Time to get started on Aya!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now I could start on the armor plates and start working more on the blending of the larger areas of armor.
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!