Shanna postmortem

Quick postmortem for Shanna:

Somewhat limited palette, seems larger due to using RMS triads, but then I also tried to cross-pollinate between them, too.

Blonde Hair triad
Bronzed Skin triad
Ivory triad
Chestnut diad
Oiled Leather
Linen White
Blackened Brown
Pure Black
wood brown triad
Russet Brown

Primed with Army Painter white spray primer. Lined with Blackened Brown.

Skin was straight Bronzed Skin triad. Hair was based in Oiled then up through the Blonde triad to Linen glints. Hide was Chestnut diad, finished with some Linen mixed to the highlight (I wanted to add some leopard markings but decided to skip it). Horns were based in Ivory, washed in Russet then up through the Ivory triad. Wood was woodstain triad, I tried to add a little warmth with some of the hide tones mixed into the highlight, not real happy there, wood still eludes me. Boots were based in the Blackened Brown liner, then drybrushed with some of the hair tones (the idea was to have them dark shadowed to ground them, but use hair tones to tie it in with the top of the mini). Wristwraps were based in Oiled and used various colors from different places as they seems appropriate, I didn’t really keep track.

4 Replies to “Shanna postmortem”

  1. Thank you for posting this. I now know why my blondes don’t come out properly. I’ve only used the Blonde triad and not added a darker undertone. I will definitely follow your palette on the next one.

    1. I find that as useful as Reaper’s triads are (I love them!), they often benefit when used with darker and lighter tones. This is how I’ve been learning to branch out into using different colors, my Bethalian project was all about shading with complementaries but mostly using triads. It’s like a safe place to start from, and venture out a little into crazy.

      For quick work, the triads alone can do ok, but as you’ve noted, they do lack some contrast. If I was doing a higher quality job, I’d have put in more shadow and highlight into the flesh tones, which were straight triad.

  2. I’m having a devil of a time with my Goblin as I have no triad for my greens. I’m simply adding white to my main colour to bring it up and it’s looking chalky. I may post him on Reaper with a cry for help.

    1. Yeah, definitely post it over there. I also struggle a lot with using thinned white. Go back to the project that broke my streak of painting for 8 months straight, it was a white tabard 🙂 But even with Shanna, the you can see a bit of chalkiness on the thighs especially. The model I based her on, Tyden (earlier this year) also had pretty bad chalky highlights on the skin.

      One thing about highlighting green, you may want to look at yellows instead of white. Even when highlighting colors that call for white, I rarely use white, I tend to use Linen White instead, especially for warmer colors.

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