Monday, June 20, 2016

Valeros, Iconic Fighter: Figure 223 of 266

   Over the weekend I finished up Valeros, Iconic Fighter; the last of the Iconics and Officially Licensed Pathfinder Miniatures set I had left to complete.  This set now joins the list of completed sets over on the right.
     This was another figure from this set that I wasn't particularly fond of. Yes, it has a great dynamic sculpt, but I just found it to be overly busy feeling; with stuff pointing in several different directions, and no real "front"to the figure.  So, I thought I would use this figure to do an experiment. I had been thinking a while about trying: painting a figure with mainly inks and washes, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to try it.
     So, I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then I gave it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsed and dried it.  Next, I glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue.
     I began by painting the figure with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige".  I then gave it a complete wash with GW Agrax Earthshade" wash.  When that was dry, I drybrushed it with Americana "Khaki Tan".
  I then gave his pants a coat of Iron Wind Metals "Dark Blue" ink.  When that was dry, I did his tunic with Iron Wind Metals "Dark Green" ink; and when that was dry, I did his leather armor with Iron Wind Metals "Orange" ink.
     Next, I did his shoes, and assorted pouches with Winsor Newton "Peat Brown" ink.  I then did his quiver and scabbard with  Iron Wind Metals "Red" ink", and when dry, I did his bow with Iron Wind Metals "Chestnut Brown" ink.  I realized there was still some cloth hanging down which I hadn't done, and I wasn't sure if it was part of the tunis or what, so I gave that a coat of Iron Wind Metals "Mid Green" ink.  I then did his hair, mouth and eye sockets, as well as the arrow fletchings,  with Vallejo "Black" ink.
     I then painted his eyes teeth, and tongue, then did highlights on his skin with a mix of the "Territorial Beige" ,and some Crafter's Acrylic "Flesh". I the painted his swords with Americana Zinc. Next, I painted the arrow fletchings with Crafters Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey".  i then went back and painted his swords with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey", and followed up with Folk Art Metallics "Silver Sterling" highlights.   Lastly, I painted the figure's integral base with Ceramcoat "Walnut".
   After the figure had overnight to dry, I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish".   When the varnish was dry, I flocked the base, and that evening I sprayed the figure with Testor's Dullcote.

     Well, it certainly is an interesting effect.  And I can see it useful if you wanted to get a lot of stuff done quick.  I don't, however, thinkI will be adopting a new panting style. :)

So, that wraps up the Iconics and Officially Licensed Pathfinder Miniatures set.  My plan is to do another four Orcpocalypse figures for next week, and then start in on the Pirates set.

Figure 223 of 266: Complete

4 comments:

  1. Looks pretty good to me... would you say that the inking was faster?

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    1. Thanks, LP! Yes, it was much faster as I didn't do any highlighting other than the initial khaki drybrush, and the details on his skin. The thinness of the ink allowed the original shading to show through, plus the natural pooling tendencies of the ink created their own darker points in the crevasses, and lighter areas on the high parts. Also, the thin ink flowed better onto the model than regular paint.

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