Making my way through the Fighters set, this week I painted Deenah the Female Barbarian. As I studied the figure, I wasn’t sure what to make of the herringbone pattern on her skirt; was it supposed to be armored plates, or truly just a herring bone weave? I decided I would paint it like a tartan, so whatever it was supposed to be, would be disguised by the cross-checks of the tartan plaid. I also apparently was still on a bronze armor kick from last week’s Dragonman, as all I could visualize her armor as being was bronze colored.
I prepped this figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying. I then glued the figure to a 1” black-primed fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and glued the washer to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer’s White Glue.
I began by painting the fur on her boots with Americana “Asphaltum”. When this was dry I drybrushed it with Americana “Khaki Tan”. I then painted her boots with Ceramcoat “Walnut”. Next, I painted all her skin with Apple Barrel “Flesh”, followed with painting her skirt Apple Barrel “Apple Blue Spruce”.
Next, I did the tartan pattern on her skirt. First, I painted each of the little herring bone sections with Americana “True Blue”, letting a little of the “Apple Blue Spruce” show through between each section. Then I painted yellow crosses on each blue section with Apple Barrel “Yellow”.
I now painted her belts and the little pouch at the front, with DecoArt “Cinnamon Brown”. I then painted the canteen(?) and the little pouches behind her scabbard with Apple Barrel “Burnt Sienna”. The hanging under the pouch at her front I painted GW “Snakebite Leather”, her scabbard I painted Ceramcoat “Raw Sienna”, and her ax handle I painted Americana ”Mississippi Mud”. Her forearm guards I painted with the “Khaki Tan”, and her shirt sleeves I painted with Americana “Wedgewood Blue”. I painted her hair Anita’s “Burnt Sienna”.
Now I painted her armor with GW “Brazen Brass”. The hilt of her large sword I painted with Cermacoat “Bronze”. Then I painted the blade of the large sword, the hilt of the smaller sword, and the ax head, all with Ceramcoat “Metallic Pewter”. I then painted the sword grips with the “Asphaltum”.
Next, I drybrushed the stones she stands upon with Folk Art “Medium Grey”, followed with a lighter drybrushing with Duncan “Slate Grey”. Then, after everything had time to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with thinned Winsor-Newton “Peat Brwon ” ink, except the kilt which I carefully avoided. The stones I gave a wash with thinned black ink.
After the ink had had plenty of time to dry, I went back and worked on her face. First, I painted he eyes, with first white “whites”, and then black pupils. I also painted her teeth white, and her lips with Americana “Shading Flesh”. I then added eyebrows with the Anita’s “Burnt Sienna”. Lastly, I added highlights to her face, hands, and arms, with the base “Apple Flesh”. I then drybrushed highlights onto her hair, with first the base Anita’s “Burnt Sienna”, and then with Americana “Georgia Clay”. I then added highlights to the forearm guards, the scabbard, her shirt, jug, and pouch, all using the original base colors. I then worked on highlighting the metals; using the “Bronze” to highlight her armor, and Cermacoat “14K Gold” on the hilt of her large sword”. For the blades of her sword and ax I used Folk Art “Silver Sterling” for the highlights.
I let the figure sit overnight, and the next morning I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”. Later that afternoon I flocked the base, and the following day I sprayed it with Testor’s “Dullcote” spray varnish.
I’m really pleased with how she turned out, especially her face. I find faces to be tricky things; you can’t continually work on them without them getting really gunked-up looking, so when one turns out relatively good with minimal repainting I’m very happy. I also really like the dynamic pose, and in the end I think the tartan plaid looks good on the figure.
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