First things, first I tracked down some reference material! This is from the Rum & Bones rule book.
Then I went shopping, of course! Miniature Market has great prices on Reaper paint. And I started off with the Reaper Learn to Paint Bones kit so I’m using Reaper paint.
Moving on! I didn’t get earlier pictures. Rookie mistakes.
I primed them in black and then went from up top for a direct white to catch highlights. Then I noticed that my earlier efforts to trim flashing were garbage. More rookie mistakes. Though that one, I’m still figuring out. There’s got to be ways to do it, right? I haven’t figured them out yet.
Then where to start? I decided that the flesh after the belt would be easier not to goof up on than the belt after the flesh, so I randomly started there.
I started with thinned Ebony Flesh, moved up to very thinned Dark Highlights and dry brushed a bit of Leather Brown. When I came back later to take photos, there was no Leather Brown on my wet palette so I briefly forgot that I used it. I don’t put paints I’m dry brushing with on my wet palette. Clever me.
A note on thin paints. As I understand it, the idea is that the colors beneath can inform the final color if your paints are thin enough. Also, that detail isn’t lost. Reaper paints are already thin. Putting them on a wet palette thins them more. And I still started with a 3 paint to 1 water ratio.
Then I realized, looking at the reference picture, that his rag boots were maybe leather too and I decided to make them match the belt. Likewise the wrapping on his left arm, which kind of looks like a bandage. BigChildCreatives‘ version has turned that wrapping into leather as well. So I sort of felt justified. I’m kind of paranoid about getting too many clashing colors on the mini, so I was going to do either boots that matched his bandage or bandage and boots that matched his belt. I opted for as few colors as possible, went back and did the same thing to those portions as I did the belt, being much less aggressive with the lighter Leather Brown on his boots.
Then I had a choice. I could finish the leather up, or proceed with the rest of the mini, leaving the details of everything for last. I’m still not super neat, witness the fact that the whole thing is brown when I was trying to dry brush the belt. So, I went for base coating the rest of him.
Skin still scares me. Looking at the picture, the pants caught me. Such a color. So I pulled up Reaper’s paint match page and went to work. Then I realized that in the art I’m referencing, his paints, belt and anchor are all shadowed the same color. Fine . . . I’ll play. I based them all with Dark Elf Skin. I’ve no clue if this will work right or not.
His pants will be moving through grey to Ghoul Skin, which is a kind of grey green. Belt will be blue and I’ve not mentally tackled the anchor yet, but metallic. We’ll see if basing them all the same shoots me in the foot as I struggle to right the colors, or if it keeps things on an even keel colorwise and turns out as great as it looks in the original art.
Then I based his skin in Dark Highlights, careful not to paint his eyes.
At this point, thin paint or not, I feel like I’ve lost so much of the highlight detail that the white paint gave me. Maybe the paint wasn’t thin enough. Maybe I started too dark. Maybe I’m needlessly worried and it’s gonna be fine!