What I held in my hands was not a "cute" rabbit, it was a fiercely determined warrior. So when I went to paint him it was that characteristic that I wanted to draw out from the figure. And the eyes were critical. I lined the eyes with a metallic black then did the eyeball itself with a mixture of metallic green and russet brown. I then let the metallic black paint thicken on the palette and picked up a small amount with the end of brush and dabbed it onto the eyeball. I then used a small amount of white paint to create the reflection. I did all of this using a size 4/0 Kalinsky Sable brush. Paints were purchased for 67 cents a bottle at the local hobby store (I know the horror, the horror of cheap acrylic paint).
I knew I wanted the cloak red and then chose the remaining colors based on that decision. The base I painted myself and I tried to create a marbling effect. I'm not sure if I succeeded on that point.
One of my favorite part of the figure is this satchel. I think I did a fair job of "weathering" the satchel. I used Crimson Red from Reaper MSP HD to do the cloak. This red had beautiful black undertones that increased as I built up the layers.
Overall I don't think this is a bad effort for my fifth miniature. I added a lot of detail to the figure, but some of that looks sloppy to me. I think I improved on the cloak this time though. I was able to find the mid tone when painting the cloak and although I know the highlights could have come higher, I was pleased with my results.
Now about the title of this post, "The Lone Painter". I exist as a painter of miniatures in a world without the camaraderie of fellow painters or gamers who paint miniatures. Due to the circumstances of my life I know this is unlikely to change. And to make matters worse I'm a female and we have pesky feelings. It was very difficult for me to read your Salute posts. While I was happy that all of you could come together and share your passion and come to know one another, I felt alone and singular. On the outside, looking in.
Now I could choose to sit around and wallow in those feelings or I could choose to use it to do something creative, something that I could identify those feelings with. And it was when I was almost done with this figure that I began to identify myself within it. I'm fiercely determined just like this Rabbit Ranger so I decided to take him as my emblem. With a little play on the words "The Lone Ranger", I came up with "The Lone Painter.
I like this little guy and I've placed him in the top right corner of my sidebar to remind myself that lone does not mean lonely.
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