Painting Mice and Mystics Lily

My apologies for missing yesterday’s WIP post. It was in part due to the exciting news that Lily is no longer a Work In Progress but a finished piece and the next in our Painting Mice&Mystics series.

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Lily is my personal favorite of the tiny heros you can play as. She doesn’t appear in the game right away but shows up in later scenarios to save the day.

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The bases will be left unpainted from now on because I’ve decided to rebase all the pieces after they’ve been finished.
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Sorry about the shadow of the phone. I’m saving up for a nice light box but until then the awkwardly lighted pictures will continue :p
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The cape is done with a glazing technique. That means I watered down the original color and slowly added more layers. For the final layers I added a little white and yellow and a dark green wash in the folds.

Im very happy with the progress that I’ve made with blending, glazing, and building leatherwork. If I look back at older pieces, I can see the two brush technique really improving with each piece. The Two Brush Technique is where you take two similar shades of colors, paint them side by side and use a 2nd brush to blend the middle together.

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The bow and arrows are birch tipped with red leather straps and feathers.
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The white wood makes the red feathers really pop! It also helps break up the red and green and help keep the piece from the dreaded Christmas look (something you risk anytime you put red and green together)

I also was given the great idea of painting Lily’s bow in Birch by a friend. Never painting that kind of wood before I did some research and I came across a great article by Dagger & Brush. If you haven’t checked out this blog yet, but you love war gaming, you should definitely head over there. I’ll include a link at the bottom to the Birch tutorial. It’s easy to understand and has some great example pictures of the technique. Although his came out a very realistic Birch while mine is probably a step above camo, I’m still really happy with it as a first try. I hope to try more weapons and armor in unusual materials more often.

Here’s a link to the Dagger and Brush guide to painting Birch

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Painting Mice and Mystics (Nez)

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Good morning on this blustery winter day. Today we have Nez the blacksmith warrior from Mice & Mystics. He’s a great mini although you’ll have to do some diligence to get all the mold lines. You can see in the bottom picture how missing one can really stand out once the figure is painted. I decided to go with a very classic painting style using mixed colors to shadow instead of glazes. Also I used my thumb to imprint the paint on the hammer to make it spotty. This matches more with John Ariosa’s amazing blended art style. If you haven’t seen the art for this game than I suggest Googling it. The light and shadow effects as well as his muted pallet are very cool.

Painting Mice & Mystics (Tilda)

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Shades of white and black why do you tease me so! Tilda is the cleric of Plaid Hats Co-Op Mice and Mystics and wears the dreaded white robes. I tried to get a gritty look on the white that would reflect stomping around beneath a castle. I did dirty bone as a base and a little rucksack tan mixed with white for the highlights. In retrospect I would have done the dirty bone as a base and just kept adding white to build up highlights. Then done some mud spot effects on the bottom rim of the robes. The flat red dot at her neck is a small plastic gemstone that I glued on. It doesn’t look that great in the pics but on the table it really catches the light and pops. The base I’m not worried about because I have decided to go back and rebase the set with more detailed relic and dungeon bases. Looking for a good base match now so any suggestions let me know below. Despite the grayish tone I’m still very happy with how this mini turned out and I feel ready for the next white cloth challenge thrown my way!