|Not one but two Dark Sword Wood Elf Goddesses in avatar form|
Guinea pigs were needed for this VMC skin tone experiment and none, I feel, were more suitable than Dark Sword Miniatures's Wood Elf Goddesses in avatar form. In fact, I loved how well this metal figurine was sculpted (by Jeff Grace) that I had gotten two of her for this little experiment. One is for painting a light and rosy Caucasian-like skin tone while the other is for a more dark skin tone ala Fanny Neguesha, the wife-to-be of a particularly famous Italian footballer. It's the World Cup 2014 after all and I just had to have a footballing theme to my miniature project somehow. Don't hate!
|Wood Elf Goddess primed (left) and straight out of the box (right)|
|Back view of Wood Elf Goddess that is primed (left) and in its original metal state (right)|
Paints I plan to use for this experiment comprise almost entirely of those from the VMC line as some Reaper Master Series acrylic paints were also used on the darker skin. Adapted slightly from the two skin tone recipes created by one of my favourite miniature painters - Marike Reimer on her own how-to-paint DVD - the paints I will use are Basic Skin Tone, Beige Red, Mahogany Brown, German Camouflage Pale Brown, Pale Sand, Green Ochre and Oxford Blue (and also some Reaper Master Series Clear Brights which were not shown in the photo below). Some will be used solely for light skin, some solely for dark skin and some for both. Of both skin types, I have yet to get the correct paint mixture/ratio for the dark skin so I guess that leaves me with painting the light skin first.
|A mixture of Vallejo Model Colors for a light and dark skin tone experiment|
Finishing the light skin tone experiment will at least give me some idea on whether I would want to proceed painting Le Petit's skin using VMC paints. Since I won't be able to work on Le Petit's skin tone for now, I will most likely paint up the red portions in the figurine since I have made a final decision on the type of red I want to see on her. Getting the reds right will be crucial for Le Petit.
|Nocturna Models Le Petit Chaperon all set for a splash of red paints|
That's it for this simple little update on what I have been up to in this insanely hot and dry weather. Thanks for checking up on my hobby shenanigans and do have yourself a good weekend!