Oops. You may have noticed that yesterday’s post never arrived. My bad. I got caught out having double-booked my day and sacrificed the post to benefit of my marriage –a worthy cause if ever there was one.
Well, back to the program. What follows is a step-by-step for my skin tone experiment with 12 surly Ogres and one Giant. I was trying to come up with a very, very quick recipe for mass-production of Ogres. In fact, I’d set myself a rather ambitious challenge of sorting out these 12 Ogres, Giant, and 7 other test models in one week. Did I succeed?
In a word, No. Not even close. But progress is progress so I shan’t wrinkle my nose.
I then built the darkest colors up from a 2-2-1 ratio of Dark Flesh, Liche Purple, and Codex Grey. In hindsight, this still might be a bit too much purple, but I’m not really sure. In later coats, the purple and the Flesh tones started to really conflict with one another. At times, I think it looks great. At times, I’m a bit hesitant. I’ll have to live with it a while and see how I feel.
The next layer was the same mixture but with Fortress Grey instead, to brighten the tone. I tried to leave some of the darkest color along the recesses, but I was working very hastily and didn’t bother much with the particulars.
Having said that, I should also note that I was working quickly and with some extremely old brushes. Again, the idea at this point was as much about pace as style.
I know began to work Elf Flesh into the previous mixture. Elf Flesh, in my humble opinion, is a strange color, and I’m not entirely confident with it. I’m not sure why exactly, but it seems to have peculiar characteristics: on the one hand, it’s quite vibrant and makes an extremely bold contrast to the base colors I’d chosen; on the other hand, it can be quite translucent and unpredictable at times. Obviously, I need to spend more time with it in order to get a bit more acquainted and comfortable.
The next layer was straight Elf Flesh. This worked out better on the Giant than on the Ogres for some reason. Again, I need to get to know this color more if I’m going to be using it in such a grand scale.
Everything had gotten a bit chalky at this point, so I washed the models with a tremendously thinned mixture of Dark Flesh and Liche Purple again. I’d been working too quickly and too carelessly for my own liking and felt that the wash might bring the Elf Flesh back under control.
Finally, I brought back the Elf Flesh in a more deliberate manner. It’s not my favorite concoction, but it’s certainly something different and, I think, appropriate for the Ogres.
And here’s where we stand.
And the test models from earlier. Not great. Not terrible.
Finally, I’ve also been sorting the individual bits of swag that will be going out to all the entrants of A Gentleman’s Ones contest/swagfest (quid pro quo), which concludes tonight at midnight (Central Standard: GMT -6). The entries are brilliant, genuinely brilliant, and I can’t express my gratitude enough to you, the internet.
Winner(s) will be announced on Wednesday. See you then!!!