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Here are the three commission minis I managed to finish up this weekend. Click the pictures for bigger versions.

First up, the two D&D Characters, Lorelei and Sarona. The bases were made from GreenStuff, and sculpted with a standard spade type tool. I then used a small ball of aluminum foil to texture them. After adding way too much texture, I squished the GS onto a box lid to flatten most of it out. One more gentle texture later, and I have what look like worn flagstones. Once solid, I used a hobby knife to cut out a random stone on each and dropped in some flock for sand. Yay, visual interest!

They were painted with Greatcoat Grey (P3) then washed with Nuln Oil (GW). I then gently drybrushed them with Greatcoat grey and then London Grey (VMC 70.836). I picked a direction for the torchlight to be coming from, and 2-brush blended some Exile Blue (P3) onto the back half of the stones to add a directional shadow. The front of the stones were given a light glaze of Ember Orange (P3) and then Heartfire (P3).

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Madrak didn’t need much else to finish him off. The runes on the axe are Necrotite Green (P3) and Morrow White (P3). His base was done using flock and bulk craft paint (Liquitex Basics) Burnt Umber, then Raw Sienna, then Unbleached Titanium. Add moss and vegetation to flavor.

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Done, done and done! Stay tuned for some updates on the YT-1300 conversion project, and the final version of the Eldar Guardian I showed you last time.

I’ll be completely honest, I was pretty well spent after TempleCon.

Painting every spare minute for almost a month and a half will do that, though.  Additionally, it feels like there’s been some family or friend or work related thing every weekend in 2015, so my usual spots of big hobby time (weekends) have been cut in half.

However, after nearly a month of not painting, I’ve put some time into some commissions that have been patiently waiting for some attention, and they’re finally at a spot where I feel I can show them off.

First:  Madrak Ironhide, Chieftan of the United Kriels

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My client wanted purpleish skin and yellow stones, and everything else was to be whatever fit that.  I found that the GW paint range as the most purples, so we worked to find a 4-color range that fit the look he wanted for the skin.  Madrak sits in the top half of that range, since Troll warlocks are traditionally Albinos.  The Tartan pattern is straight from the Forces of: Trollbloods book.  At first, I tried a green base for the cloth, but it was way too garish with the overwhelmingly purple skin.  Blue fit much better.

This model represents a few firsts for me as well.  I’ve always shied away from weathering, afraid of ruining a perfectly good paint job.  Madrak is a scheme test model, so ruining things was kinda-OK.  Since the colors we’re using are already kinda outrageous, I figured why not throw some verdigris on the brass bits of his legendary Axe, Rathrok.  After washing the Molten Brass (P3) with some precious Gryphonne Sepia (Old GW), I then put some watered down Meredius Blue (P3) into the creases and then splattered it around.  I think it gives it some nice character.  The other really fun thing on this model was doing the marble on the scroll case hanging behind Madrak.  I first painted the base cream with a Menoth White Base (P3) mid-tone and shaded down with Hammerfall Khaki (P3) and highlighted with Menoth White Highlight (P3).  Then, I used watered down Brown Ink (P3) to draw some blob-y shapes, and refined those and added some depth with less watered down Brown Ink.  I’m very happy with the effect on both.

He still has some work to be done, though.  The runes on his axe need a glow (I’m thinking green, perhaps?) and I want to add one more set of highlights on his skin to really push him higher in value (luminosity).  His base will get extra details after he gets sealed.

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Next up are a pair of Player Character models for a Dungeons and Dragons game.  These are the first two of six characters I’m making for the adventuring party.

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