I thought I would do something new here. Step by step, my thoughts and decisions. This seems like a fairly simple model to start with.
The messy pumpkin innards are eventually going to be a highlight of yellow. So I am starting out with the closest color I believe I have to the inside of a pumpkin with Saffron Sunset.
This color surprised me at how well it worked for a pumpkin color, Highlight orange.
Here I had a choice. More orange on top of orange or a brown for the shade. I went with the Sepia wash, because I need shadows and it just seemed right that the pumpkins should be a little dirty looking. Going full dark brown shade I believe would have been too overpowering.
Went with driftwood brown for the handle only because I hardly ever use it. Most browns would have worked just fine. Those of you with good eyes probably noticed that I finally got that one little pumpkin painted.
The darker brown Earthshade wash for the handle
I may misspoken when I said this appeared to be a fairly simple model. Those vines took me 4 hours to complete the pine green base color. I don't normally time myself, but I did four, one hour sessions.
I was moving as fast as I could, but also had to be careful with the pumpkins. In addition there were a lot of crevasses to smush the brush into which didn't help and just so many vines twisting and turning. Part of the 4 hours was going back and doing orange touch ups.
A careful dark green wash for the vine shadows.
I could have probably started a little lighter that this combination, but it was a good start to highlighting the vines.
And stopping here with the yellow/green mix.
Went with the sepia liner for lining the more shadowy areas. Brown would have been fine too, but I don't think I ever used the sepia liner and wanted to see what it looked like.
Highlight orange and marigold yellow for the pumpkin shell highlights.
Golden brown and white highlights for the mossy fungus like stuff on the pumpkins.
Saffron Sunset and what I think is sun yellow for the innards.
A gradual mix of all this for the scythe
6 colors mixed for the scythe. My palette of fun. The streaks are me taking off excess paint.
I'm finally getting to some of my personal stash. First Ashoka and now Hoodoo. I love Brom, his art style was a huge influence on me. I played the Dark Age CCG in college when Magic the Gathering got boring. I really enjoyed DA and still have my cards. The art was gorgeous, the game was a blast, showcasing miniature style wargame combat done with cards and dice alone.
This model is those memories come alive for me again. He fits extremely well into my new campaign. A swampy bayou scene will be set. Witches, vampires, voodoo alligator constructs and their creator will eventually set themselves upon the players.
I finally feel like I can do it some painting justice and I can't wait to take the final photo.
Some kind of voodoo , come across this land.
I have another alligator in the gallery, but could not resist taking a pick now.
Have some trimming to do on the shield. I am going to try an spray prime like this, but more one little shift and the shield is ready to snap off the sprue. I believe gluing the shield on first will make this impossible to paint.
Some binge painting. Shield still wet.
Some of the metallics done and pants.
The ground looked good to me as just plain dead in contrast to the very life springing forth from the paladin. I put all sorts of vegetation up to it, but nothing looked as good as what was sitting there in front of me.
I am so happy with the way the white dragon on his shield turned out. I didn't go all the way too bright with my highlighting either, making this look slightly different from my usual turn outs, but I really like it. This is one of those that part of me feels hard in letting go, but I have no use for tieflings as of yet.
I have been putting out models faster than my usual speed, being stuck in the house for the most part lately. So fast I am forgetting to take pics again. Hopefully that will change with this guy.
I don't plan on doing much highlighting with his skin, only a wash after this. Not sure what I will be using him for, maybe one of Baba's creations out in the bayou that the players will have the misfortune to meet. He has been assembled on my shelf for at least a couple of years now.
Working on the base colors, a pewter metal color for the armor.
Armor gets a wash in Nuln oil. Skin gets some discoloration around the areas where the bands go into the skin
Deep Red for the garment he is wearing.
Some orange brown highlights for the bands working on the rock axes. I don't want to drybrush, but unsure of my skill level for making it look like rock and not metal.
This is one of my favorite models I have done. Everything just worked exactly the way I wanted it to. He was one of those that caught my eye very early on like few models have since.
There are some works in progress of this big guy in the previous blog entry. He is really impressive in person, very pleased with myself on this unique scupt.
Baba Yaga witch for my Raveloft Campaign.
Gnome Bard for one of my player characters
Pumpkin Golem, warrior, gravestone golem and water weird. The warrior will become my Strahd, basically Dracula for my upcoming campaign
Took me hours to get this far. He has a lot of tough to reach areas and I find myself constantly touching up. The good thing is that he is badass. I wish I had him for an NPC, he just oozes cool. Most of the basework has been complete, just a bunch of doo dads and his belts.
And because I have to be painting at least two things at the same time...Gibbering Mouther has begun. He will be one of the first creatures my group encounters on their next dnd session.
Speed paint with some sepia colors, reminds me of one of my dads old Lineol soldiers. He was probably going to sit in a box forever, I felt he needed some paint and some play. I love that weapon of his. I don't have that many models with a weapon swinging out quite like that.
Some Highlighting. I decided I would take a different approach and not drybrush this stone (unlike the recent gargoyle.) He has lots of sharp edges that I thought would look nicer without drybrushing. I am very quickly running through painting, but still taking me hours. Big model, just so much to do, by this point I had already based most of him and gave him a wash.
Little more highlighting.
Johnny Depp pirate scowl...
I painted him in just a couple of evenings. I don't normally do much dry brushing on models, but I always like the way it looks on stone. That helped move things quickly too. Fairly large model, wish I had taken a comparison picture.
Assembled and primed. Two arms and a tail needed gluing.
Some base colors
Some shade added. Now it has a rich foxy color to its fur.
Pants painted, did a little bit of work on the fur which is hard to see. Working on other small details, mouth, nose and such. Wish I had gotten more done, but what I did finish, took me a while and I've been working through a terrible sinus cold.
A rough idea, that I am going to leave my friend to decide on.
I also believe the cape is 2 parts, but it is rare that I am baffled by a sculpt. I can't see where it is separated. I have been looking at other paints jobs online to try and get more of an idea on him and I can see their guessing games with colors running into each other from both pieces of cloth without a real definite stopping point to be seen.
I watched some TV with the family, went back and took another look at it myself and decided that the leaf pattern just wasn't coming out the way I wanted it to. Need more practice.
So I painted the base colors back over it and I am happy with what I have going on here. Just lost about a nights worth of work, but I rather that happen than be unhappy with the finished model.
I figured out the cape separation thing too.
Just have a sword, some small details and the base left to go.
Had some issues today. Turns out the superglue had a chemical reaction to the vallejo dirt and ate away at it. I had an extremely tough time getting this guy to stay on the base with the one foot. Took me all day go back and forth, waiting for glue to dry, putty to harden, in the end, kept it nice and simple...and he came out really sweet looking. Reminds me of the Fox from Disney's Robin hood. I loved that movie as a kid.
A bit different from the previous dark elves I painted. I used the more modern skin colors, leaving out the purple highlight.
I picked up this jar of texture, a bit more grainy than I thought it looked, but sill fills in the empty space on the base nicely and without much effort other than making sure not to touch the painted model with it.
Finished about a week ago, but finally go around to taking some pictures.
Using a mix of D&D dungeon tiles and handmade items. I picked up 2 bookshelves on Etsy, the artist did a wonderful job of which I tried to mimic with my own larger version. The scrolls and books he made are fantastic and I have nowhere near the time to figure out how he did it.
DogMightGames made the dice chest and rolling tray. Dice chest is perfect, but it took them 2 weeks over their max time to make/ship me a dice tray with a significant wobble to it. Still irks me when I hear the clunking back and forth on the tabletop.