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I sure hope the subjects are catchy enough.  I try to make them somewhat novel.

 

Here we go again - it's the weekend and time to get some paint on some minis.

 

Our little crustacean friend here was taken from some inspiration I saw doing a google search for a crab.  Although, I want to warn anyone before they do inspirational search online with the term "crabs."  Thankfully I have a strong constitution and barred through it.  I found one called Blue Crab and loved the image.  See below the image.  From that I came up with this little guy.  I'm pretty happy with the results.

 

Battle Report!

Wins:

* The blending of brown to blue worked really well!  Using a prussian blue at the base of the carapace and working it out toward the first notch in the leg, then while paint was still wet, taking my carapace brown and blending right into it.  SUPER thrilled with the results.

* The black little beady eyes were fun and perfect for this guy.

* Using browns to do the highlighting.  I tried drybrushing, but it didn't pick up the colors like I wanted, so I ended up just dotting the paint on the little ridges of the shell - worked way better!

*  Color combination seemed to work well and I'm very happy with this weird little color scheme:Brown, Tan, Blue

 

Misses:

* The color on the smaller arm I thought would be fun to make all blue like it grows into the larger brown version, but oh well.  Color does help bring the attention forward, but not happy with the all blue arm.

*  I couldn't figure out how to make the maw stand out.  There's nothing I could really do to it, so I am not sure what would highlight that.

*  The ridges between the arms and each leg I wanted to stand out more, too.  I was thinking of black-lining, but I'm too worried I'll mess it up.  Help?

 

Overall, it's moving right along.  More to come!

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@Goddesstio i could have done a lighter color for the legs, like the photo has.  I think i was too excited to just get paint to the model.  Good news though, i bought two.  I think I'll try the second one with a different coloration.  Any inspiration you want me to try? 

 

Appreciate your feedback and taking the time to write out some tips.  Thank you! 

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I'm not the greatest with cookie theory, but if you want some color themes from real crab I recommended the salt lightfoot crab for bright colors or the purple rock crab for darker ones. I just did mine regular boring crab colors, but I got the shading done pretty well so I'm pretty happy with them!

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@GoddesstioI can't say I'm good at color theory (in fact I'm colorblind), but when it comes to cookie theory, that's different. I'm known among my friends as the cookie monster.  Here's my theory:  I see cookies,  I eat them. 

 

I tried to look up your photo of the crab you mentioned, as I'd love to see the work you did. I've also got one more of these guys I'm going to do.  I hope it'll be more shocking. 

 

Now i gotta find some cookies...

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Auto correct is fun. I bake, so I have a lot of cookie theories, but my husband shares yours lol.

 

I had to go have a look myself to see if I posted the crabs I did and eventually stuff them out: https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/86385-crabman-and-the-crablings-bones-4/

 

I don't think the red variants were caught nearly as well on camera as they show up in person but I was pretty happy. I do like the colors you picked though! I like making differently colored monsters, and as mentioned don't come up with very great color schemes on my own

 

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