Well last time I mentioned that I intended to paint up a Vampire in honour of our fallen comrade Bryan “Vampifan” Scott, and if anyone else fancied doing something similar to let me know. Well the response great and as it stands seven of us have been painting/ gaming and generally toiling away in memory of the great man that I am aware of, if you know of any others please let me know. I’ve added a list of links at the bottom of the page so please go and look/comment on their sterling work.
Turning to my submission “D’Mona” remember her? (right) I began by giving the casting a quick clean-up (and I do mean quick, as this was one of the nicest flash free casting I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with), she did however “lean back” a little on her base so I added one piece of card under her base to lift her up slightly and another smaller one at the rear of her base to tilt her forward, then glued her to a two pence piece. A slapping of “Tetrion” filler blended her base into the coins edge and she was ready for undercoat.
As I thought it bit excessive to spray undercoat on one figure I brushed on a couple of coats of matt black before dry-brushing her massive sword with chainmail (I hope Vampires have magical strength as she’ll need it to wield this!), I wanted another of my “pallid and sickly” looking undead figures so I started by mixing some stone green and light blue and used this to form the undercoat on her flesh, but rather than highlighting this now I started on her costume next as it has lots of thin “strappy” bits and I just knew I was going to catch the “fleshy bits” with my “sausage fingers”. So I took some dark red and mixed in a small amount of black to darken it further, and all her clothing was painted with this, then once dry this was heavily highlighted with just dark red. I added her eyes next in cream and black (I nearly went for red pupils but decided against this in the end), after this I went around her eyes with some plum, and while doing this I thought I add some highlights to the lower areas of her clothes with the same, this seemed to come out quite well. Next I added the undercoat to all the bits that would end up gold, such as the hilt of her sword and shoulder pads in copper. Another lot of highlights were then added to her clothing, the upper parts with pink burgundy and the lower with lupin, these were blended together where they met in the middle, and shinning gold was highlighted over the copper (are you keeping up because I’m a bit all over the place here aren’t I!).
After adding the jewel on her sword hint in metallic red, I highlighted her flesh in pale flesh. The strapping on her sword a dagger hilts were added next in chocolate brown with leather highlights and her lips which came next were added in more dark red.
Detail time and I started by adding her teeth in cream, then touched up her hair with more black, before highlighting it, her boots and gloves with dark grey, I also added another highlight to her gold bits with some gold leaf (that’s the name of an old Tamiya paint, not actual gold leaf!). I then decided to go back and add yet more highlights to her clothes, so I mixed up some lupin with some lilac to lighten it and drew this up from the bottom of the various drapes of her costume in upward pointing spikes, then did the same with just lilac, pleased with this I then took some bright red (I was going to use ruby red, but thought as a nod to “Vampirella” Bryan’s all-time favourite Vamp I’d go with bright version) and repeated the process going down, the paint was a bit thick so I mixed in some water on a pallet and ended up with a wash or glaze, this worked wonderfully well giving just the effect I was after. Then after a lot of touching up here and there (sometimes you just have to call it a day, and walk away otherwise I’d still be there now touching up this or that!), I added another highlight to her hair in mid grey and she was done.
I went back and forth over whether to “Quickshade” her or not, in the end I used my tin of “Soft tone”, before basing her in my usual fashion, and spraying her with some matt varnish. I’m quite pleased with the end result, I hope Bryan would have been too, though he was too nice a fellow to say if he didn’t like her! As I said at the start of this post, here are some links to other people marking Bryans passing…..
So till next time, stay safe and have fun, he did.