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It's the weekend - you know what time it is!

 

This little monstrosity was sitting on my desk looking at me for the past 4 months.  I attempted painting it back in October and failed miserably at it.  I was trying a blue/white combo that just didn't come out well.  It also had a few issues with the fact I primed it with a black Vallejo spray primer that left it feeling tacky.  The first round was a dud, and I often find that redoing a miniature is not the wisest thing because it can leave me feeling like I have to perfect it over and over again.  

 

However, this was not the case this time.  After watching the dreaded White/Black tutorial on RVE today, I found myself inspired to try again.  Thankfully I had stripped it last week and it was ready to begin again today.  

 

BATTLE REPORT!

 

Wins:

* Stripping this with Simple Green worked great.  Left it in for about a 4 days, brushed it with an electric toothbrush (which is a must in my opinion).  

*  Sadly the tacky primer was not coming off, but it still took to the overspray of Stynylrez black over it without too many issues.  I then sprayed a white ink over it.  I did notice a slight 'crackling' of the ink over it, but I'll get to that later.

*  Using the zenithal prime as my map, I starting by laying the darkest grey into the crevices and folds.  Following that wwa the next grey up and again with the light "ghostly white."  

*  These were all close enough I didn't need to transition or mix much between the colors as the moodiness of this mini seemed to play well to the contrasts.  I did get a little carried away on the hood with longer streaks instead of just highlights and did a mid-grey glaze over that to hide it.  Worked better than I thought.

*  The face and hands were using some SAMPLE that was sent to me in one of my Reaper orders that's this really, really, really lovely blue.  I used it to baselayer, then lightned up with white.  AWESOME.  I love it.  The blend between the ghastly skin and the robes really came out better than I hoped.

* With the new confidence in getting to white, I felt pretty good using lighter colors and having a sense that this could be perceived as a white appiration.  

 

Misses:

*  Still the darkest grey wasn't dark enough.  Tried adding black and going back in, but it kind of made it more spotty than I hoped. 

*  Used a Drakenshade wash to fill in some of the areas, but it's deeper than I wanted, but still does a decent job of not taking away from the other painting.

*  Mouth - is there something else I sshoul have done?  Maybe make it glowing?  Make it dark black?  I wasn't sure.  Still need some help on that one.

 

I'll have to make the tombstone pop a little more and lay some ground effects down on the final basing when I get there.  To say that this went from a total botched job to something I felt good enough about sharing, this is definitely a win.  Big kudos to the classes with RVE and getting to test it immediately to try my hand at something I was weak at.  WAY TO GO!  

 

And as always - any feedback is kindly accepted.

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