Kitty (Better Pictures)

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Kitty won a high silver at ReaperCon 2018.  Some of the high points the judges pointed out were use of colors in the shadows and the freehand on the pants.  I now know what I need to do to achieve Gold – spend plenty of time on it, ask better painters for advice and humbly accept it, and iterate multiple times.  Many thanks to Cathy Wappel who was seated at my table at ReaperCon 2017 and gave me lots of good suggestions and advice.  Rhonda Bender was also extremely helpful.  Also thanks to the other people at the table (Charity and… Adam?).

Weak points (for my future reference): the gun’s highlights.  Her gloves are too close in color to the guns.  Her hair needs to go all the way (or nearly all the way) to white, in a “halo”.


I started working on Kitty about 2 years ago. I decided to bring her along to ReaperCon where I got in the zone with her and finished her off. Lots of greens and yellows, but it’s all centered around P3 Wurm Green, which is mixed into nearly everything. (I think I had just bought a pot of it right when I first started the mini). Helpful suggestions from other attendees and teachers (Cathy Wappel and Rhonda Bender in particular) definitely improved the quality. The base material is from a tub of stuff I received from Frontline Games in my swag bag.

HFA069 – Tomoko / Relic Knights Viper Proxy

I got Tomoko from Hasslefree Miniatures to use a proxy for a Viper in Relic Knights.  Tomoko is pretty obviously based on Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell, and that’s also what Viper is based on (though not nearly as closely).  Of course, I had to give her purple hair like Motoko.  It also turns out that Motoko’s clothing already matches my Black Diamond color scheme pretty well (neutral grays), though that is more of a happy coincidence than anything intentional.  I got Tomoko on Thursday and had her done (except for sealing) by Friday evening.  This is very close to my ideal – a good paint job fast.  You may notice that she has the SMG that comes with the resin Tomoko but I’ve used the metal tag – I ordered a sprue of the sci-fi SMG and did a weapon swap, and it’s a pretty fantastic job if I do say so myself.  I started by priming her with VMC German Gray, then airbrushed VMC Basalt Gray and RMS Rainy Gray for the initial shading.  I used glazes of RMS Black Wash to create the black clothing, and mixed a little white into Rainy Gray to create a lighter color gray for the bodysuit.  I picked out a few edges, laid down some subtle highlights and shadows on the clothing, then painted the skin with RMS Olive Skin triad.  The hair is RMS Carnival Purple with some of the Imperial Purple triad for highlights and shadows.

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Still experimenting the the matte varnish.  I think that pushing it through the airbrush is just a bad idea.  I don’t mind how it looks in hand (super-matte, but “fuzzy”), but I think applying it with a brush I can avoid the fuzzy while keeping the majority of the matte-ness.

And the super-closeup of the face which makes it look bad.  (but not quite as bad as previous closeups – am I getting better or is the camera just out of focus?)


Kitty – Update 1

Kitty, Modern Adventurer (and twin) from Hasslefree Miniatures.  Progress so far, though I’m still not sure about all the colors I’ve picked.  The pants seem off, as do the boots and gloves (though they looked weirder when they were green).  Hatsune Miku is an inspiration for this miniature.

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