An Aarakocra Ranger, Condor Sharpbeak, this miniature was a pc for one of my friends. He wanted a colorful bird with dual tone feathering. This was pretty different from my usual black or white feather painting for bird creatures. I loved the challenge!
After priming I started off with the base coat of bright red for the main feathers. He looked like a Cheeto at first but adding the yellow feathering helped diminish that effect and look more like the feathers of a bird. I also painted the arms and legs in a light caramel brown.
The next step was adding a bit of detail to the arms and legs. With some light yellow, I added the lines on the legs. This defined the thin skin and bones that make up the legs of a bird.
Next, I worked on the dark green armor he wears. I thought the color really contrasted with the red and yellow of the feathers and make them seem more vibrant.
I painted the leather strapping around the armor and outlined the pauldrons in a metallic green. I also used the metallic green to add some details on the chest plate. The miniature was really starting to come together at this point.
I finished the face. I used a bone color on the beak and used black to create a feathering around the edge of the beak. I also gave him blue eyes to match the description my friend gave me. I added silver for the buckling that holds the straps.
As a final touch to the armor, the bracers on his arm were lined with a lime green. The same color was applied to the sheath for a weapon on his side.
I painted the bow bright blue with white and brown accents. the arrow was painted black with a silver point for the arrowhead. I painted the wings yellow with a bit of read streaking reaching from the top and fading on its way down. The cape resting between the wings was painted in a simple grey.
As a final touch I painted the base completely black. Since it was a pc miniature I didn’t want to assume what kind of terrain they would be in. Leaving the base black allows them to move wherever they need with little distortion. You don’t want to be surrounded by grass when surrounded by the cobblestone of the street in a city.
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