Painted for Jimmy the Brush’s May community challenge – “Named Character.” https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/jimmythebrushcc12/
Had lots of fun painting the blue, as well as painting the hair. The mini itself is very heavy, being solid metal and actually had some damage on the bear’s snout and on her left side bangs (I had to cut new grooves in the metal, you can probably see my clumsy sculpting if you look). Also had a mold line running through her face and across the bear fur.
Fur: Lots of different browns. Started with Daler Rowney Burnt Umber and Vallejo Smokey Ink. Airbrushed the bottom side with darker colors, drybrushed lighter colors on the top. I probably should have gone with a warmer, more saturated brown – didn’t bother to look at bear pictures before I started painting.
Blue: MSP HD Dragon Blue, shaded with GW Drakenhof Nightshade and S75 Eldandil Violet, highlighted with S75 Hykey Yellow, though there are only a few spots where it is pure yellow. This is my first time experimenting highlighting with yellow to try to give the blue a slightly warmer look.
Red Scales: MSP Red Shadow, then S75 Deep Red, Blood Red, Antares Red, Mars Orange.
Hair: MSP Carrot Top Red, Army Painter Red Shade, highlighting up with S75 Hykey Yellow
Leathers: Base of either MSP Lonestar Leather (boots, gloves) or P3 Gun Corps Brown, then highlighting up with Hykey Yellow and P3 Hammerfall Khaki
Armor: TMM, using Vallejo Air Steel, shaded with Drakenhof Nightshade and MSP Blue Liner, highlighted with Vallejo Metal Medium
Base: I started by using Vallejo European Mud, but I overworked it with several layers of paint, so I used Secret Weapon pigments to bring back some of the texture. Grass tufts from Army Painter and little rocky-things from somewhere to complete it.