The results are in! I didn't place unfortunately, but felt like I put forward a good showing! Here is the finished product:
The model is Phaedrus Chiruge, and is a limited release resin sculpt. You'll see the model when Sedition Wars comes out with its Arms of Sorrow campaign. This piece took me about 15 hours to paint, and it is easily the piece I have painted to date.
I started off with the fleshy-gooey bits as a base since I like to paint, "inside out." Following the same process that I did before, and I'm still amazed at how easy thinner paint goes on and how nice it looks:
I had originally planned to do the inner-torso of Phaedrus differently, but once I hit the above point I realized that I would need to make it more noticeable so the detail could stand out more. When I originally envisioned this I had thought to make the carapace metal, but that was several months before I sat down to paint it.
When I actually sat down to paint Phaedrus I kept thinking the plating should be bone. After getting some of it painted metal I consulted a friend who also said they should be bone. This resulted in my going over it again. I was worried that the metal would be too shiny and bleed through, but I think I did a handy job covering it all up:
That's the base of layer of bone with the first wash. I love using GW's Seraphim Sepia wash as it adds a nice tint without needing to be watered down. In fact I can honestly say that I have yet to come across a GW wash that needs to be watered down. In the above image you can now see the inner-torso in a more pinkish flesh color.
Here is Phaedrus nearly complete:
At this stage all that was left was to go over the tubing, eyes, and touch up any details. One of those (spotted by another friend) was that there was a mold line on her left bicep. If you checked the finished image above you'll see that I managed to correct that little oversight.
The base I used was just a simple base from my Sedition Wars box. I had debated about doing something special for it, but resin is brittle. I actually ended up snapping one of the tentacle appendages during painting. This makes me glad I decided to go simple rather than try something that might've made the miniature un-paintable.
All in all I ended up putting in a lot of love for this piece, and it easily shows. I'm very happy with the end result, and still have a lot of fun looking at where she sits on my desk.