Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Bard to the bone...

EDIT: Have reshot model with nicer camera! See pictures in the postscript to this post.

Firstly, I'd like to apologise for the title. I couldn't resist. That being done:

Calanthe, Bard Extrordinaire is finally finished! This was a commission for a friend's birthday representing her Pathfinder Bard character. The base model was Arwen from GW's Lord of the Rings range. She has been quite extensively modified with a mix of green stuff and random plastic elements:

Hop over to the modelling post to get details of what was done to where!

To put these pictures in context, the Lord of the Rings range is tiny! Arwen's face is about 4mm from forehead to chin and so painting facial details is properly hard and the camera has been a bit cruel!

The jade dress is worked up from a 1:1 mix of Dark Angel green and Hawk Turquoise highlighted up with increasing white. This is a bit of a departure for me as I will rarely use white as a highlight mix, but cold colours like jade work well with white. Generally though reach for the bone to lighten warmer colours as white will make them chalky. Calanthe's skin tone needed to be very pale. Starting from a 4:1 mix of Tallarn Flesh and Bleached Bone. A thin glaze of Ogryn Flesh applied to the recesses and the cheeks gave life to the slightly "dead" foundation basecoat. More and more bleached bone was added to the original mix and applied in thin layers to build up the porcelain smooth finish that this sort of model needs. You can't get away with heavy contrasts like you can on rough tough marines.

Tomorrow I'll throw up a Blood Angels post with the brand spanky new Assault Squad I've just finished along with some proper shots of Magnus, Second Tactical Squad's Razorback. On the workbench right now are a certain time travelling medical professional and his assistant (dressed for Rio of course), piccies soon.


PS: New shots of Calanthe!

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely awesome. One-of-a-kind gifts like this rock.