Crossbones: A Red Skull crony and long time foe of Captain America.
The colour scheme for this one was pretty simple and I pretty much copied the card art. I was looking forward to painting the flesh, I wanted to continue practising my blending technique using glazes, but first lets have a quick look at the rest of him.
As usual, I primed black and then zenithal highlighted. His clothing was based with German Grey (VMC – key at end of post), which I usually use as a mid-tone when painting black, but in this case, as the webbing was going to be black, I used it as the base and built highlights up from there using Stonewall Grey (VGA) and Wolf Grey (VGC).
Using black as the base coat for the webbing, belts, etc. and highlighting up through German Grey to Light Grey (VMA) enabled some contrast against the clothing.
That just left the flesh to paint. Blocking in the shade – Tan (VGC), and highlights – Pale Flesh (VGC), gave me a base to work with. This is a technique I’m still learning and playing around with, and it takes a little getting used to, as things get a little messy before it all starts to come together.
I then mixed up a glaze for each of these colours, as well as Elf Skintone (VGC), which was to be the mid-tone. From here it was a case of playing around with the glazes, starting with the mid-tone and then adjusting things using the highlight and shade colours. I found it best to mix a little of the mid-tone into these to help blend them.
The thing with this technique is knowing when to stop; coming to terms with enough is enough. It’s a bit like skimming a wall – you always have a bit that your not happy with, so you try to touch it up only to make a mess of another bit – at least that’s what I do!
To finish off the flesh, I washed it over with Fleshtone (VGCW) thinned with Glaze Medium – I wanted it really thin to bring the colours together rather than discolour them, and I used it more as a glaze than a wash.
Eyes – I never enjoy painting eyes. I usually have at least three to four attempts to get them looking okay, and it’s always the right eye I have issues with, no matter how I try to position the mini. As you can see in the image below, his left eye is pretty good, the right, however, leaves a lot to be desired!
I’ve been reading a bit about lining in, something I’ve not paid too much attention to before, and how it can define an area, especially when viewed from a ‘gaming’ distance. Though there wasn’t much to line in here, I have had a go – around the eyeholes and where the flesh meets clothing – and I think it definitely brings something to the figure.
I have done it once or twice before and always found it quite tricky to get right, usually making a mess of an area I’d already finished, but doing it just after laying down the base colours seems the way forward. As you’ll see in my next Marvel posts – Baron Zemo, Captain America, and Captain Marvel – It’s something I’ve started to use more and more.
And so, that was Crossbones – simple in terms of colour variation, and a nice quick mini to paint. I actually really enjoyed painting him, especially the flesh, and I do quite like the dynamic pose!
- VMC – Vallejo Model Colour
- VGA – Vallejo Game Air
- VGC – Vallejo Game Colour
- VMA – Vallejo Model Air
- VGCW – Vallejo Game Colour Wash