Monday, July 23, 2018

Miniature Monday: Kommander Sorscha Bust

As you may remember, if you've been reading for awhile, or following on Twitter or Instagram, I went to Illinois a few weeks back and hit up the Midwest Miniature Madness convention. While there, I painted up a few different things including a Primaris Intercessor and C'thulhu from Black Heart Models.

Well, most of the weekend, I was painting this lady right here. The bust of Kommander Sorscha from Privateer Press. She was a blast to work on and I recorded the entire process for Let's Paint too. But for now, we're going to take a look at here now that she's all finished!

While at the convention I painted her from Friday mid-day til Sunday morning. We were there from about 10am-6pm all weekend and I estimate that in painting time of the bust alone I am at about 15 hours total.

I aimed to have the light coming in from the right shoulder and her left side and rear in deeper shadow. When I first started working on her I didn't keep track of the light source as well as I should have and ended up with weird armor highlighting. Luckily I was able to fix it with some green wash and rhinox hide.

Her leather jacket was also a lot of fun to do and I have a few people stop and watch how I was doing it. It's always fun painting leather and then busting out the druchii violet for the shadows and watching folk's minds try to wrap around it.

Her hair was an interesting challenge, because I wasn't sure what I needed to do to paint it properly. I ended up mixing in some blues to the black and highlighting it up like that. I tried to keep it subtle and I think it works well. I certainly need to work on my hair painting though.

The whole time I was working on her I kept having the idea of doing a special plinth for her. Unfortunately I don't know much about the actual Warmachine Mythos other than Khador is the "Russian" faction.

After a bit of digging I found that Sorscha is the "greatest ice warcaster" and that's when the idea struck me.

I'll put her on an ice block, possibly with snow!

After the convention, she sat to the side for awhile and I went about doing everything you've all seen me doing lately. But with GenCon coming I decided I needed to take her with me and enter her in the P3 Grandmaster.

As with all the competions I enter, I don't usually go in with high hopes. I just enter so say I did and if something comes out of it, cool.

Well, with all that in mind it was time to get to work on a plinth. I knew I wanted to resin cast something, so it would be translucent. I also knew that it would be her entire plinth, with no other base.

I had originally thought about using a rock, but after wandering around outside I noticed a broken branch and saw the grain of the wood. Realizing it was just what I was looking for, I dug around a bit more and found a piece that would work nicely.

A bit of silicone and resin later and I had a nice piece of "ice". I then painted it with a mix of blue and yellow wash and some sotek green and white.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I think it does the trick to make Sorscha really pop!

I had thought about putting some snow on the ledge of the ice, but decided against it. I didn't want the white of the snow to pull the eye downward.

Anyway, that's it for now. Sorscha's video will be up on YouTube in a few weeks. I'm taking a minor break from Let's Paint after the Chaplain is done airing, because of GenCon. But after I am back, I have many more things to paint and share!

Until next time, you can catch me on Twitter and Instagram, I'll be posting pictures all weekend of my progress and the convention! Check out YouTube for the latest in the Let's Paint series. Plus if you like what I do and want to support the site and my painting endeavors, you can do so over on Ko-fi.

Thanks for reading!