This is the fourth miniature I have painted and is from Dark Sword Miniatures. It is the first male that I have painted and the first figure to have armor.
For those of you who are new to my blog and those of you gamers in hiding that are reading it (I know you're out there) I have learned to paint by instruction from Kris at Wargames and Railroads via email, by cruising around looking at blogs and from the critiques of some very helpful and talented painters and gamers.
I wanted this figure to look like he had just come from battle so I chose to paint the armor looking rough and dirty. This figure has much more detail than I have done in the past and is the first time I have experienced eye-strain and headaches. Painting is a bit difficult for me as I have no real vision in my left eye due to an accident and my right eye is a -16.0. Standard contact lens do not go higher than a -12.0 so I paint without lens or glasses with my left eye shut.
I think I showed improvement in painting the cloak this time and I added embellishment to the bottom. Not perfect, but a first effort. I did the hair in black and I think I should have brought the highlights up higher.
I took this photo to show the work on the battleaxe and for a first effort I think I did okay, but the differences in shading as you go along the weapon should have been greater. This shot also shows my failure to give enough highlighting to the hair. Also I think I should have had more silver highlights on the mail on the skirt.
This is a closeup of the face and I'm pretty satisfied with it. I used 4 different shades to build the color from light to dark and provide shading to the area under the cheeks and to highlight the cheekbones, browbones, chin and nose. I also added a hint of color to the lips.
This shot of the face shows the eyes and again I hand painted them without washes (I don't like washes).
I have to confess something--I do the faces last. I know, I know I'm a heretic and should be burned at the stake, but it works for me. And I know that the shine is too high on the figure, but I don't have matte varnish and will have to twist the Hubby's arm to let me buy some and to order some gold paint and other colors I want.
I'm just too tired to see all of my mistakes, so I'm going to let you guys point them out to me. And if there is something I've done that you think is good please point that out as well.
The Hubby had a rough night and I haven't slept since Friday. So as soon as I push publish I'm going to go down like a ton of bricks. I'll check back in around 7:00 p.m. EST to deal with any comments.