I prepped the figures in the usual way, soaking them in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving them a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it. I then glued the Fishwife figure to a brown-primed 1″ fender washer, and the Fish Barrel to a .75″ fender washer, both with Aleene’s Tacky glue. I then placed the Fishwife figure in my painting grip, and glued the barrel to a craft stick.
I then painted her hair with Ceramcoat “Black”, and then painted the handle of the cleaver with Reaper MSP “Shield Brown”, and the head of the cleaver with Americana “Zinc”. After that, I went to work on he fish. I decided the best plan would be to copy a real world fish, so I quickly googled some pictures of trout. With a general “look” in mind, I started by painting the underside of the fish with Americana “Grey Sky”. I then painted the back of the fish with Reaper mSP Bones “Dungeon Slime”. While these colors were still wet, I ran a line of Reaper MSP “Rose Gold” down the center line of between them on each side.
Next, I highlighted her shirt, with some of the base “Jade Green” mixed with Ceramcoat “White”, and highlighted her dress with Reaper MSP “Bronzed Skin”, and Reaper MSP “Bronzed Highlight”. After that, I highlighted her hair with some Citadel “The Fang”, and highlighted her apron with the base “Graveyard Bone”. Lastly, I highlighted the leggings with Folk Art “Dapple Grey”, and added an eye to the fish with the “Black”.
I then highlighted the towel tucked in her apron using the base “Porcelain White”, and I highlighted the knife case with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”. After that, I highlighted the boots and knife handles with Folk Art “Teddy Bear Brown”, and I highlighted the axe handle with Americana “Sable Brown”.
I let the barrel dry for a while, and then gave the whole thing a coat of the “Nuln Oil” wash. When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the barrel with the “Territorial Beige”, and then I drybrushed with some Folk Art “Butter Pecan”. Next, I highlighted the octopus with the base “Drown Nipple Pink” mixed with some Reaper MSP “Breast Cancer Awareness Pink”, and then did a few spot highlights with Reaper MSP “Brains Pink”. After that, I highlighted the fish with the base “Aqua Moiré”, and then mixed in a little Reaper MSP “Sophie Silver” for some spot highlights. I finished with highlighting the hoops with the base “Bright Brass”. Lastly, I painted the figure’s base with Americana “Mississippi Mud”.
I’m pleased with how this simple figure turned out; it has a ton of character, as so many of Reapers townsfolk have. My big criticism is the highlights on her dress turned out a little too stark. It makes the dress look shiny or wet, which with this figure isn’t too out of place, but not the look I was going for for. I’m especially pleased with the big fish! 🙂