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Okay, so I've been working for about a year to semi-perfect my art of detailing. I found this Chaplain and saw the perfect opportunity to try out dramatic highlighting. All that needs to be done is to strap a backpack on him, give him a layer of clear coat, and he will be finished. Let me know what you think.
It's really the camera.
It's a bright red, almost a blazing orange, used for the highlights on the red, but it didn't show up all that well.
I think the armour looks a little homogenous, I'ld have worked down from grey rather than working up from black.
(also the paint on ridge of his hat appears to he chipped a little)
Up, up and away!
Overall it is a clean looking figure. I am far from one being able to talk about pictures but while the picture is clear the color is obviously off - especially if the red is more a blazing orange red...
Over all I am not too keen on the sharp contrast highlighting on the armor. Over most of the figure it isn't bad at all but there are areas where the line isn't straight or thicker than other areas and this really throws off the effect. For the most part though the lines are thin so this could work with more practice. The areas I see that stand out the most are the inside of the power fist and over the knee.
I think there is more potential for the bone as well. This is especially targetted towards the staff. The top of the shaft looks rough and almost drybrushed which is contrasting to the rest of the figure.
I can see that you have worked to highlight the gold (with the obvious silver mixed in) but I don't think the effect is sharp enough. I know the picture is a bit washed out but I would like to see a bolder transfer of color. I think in both the gold and the reds you need to start much darker and work your way up to the highlights you have achieved. This stronger transfer of color will both stand out more and create more visual interest.
I do like how the eyes turned out and I do like the distinction in the teeth. Both areas are executed nicely.
Like I said it is a clean looking figure and if you are happy with it - you can't really complain. If anything else I would suggest basing it as well.
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Thanks for all the positive feedback. It was my first time with the whole dramatic highlighting and everything, but thanks. I'll work on it more with the avice you guys gave me, and post to see how it comes out.
As for the top of the staff, drybrushing came to be my final option there. Many layers of paint were waisted trying to get it just right, so I guess you could say I 'half-assed' that part. Haha. Do you have any tips as to getting the gold of the Crozius darker? I've tried brown inking the GW Shining Gold to no avail, and the only other potion I can think of it black ink, but I believe that would ruin the lustre of the gold.
I would go for a mix of brown ink and black ink, and then lightly touch up the edges with gold and mthril mix.
As for teh haft of the crozius, it lacks the uniformity of colour that the rest of the model has - I would recommend a chestnut wash over the haft, to add a little colour to the bindings, and unify the rather fuzzy dry-brushing on it.
Well the edges are straight up drybrushed GW Mythril Silver. I don't believe I could get it much sharper than that.