Let's move on to some other details of the horses, for example, the reins. Pretty simple paintjob, basecoat of some kind of brown, English Uniform for example.
And then, a fine outline over the top to define it. I could have done some gradient or texture, but this is not a very important nor visible element so for now I don't want it to pop out more. Pretty simple right?
Moving up in the miniature, I have the bow. Let's do a simple wood effect on them. Basecoat of a dark brown, Chocolate Brown in this case.
Progressively, I will draw the stripes on the wood, simple and thin lines of lighter browns.
In each stage a use a lighter brown, and cover less of the line.
I don't want to outline the whole lines, just some spots, like the upper part, or the part closer to the hand. Also, I outline the elements on the grip of the bow.
In this last step, I just slightly shade those elements and the wood with some inks, blue and brown. They give a nice satin finish which is perfect for my purposes.
I continue with the golden elements on the arms. On top of that brown coat, I just paint some flat gold colour.
Highlights of that gold are done with a silver metallic paint mixed with the previous golden colour, just following zenithal lighting.
The armour on the horse heads will also be painted in a very polished silver elven armour. First a simple basecoat of a dark silver metal, in this case Dark Metal from Scale75.
I start highlighthing progressively with lighter metallic paints. First, Heavy Metal (Scale75) and then Speed Metal (Scale75).
The lightest spots are done with White Alchemy (Scale75).
Now it's time for the blue elven look of the metals, shading down with glazes of turquoise.
And further with Dark Sea Blue.
It's important to have a clear outline of the elements so that everything is clean, I go over the recesses with dark inks (Green, Blue inks).
Another shot of the finished head, it's difficult to photograph metals on work in progress articles!
The face of another horse, this one was painted with Citadel metallic paints instead of the Scale75 ones.
It was pretty interesting to see the difference in metallic paints. For more info on this, visit my recent article about trying the new Scale75 metallic set.
Continue to WIP: Ellyrian Reavers Part 7