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2nd mini painted this weekend for Paint Club.  I admit this one posed some interesting challenges that I'm not super thrilled about.  Most of that is related to the lack of details to really draw out, but it also highlights my lack of ability to know how to help highlight that muddled scuplt.  

 

BATTLE REPORT!

 

Wins:

* Majority of Blink being armor made the choice for colors fairly easy.  I once again used the combo of the Gunmetal and Aluminum as the pairing.  I like it! 

*  The purple and red seem to be an okay choice for the only real two tones in this model, but I'd like a bit more color.  Still a win.

*  I really went back around 4 times to fix the skin.  I found that there were some mold lines I didn't quite scrape off that frustrated me, but even so the colors seem okay.  Reaper send me a SAMPLE color that's like THE COLOR of flesh that works in a pinkish hue that I love.  LOVE.

*  The checkering I added to the helm seems to be a fun detail and helps bring out some of the helmet forward.  
*  I used black ink to do black-lining which helped show separation between all of the plates.  Win!

*  Eyes came out great.  I wanted to go back and add that little sparkle in the corner of the eye, but I think we all know that one-step-too-far we all can take when it's good enough and then it gets screwed up.  Holding back was the way to go.

*  Trying a lot harder to work the hair with highlights.  Did a brown base, lined with brown liner between the strands, then highlighted with brown sand.  Works?  I think so.

 

Misses:

*  The dark lining I end up with around the eyes needs to be drawn back further.  I can't seem to get around that.  It was really present around my Lysette work and shows up strong in this one, too.  Wah wah.

*  I tried using brown liner to bring out the detail in the plates.  Wasn't strong enough and too runny in its medium, so I had to swap to black ink.  

*  Not sure I'm a fan of the shield mix of tones with Gunmetal and Aluminium.  I think I need input there from y'all.

*  The horsehair helmet with purple and red...may have been a bit much.  Color recommendations?

*  I liked using a pinkish color for that vial hanging on her belt, but is it too bright?

 

Overall, this little model was not the easiest due to the carve of the model.  I do think that this was a great test to see how I could add to it, but still so much to learn on improving things like this with more free hand.

 

Any thoughts?

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It looks good for such a detailed tiny model. Not sure what you used for the eyes, but try thinning it next time. Easier to add a second wash than recover from one put down too heavy.  

 

The purple and red is good, you spread it around on the figure. I don't know what you have planned for the base, but try to get those colors and the hair color into it. 

 

 

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@Inarahthank you! I appreciate your input. 

 

As for thinning the eyes, what part are you referring to thinning - the white or pupil?   I used inks on both, so i thinning is absolutely possible on both.  I hate doing eyes, so if i can improve then, I'm all for it.  

 

Given the highlight in the hair is brown sand I'm going to say adding that to the base should be easy.  #sandyblonde. 

 

I also have no idea what i want to do for her base.  I feel like a gnome would be in a steampunk atmosphere, but this little paladin isn't exactly in that same vein.  I could use some ideas. 

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I would thin down the dark ink wash using water. Then you get less of the raccoon-eye effect. 

 

For the base, some sand painted as dirt, a tuft or two of brown grass and some autumn leaves? 

 

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Ah!  That makes sense on the eyes.  I actually used a dark base coat and no wash on the face.  I've been trying to not use washes in the facial area of i can.  I'll try a lighter base coat and see what i can get on my next one.  Thank you @InarahI. 

 

I'll try to do some grassy locale, like you mentioned.  Let's see what i can come up with...

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