Miniature Monday – Ostarzha, Elf cleric
Some miniatures leave a lot room for artistic interpretation and painter’s ideas, like an epty canvas, and Ostarzha with her plain, flowing robes ist one of those.
(posting by Antonia & Dirk)
Since it was my (Antonia’s) birthday on Sunday, I did not manage to paint… the downside of a great day with family. On the contrary, I even got more minis that wait to be painted! But well, that’s a gamer’s fate, I suppose!
The mini itself seems simple at first, but in fact it’s a nice balance between delicate detail and plain areas which allow for nice highlighting effects or even freehands. My version had a distinctive mould line running from head to toe which was nevertheless easy enough to remove with a craft knive.
I was thinking about painting my mini as a pale blonde in varius greens, as if to portrait one of my RPG characters, a half elf. Since I’ll have to update that mini another time, let’s see what other painters made of it!
Dirk used the mini as “testing ground”
He wanted to try and practice some freehand ornaments he’ll use on another project. Dirk said: “She is still a WIP, the freehands need a clean-up, and the whole mini gets a wash of army painter, when the freehands are finished. I tried some ornaments to use on my space marines for this years “Armies on Parade” for Warhammer 40k, so I chose white and blue colors on her. The green and red were added to complement the composition.”
Jim tried to be generic, with some very specific conditions:
He wrote that his goals were:
“Make her very feminine (even girly) in color choice, style, etc.
Paint her as a 1e/2e Gray Elf/Faerie, mostly through hair and eye color.
Leave her generic enough so that she could be a cleric, a wizard or even just an elven lady. No specific class.” I’d say you succeeded in the latter, I really got the feeling she could be a noble woman of some kind. Would you be annoyed if I told you the color combination reminded me a bit of a disney princess? I don’t know much about the gray elves from D&D besides them being… snobs, so help me out, what are distinguishing features? And once again you did a great job with picking out all the details, it’ll help my painting a lot to know these are flowers and not just oddly shaped hair *laughs*
Michael had a change of mind:
He said “I wanted to use a bunch of paints that were included in the Holiday Paint set I got from Reaper last season – Frost Blue, Peppermint White, and Sparkling Snow. And, as I was painting, I suddenly realized that I was making Moiraine Damodred from the Wheel of Time. I went all in on that idea and added a blue Flame of Tar Valon on her apron. I had a thought to paint Frozen’s Elsa with those colors instead, but I… Let It Go. :-P” I have to say I love the color scheme (the blues work great with black hair, for example) although I don’t know a bit about the character you are describing – working on this blog broadens my horizon every time. I suppose the blue symbol is taken from the story too? Is she some kind of mage or priest?
This week’s gallery:
P.S. Thanks for all your suggestions! I’ll edit the schedule accordingly, just not now… time to go to work.
10/01/18 Bones III Bregan, Valkyrie (B3 Core)
(I added some of your suggestions already, I might shuffle them around a bit, but keep them coming! For some minis there are no pics in the online shop yet so I’ll add them later.
10/15/18 Bones II The Horned Hunter (B2 Core)
10/29/18 Bones III Hobageddon: Hobgoblin warriors (B3 Core)
11/12/18 Bones III Elven Blacksmith (B3 Core)
11/26/18 Bones II Bat Demon (B2 Core)
12/10/18 Bones III Blood Hoof, Minotaur (B3 Core)
12/24/18 Christmas break
12/31/18 New Year’s break
01/07/19 Bones III Christina, Female Cleric (B3 Core)
01/21/19 Bones II Cuth Wolfson, Barbarian (B2 Core)
*they sell them in packs of three (obviously) but in the KS there was only one piece
02/18/19 Bones II Dub Bullock, Rogue (B2 Core)