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Just wanted to show you some WIP shots of the Glade Guard I am working on.
I am actually working on the model now, so i will keep updating this with new pics as and when i read a finished stage.
Please bear in mind that this is not only the first wood elf i have ever painted (and so the first time withthe colour scheme) but also the first time I have attempted highlighting.
So, the first pic...
Stage 1 - Brown Leather Basecoat finished, and Dark Green Cloak highlighted
Err... good work, so far.
I dont really like WHFb archers though, cause they never have a string on the bow, and it looks like there about to punch someone instead of firing an arrow... oh well.
OK... I gave up doing WIP shots and just finished the model.
I am pleased with the way the body turned out, but the face looks pretty dire (The hair isnt that good either)
So, please guys, tell me what you think, and how I can improve the face...
Edit: I have actually removed the head now, and will be replacing it. The head was really really bad and bringing down the whole model
Last edited by Knape97; August 10th, 2005 at 00:46.
Inking the face with black ink should bring out alot more detail.
I used a little chestnut ink, but i didn't want to overwhelm the face and turn it brown. I think my best bet is to keep trying out different techniques and find one that I can pull off.
Overall as a first elf model, I am pleased with the overall result though
I definitely wouldn't do the black ink on the face it is much too harsh.
Chestnut ink will work but I have found that after doing your base coat (elf flesh, dwarf flesh, pale flesh, whatever) a flesh ink wash is a good start. Once this dries hit the high areas of the face - cheeks, chin, upper lip, bridge of nose, forehead above the brows with a shade lighter than what you used for your base. If you are feeling even more adventuresome take the next shade lighter still and touch an even smaller area mentioned above.
As for the eyes - I usually darken them with a brown ink, paint the white pupils and then paint in the black. Sometimes I will paint the white first and then let the ink pool around the eye. This is easy to clean up with the flesh paint afterwards so don't worry too much about neatness.
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Overall they look good,especially the cloaks,you did a good job on them.Yeah the face isnt too good but practice does make perfect and you will get better at it as you do more.Maybe you could highlight the leather abit more as it looksa a bit bland.Overally a good clean paint job.
Knape, everything is perfect, IMO, except for the face/hair. I won't comment on the face, as many have before me. But the hair, atm, kind of looks like a yellow blob. I think you should lightly ink it - perhaps Chestnut Ink, and then highlighting it with a vomit brown -[sunburst/golden] yellow 50/50 mix, that should turn out alright, maybe. But it's generally down to you, Practising, experimenting, and seeing what you like best.
EDIT: Knape, after looking at the GW shots, it seems you haven't painted the buckles and other small metal things. On the gloves, and belt-thingy mainly. If you don't understand what I mean take a look at this.
Last edited by Pierced53; August 10th, 2005 at 08:19.
Not bad looking, but one thing that always catches my eye is mouldlines. The second elf with the hood has a big nasty looking line running across his head, that really should have been removed.
As to flesh, it can be a hard or as easy as you like.
Easy way - a flesh tone darker then your base (dwarf flesh for example), then using flesh wash give it a slightly watered coat and let it dry. Then once more do the base colour but leave the ink in recesses and highlight with a lighter colour (elf flesh for example).
Hard way - A truely darker flesh colour and by mixing up from this colour moving progressively through the colours until you achieve the shade you want. Sounds simple, but to do correctly can be harder than it looks.
The harder way is a better way IMO, as it adds more difinition. But until you have the basics of shading/highlighting down I wouldn't reccomend it.