Bushido: Painting Aya Minimoto Part 1

Bushido: Painting Aya Minimoto Part 1

Time to get started on Aya!

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Step one as always is the skin. It’s no different than the skin I’ve used on all my other Bushido models: a base of Bloodstone, Beaten Purple, and Menoth White Highlight. I add increasing amounts of Menoth White Highlight to the basecoat and layer it on to build up the highlights.

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Umbral Umber is mixed in with the basecoat for the darker areas. I use a little Sanguine Highlight on the lips trying to make them noticeable without seeming overly made-up.

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I gave the pants a basecoat of Umbral Umber. I didn’t wait for it to dry before I began highlighting it with Rucksack Tan and shading it with a mix of Black and GW Caliban Green.

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It takes a few more thin layers to get the pants nice and clean looking. Then I moved on to the armor. I wanted it to have a really nice shine to it. Since the Minimoto Clan make such impressive armor I wanted it to have an almost magical appearance.

The blue mid-tone was a hand mixed color I first whipped up ages ago as a basecoat for Trollblood skin. I always thought P3s Trollblood flesh was a little too turquoise. the color is very similar to P3’s new Gravedigger Denim so if you want to try out something like this it should work great. It’s shaded with a mix of Thamar Black and Bloodstone, and highlighted with… you guessed it… Menoth White Highlight.

I also add a band of Hammerfall Khaki along one edge to represent a reflected light.

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Then I noticed all those cool segments of steel on the leather padding and decided to delay finishing the metal for a bit, so I could paint it all together. You always want to paint the lowest or most recessed parts of a model first. But that meant that before I could do the leather I had to do her sleeves. At the time I decided to try Trollblood Highlight (which is a warm gray or dull pink depending on your perspective) shaded with a mix of Exile Blue and Umbral Umber and highlighted of course with Menoth White Highlight.

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The leather pads are also based with Umbral Umber, but since I wanted them to look a little different than the pants I highlighted them with Bloodtracker Brown and Ryn Flesh. This makes it appear slightly redder than the yellowish pants.

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Now I could start on the armor plates and start working more on the blending of the larger areas of armor.

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A thin line of Menoth White Highlight around each armor plate helps add to that reflective appearance, although it isn’t as cleaned up as it could be in this shot.

~That’s all for today. More Aya tomorrow!

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