Trying to get back on the horse after being off it for a couple of weeks can be difficult, but still rewarding. Today I sat down to paint up some of my Gamers miniatures I got from the Hands Of Fate Kickstarter. Specifically the male and female Luster pieces:
One thing I've noticed about all the Gamers miniatures is that the sculpts are on the simple side. This isn't a bad thing in my own opinion. So many miniatures nowadays have an incredible amount of detail that they are both stunning and intimidating. Finding miniatures that have a simple but straightforward sculpt is very refreshing, and makes for fun painting.
There was pretty much three stages to this pair. Flesh, hair/eyes, and the red. Painting flesh can be interesting in regards to shading and highlights. Usually the more sculpted the flesh the easier it is to paint, which is the case with this pair. I'm happy with how the flesh came out on these pair, and feel it works pretty well.
Painting anything close to platinum blonde can be quite annoying. I want to reach for my yellows, but platinum blonde is closer to white, and thus requires really bright shades of white. I ended up settling for something a bit closer, going for more of an idealized blonde. The other rough part was painting up the eyes. Eyes on miniatures is always difficult as they're small, and I had to take several shots at these sets. I think they turned out ok though, but not my best work.
Finally was the red (and their gold sash). I usually lay down dark layers and go up from there, but the first layer I put down was more of a mid layer, and the highlight was too close. The solution was to go back with the darker layer and again layer up. It ended up working out, and I smoothed things over with a red wash at the end. All in all this pair was pretty simple to paint up, and was both relaxing and casual to paint up.