Ufhilloss Prep and a New Display

Here’s the more or less assembled Ufhilloss. Still needs a solid round of green stuffing and probably going to pin those arms, too…

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And a new acquisition from Japan, something to keep things dust-free on the workbench!

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Ufhilloss Prep

I’m hoping to start getting in some time with minis between my other projects, so I’ll go ahead and fire up a WIP post.

The other night I started cleaning up a Mierce snake and found a bubble in a terrible spot, right at the sword hilt. So I took it as an opportunity to learn another kind of pinning, though the existing hilt. In the process of doing this, I snapped the hilt again between the hands, which was actually ok as I wanted to pin through to the other hand anyway.

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And the right arm pinned and glued, as well.

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I’m probably going to have to paint the arms separate, since they cross over the body. Ditto the tail segment, it loops next to itself. I’ve never painted a mini in parts before, should be interesting.

Still need to pin the body to the lower half, assemble the tail, create pins for assembling the 3 sections later, then figure out a base.

KDSFTK WIP 8

Some more pinks, and the metals roughed in. Not sure if I just want to call it done and move on or spend time blending stuff out, as it’s super rough. I was really feeling a lot better about my brush control overall today, so I’m already calling it a win as that was the main point of the project.

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KDSFTK WIP 6

So I’ve realized the white zenithal prime went on bumpy :/ Will to smooth things disappearing 🙂

Anyway. Shaded the purples and brought back some mids. Sketched in some highs.

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KDSFTK WIP 4

Roughed in the shadows and started highlights on the skin. My usual Muddy Soil mixed into the Dark Skin base. Then the highlights start with mixing Bright Skin Shadow into Dark Skin.

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KDSFTK WIP 3

More or less base coated now. Takes so long trying to figure out all those contrasts and making sure everything works as a whole! But I think I’ve got a pretty good handle on it now. Also need to dial up my brush control in a big way 🙂 So sloppy!

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KDSFTK WIP 2

Not much, but it’s a start…

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Just the very first couple coats of base coat on a few spots.

Spent most of the evening getting the new desk setup and looking around for paints, deciding on first colors, etc.

KDSFTK Prototyping

I wanted to expand a bit on my post yesterday about mocking up the colors in GIMP. Basically, I take a fairly transparent paint brush and paint in layers. Usually each color block is a layer, but this time I got lazy (sword, armor and lights are all on one layer).

Here’s a couple (very) quick examples of how flexible this is. Once you’ve got the brush paths saved, you can manipulate the hue/value/saturation/etc. GIMP is a bit obtuse and I’m not very good with its tools, but for rough prototyping you can see where it’s handy.
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