This week I painted the Medium Fire Elemental from the Fire It Up set. I did my usual prep of soaking it overnight in water with a little dish soap added, and then rinsing and drying. I then glued it using Aleene’s Mighty Tacky Glue to a black-primed 1 inch fender washer. I then glued this to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of white glue.
I wanted this figure to appear as if the source of its heat was coming from its core, so I wanted it to be hottest and brightest in the center and darkest and coolest as you reached the outer edges. To do this effect I had to think of the figure almost two dimensionally, and luckily the sculpt lends itself to that. I began by giving the outer edges of the figure, the wings, body, and upper arms, a drybrushing with Apple Barrel “Apple Maroon”, and then just inside this, working my way towards the center, I gave it a dry brushing with GW “Blood Red”
Now I moved to the yellows. I did a drybrush in the center of the body, and the wings, and the bottoms of the arms with GW “Golden Yellow. This was followed by a drybrushing with Apple barrel “Yellow”.
My final steps was to add heat highlights with Apple Barrel “Lemon Chiffon” to her chest, stomach, the raised leg, her brow and nose. I also put two dots of this color in her eyes to give them a focus. Then I added a bit of white to the “Lemon Chiffon”” ,and did some small pinpoint highlights on the parts I mentioned above. When all was dry I painted the figure with Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”, and then flocked the base. I used a bit of dried coffee around her feet to represent singed grass, and when the flocking was dry I gave the immediate area around her feet a light drybrushing with black to make it look like burnt grass, as reader ‘adeptgamer’ suggested on my previous figure, the Hell Hound. Finally, I gave the figure a coat of Testor’s “Dullcote” spray paint.
All in all I’m very pleased with how this figure turned out. I think I’m finally getting the hang of doing the shading for fire on these translucent figures, (and solid figures as well). With my first attempts I was almost afraid to cover the translucency. I also was working under the false impression of fire being darker at he base and lighter at the edges. Which is how we paint most normal figures, with lighter highlights on the outer edges.
Next up, for my Christmas special, I will do the large fire elemental….and this one will be electrified! 🙂
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