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I started Rimeblast a couple weeks ago.  She's the first thing I've painted in some time.  It won't be anything special (I've got to learn how to up my game one of these days), but it's a start.


This won't be a real in-depth thread, just the "end of the night" update after a painting session.




Well, that was where I started.  I knew that the "white" dragon wouldn't be white.  It's not the way things are in the world where Rimeblast dwells.  But, this is the Ocean Colors triad (specifically Deep Ocean), which isn't just blue enough.  


So, after a couple weeks of unhappy-back-of-the-mind pondering I pull out the paints again.  This is where I am now.




This is better.  This is Sky Blue with little bits of Deep Ocean peaking through.  I'm "OK" with that.  It gives some variation so she's not (quite) all the same shade.  I'm thinking I'm going to take a heavy drybrush of Frosty Blue, and then a lighter drybrush of Ghost White, or even Sparkling Snow, to finish the scales. 


The scutes (belly scales) have received a coat of Foggy Grey which is, I've discovered, very close to the shade of Vallejo grey primer already on it.  I'll likely be using Pure White and Sparkling Snow to finish those up--assuming I don't go back and redo them in Rainy Grey.  I'm afraid the countershading will be a little too "bright" if I leave them at "Foggy."


I'm still not sure where I'm going to take the spinal ridge, crest, and wings.  The bones/supports in the wings bug me a bit.  I keep thinking that there should only be three or four support "fingers" (like a bat), and there a lot more there.  Pardon me while I over-analyze fantasy creature morphology.  


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White and blue is always a nice colour scheme. I actually think using some stripes of pure white with some very light shading can also look really good. No need to always remove it. Especially at the belly it can look good. Just my humble opinion though.


What is the blue/green coulurs name you used on the first pictue? I think you called it oceandeep? I want to know what it is for future painintg projects of myself.

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White and Blue is definitely a powerful combination!


I'm thinking, though, that I'll likely go over the Foggy Grey with the slightly darker Rainy Grey.  The scutes would still end up mostly Foggy Grey with the edges in Pure White/Sparkling Snow.


I was wondering if I should revisit the spinal ridge with the Deep Ocean.  The Sky Blue is so vibrant and I've not worked with much with Deep Ocean, so I'm having trouble "seeing" it mentally.


As for the colors, I work strictly with Reaper paints.  It's nothing against other brands, it's just the way that I have chosen to focus.  Reaper has what they call "triads" for some colors with a base/shadow shade, the main shade, and a highlight shade.  In this case, the original color on the dragon was the shadow shade from the Ocean Colors Triad (09076).  I've linked to the triad (Deep Ocean: 09076, Marine Teal: 09077, and Surf Aqua: 09078) in the Reaper store.  The colors on my screen are a little more blue than the paint appears to me.

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Tonight's progress:



Some black on the talons, in the mouth, in the nostrils, and on the eyes.    I've gone over the scutes with Rainy Grey, and used some RG on the crest as well.  The inside of the mouth will be visited with Dark Elf Skintones in the near future.  The talons will probably receive some Nightmare Black for some "highlights."




The spinal ridge has been hit with the Deep Ocean.  It's a little uneven, but that's semi-on-purpose.  The ridge reminds me more of hair than some sort of scales, so if it's uneven, I figure that's more in keeping with hair.  I'll probably be digging out some Coal Black and putting a few streaks here or there for more variation.




Quick Review of the Pathfinder Gargantuan White Dragon (as a miniature):


One thing I've noticed, in general, is that my paint coverage is pretty uneven when it probably shouldn't be.  I don't know if it's the Vallejo primer itself, if the primer didn't wasn't applied well to begin with, or if I've handled it too much.  Any of those options is possible.  I've just noticed that the Rainy Grey is uneven, and that should be over a coat of Foggy Grey which is, in turn, over a coat of Vallejo primer.


I also wish the base weren't quite so smooth.  I usually just hit any base with some Pure Black, Shadowed Stone, or Grey Stone but that slick surface is making me think that a simple black base is going to be a bit more work than it ought to be.


I have also come to think that miniatures larger than "large" (a nice fit on a 2" base) should probably not be pre-assembled.  It's been a bit of a chore trying to get into some of the areas under the forelegs, to the back of the claws, inside the mouth, etc.  I suppose I could have tugged a bit at the wings and tail to see if I could have dislodged them, but I'm too far into it now.  The crest is also filled in behind the head.  With all the parts, you'd think that WizKids could have hollowed that out instead of leaving it filled.  It's a minor thing, but would have made a significant impact.


The plastic is also a bit rubbery, which wouldn't be a real problem if there was a better connection point for the flight post.  There's too much weight on a small area, and that's stretching the connection point.  If the post went in another quarter inch, I think it would be sturdier and less prone to lean so far.

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