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Friday, January 02, 2015

WIP: Vampirella Base & Finishing Touches

Happy New Year!!!  I really mean that. Also a new look for a new year.  A bit easier on the eyes than that busy background I had before. I'm so happy with how this lady is turning out XD  Here she is with all her details done ready for her base work...

I used these colors,
to do a quick sketch of highs, mids and lows. Wet on wet, no need to be neat - it will help give a nice tonal variation. See?
Now we shade it all down with some glazes a la Mr. Wappel's technique...
And last we bring back some mids and highs with these colors...
 Remember that pigment wash from last time? Same deal on the brownish areas of dirt on the base...
One last thing before that little trick I mentioned to pull it all together. Black lining. Not normally a fan of it, but on these larger kits (especially anime ones) it pays off.
Now, the very last step is to hit it with a moderate coat of Testor's Dullcote. The varnish has a filtering property to it that really blends in those pigments and knocks them back very nicely. Then just apply gloss or satin varnish where appropriate after.

Next Post: Display pics of Vampirella. I'd love to hear what you think in the comments and remember; you can't spell paint without a little pain ;)


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    1. Thanks. I feel like people might be getting tired of looking at her but it was a big mini so It took a lot of posts to cover.

  2. Great work !! Compliments
    And Happy new year my friend ;)
    Cheers .

    1. Thank you and happy new year to you and yours too :)

  3. Great work Zab. Never get tired of your bases. So awesome!!!!! Just love them. Lady looks nice too :).
    Happy new year!

  4. Fantastic work, Loved seeing the progress from beginning to end, cannot wait for the Display Pics. You really knocked her out of the park!

    1. Thanks! When the primer went wrong and I kept flubbing the blending I damn near did knock her out of the park -_- Glad I didn't though :)

  5. She looks great and your work on bases is excellent as usual. You got the skin tone just right in that you did not overdo the level of contrast (for contrasts sake). Seriously ... good stuff!

    1. Thanks, it was hard to not push the contrast. Going up in scale though you have to tone it down :)


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