So I’ve been working the Liberian (Sci-fy mage) for my Space Marine force, and he is being rather tricky! There is just so much detail on him that its hard to figure out what colours to use. Some are defined by the army colour scheme the gold armour, black and white shoulder pads. But other bits are hard to figure out, like the book cover, I want it to look realistic, be visible on the model but at the same time not dominate, so I went for a reddy brown to look like a leather book cover. But other bits I’m just not sure on like the pipes/cables going to his arm do I go different colours like elwctrical wiring, but would that stand out to much, or just grey to hid it but is that to dull and makes them sort of pointless?

I must say however that I am really enjoying painting this model, I’m not 100% sure why, but it could be the challenge of figuring out these bits is what I’m finding fun.

As I’m sure you can all tell there is still a long way to go but at least its moving. Also I’m reasonably happy with all the bits I’ve finished which is a plus!

The one bit I am unsure on however are the lenses, do they work or do they need to be a stronger colour against the purple?

Hope everyone else is up to some good stuff!

16 thoughts on “A mage in progress

  1. I do like the figure. Personally it is often the detail that I enjoy the most. Tricky sometimes for sure but the end result is often worth it. I’d go bright with the lenses if it were me and maybe a muted green for the pipes/cables?

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    1. Thanks John, I keep changing my mind on them some times I like them as is, some times I think a little gloss varnish will work, other times I want to completely change them. So going to leave them for a bit and see.

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  2. Great colors, he looks so ecclesiastical! My feedback for the cables… It would look cool with rusted, colored wires, contrasting with the immaculate cloth… Or (personally) I would base the thick ones white, give them some black contrast paint, and just a small highlight of bluish gray, and paint the smaller un-ridged ones as energy conduits in some glowy green, blue or red.

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      1. Thanks this! I read it and it hit the spark/inspiration needed! Big cables now done a grey blue, little ones blue. While power sword went red, which I know sounds wrong but I think works as its the other side to the main visible cables, so red one side blue other purple center.
        But massive thanks, your comments got me to get all of him finished save the clock (which is wet with a wash)!

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  3. This is an awesome looking sculpt and you’re off to a great start on it. I’d be tempted to go for yellow or red on the lenses myself as both look great with purple and will make the lenses stand out, but not too much at the same time. Thank you for the follow and I look forward to see more of your work.

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    1. Thanks, I’ve been in a bit of a hobby slump recently so this model is still sat there, it did not help that my idea on the cloak failed. But your great highelf blog post got me thinking of them I got a big cow/mountain thing part started so I that might get me back to the painting desk!

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      1. Sorry to hear about your slump but glad that I can be of help getting out of it at the same time. I look forward to seeing you tackle some Lumineth! 🙂

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