I first painted my Autumn
Mage, I intended to do a series of seasonal mages, but somehow
never got around to it.... When our local painting club did
a series of "Visions
in Color" style minis this great Reaper mini by Werner
Klocke was our second one. I
thought she'd make a perfect Winter Mage, even with the sword
(hey, if Gandalf can have Glamdring...)
About the same time I started her, I was lucky enough to be
asked to teach at Reaper Artist's Convention 2005. I was introduced
to their wonderful new "Masters Series Paints" there.
I highly recommend these paints! They're much thinner than Vallejo
Model colors, blend and layer like a dream, and come in a large
variety of colors (using a "triad" system of matched
colors - highlight, base, shade).
a result this mini was completely done with MSP's. Since I wanted
to use a subtle color palette, partly inspired by my wife's
painting, MSP Ashen Blue (a greyish-blue I fell in love
with) added just the right touch of icy chill to her clothing,
while some of the Reaper greys likewise "chilled"
her fleshtones. As my wife did in her painting, I used pink
tones judiciously (sword, staff) to makes the surrounding blues
seem even colder in comparison.
very pleased with how she came out - the combination of color
scheme and new paints really helped me push my techniques. (In
the words of Amy Brehm,
it's a "Level up" model ;^)
the mini has been seen on the net in a different form (sporting
it's original cast base in the Wyrd Miniatures' Femme Fatales
contest, where I won 3rd in fantasy), this is her final base
treatment, created for Kublacon
I added the rock (converted from Kaladrax's base at RAC), some
microscale snow and a Reaper familiar painted as an ermine.
took 3rd place after Marike Reimer and Derek Schubert. The phenomenal
wooden display base was created for me by Wayne Rogers of Wayne's
Bases, a true artisan with hardwood (his bases graced multiple
entries at the con, including Marike's).