vrijdag 18 mei 2012

Mini Exchange: Isabella von Carstein

Once in a while I particiate in a mini-exchange with some friend of mine. This time I got handed a really old, OLD model from Games Workshop: Isabella von Carstein.

Alright, to be complete, the blister also held Manfred von Carstein, but I decided to do just one of the two (sorry Emiel), and ofcourse picked the female.
Now I find this model a real challenge, because it really is an old model. It certainly is not my preferred style of sculpts, with all these great and wonderful models coming out nowadays. But hey, I like challenges. So I want to do some serious business on this model.

I am still pondering though, on color theme, embroidery (although an idea I received to do a cobweb pattern really sounds cool), and display base (Balcony? Graveyard?...?), so it might take some time for me to actually finish this model.

For now though, one thing I COULD do was paint the skin. As vampires are always pale, I wanted to reflect this, but not refer to the blueish tones. Rather, I wanted to have her some bluster, a semblance of life left in her. So I added some subtle warm colors in there. Her lips are purplish, but I might need to go back on those.

As I was rummaging through the CMON gallery for inspiration, I noticed that she actualy wears gloves. Really big, rubbery gloves. YUCK! Thats not lady-like! So, I am trying to do something different, and hope to make it work by using painting techniques and optical illusions. But I guess you'll have to wait and see.

I have only done the hair with a few coats of black washes, just to see where all the detail is. I am still wondering if I should do black hair (with the classic white stripes), or do something altogether different...?

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