Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ky-ra' Finished

Ky-ra' from Kabuki Models 54mm
After the crazy brightness of my last piece I deiced to go with something a little darker, & quicker to paint as I didn't want to do an over blown base again.  I also didn't want to overwork/overthink the paints so she isn't perfect but i'm happy with her. 
Although I'm not too happy with how shiny the sealant turned out especially on the base since it should not be shiny at all. :\  Hopefully it will tone it self down over night. 
She was a ton of fun to paint, I enjoyed trying a new skin tone and painting a muscle woman. I even pulled out a few body building magazines for reference.  The main reason I wanted her to be so tan is because I always see these fantasy warriors with pale skin.  I'm sorry but if you were out in the sun all day in a scale mail bikini you would have a tan at the very least.  I used a variety orange brown colors on her skin as well as some purple, red. 
The bronze on her armor and helm also have extra greens, golds and brown added for depth.  You can also really see the blue in the silver in these pictures. It's not as bright in person. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Flower Knight - Kingdom Death - Finished

I've finally finished the Flower Knight by Kingdom Death.  I am actually very happy with him as it stands. I really wanted to paint something turquoise and I finally got to do that on his ribbon pantaloons, sleeves and bustle. 
Originally when I started on this base it was round and I wanted to have flowers sprouting up behind him and in his foot prints kind of like the forest spirit in Princess Mononoke but it just ended up looking like a bad acid trip while reading Dr Seuss book.  So that base went right in the trash.  
I still wanted to give the feeling of something magical happening so I dug around in my bits and found the alter I had bought recently from my local game shop and well I though it was perfect as altars are a place of magical power.  The Raven (Nevermore) was also in my bits box as I bought him for my steampunk picnic diorama and he was just too huge for it. Ravens are huge but not that huge, but he fit in perfectly with the size of the Flower Knight.
So in this scene a sacrifice has been made and the blood is spreading the magic to the arch and ground creating the ivy and flowers.  While this happens the knight ponders a butterfly which has joined him in summoning nature. 
The raven  represents that darker side of magic but we all know he is going to be feasting on the lovely lovely guts that remain after the spell has completed. 

So the technical stuff: 
Arch :  Hirst Arts model which i've used and abused in the past.
Blood/Gore:  Vallejo Water Effects (clear) Mixed with Tamia Red and Black Wash let dry over night then added more red and black.
Flowers & Petals: Fimo- sculpted by hand 
Ivy, White Flowers, Tall Grasses : "The Army Painter" Supplies from the local game shop.
Flock: Woodland Scenics Course Turf
Paints: All Vallejo with the exception of the Blood/Gore

*edit* Added a few close up pictures.