time : the Bones Behir. However, I won't stick to the DnD colour scheme and mix it up a bit. I thought of a jade green with red back tail. 

 

Assembly was difficult. Plenty of hard to remove mold lines (micro chisel to the rescue), ill fitting parts and lack of scale detail at joints made this a challenge. 

 

Don't get me wrong. It is a beautiful sculpt, much better than other Behir sculpts I saw online. That said this miniature would benefit from the slightly less bendy grey plastic. 

 

So far I cleaned it, resculpted scales and basecoated it with brown liner and a drybrush of Vallejo Surface Primer. 

 

I will work with glazes this time on the preshaded surface. New for me and may save some time what concerns establishing contrast. 

 

I also finally tidied up my desk, so tonight I will apply the base colours. 

 

I will add a tree to the base with one or two of its many arms resting on it.

 

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Off to a good start:

 

Base colours established: RMS Kraken Skin with a hint of Vallejo Intermediate Green and RMS Holly Berry with some brown.

 

The colour scheme is quite classic for claw worms in heraldy, so I thought it would suit the miniature and it will also work well with my autumnal gaming table. 

 

I also started shading the scales using a midnight blue mixed with the green. 

 

Really great miniature and not as hard to paint as I thought. The pre shading really does pay of and saves time establishing shadows. 

 

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Indeed! usually I don't like the aesthehtic of asian style dragons, but this mixed form Lindworm/ Asian dragon really resonates with me. 

 

I put some more hours in last night to get a feel how much contrast I need for the head and scale to pop. I think I am getting there with the green, but the red could be further improved.

 

I highlighted the green scales with RMS Kraken Skin and deepened the shadows with a dark cold purple and an indigo ink glaze. The red got some neutral yellow mixed in to accentuate each scale.

 

Finally pure RMS Bleached Bone was used to paint the carapace parts, horns and fangs.

 

The comparison with the pictures above really shows how much more it pops now.

 

I wonder if I should add dark tips (almost black) tips to the horns?

 

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If you do apply black tips i think they should be just the tip of the horns, keep it small so to speak.

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54 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

If you do apply black tips i think they should be just the tip of the horns, keep it small so to speak.

 

I need to think about it. Maybe some texture will suffice, mottling or something like that. 

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32 minutes ago, Peithetairos said:

 

I need to think about it. Maybe some texture will suffice, mottling or something like that. 

 

That might look even better, since the horns are red at that spot I would suggest a very very dark purple and then fading to black at the top.

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4 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

 

That might look even better, since the horns are red at that spot I would suggest a very very dark purple and then fading to black at the top.

 

Excellent idea, might be better than pure black and works with the shadow colour.

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I defined the scales some more and feel the green ones are finished. The red scales I want to push even more contrast wise. 

 

I also started shading the legs with indigo ink. Now I go back in with Kraken Skin and a touch of yellow for the highlights and smoothing out transitions. 

 

All in all coming along nicely. I think I will place a nest in its midst with an egg. Adds narrative and also covers some of the less accessible areas. 

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I tried to give the red more contrast, but now it seems a little dull. 

 

Shaded with a dark green and highlighted with added fair skin and beige tones. 

 

Anyone has a tip how to bring the red out again? A glaze with a bright red? 

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Just highlight the scales again, this can happen after washing.

I think that would be enough.

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I arrived at a point where I am  finally content with the red scales. 

 

The trick was to highlight again with a bright flesh tone and glaze over all of ot with the base red tone. I picked out some scales with orange and think I keep it like this. Maybe some more work in the shadows to better delineate them in certain areas. 

 

Now it comes down to the legs and carapace. I decided to go for a colour shift to purple on the legs and might repeat it on the back sail.  

 

I also made a test shot with a hand painted backdrop for photos. Obviously needs more trees etc. It is water colour and pastels, so if this is successful I will paint an A4 version. What do you think? 

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