So my goal for the coming months is to finish six miniatures every two weeks. I'm leaving it to every two weeks since the way I figured things those six miniatures will fill out crews I'm planning to take to Adepticon. I started my first goal/set with the remainder of my Collette crew for the Arcanists. Before I dig into the first bit of progress I'd like to show off a finished Cassandra.
I like the way she turned out, and at the prompting of some friends I attempted to add pin stripes to her dress. I think that overall it turned out looking really nice! But this brings me to my next thought. Originality.
A lot of what I paint tends to follow a the studio paint job. There's nothing wrong with the studio paint jobs, and a lot of the time I buy miniatures it's because I want to paint the same thing. However I keep seeing people who paint things their own way, with their own spin, and have turned out some really awesome ideas! I've been kind of envious of it to be honest, and I'm wanting to experiment and try some of that for myself. Which brings me to my first attempt.
The Coryphee Duet. The studio paint job looks pretty nice yea, but it wasn't what I wanted. Looking at all the dresses that there are in the crew means that I'd end up making them all generic, the same, or having to spend a lot of time customizing them. I ended up with the latter option. My choice of colors in this instance was mainly due to wanting to try slightly different shades than what one might find normally. This meant no red, black, or blue. Purple may be skirting the line a bit I admit. Speaking of purple, let's take a closer look.
I wanted to go with a two color style here, using a dark purple for the corset with lavender to add some definition to the dress. The off color I used was red, but not cherry red. I wanted it to be a nice burgundy, closer to the color of wine. One thing that this particular color combo drove me nuts with is the pantyhose. For both of the duets I wanted them to be wearing hosiery that was a similar shade to one of the colors featured on their outfits. I tried red, brown, purple, and finally black. Even with the black I had to go over it with Sepia wash to help make it flow better. There is no real trick I used for the hosiery either, just used a wash over a very light gray.
You may have noticed that this model is not standing on the larger base it was before, and there's a reason for that. In the game of Malifaux you can field two Coryphee who then dance together to form the Coryphee Duet. While I could purchase two different sets of the model, I felt that using magnets would be a nice touch.
The bases are custom made using styrene strips that I scarred with a razor saw to make them look like wood planks. I ended up having to use a dremel to make a large enough hole for the large magnets. For these particular models using the larger magnets was a good choice, but for future models I'd prefer smaller magnets.
The purple coryphee I put on a wood box that I cast using some grey stuff and a hirst arts mold to make it easier to transfer her to and from the bases (the magnet is on the underside of the box). The blue coryphee has enough surface area contacting the base that I was able to put the magnet directly into the model.
Last but not least is my blue coryphee. I love how her dress came out. Turquoise is a color I like, but have a hard time finding uses for it that don't make the model look horribly gaudy. The yellow is a nice compliment, and I am very happy with how the whole scheme came together. I'd like to think that the pair of them work well together colorwise. Both of them are distinct enough, but together they still draw the eye without clashing.
Up next: Collette, Arcanist Master!