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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Before and after: detail work

Remember how I said a few posts back that the stage with the base coats always looks terrible and that I needed to remind myself not to fret over it?

Here's the base coat stage for one of the miniatures:

And here it is, with detail work added to the figures. (The diapering in the background is still not finished.)

The shading was done with a fine brush, a darker color than the base coat, and tiny crosshatched brush strokes. I'm told this is called limning, but since I don't consider myself to be very good at limning just yet, you'll have to rely on other artists to tell you more about it. Or look up the Göttingen Model Book online and read its translation. It's a step by step illustrated guide to the technique.

Special thanks to Melbourne artist and scribe Mark Calderwood for his advice and suggestions. I may look like I know what I'm doing, but when I've felt uncertain, his patient guidance has been invaluable. I highly encourage you to check out his work.
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