I tried a couple of new things for these and I'm fairly pleased with how they've turned out, sticking to my newish painting mantra of "if I don't like it, leave it and move on, but do it better next time." With the ball and chain fellow, I've attempted rusty mail. Now, having taken part in a few re-enactments in the past, I've seen more than my fair share of rusted mail shirts and, unlike the rust that accumulates on exposed metal work, there's usually a lot of gunk on mail (woodsmoke, sweat and WD40, I suspect) which dulls that orange iron-oxide look to a dirty blackish-brown and, miniature in hand, I feel I've captured that look fairly well for a first attempt.
The other "new" technique is my second attempt at an 80s-style face-shield. It's not actually finished, but I had a moment to take a picture and just went for it. The crimson ink glaze is still drying and, when it is, I'll go back with some black ink to do a bit of lining, dot some white on the pupil, and re-emphasise the stippling on the highlighted bits of red that seem to have been flattened out of existence by the ink. Even without that, it's not too bad, but I think another five or so minutes will see it "pop" just that little bit more.
|The shieldless orc must have been at an odd angle to the light because it looks almost ghostly. Odd.|
|Won't look after his mail, oh no, but check out that snazzy purple belt!|