Monday, June 22, 2020

Dark Elf Priestess: Bones 4 Darkreach Figure

     This past week I painted the "Dark Elf Priestess" from the Bones 4 Darkreach Expansion.
     I prepped the 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 it.  I then glued the figure to a brown-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.
      I forgot to take a beginning photo of the figure, so here is a shot from the Reaper online store.
      I began by painting all the armor with Ceramcoat "Black".  When dry, I drybrushed the armor with Folk Art Color Shift "Black Flash".   When the "Black Flash" was dry,  I went over it again with a light drybrush of Reaper MSP "Aged Pewter".  After that I painted the face, knees, and hands with Reaper MSP "Dark Elf Skin".
     Next, I painted her robes with Reaper MSP "Blood Red", and then painted her cape with Americana "Charcoal".   After that, I painted the tabard-like pieces that hang down from her armor, using Americana "Black", and then did her hair with Americana "Grey Sky".
     I then painted her belt and pouch with Reaper MSP "Coal Black", and also used the color to paint the handle of her mace.  After that, I painted a pattern of black spiders on her robe using the "Black", and then added runes with, first, Reaper MSP "Holly Berry", and then going over them with some Americana "Primary Yellow".  
     I let everything dry for a while, and then I applied a coat of Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash to her skin, hair, armor, and cape. After that, I applied a coat of Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash to her robe. While those dried, I painted the skull in her hand with some Citadel Contrast "Skeleton Horde".  Then, when the wash was dry, I painted the eyes, then highlighted the face, and hands with the base "Dark Elf Skin", and some Reaper MSP "Dark Elf Highlight".
      Next, I highlighted the robe with the "Holly Berry", then mixed a little Reaper MSP "Brest Cancer Awareness Pink" in to do some lighter highlights.   I then highlighted the cape using a mix of the base "Charcoal, mixed with some Americana "Zinc", and then did lighter highlights with just the "Zinc'.      After that, I highlighted the triangular hangings on her front with a mix of the "Charcoal" and some Citadel "The Fang".  I then highlighted her pouch and belt, as well as the handle of the mace, with some Crafter's Acrylic "Cool Blue" mixed with some of the "Black".
     I then highlighted the skull with some Americana "Bleached Sand", and afterwards highlighted her hair with Americana "Snow White".  Turning back to the skull, I painted the crown on it with the "Black", and then went over the crown again with Folk Art Brushed Metal "Brushed Bronze".  I finished the crown by highlighting it with Ceramcoat "Wedding Gold".    Next, I painted her belt buckle and highlighted the mace with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  After that, I painted the fastener on her pouch and the skull on the bottom of her breastplate with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver". Lastly, I painted the entire base with Americana "Mississippi Mud".
      I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish. I then used some white glue to glue some fine sand to the base.  When the sand was dry, I painted it with a coat of Americana "Charcoal Grey". When this was dry, I drybrushed the sand with the "Mississippi Mud", and then with some Apple Barrel "Rock Grey"; lastly I drybrushed it with a little Americana "Dove Grey".
      Another overnight dry, and I sprayed the figure with Testor's Dullcote".


    I'm really happy with how this one turned out.  There's just something about her stance and gaze that seems to have a lot of character. And I think the spider border on her robe turned out pretty good.  

4 comments:

  1. I love your painting at the best of times, but that spider motif is great!

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    1. Thank you, myincubliss! I'm really pleased with how it came out too. Often what I see in my head doesn't translate when I try to paint it. This time was pretty close. :)

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  2. Great paint job, particular the spiders!

    This is a great figure too, which always helps... really says "cleric" with the mace, the armor, and the pose with the holy item.

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    1. Thank you, Lasgunpacker!
      I agree, it really is an iconic figure.

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