Sunday, December 31, 2017

Medusa: Drapery. Orlando: Face

Shaded and highlighted just the cloth part of the drapery area on Medusa. I still need to do the transparent areas. Based on the red I picked and the other color selections, I decided to go with highlights that were moving toward pink, which I don't usually do. It looks a little odd to me, but I'm hoping that's because I don't usually go towards pink with my red highlights.

And I finally got some primer on Orlando and put a base coat of flesh color on his face.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Medusa: Hair, Drapery. Orc: Flesh

I had some time where I had to wait for putty on Orlando to cure and glue from some cat-related repairs on Medusa to dry before I could work on either of them, so I started this orc to pass the time. This will be a tabletop quality guy that I'll work on when I feel like puttering. Or have to repair more cat damage.

When I could get back to Medusa, I worked on finishing her hair and its snakes and started on the lower drapery. I plan to try doing transparent fabric with both it and her veil. It still needs shadows, highlights, and for the transitions to be smoothed a bit, but I think it's an OK start.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

15, 16!

Finished both Shub-Niggurath and Jeannie today.

Also started on one of my next projects. This is Orlando. He's going to be a bit of a project in that I'm going to have to work on him bit by bit and attach pieces as I go. For instance, his right leg joins at the hip, but there's stuff underneath that can be visible. So I had to paint the inside of his thighs, then glue it together, then I'll have to fill that joint on the outside and clean it up before moving on. The head was safe to attach so I did that, but his arms will have to go on after the rest of him is painted.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


I didn't feel like working on something I wanted to put a ton of effort into today, so I went back to Jeannie. I got most everything done except the smoke and her base. The smoke will not be that green when I'm done with it. I'll work on her next time, and should be able to get her finished by the end of the year.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Shub's Base, Medusa's Skin & Hair

Added paint and the first round of water effects to Shub's base. The water effect will hopefully clear as it cures. I will probably add another layer of that tomorrow for depth, and then when it has cured, glue him on and be done.

I also finished Medua's skin, including a tattoo, and put a base coat on her hair.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Shub's Base, Medusa's Skin

Added stuff to Shub's base. Sticks, leaf litter, flock, grassy bits. Stuff. I think it filled it in quite nicely, though I wish I had more sticks. Next I'll paint that stuff, then put in the water effects.

I also continued work on Medusa's skin. This is with shading and a first round of highlights; I will probably add another highlight step. I mixed a dark green in to the deepest shadows, and I think I like it for this skin tone.

I'm also thinking about putting a tattoo on her butt.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Shub: Maw. Medusa: Skin

Here's Shub, with his maw and tongue finished. That's it for the paint on him, I think.

And so, moving on to his base. I've glued the plastic bit to the base and added some putty and stone to build up the area that will be swampy.

I started on Medusa today as well. Here's the base coat for her skin. Going with Reaper's Olive Skin for the base.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Shub: Tentacles

Here he is with the tentacles glued in place and highlighted.

Now I just need to finish off the inside of the mouth and his tongue, which is still a separate piece.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Shub: Eyes, Tentacles

Finished the eyes, mouths, and such on the other side of his body. Then I moved on to the nest of tentacles.

I airbrushed the base coat on the tentacles. I made myself a little rig to hang them up on as I worked:

It was screwing a little hook into the tab of the tentacle, and hanging them from a little loop that was stuck in some foam insulation. I didn't air brush them there, I pulled each one down to work on it, but it gave me a place out of the way to hang them as they dried and I moved on to the next one.

Here is is with the base coated tentacles dry fit into the body.

I think I will need to glue them in before finishing them, otherwise it'll be too hard to guess where the highlights need to go. So, next time I'll be gluing them in. There are many and they intertwine, so that will be a  bit of a project.

I'm not entirely thrilled with my color choices at this point. I feel like I'd have liked to see a little more color contrast going on. It's like a big blob of purple and black. With the tentacles in place, the reds and greens of the details on the body get kinda drowned out by the sheer volume of everything else. Maybe I'll like it more when I've got shading and highlights on the tentacles. Either way, I'm unlikely to go back and change it at this point.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Shub: Eyes

I worked on the details on Shub's body today - finished the mouths and started on the eyes. As expected, I didn't finish the eyes, but I made some good progress. I should be able to finish them and the spikes next time, and then I think the main body will be done other than the maw, which I plan to do after the tentacles.

I also put some gloss on the finished eyes, the mouths, and the wounds, for that extra ick factor. I tried making the eyes glow, but didn't like the way it turned out. The glow effect eliminated the edge around the eyeballs, and made them not stand out very well.

Saturday, December 16, 2017


I've finished highlighting the body on Shubnigurath, and started on the assorted little mouths on there. Next I'll do the eyes, then the spikes. I'd like to be done with all that by the end of the weekend, but more likely I'll be part way through the eyes.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Shub, Jeannie, Medusa

I continued on with highlighting Shub's body. Not a ton farther, but some. I'm going to have to keep it moving along to finish on time.

Remember Jeannie? I started her a few months ago as OSL practice, then dropped her for a long time. I'm going to try to get her finished up. There's some stuff I could go back and fix with the OSL, but I probably won't bother. I did her eyes, lips, and highlights on the hair. Next I'll probably finish up the gold and her boots.

And, one of the next projects: Medusa, from Arena Rex. She's been cleaned up and primed. She has a shield and spear that will be attached later. This will be an excellent opportunity to practice transparent cloth.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Gold, Shub

Remember the piles of gold experiments? I went back to the last round and painted them.

Not bad. They definitely get the idea across. I have one more thing to try, but I think these - particularly the ones with lots of glitter mixed in with white glue - will be adequate.

I also got back to Shub today. I've started putting highlights on the main body, starting with his hindquarters.

Monday, December 4, 2017


I decided to stick with finishing things up today, and wrapped up the dwarf. I'll get back to Shub tomorrow.

Sunday, December 3, 2017


I decided to try to wrap up some partly done things today, starting with Six. Here she is, all done!

Also got back to that dwarf ranger and put a base coat on her belt and cloak.