Saturday, April 30, 2022

Banshee: Skin

 Did not get as much done as I would have liked today. I finished the base coat on the banshee's 'skin'. It took many coats, as the paint I was using was more transparent than I would have expected. I started shading just to see how it would go. So far, so good, but I also found that the base coat would kind of reactivate when I applied the shading. This is not totally a bad thing and in some ways it helped blend, but it's definitely not behavior I'm used to so I had to spend some time futzing with it to get it to work.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Alaedril: Skin, face, hair

 I worked on Alaedril, the elf mage tonight. Got shading and highlights on her skin, finished up her face, and started her hair. Wasn't sure about the skin tones until I got the hair in, now I think I'm OK with it.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022


 Here's Chad, all finished!

I'm very happy with how he came out.

Next projects:

Found her already primed and sitting on a holder. Figured I might as well finish it, though she's going to take a while. Lots of fiddly bits.

And, the banshee:

I still don't have a strong feeling on what to do with her. I decided to go with a dark, almost black for the veil and bodice, and pale teal for her 'flesh'. The teal is going to be outside what I'd normally do, and I'm not at all sure this will work out. But (if I can stand it), I'm going to continue, just to see how it goes. If I hate it I can always print another one. With the base coat on her skin...sure enough, I'm very uncomfortable with it already. :p

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Chad: Metal, Leather, Shell, Base

 I finished the rest of Chad's gear today and made some progress on his base. That's finishing the leather straps and the spear, his shell shoulder armor, and then the base. I found a couple plants I had printed and added them to the base, and filled in with some sandy paste to make it look less like some extras just stuck on there. I'd hoped to finish him today. I didn't quite get there, but there's not much left. I need to paint the sand, finish the paint on the plants, and paint the border of his base, and then he's done.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Chad: Metal

 Today I did the metal bits on Chad. Not thrilled with the pendant thing that is hanging around his waist. I might go back over and make that a gem of some kind, probably blue. The rest of it I am happy with.

I think next will probably be shading and highlights on the brown parts.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Chad the Merman: Tail

I continued on Chad today, and got his tail pretty much done. The pictures are doing a poor job of representing the level of contrast. I'm very happy with my choice of 'goldfish', though.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Chad the Merman: Skin, Face, Hair

Got in more work on Chad today. Finished his skin and face, and moved on to his hair. So far, so good! His tail will be next.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Chad the Merman: Shading Skin

I got back to working on Chad today. I shaded his skin. Could have gotten farther, but I experimented with some different shadow colors before going back to a pretty standard brown. (I tried a browner green and then a somewhat desaturated blue-green, but wasn't happy with either.) Next will be skin highlights. 

I have decided that Chad is going to be blond, and he's going to be a goldfish.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022


I finished Perseus today. Sure enough, I couldn't get the shield placed the way I think it's supposed to be. I ended up just kinda jamming it up in there, no glue, with just pressure from the other parts of the figure holding it in place. I'm not going to take this guy anywhere, so it'll be fine. 

If I had to pick a word to describe my work on this figure, it'd be 'inconsistent'. I'm happy with the skin, face, and hair, but the sword is terrible. I like the helmet, but the shield is meh. I'm disappointed that I couldn't get the shield on right and that Medusa's head is at a weird angle. 

But whatever, it's done. Time for something else.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Perseus: More Shield

 Continued on the shield. Got the bronze on the front, and shaded and highlighted the outer rim. Almost there!

Friday, April 8, 2022

Perseus: Shield

 Worked on the shield tonight. The inside is done except for the rim, and I put the undercoat on the parts that are going to be bronze on the front.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Perseus: Medusa, Shield

 I attached Medusa tonight, and the started on the shield. I'm disappointed that Medusa's head didn't attach straight. If I held it straight, one of the connection points didn't go into the intended slot at all. It wasn't even close enough to fill in around it with putty. So, it's tilted. It's not the first disappointment with this guy. Even so, the last thing I have to do is the shield, which I also started.

I may regret putting his helmet on before the shield; I think getting the shield placed is going to be tricky. It may not even fit right.

Monday, April 4, 2022

Perseus: Bracers & Sword, Part 2

 Finished up the bracers and sword today. Happier than I was with the bracers. Hate the sword; it's terrible. Seriously considering cutting his sword arm off at the elbow and pretending it was never there. :p

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Perseus: Bracers, Sword

 Today I worked on Perseus's bracers and the sword. Did the highlights on the bracers, got a base on the metal badges, and base coated the sword. 

I don't love the bracers. I'm hoping once the metal gets farther along that helps, but I suspect I will still not love the bracers.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Perseus: Skin, Leather

 I worked on Perseus today. I think I've got his skin finished, which I'm very happy about. There's still plenty of work to do on him, but that's a big part that's done. I also worked on the leather bits, shading the bracers and that strap across his chest and also highlighting the strap, so I think that's done too.

Next time I'm going to try to get the bracers done. After that the sword, then attaching Medusa and painting the bit of snake in his hand, and last, the shield.