|Today I spent time on the robe, the Tabard, and the book pages. I wanted to put some readable text on the book but the angle was too odd and the space I had to work in too small. I settled, therefore, for what you see here – two large stylized letters with smaller, black letter-look-alikes. Think of it as an ancient runic tongue!|
|The robe is now finished but I may go back and add brighter highlights. At ReaperCon last year, Sue Wachowski beat the mantra “Darker Darks, Brighter Highlights” into the heads of those who took her classes and I keep thinking of that when I look at the figure! The part of the robe on the top of the right arm as shown in this picture has the brightest highlights on it so far as it is directly under the light source.|
||I’m not sure what you call the piece that is a combination shoulder pad and strips of cloth down the front, so I am using the term Tabard. I wanted some lighter colors on the miniature other than his hair and the skulls, so I used the Reaper Master Series (MSP) Surf Aqua. The border is lighter near the top and where the Tabard comes away from the figure into the overhead light. The skulls were outlined with Brown Liner and then painted with Earth Brown. I used the Vallejo Game Color equivalent of bleached bone and the MSP Skull White to build up the highlights. I painted the gold piece on the shoulder pads and then gave it a black wash so I could see the details. I plan on adding some highlights using New Gold along the top edge and moving slightly away from the edge towards the front and back of the figure.|
I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.