|Ax Faction Zombie Hunter, work-in-progress on skin tone|
|Contrast was kept light but not too light as males tend to have higher contrasts on their skin tone|
Originally I had planned this skin tone with red hair and beard in mind but now I am not too sure what hair colour I should actually use. Any indecisiveness increases ten-fold when you consider that my choice of cloak colour is changing by the minute. For the moment, my combo of choice is a Marsala coloured cloak with either strawberry blonde or dark red hair/beard on the Zombie Hunter.
|Still undecided as to what colour to use for the cloak|
|Subtle interplay between light and shadows used to hint at ribcage and sinewy muscle|
Meanwhile, I have more or less finished painting the hunter's lower torso with an eye towards simulating two very different cloth textures i.e. satin/velvet for the belt and cotton for the pants. Together with the boots, the overall colour scheme for his lower torso is fairly understated as befitting the mood of the piece. In my mind was this vision of the Zombie Hunter's prey catching a glimpse of the edges of a strikingly coloured cloak on a dark silhouette rushing through a dark forest.
|Ax Faction Zombie Hunter, work-in-progress on lower torso|
|Satin/velvet-like texture on belt versus cotton-like texture on pants|
For a miniature of this scale (32-mm), the detailed creases on the pants were amazing. It also made placement of lights and shadows on the pants that much easier. This was a big help to me seeing that I had used a very light pastel colour scheme for the Zombie Hunter's pants. Getting realistic contrast on lightly coloured clothing is very difficult - it's something I am trying to slowly master with practice.
|Boots were painted dark grey to complement the greyish purple pants|
|Level of detail on the pants was amazing for the scale involved|
Painting the Ax Faction resin miniatures continually challenges me to improve my skills. Although they demand a lot from a painter, it's well worth the price if one gets to learn from the obstacles faced when painting such details on a small scale. Speaking of learning new things, I finally - after 40 odd years of existence - learned how to ride a bike. At least this old dog can still learn new tricks.