This was one of my very first miniatures. The hellhounds actually come in a clear resin. In my inexperience, I sprayed it with a grey primer. This is how I painted it after that mess up. I started off by painting the entire body black. Then I painted the spine tail in the Skeleton Bone color from the Nolzur’s Paint Set.
I used a bright red to paint the deeper lines of the hellhound. I wanted to go for a molten lava under hardened, burned skin look. This was before I knew that it looks a lot better when done the other way around, with the yellow being the base color.
I added the orange color next, leaving parts of the red underneath visible. Now it really started to look like lava. Around this time I realized that I hadn’t started detailing the face and decided to tackle that next before adding the final coat of yellow to the fiery lines.
I added the final coat of yellow to the lines after adding the facial details and I did the same thing with the eyes. I wanted the hellhound to look like it was made entirely of this molten lava and hardened ash.
This is a back shot of the miniature. That bone tail is just all kinds of awesome creepy!
I added black pupils to the lava eyes and painted the mouth. I used the same vibrant red of the base color for the fire lines and painted the teeth in the same bone color of the spine tail.
I used a black wash to add some depth the the spine tail. It added shadows to the bone and muted the color to make it look more like a regularly used part of its anatomy. I also painted the collar silver with black spikes coming out of it.
This is a side shot from the opposite side. As a first try it isn’t too bad but there are definitely things I would add to make this more realistic looking. I would add a grey dry brush to the black portions, after cleaning up the lines a bit more, to add depth to the musculature.
The final piece of detail I added was the basing. I used some basing glue and a bit of sand I had on hand. I added a nice piece of reality to the miniature. I think it’s important to review early work and evaluate how much you’ve grown. You can see the progress you’ve made over the months, years, or decades that you’ve been painting.
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