Today's post is going to feature the first cosplay model I've done for the Relic Knights line. The cosplay minis are just what they say they are: alternate sculpts of some of the characters as anime icons. Darkspace Fiametta is cosplayed as a sailor soldier, very reminiscent of Sailor Pluto from the anime/manga Sailor Moon:
The sculpt came out looking pretty awesome, and it is definitely a solid piece all around. I'm really excited about how she came out that I'm having a hard time thinking of words to write, so let's just get on to the pretty pictures:
All I gotta say is WOW! I love how everything came out...except the eyes. They look just a little off, and I'll probably go back and redo them once I can figure out what's going wrong with them.
In my previous post I hinted that something about this piece has me wanting to go back and do more with the other pieces I've done. What aspect is that you ask? Her hair. I had some great input from a fellow painter about doing more with her hair than I had originally done:
Eeeeee! I look at it now and can see why I didn't put up much of a fuss to go back and do more with it. Usually it's difficult to pick out individual hairs, and I do a bit of a wet drybrush to pick out the highlights, but DS Fiametta obviously has long luxurious locks that just demand more attention. So I decided to go back over them again and add a few more coats:
Already you can see that it's looking much better! Still, it needed to shine just a little more. So I added in some highlights, and then used a wash to help bring the colors closer to each other:
Absolutely gorgeous! For some reason the highlights came more naturally to me while still not taking as much time to paint. The end result is a confidence boost, and the desire to try more!
You may have noticed that DS Fiametta is on an interesting base. From the moment I knew I was getting the miniature I kept debating over what to do for her base. My favorite idea is one all my own: I wanted her to stand on top of the universe.
I was very happy to have something that was all my own in an artistic sense, and the end result came out looking wonderful! Rather than an insert I used the base itself as my canvas, which turned out exactly as wonderful as I had hoped. Believe it or not though this is also the result of a different friend's influence. Here's the original:
Not bad in its own right, but you can definitely see that it came a long way as well. Artist friends are the best, and can be a great resource to draw upon. This particular friend has a facebook page you can check out to see her amazing works! /shameless plug
What started off as simple advice turned into a late night, online, mini-painting jam of sorts. I got some great advice on getting the shading for a spherical object (turns out planets are vaguely sphere-shaped), and a little touch that adds is the brightest star in the sky underneath her feet.