Let’s just get it out of the way up front: Yes, Nemchant has a distinctly “vaginal” look.
I actually painted this figure some time last year, but forgot to take any photos of it to put up here. I don’t recall most of the color choices, though if I had to guess, I’d say the body is a mix of Goblin Green and Skull White. The mouth area is highlighted white on the edge, and then just a basic red + white mixture. The eyes are Imperial Blue with a touch of Skull White on each of them, as a catch-light.
The floor is Sick Blue, unadjusted, I think.
Sungyullas was another fun one, like Chugyullas. The raised grooves along the sides are secretly very easy to paint (just drybrush!) but give the illusion of ridiculous detail. To be fair, it’s a little challenging, I mean, you don’t want to get it messy anywhere else, of course.
I was unsure what to do about the supporting column underneath. There are what appear to be light ripples underneath, which suggested it’s probably hovering over liquid. I considered doing flames shooting out of the bottom, but the straight jet downward suggested either steam, “raw energy”, or super-hot-white-fire. Black wash helped to add “clouds” or “smoke” to the water below.
The main metallic surfaces were a combination of Tinny Tin and Polished Gold, with some parts getting a touch of Hammered Copper or Gunmetal Metal. Proportions varied to give some contrasting tones on different plates of the body. The grooves were Ice Blue with just a touch of Scorpy Green. The art shows the grooves as being a little more green, but I took some artistic license there — I thought the blue shade complemented the gold and matched the water below better.
Midras was a relatively easy miniature to paint. I’ve been putting off painting him partly because I suspected he would be easy, and also because the bulk of his skin differs little from the base plastic gray.
He was actually a lot of fun to paint, though, and I’m really pleased with how he came out.
The skin was a Skull White with just a hint of Chaos Black mixed in. A black wash helped to bring out the detail, followed by a mostly-white dry brush, particularly on the hair and abs.
The… robe? Sari? Ass-cape? was white with a touch of red and light brown added. The gem in the head of his staff was painted first with Hormagaunt Purple, and then dry brushed with Skull White for detail — it almost perfectly matches the artwork (win!). I had to guess on the boots — they were initally VERY pink, but after a wash and some touch-up, looked a bit more regal. The floor was a combination of Sick Blue, Sombre Grey, and black wash; it gave it a nice cold stone look.
This one was pretty no-frills, and I’m pretty sure I have another, so it will have a twin!
So I traded in some gaming collectibles to the local gaming store and bought some Citadel paints. The colors I picked were kind of odd-ball colors; very vibrant and not the sort of things you would typically expect to use when painting.
But I had a few minis in mind for those paints, one of them being Hansa, pictured here.
I’ll be honest, I was actually dreading this miniature for a number of reasons: The coloring in the artwork is not my typical palette and I actually found it kind of ugly at first; And while it may not be completely apparent from these photos alone, the way his hands are positioned make it extremely challenging to paint the insane detail on the chest-plate armor.
But overall, I’m really happy with how this turned out, particularly with the wings. The Citadel paint I used for the exoskeleton, Warlock Purple, turned out to be pretty darn close to the art, particularly when I mixed it with just a touch of Skull White for highlights. The black wash really helped draw out the detail, especially on the wings. Some golden dry brushing along the lower part helped give it that iridescent glow.
The chest plate was indeed really hard, and honestly, I’m not 100% happy with it; but I don’t think I have the tools to do any better at this point. I’m pretty sure I have another Hansa mini, though, so I can paint a companion piece with an alternate color scheme and take another shot at that chest plate detail.
This one came out awesome – so good, in fact, that The Gill even said “Wow, this one looks really good.”
I’m about as satisfied with this one as I am with how Hamulus Garuda came out.
I’m particularly happy with three things, specifically:
- I nailed the color schemes, which may not seem like much, except that pretty much ALL the paints in this one are free-mixed.
- The armor / ornaments are inverted from typical gilded pieces — usually the bulk of the ornaments are darker (leather, some sort of dark metal, etc.) and the raised edges are gilded. But in this case, it’s the opposite (see the card photo). I did a gold wash, then dry brushed the brown on.
- The hair came out MAH-velous.I went through a couple times with the washes on this — I think I did a very dark wash the first time, and then realized that the the dark parts of the hair should really just be more saturated, rather than shadows. Check the closeups.
Very happy with this one. The leggings weren’t a perfect match, but I think it’s what the color that the card WANTS to be.
Photo gallery after the jump.
This miniature is named Kanaba.
I’m semi-satisfied with how he turned out. The back of him, particularly the wash / highlight work on the folds of his cape, as well as the torch ornament on his chains (also on the back — see after the jump for the gallery), both look terrific.
The bone-ish pieces on the front belly (they look like lightning bolts) weren’t represented in the cast the way they are on the card (on the card, they look more like bones) — so even thoguh I painted them pretty accurately, they just don’t look right.
The face came out really nice though — I “helped” the sunken eye shadows by actually painting them with a very dark grey — on their own, the eyebrow ridge wasn’t quite pronounced enough to shadow itself; and really, the eyes kind of look supernaturally dark anyways.
I may, at some point, decide that I’m going to deviate from the card in that regard, and then repaint those bits to be less prominent.
I did take some creative license with the sash-straps on the front belly; on the card they are a light purple, but I felt like it really just needed a little color on the front, since pretty much everything else was purple, white, and black.
I also have Nebguard finished — he’ll post tomorrow!