Bailey Silverbell, Female Dwarf: Figure 139 of 265

Chris Palmer

     This week I did another figure from the Dwarves Set: Bailey Silverbell.  In looking at this figure, I felt she looked like she had the hooded cloak, and lighter armor, of some sort of a thief class character. I was also feeling like I wanted to do something more colorful after last week’s all gray exercise; so I formed in my mind an image of a Dwarf heroine dressed all in red.  Kind of like a Crimson Avenger type of thing. 🙂   As soon as I hit on this idea, it also dawned on me that there was something rather Little-Red-Riding-Hood-esque about the figure, so I felt even more confident in my painting plan.
      I prepped this figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying.  I then glued the figure to a 1” black-primed fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and glued the washer to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer’s White Glue.
     I began painting by giving her a wash with thinned black ink with a tiny pin-point drop of dishsoap added to help it flow into the crevices and help show the sculpting outlines.

     After the ink was good and dry, I painted her outfit with Folk Art “Burgundy”. I then painted her cloak with Americana “Cranberry Wine”, and her armor with Anita’s “Burnt Sienna”.

     Next, I painted her leggings, gloves, and belts with Ceramcoat “Raw Sienna”. Her boots I painted Folk Art “Barn Red”, and her crossbow I painted GW “Vermin Brown”.

     I then painted her face with Americana “Shading Flesh”, and her hair with Americana “Burnt Orange”.  The grip of her sword I painted with Accent “Real Umber”.   I then moved to the metals; painting the sword blade, and the crossbow fittings, with Ceramcoat “Metallic Pewter; and her sword hilt, and buckle, with Ceramcoat “Bronze”.

   Then, after everything had had plenty of time to dry, I gave the whole figure a wash with Winsor-Newton “Peat Brown” ink.

     After the ink had dried thoroughly, I went about adding the highlights. First, I painted her eyes; doing black sockets, then the whites, then black pupils.  I then did highlights on her face, first with the base “Shading Flesh”, then I mixed in some Apple Barrel”Apple Flesh” to do some lighter highlights.  I then mixed some “Shading Flesh” with some of the “Burgundy, and painted her lips. I added a little white, and did lip highlights.  I used the base “Burnt Orange” to highlight her hair, and then a bit of the “Raw Sienna” to do lighter hair highlights.
     Next I used the base “Burgundy to highlight her outfit, then mixed some white in do do lighter highlights.  I then used the “Burgundy” to highlight the cloak. I used the base Raw Sienna to highlight her leggings, belts, and gloves; and the base “Burnt Sienna” to highlight her armor.   I did highlights on her boots with the base “Barnyard Red”.
      I now worked on finishing up the metals, first highlighting the parts I had painted “Bronze” with Cermacoat “14K Gold”; and then doing  highlights on the sword blade and metal crossbow parts with Folk Art “Silver Sterling”. Lastly, I painted her white integral base with the Americana “Mississippi Mud”.
     I let the figure sit overnight, and the next morning I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.  Later that afternoon I flocked the base.   The next day I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote. 

     I really like how this figure came out.  I think the color choice makes what is an ordinary figure look a little more special.

Figure 139 of 265: Complete

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