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The merfolk in Dark Depths sculpted by Bobby Jackson were one of the things I was most looking forward to in Bones 5.

I chose the Mermaid Ranger for my RCL Q3 Large Group “Under the Sea”, and started work on her after ReaperCon.


I've been trying to make bolder color choices, and thought this was a great mini to push myself in that direction.


I’ve posted some WIPs on discord, but wanted to record the process here in a bit more detail.

First I primed both rangers with Badger neutral primer, and then basecoated the tails and hair with 0963 Coal Black




Then I tried to airbrush the tails with 09330 Wild Violet while leaving some dark shadows.



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I wanted to have the purple tail fade into green skin, so next I basecoated the skin to see how the main colors would look together.  The plan was to start with a dark blue green and highlight up to a warmer green.  I went with 29116 Arkos Green …



… and I basically got She Hulk.



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I had a photo of the unpainted mini, so desaturated it, and boosted the contrast to use as a lighting reference:




Then using that I highlighted the skin up with

89518 Xian Tia Jade

09415 Dungeon Slime

89515 Boggard Green


Then I went for the eyes!



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She’s actually almost finished now.  I’m just catching up on documenting my WIPs before I forget everything!


Next I highlighted the tail.  The plan was to highlight the fins up towards red and the scales towards blue.


Fins were shaded and highlighted with:


09187 Ultramarine Shadow

09325 Carnival Purple

09330 Wild Violet (basecoat color)

89536 Seugathi Purple

89537 Thuvian Sun Orchid



I realized that UM Shadow is actually a really saturated dark blue - doesn’t seem to have any black in it, so it makes a great glazing color for boosting shadow color saturation and shifting blue.


This is 1 drop of UM shadow to 5 of water and 5 of brush on sealer:



After that, I painted the tail ridge - basecoated it in Coal Black again and then used the skin colors



Next was the tail scales.


First I glazed with UM Shadow to darken and shift blue, then highlighted back up with:


09330 Wolf Violet

89530 Desna Blue

09425 Icy Violet


I also glazed some of the skin with the UM shadow around this time too






Here are the paints used up to this point






and my painting journal entry to that point




My wife told me it needed more highlights in the tail (as I noted in the journal)


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1 hour ago, R2ED said:

I really appreciate when i see someone take the time to lay out their colors and how they did it.  Huge kudos for having the patience to do it!  Thank you. 

Thanks - hopefully others find it useful!


I used to never do it, but then I would forget what I did and wish I had taken notes later.  So I got this watercolor notebook and I’m trying to get better about it recording colors, especially when something works out well.

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Next step was to do that extra highlight level on the tail.


I mixed in 9063 Ghost White to the previous highlight colors for both the scales and fins and basically just did some edge highlighting




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Big push last night.


Painted the gold with NMM gold triad, after basing with 9426 Charred Brown.  Lined with 9064 Brown Liner.


The cords and spear head were painted with some stuff that was on my wet palette - I think Dusky Skin, Skeleton Bone, and Pure White.


The wood shaft was Charred Brown highlighted with 9162 Driftwood Brown


Shirt was painted with Dark Elf Skin and Highlight 9164/9165, with Ghost white added in to make some cool highlights.


This is where I’ve got to up to now:






Only hair and rock left, unless I decide to touch up the face … she looks kinda derpy.

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Finished her.  I planned to do a casual quick paint job on this one, but it kind of snowballed because I liked how it was looking a lot.


I’ll post her in show off.


I plan to continue posting in this thread when I do the Merman Ranger later.  I want to do similar colors, but slightly different.  Like they’re from the same sub-species but slightly distinct as individuals from each other.

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