Animals, I have been painting a few recently. Although I will not be showing a tutorial for all of them I will share a tutorial for one of them. As long as the miniature has fur texture I generally paint them all the same. No fur texture makes me a very sad lady. I end up having animals that look like Mr. Bigglesworth.
My recently projects included painting a blue/black panther eidolon for my husband, three dogs for summons or enemies and an arctic fox for a familiar. The dogs were Ral Partha wardogs I scored from a random miniature bin at GenCon for about $.80. I was so shocked at the cost that I ended up loading up a bag of other animals while I was there. I also picked up what I call my “Bag of Sluts,” but that is a tale for another day.
Show and tell on the other animals:
“We are the dogs with no fur texture. We made our painter pout. This resulting covering one in spots to hide her shame.”
The fox I used is from an animal pack produced by Freeblades Miniatures. Please check their stuff out, their miniatures are fantastic. I had the pleasure of speaking with some of the people who run Freeblades and gushed over their minis. I really wish that they had more available as I own most of their line.
Foxes are great little animals who come in a variety of colors. This fox is to be used as a familiar in the Reign of Winter campaign for Pathfinder. As my husband is playing a winter man-witch it’s only appropriate that his fox be arctic. The interesting thing with arctic foxes is that I notice that they have two colors: a more yellowish/brown tint or a blue tint to their fur. Well I like blue, so blue is what I went for. If blue is an option…I’m going to use blue. I need to be conscious of my use of blue otherwise all humanoids would be dressed in blue. I don’t need to use blue, I can quit at any time! Ok, I have a problem.
- To begin I based the fox and used some green stuff to create a setting. I planned on using some terrain water to create a small pool and attempt to make it look iced over. I textured the green stuff by rolling a small rock over the surface. I generally let my greenstuff set overnight before continuing.
- This fox was east to paint. I used a base coat of MSP (Master Series Paint) Misty Grey as a base on the fox. I also used MSP Stormy Grey on the base.
- Next I set to work on the face. I know many people like to paint in the face at the end, but I find it easy to work around the details then add them at the end. If I mess up I end up having to either layer up the paint and make it look thick and icky, or strip the figure and start over. Hells to the NO with starting over.
- I used Citadel Chaos Black to paint in a thin line In the mouth, a little paint for the nose and painting the sockets of the fox. I dotted in MSP New Gold for bright yellow eyes. As I continue I will clean up the mouth and eye area as I add my layers to the figure.
- Next I added MSP Black Wash to the base and make a thin wash of MSP Templar Blue. I didn’t want this figure to be a bright blue so thin was the way to go in order to get the tint.
- Now I cleaned up the eyes and mouth as you can see. I choose to not attempt a pupil because this miniature is small…very small. I dry brushed the fur with MSP Misty Grey in order to ton down the slight blue on the higher edges. I also dry brushed the base with the same color…and quite honestly loved it.
- It’s time to add some small shadow. I mixed 2:1 ratio of MSP Misty Grey and MSP Templar Blue and light, very lightly dry brushed the underside of the fox, the underside of it’s tail, the bends in the legs and some small areas near the eyes and cheeks. Also, let’s stop to appreciate the base again. Ah. Me gusta.
- I do believe this speaks for itself. I dry brushed Citadel Skull White on the high areas including the top of the nose, edges of the ears and cheeks as well as appropriate body parts. Don’t you just want to BOOP it’s nose?
- I felt the fox was still a little bland. Foxes have the occasional unique markings. I added a tiny bit of Citadel Chaos Black along the ear tips, at the base of the tail and a tiny pit along the “eyebrows”. It’s a fox!
- Now is time for some base love. I made some sort of ungody green mixture I don’t remember in the base of the pool. Then I added a smidgen of green terrain at left corner of the recess. Of course this meant it was time to add terrain water. This requires 24 hours to set.
- With a little glue and snow terrain in patches we have a lovely base. A very light dry brush of MSP Misty Grey and Citadel Skull White to the water surface to make it look iced over added to the winter feel.
And we have ourselves a little arctic fox!
Calamity in mini land! My camera charger was stolen by kobolds! Or more likely it went missing during our move or is simply very good at being lost. I have replaced it and can now post!
That’s right, that last elemental has been finished. Don’t wet your pants now, that’s the water elemental’s job.
- The miniature was primed with my P3 White Spray Primer. I used green stuff to adhere it to its base and added a rock because: I like rocks. Who doesn’t like rocks? Rocks are cool.
- I don’t think I have used so few colors on a miniature before (short of a skeleton with 3). I did two or three coats of MSP (Master Series Paint) Deep Ocean. After putting this layer on I considered that perhaps I should be working from light to dark in terms of colors. However, the Epic Goddess of Lazy within myself could not be bothered to re-prime the elemental. We will see how it turns out.
- The next color I used was diluted MSP Marine Teal. I used this on all the high edges generously. I used several coats and found it immediately began seeing the illusion of water. When stuff like this happens it only solidifies my inner Lazy Goddess’ resolve to continue to be lazy. Someday, things won’t work out and my inner perfectionist demon will have words with me.
- MSP Surf Aqua was applied to the highest edges, much like the Marine Teal. However, this time I did not lay it on as thickly and made a point to cover less of the surface of the high edges. There are “foam” bubbled carved into this mini’s cheeks. I dry brushed this color into those recesses hoping I could layer on a more “frothy” appearance as I went.
- I mixed a small amount of MSP Ashen Blue with MSP Misty Grey. Then I laid a small amount on the highest edges and used even less than I did of the Surf Aqua. I noticed I did not add enough water for a smooth application. As you can see it looks a little dry on some parts of the body. Boo, Nerddrasil. Boo.
- I felt that painting over the lightest dry color would make it stand out too much. I used a little lazy trick of mine: stippling brush with some water + scrubbing = remove a little bit of the harshness of the color. Finally I use Citadel Skull White on a few of the highest point (foam fingertips, cheeks, a little on the mouth and forehead as well as the base waves).
- As both a sort of primer and base detail I used Secret Weapon Scenics Realistic Water. I used scotch tape to make a tray at the base for a layer of water to be added. This was not the best method as I did not get the best edges. I also covered the entire figure giving it a very glossy appearance. 24 hours later it was all dried. I needed to clip and sand the edges to make the scenic water look nicer.
Isn’t it lovely? But you know what that means?
I have a four set! Large Elementals Complete!
I have been busy with little projects. Captain Husband and I have started playing the first part of Pathfinder’s Reign of Winter scenerio. We are still on The Snows of Summer and are really loving it. He’s playing a Witch and I am playing an Oracle. Due to this I have painted him a new figure and painted an Arctic Fox (familiar for my winter man-wich) with a custom base. I will be sharing these things next time.
I am playing a Varki Oracle…and there is a distinct lack of Inuit type figures. Which means I am sculpting from scratch, motherfracking lord of filth why?!
I have also painted a panther, based a butt ton of minis, and have planned on doing some small and miniature elementals.
Also, Captain Husband told me I can’t buy more minis until I paint 50 of them. Challenge excepting, bitch. There are some Wyrd figures I am lusting over.
I would like to sing my praises to the pet owners of hobby-land during the early summer. Pet shedding…it’s really a bitch.
My biggest concern about painting the air elemental was to make sure it didn’t look like water. Peering around the vast galaxy of the internet I noticed a lot, and I mean a lot of air elementals being painted using blues and whites. Often it comes across as being more watery than airy. Although I do use a blue in my miniature, I made a conscious effort to stay in the ashen-cool color zone. So this meant ash blues, pale purples, greys and whites. I even considered pinks and yellows. After all, what colors are the clouds when you get down to thinking about it?
- This miniature was originally primed black. I ended up re-priming it white with P3 White Spray Primer. The reason I did this was so that my paints showed brighter against a background of white. I prefer to keep my bases black so I adhered the mini afterward priming. I wasn’t concerned about priming the base since I would be covering it up with grit later on.
- To begin I made a mix of 2:3 MSP (Master Series Paint) Twilight Blue and Citadel Skull White. This image is of the first coat I applied but I did lay on a second coat. As you can see, it really needed a second coat.
- Next I made a wash from MSP Twilight Blue and coated the entire figure. The body really took up the wash well. No emo, vampire loving teenagers shot out of my bottle. You may now breath.
- Purple, yes I am using purple at this point. I mixed a 1:1 MSP Amethyst Purple with Citadel Skull White. I added a little bit of Lasting Flow and applied it to the high edges of the figure using the side of my brush.
- I was losing sunlight fast and felt like the figure was still too “bright” and that there wasn’t enough definition. I made an additional wash of heavily diluted MSP Adamantium Black. I love the slightly shimmery paints. I became concerned with that it did to my mini and began eating wasabi peas as punishment.
- Feeling as if though I muted the purple undertones, I applied the 1:1 of MSP Amethyst White and Citadel Skull White on the high points once more. Phhhuuueew. I guess I can put the wasabi peas down now.
- I didn’t necessarily dry brush this. I left more paint on than I usually would dry brushing, but not enough to make it extremely opaque. I “mildly moist brushed” MSP Leather White on the highest points. This “white” is really more of a pale, pale grey.
- My deep love for shiny paint led me to a stupid/awesome choice. Dry brushed the whole dang thing with MSP Aged Pewter. I loved the shimmer effect it caused…but it also looked like I completely covered my beautiful highlight again. Specifically the love MSP Leather White I just applied. Ok, now I have to eat more wasabi peas. I don’t deserve sinuses that don’t burn.
- It’s time to bring out the shiny paint once more (I never learn, honestly). I dry brushed the highest edges with MSP Pearl White. This time things worked out. But could I add one more color? Maybe? Yes?
Yes, I can! With Citadel Skull White I rolled a few of the highest points with the brightest white I own. The eyes and mouth I colored with diluted Adamantium Black. I think it looks like air. It was also officially too dark for me to paint anymore. As you can see, I started laying some very, very basic terrain.
And so we have an Air Elemental!
Before I post the final installment of the Large Elemental Project…I need to discuss my upcoming Mini “Mini” Party. Wednesday I’m expecting our Reaper Bones Kickstarter Vampire Package. Oodles and oodles of minis! There will be minis, hard cider, bratwursts and General Bismark. Did any of you buy into the Bones Kickstarter? Let me know if you threw your own Mini “Mini” Party!
There is much anticipation from Captain Husband and myself for Wednesday.