Friday, July 29, 2011
Finished Xenos Inquisitor
So my first competition level figure is finally complete. "Complete" being a bit of a relative term, mind you. There are still quite a few freehand elements I'd love to put into this miniature. However, I also know that I need practice free-handing details on a fig, so rather than mar the finished figure with practice, I'm leaving it be so that it doesn't potentially hurt the overall figure if I do the freehand poorly.
The roller coaster ride of painting this figure took 4 days in total.
Painting Day 3 - 4 hours
Ugh. Getting started painting at 10 pm is never the best way to start out the night, let me tell you. What I accomplished this night was the final highlight on the reds, the face and hood, as well as the gloves, boots and staff.
I ended up glazing the boots with a little thinned Devlan Mud because the blending and highlights came off a little too bright.
The gems on the staff were a bit of a challenge. I think I pulled them off, but I also think they could be better. Believe it or not, the quickest part of the night was the face and eyes. I also used a thinned Devlan Mud here to tint and shade the face, and the eyes only took me two tries!
Painting Day 4 - 8 hours
The Cloak and Base, the last two parts to finish on this.
With the cloak, I painted the interior with it off of him, then once I had the blending to where I wanted it, I glued it on. The red and fur and final highlight on the interior were all painted with the cloak on him. The cloak itself took maybe 2-3 hours. Once I had that done, I figured I'd get to bed earlier than I thought since the base shouldn't take too long.. right? RIGHT?
Nope. The base took from 10 til 3am. Ah well. Total time spent painting him was approximately 22 hours.
As I finished writing this last Wednesday night/Thursday morning, it was 4am, and the pictures were just taken. While removing the figure from it's temporary base, I cut myself, and bled on the staff, which then had to be touched up. So yes, I can honestly say that I bled for this figure.
Painting one single figure for competition has taught me quite a bit. Especially how I'd change painting certain parts, with what kind of painting process, etc. However one thing I can say for sure is that I'm pleased I finished it, and no matter how well or poorly it does, I'm happy with the figure. Would I change something on it even now? Sure I would. But I'm happy with it.
I'll plan a more in-depth post about preparing a figure for competition for the near future.