This was an especially wonderful miniature to work with. I love ancient Greek mythology and the story of Medusa was always one of my favorites. This miniature shows her among some rubble with the ruins of Grecian pillars around her. Instead of being shows as a cowing monster of the shadows, she appears as a resplendent warrior. I wanted a bold, noticeably dangerous color palette so I started with Abyssal Black for her scales.
Next came the belly which I painted red. It screams “Don’t touch me, I bite!”. The pillars were painted a bright white to contrast with the black tail. I also started with her skin color. The best way to achieve a smooth look for your flesh paints are to dilute them in water and apply several coats over time. It takes longer bit the end result is beautiful and more realistic than the bumps that form from using undiluted paint.
I painted the rubble a basic grey color and dry brushed some white over it to give the impression of the dust from the fallen pillars having settled over the rubble. Paint got all over the black tail but I cleaned that up later. I finished the rest of the flesh coloring on her chest, arms, and hands.
I painted all of her armor in an antique looking gold. As a woman of former and current alluring beauty, she would wear the highest praised metal. Even her jewelry is gold. I also painted her black hair of snakes and added tiny red eyes to them. Her eyes were painted red as well.
I outlined her armor in a darker metallic color which adds to her sinister air. I added a hit of it to the bottom of her spear but left to top, which is pointed down, untouched. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it so I left it blank. Now that I have my fluorescent paints, I can use the red to really make it pop. I think that is the biggest thing I learned: Don’t be afraid of leaving your projects as work in progresses if you know you want to do something but nothing calls to you in the moment.
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