Miniature Monday – Christina, Cleric (updated)
Happy New Year to all our readers! Since the nights around here are still long and cold, we brought someone carrying a light into the darkness (both literally and metaphorically): Christina the Cleric.
(posting by Antonia)
Welcome to Miniature Monday 2019! Again, our best wishes to all of you, we hope you had a good start into the New Year. Did you make some resolutions for 2019, maybe concerning… miniatures? 😉
Since Dirk and I will get a big load of Bones IV some time this spring we will probably don’t run out of projects to paint any time soon… not even counting the “Necromunda” box and our chrismas present to each other, “Blackstone Fortress”, a cooperative boardgame set in the 40k universe with a lot of highly detailed miniatures that are also waiting for the brush….
This week’s miniature was fun to paint, as soon as I had an idea about the color scheme – so many sharp details and still some plain surfaces to allow for freehand painting. No warping and close to no mould lines either.
Since we dabble a lot in the 40k setting at the moment, I made my Chrsitina a servant of the Holy Inquisition:
First I wanted to use only black and metal colors on her clothes and armour, but that seemed a bit too boring, so I added green (I normally use red so I deliberately chose something else this time) and some tiny dabs of red and blue for accents. On the shield I painted the inquisition logo, and although it’s a tiny bit off-center, I’m really happy with the end result.
Of course I took the opportunity to do some lighting effect, just a little bit, but the inquisition is not really known for illuminating the universe much, I guess 😀 Anyway, I simply drybrushed the brightened areas softly with with and pale yellow and the result is really intriguing.
Dirk wanted to focus completely on the lighting effect:
He primed the mini using a very dark grey and gradually added lights and shadows, so the mini itself would be nearly monochrome, as if the cleric was wandering through a very dark dungeon and the lamp was the only source of light. I think that’s a really interesting experiment and the mini looks great!
Jim also went for green, with a completely different result:
He is sill working on the shield so he took it off (Was that easy to do? I tried to remove it carefully, but on my mini the glue was too strong to release it). I like the combination of green and white, it is a strong contrast to my darker version and gives an intens “Jeanne d’Arc” vibe, in my opinion. The reduced color palette helps the “well rounded” look too, well done! And what is that hippogriff on the front plate, a transfer of some kind? Or how on earth did you paint these tiny lines?
He also wrote he was wondering about the purpose of some of her equipment pieces, which one do you mean, Jim? Her vaguely owl-shaped water bottle/mascot/holy relic thingie on her left? Or the incense dispenser (?) on the chain? As you see, I’m not sure either *lol* maybe others can add their thoughts and we discuss it in the comments.
Michael was longing for sunshine:
He wrote that he decided for her to be a cleric of a sun deity so he chose warm colors. I always like painting with a theme (it makes chosing colors and ornaments way easier), the sun symbol is a good way to show where you are going with it! Yellow armour is quite unusual, very cool! I love how you gave her brown skin and hair, as she might come from a very sunny region with high levels of UV radiation, plus of course the darker skin works much better with the bright yellow and red 😀
Arjen send in his cleric too.
He wrote: “Anyway, as I was one of the people suggesting we paint this mini I felt obliged to still make an effort. I see I forgot to paint a bit of white over the wash at the rim of her armor…anyway, it is finished enough that you get an impression of what I was aiming for, a kind of good aligned crusader cleric of, let’s say, Iomedae. As I may have mentioned before I now and then look at my minis to see which colors are under-represented and yellow was really begging for another miniature.”
Thanks for your entry, Arjen, we made sure to check the email folder every other day but somehow your mail sneaked past our radar until yesterday…! Strange. Anyway, chosing your colors based on “gaps” in your collection is a great tip for painters who can’t decide on their color schemes, and a good way to step out of one’s comfort zone, thanks!
This week’s gallery:
01/21/19 Bones II Cuth Wolfson, Barbarian (B2 Core)
(I will forage through previous weeks’ comments for your suggestions ASAP and add them to the list, if you have any favourites missing or suggested them more than half a year ago, just repeat them below this week! If for some minis there are no pics in the online shop yet I’ll just add them later.)
*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)
we need more suggestions!