This Lady Lich was a challenge for me. It was painted for a friend. He loves horror and wanted a signature piece for his own table. After priming it I started painting the dress and hair. I gave her a rich, dark brown hair paired with a deep red dress. She was beautiful when she was alive.
The dress required many layers to achieve the right color saturation so I began painting the magic effects. I started with the skull, painting it in a simple bone color. I then used a pale green to start painting the “eldritch fire” flowing from her hand.
I finally finished applying all the layers of color to the red dress. It came out with a burnt red look which is what I was going for. I also finished the pale green on the fire sprouting from her hand. I had just gotten this color and was looking forward to trying it out .
Normally I paint the skin first on miniatures since I count it as the first layer of a paint job. I used the rosy skin tone because the Lady Lich is only recently dead. She still has her skin. The only noticeable marks of being a lich are her decomposing face and some small wounds on her neck and chest.
To add a macabre effect, I used the Moldy Wash effect paint and applied it to the skin. It added a subtle layer of decomposition to her skin that I really liked. I also painted the eye sockets of the skull to match the pale green of the magical flame. Sadly, there was a break in the flame portion of the miniature. I used a mix of green stuff and super glue to fix the break.
Next, I used a bronze metallic paint to add detailing to the dress. I wanted her to have a royal gypsy kind of look. Flowing skirts with glittering metal that catch the light seem perfect for a new but powerful Lady Lich to wear. I made sure to follow the lines of the body and separate them from the green flame to make it look like it’s winding up her arm.
I made sure to keep her hair separate from the flames too. It shows her complete control over them, they do not scorch her. I painted the simple brown book on her hip with leather straps and the books caught up in the flame of the spell she is casting.
I painted the zombies at her feet in the Zombie Flesh color from the Nolzur’s Miniature Paint Set. Then I added the same Moldy Wash to the zombies that I used on her skin. I added more layers of it here to really play up the decomposition factor. Then I painted up the base a dirty stone look.
I finished off the magical flame of the spell with a generous application of Shadow Wash. I wanted to achieve a look of corrupt magic. The Shadow Wash makes the pale green flames look infected and tainted by dark magic. I also began painting her face.
I used a similar red to her dress and painted her eyes. I painted her eyes a little wonky because the decomposition is also affecting the structure of her face as more and more rots away. It lends a deceptively comical look to her face. Many have tried to suppress a laugh right before they died.
This side shot of her shows most of the painted miniature. She looks alluring and deadly while wielding magic that is clearly death magic. She controls her zombie minions and also likes to use them to amuse herself when she is bored.
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