I started with the King, and began by painting the entire figure completely with Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish. Then, when the varnish was dry, I painted the figure completely again using thinned Citadel Contrast “Ultramarine Blue” to help provide some shadows in the recesses.
When the “Ultramarine Blue was dry, I drybrushed the body with, first Citadel Dry “Hellion Green”, and then Folk Art “Celadon Green”, careful to avoid the weapon and the wisps coming from his left hand. I then drybrushed the weapon, and the wisps in his left hand, using Crafter’s Acrylic “Daffodil Yellow”, and then Apple Barrel “Lemon Chiffon”. After that, I painted his eyes with Tamiya Color “Clear Red”. When dry, I added pupils with Reaper MSP “Holly Berry”, and highlight dots with the “Lemon Chiffon”. Lastly, I painted his open mouth with Contrast “Black Templar”.
I was really pleased with the flames until I painted the bases with Ceramcoat “Charcoal”. Making the bases dark and opaque cut off a lot of the light that had helped brighten the translucent flames.
So, I decided I would need to paint the bases of the flames with regular acrylic paint to brighten them, and blend it with the more translucent Contrast paint as it went up. So, I painted some areas with Reaper MSP “Hearth Glow, and then added some Crafter’s Acrylic “Daffodil Yellow”, and a little Apple Barrel “Lemon Chiffon”. I then added some dots of the “Lemon Chiffon” near the top to try and look like floating sparks. I then put a little of the “Black Templar” around the base of the flame to blend the bottom with the base of the braziers.
I’m generally pleased with these figures. I think the translucence helps give them a unique look. The OSL I feel is not my best, but works okay. I probably should have spent more time with it, but was eager to get these figures finished up.