Dungeon Crawling

12 04 2013

With the spring semester winding down, and most of my class projects complete I have much more time to paint. My house is also a huge mess, so I don’t have much else to do. Because the SDE models are so small it’s pretty easy to knock these out quickly. They look better in real life. I’m not the best photographer.

Here are some WIP of 3 Super Dungeon Explore (SDE) Heroines, the “Glimmerdusk Ranger”, “Hexcast Sorceress”, and “Riftling Rogue”.

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I was really trying to practice painting “anime eyes”. I think they came out pretty good.

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The eyes are pretty simple if you know where to highlight and where to put the white dot for the reflection. I don’t know that much about anime eyes, so I used a google search for some images. I pretty much copied one of these eyes found here

This was probably one of the most fun mini’s I’ve painted in a long time. There is just so much detail (albeit less than there should have been because some of the molding didn’t come out right). I’m still working on my NMM (non-metalic metal). I think I’m getting much better at it!

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The cape was really fun to paint. I tried to shade and highlight it naturally, but on the yellow I added some extra high contrast, which looks kinda like it’s gold.

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probably one of the most difficult to paint because of the pose. The crouching position makes it hard for my paint brush to reach all the areas.

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Now let’s dungeon dive for some treasure!


Angry Bear WIP

5 04 2013

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This is the card for the “Angry Bear” hero that comes with the game. I wanted to paint him close to the art, but with a little mix of polar bear (the mouth is black).

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So first off I sprayed him with white primer.

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Next I gave him a base coat of Citadel “snakebite leather”. You may be wondering why I painted him brown if he’s going to be white. Well, he’d look pretty one dimensional if he was entirely white. It wouldn’t give me the ability to add shadows or highlights. Plus, if you look carefully at a polar bear you’ll see that they aren’t pure white.

The coat of the bear is a mix of white with Citadel paint “bleached bone”

I did the base coat of the chains with Vallejo “parasite brown” (what colorful names… har har har!)

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My attempt at “non-metalic metal”, using only flat paints to depict the shadows and highlights real metal has. You’ll notice that the left manacle is flat yellow, while the right one looks “shiny”. I have to say that this process has been very frustrating. I don’t have very good pictures of the stages because I had to redo it so many times. I’m still not entirely satisfied with it, but I think I just need more practice.

To make the gradients I used (from dark to light) Vallejo “charred brown”, Citadel “snakebite leather”, 50/50 mix snakebite and Vallejo “scrofulous brown”, scrofulous brown, 50/50 mix scrofulous and Vallejo “sun yellow”, sun yellow, 50/50 mix sun yellow and white, and final highlights with plain white.

The trick to it is getting a really smooth transition in your gradient. mixing this many paints together can be a bother. I wish I had more skill using a wet palate. Oh well!

More pictures to come!