This past week I painted the Drys, Dryad, figure from the Bones II, Sylvan Creatures set. Since I was in kind of a Frostgrave frame of mind when I was thinking about painting her, I decided I would try to pant her up in winter colors, like a dryad that has been unexpectedly awoken from her Winter sleep and is not happy about it; so I would try to give her a pale and cold look.
I prepped the 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 it. I then glued the figure to a white-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue.
I began by painting the tree with Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”, and then painted the dryad with Folk Art “Barn Wood”. I then painted her sword with Folk Art Teddy Bear Brown", and her hair with Folk Art “Gray Green”.
I then painted the leaves in her hair with Apple Barrel “Apple Maple Syrup”. Then, after everything had a while to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash using Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash using a wet brush. When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the tree with Apple Barrel “Rock Grey”.
I then highlighted her skin with the base “Barn Wood”, and then with the “Barn Wood” with a little “Crafter’s Acrylic "Light Antique White” added to it. After that, I painted her nipples with Americana “Mississippi Mud”. I then worked on highlighting her hair, first with Folk Art “Porcelain White”, and then with Americana “Reindeer Moss Green”. I then did some detail highlights on the hair with the “Light Antique White”. Then I highlighted the leaves in her hair with Apple Barrel “Lemon Chiffon"and then I painted her eyes.
I painted what I interpreted as rocks on the base with Americana "Zinc”, and then painted what I thought was a skull, with Americana “Khaki”. While they dried, I worked on giving her sword a light drybrushing with Ceramcoat “Bronze”. I then went back and gave the rocks and skull a wash with Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash. Then, when the wash was dry, I highlighted the rocks with the “Rock Grey”, and the skull with the “Light Antique White”. Lastly, I painted the areas of the base that were’t the roots, rocks, or skull, with White.
I’m really happy with how this figure turned out. I think it has the cold, awoken-in-the-middle-of-winter look I wanted.