Bullseye, not a character I was particularly interested in, or knew much about, and the dull pose made me less than enthusiastic to paint him. That was until I read Eric’s post over at Candore et Labore…
While an action pose would have fit this character as well, I love the snarky face and throwing knives held behind his back – you could never trust Bullseye in the comic book, so why start now!
This made me realise that you don’t always need a dramatically posed figure for it to be interesting and meaningful to the viewer. Just because he isn’t one of my favourites shouldn’t mean I don’t try and do it justice. And, when I took what Eric said in, I could see just what he meant. He does have a snarky look on his face, just like he’s taking the mick out of someone, and the way he’s holding his fingers like a gun says, ‘Hey, I could take you any time.’ Meanwhile, he’s got those knives behind his back, just in case that person doesn’t take the hint and tries something on – it brings to mind the saying, ‘Smiling Knife!’
Taking this into account, I cast an eye over the comic images of him. There appeared to be two main colour themes, one seeing him in all black, the other sporting a Blacky Blue outfit; I went with the latter. He also really does wear a constant expression of snideness on his face, and I wanted to see if I could capture this when I painted him.
To get the base colour for his suit, I zenithal highlighted with Imperial Blue over a Black prime. I then added a layer of Grey Blue where needed and finally highlights of Grey Blue mixed with B5 Dark Blue Grey (AK interactive), and then the B5 on its own.
All the white bits and bobs were painted in my usual manner of Heavy Bluegrey, Ghost Grey, and then Dead White, trying my best to leave thin lines of the Black/Blue between the ribbing of the suit, as per the comic images.
That really just left the face, and I played around with mixes of Tan and Pale Flesh, wet blending, trying to get some character into his face. I’m not sure how well I achieved this though, as there wasn’t a lot of flesh to play with, and those eyes were a nightmare hidden in the depths of his mask.
A simple pose and a limited palette of colours, but that in itself made him quite tricky to paint. For once, I think I got the contrast about right, as he looks great at gaming distance. I usually concentrate too much on what these minis look like close up and fail to push the contrast enough to make them ‘pop’ at arm length. It’s one of the reasons why I’ve found it difficult to paint smaller scale figures and have been steering away from them just now, like my 10mm Romans… Oh! How I’ve come to despise them!
Anyway, thanks to Eric, I now see Bullseye for what he is, and I quite like him. He’s part of Yasmin’s roster, so it will be interesting to see what he’s like to play against, though I’ve yet to cast an eye over his card so have no idea of his strengths and weaknesses. This isn’t unusual, as we both like to discover what the other person is fielding ‘live’ so to speak, it keeps it interesting and makes for some speedy, on the go, tactical changes, like when I discovered Loki has a Beam attack!
Afterthought – I really need to do something more with that base. Now I look at it in the photos’ I think, ‘Ugh!’ Maybe just line the debris in, or add a bit of weed, I dunno, something to think about… and probably forget!