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So, my girlfriend's birthday is rapidly approaching, and I thought it would be a cute gift if I were to give her a painted up miniature diorama of something, as she is admirably tolerant of my wargaming hobbies.
I was scratching my head as to what, exactly, to give her until I found a miniature made by Eureka Miniatures called the 'Frog King'.
(These are the stock colors, not anything I've painted)
As my girlfriend has an usual love for frogs, I thought it would be cute for her as a gift, so I went ahead and got myself the mini. I won't really be converting it, just basing it up and painting it as best I can.
I found the lid to some container in my basement and I decided it would make a pretty reasonable base. My next step was to grab some insulation foam and cut it down to fill the insides and create a slope on which I could pour water effects to create a sort of 'pond' on one side.
Then I coated the whole thing with bondo to make it harder and prevent primer sprays from eating it alive, followed by a layer of elmers glue and water and some rocks, and another layer of the elmers and water once that had tried to make sure everything held steady. The 'rocks' are just bits of wood mulch I found in a plant pot around the house.
In the interest of painting these things properly, I'm going to have to work on this in a bit of a convoluted method. I'm going to leave the frogs separate from the base to get at their angles a bit easier, and paint the base separately as well. Once that's done, I'm probably going to glue them down to the base and try concealing the seams between the edge of the frog bases and the display base by putting some extra sand and rocks down there.
This is mostly a painting project for me, really. The models are more than adequate for what I need, and my girlfriend loves frogs - she actually has a couple fire-belly frogs of her own, and I'm going to be trying to emulate their patterns onto these guys.
Looking good, as always jamsessionein. Quite different from the other green things you usually do.
I think it looks pretty cool. And besides, since it's a gift it'll be the thought that counts.
My image host/the warforge is down till 9 AM because my host is doing some sort of stupid maintenance, so I had to imageshack these. Hopefully they work.
Not the best painting I've ever done, and pretty simple, but I think it's cute. I wish I could blend and gradient as well as that stock shot I pictured earlier! I doubt it would matter much in this case, though, as I'm basically just copying a fire-belly toad's scheme. Future makes everything so glossy! Though I'm actually considering hitting the frogs with a gloss varnish after I spray everything down matte so they look wet.
Very nice idea. It makes me wish that my girlfriend had a favorite animal so I could do something similar.
Good luck with the finished product.
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A bit more progress! I'm not too happy with the way the gold metallics came out, but at this point the frog on the throne's completely assembled. There's a couple spots I think I need to touch up, and the skin could do with a bit of highlighting, perhaps, but I'm having difficulty figuring out how to do that - all of the skin is basically smooth surfaces, and when I paint on highlights I get a pretty defined 'seam' between the darker under color and the color I've just brushed on overtop. I'm not sure how to get that nice transitioned blending effect I want.
I think it looks pretty good. The gold could be given a wash of a chestnut ink-equivalant to give it some better defenition. As for highlights, you would indeed need to blend them good. Areas to highlight would be the sloping parts around the mouth (can't really call them lips... :tongue, the elbows and knees, the raised parts on the feets and the upper parts of the eyes.
As for the mixes for the highlights, asuming you are doing it like the pic of it, I would probably use some of the bluer greens, like jade green or vilous green (Vallejo).