Monday, October 20, 2014

Virina, Female Demon: Figure 119 of 265

     This week I painted Virina, the female demon, from the BBEG (Big Bad Evil Guys) set.  As I pondered how I was going to paint her, I got in my head to do her in all black, and then I thought it might be neat to give her bright red hair to contrast with the black body.  I then happened to see a picture of some pumpkinhead figures someone had painted and had done cool fire-glowing eye effects on the jack-o-lantern heads; and the idea came to me that perhaps instead of doing plain red hair, it might be cool to try and paint the hair like glowing fire.  Since I have 200-some Bones figures to paint, the opportunity to do experimenting with stuff like this is one of the things I like.
         I prepped this figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying.  I then glued the figure to a 1" black-primed fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and glued the washer to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer's White Glue.
     I then painted her all black, doing my best to avoid the hair.
Next, I gave the whole body a drybrushing with Duncan "Slate Blue" to add highlights to the black body and wings.  Her hooves and horns I drybrushed with Folk Art "Medium Grey".
I then painted her hair Apple Barrel "Lemon Chiffon".
I then carefully drybrushed over the "Lemon Chiffon with first, Americana "Tangerine", and then Ceramcoat "Bright Red".
     And, lastly, I went over the hair with Apple Barrel "Apple Maroon".  I then painted the ring on her hair, first with Ceramcoat "Bronze, and then added highlights with Ceramcoat "14K Gold".  Next I tried to add reflected light from the hair onto her shoulders, chest, arms, tail, wings, and face by lightly drybrushing them with the "Tangerine"  Finally, I added eyes with the "Lemon Chiffon" and then added black pupils, and then touched up any exposed white areas of her integral base with the black.
       The next morning I gave it the figure coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish".   Later in the afternoon I flocked the base, and the next day I sprayed it with Testor's "Dullcote" spray varnish.
     Well, I like it, but I'm not totally happy with the figure, I think the black body turned out looking cool, but I don't know if the hair effect really works, and I still need to work on my relected light effects, as I think they came off heavy-handed.

Figure 119 of 265: Complete


  1. I like it, perhaps some orange-red higlight and a red or orange wash?

    The black I like!

    1. Thanks! Yes, perhaps I was too hesitant with my fire highlights.

  2. It turned out pretty well; I wouldn't have thought to try black skin. I might have gone for a lighter colour on the horns and maybe the wing spines (I don't know what they're really called) just to break up all the black.

    You're almost halfway through. That's impressive!

    1. Thanks! Yes, breaking up the black a little might have been a good idea.
      Yes, it seems the closer I get to the halfway point, the slower it takes to get there. I think I need to break out the Pathfinder Goblins to paint in groups, to boost my numbers. :)