A couple weeks ago, I constructed a new Illusionist Apprentice for my Frostgrave warband, by converting the Bones II Highlander Heroine figure. I finally got around to painting it this week. Being an Illusionist, I wanted to try for a very bright and colorful outfit.
I began by painting the face and hands with Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh”. I then painted the shirt with Crafter’s Acrylic “Tropical Blue”, and the pants with Crafter’s Acrylic “Wild Green”.
Next, I painted her cape and loin cloth with Americana “Forest Green”, and her boots/leggings with Americana “Terra Cotta”. I then painted her fur collar and her sporran with Americana “Dove Grey, and her buckler and the small disc at her shoulder with with Accent "Golden Harvest”.
I then worked on the tartan pattern on her cape and loin cloth. I first painted a crosshatch pattern with Americana “True Blue”, and then added a finer pattern with Crafter’s Acrylic “Daffodil Yellow”. Next, I painted her hair with Apple Barrel “Burnt Sienna”. Then I worked on her staff; painting the shaft with Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”, and the head with the “Golden Harvest” I used earlier. I also painted the small section of dagger scabbard behind her buckler with Nicole’s “Brown”.
I then painted all the wrappings on the staff with Crafter’s Acrylic “Holiday Green”, and the orb in the head of the staff with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cool Blue”. Next, I painted all the bead strings hanging from the staff with assorted colors I grabbed randomly from my paint rack. Then, after everything had a while to dry, I applied a wash with GW “Agrax Earthshade” wash using a wet brush to her head and boots. I then applied a wash with GW “Badab Black” wash using a wet brush to the rest of her body, cape, and staff.
When the wash was dry, I worked on highlighting her hair and painting her eyebrows. First, I used Crafter’s Acrylic"Orange Spice", and then did lighter highlights with Accent “Golden Oxide”. I then painted her eyes, and lips, then highlighted her face and hands with the base “Flesh”.
Next, I highlighted her top with the base “Tropical Blue”, then added a little of the “Cool Blue”, and did lighter highlights. I moved next to her pants and highlighted them with the base “Wild Green”. I then highlighted her boots/leggings with the base “Terra Cotta”, followed with Ceramcoat “Raw Sienna”. I did highlights on her fur collar and sporran next with plain White. I decided I wanted to try some brighter highlights in her hair, and added these with Apple Barrel “Lemon Chiffon”.
Then I moved to the staff, highlighting the shaft with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cinnamon Brown”. I highlighted all the wraps with a mix of the base “Holiday Green”, and Nicole’s “Neon Green”. I highlighted the beads with the base colors I had used on them. I then painted the orb with Folk Art Pear “Aqua Moire”. I added a little white to the “Aqua Moire”, and did some highlights on the orb.
Next, I worked on the metals, painting the head of the staff, the buckler and other discs on her outfit, and the clasp in her hair with “Ceramcoat "Bronze”. I then did highlights on these areas with Ceramcoat “14K Gold”.
Lastly, I painted her base White.
When everything had overnight to dry, I gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish” early the next morning. Midday, I flocked the white areas with Woodland Scenics “Snow” flock and the next morning I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.
I really like how she turned out. I think she looks exactly like I had wanted her too: a wizard who isn’t afraid to use either end of her staff when danger gets up close and personal.
And here Leighlyndana is with my Illusionist Kodak. For a brief story of their first meeting, see A New Apprentice.
I’m really looking forward to their first outing into Frostgrave in a couple weeks. In the meantime, old Kodak has a lot to teach his new student…