Another Monday, another showcase. As promised this week a good friend and long time companion of Elliwyn enters the stage: Elladan Elf Ranger by Reaper Miniatures. This week’s focus are worn leather effects.
It’s all in the arms – dynamic posing
Elladan is a nice miniature out of the box, sculpted by none other than Werner Klocke. The Bones version has the common issue of bendy swords, but is otherwise a good copy of the metal version. The face is especially well rendered in both versions, with a subtle, but recognisable smirk.
As I am a fan of smaller weapons in general I exchanged them with a dagger and curved sword from my bitz box.
I also changed the position of his right arm. Instead of being stretched out it is now slightly bent, which makes the pose more dynamic and looks like he is searching for an opening in his opponents defence.
Painting worn leather
I would call Elladan a study in worn leather. I first tried the technique at Tactica 2018, where the Pigment Pirates offered short hands-on sessions. Naturally the interwebs also offer good guides. I recommend Creative Twilights tutorial for starters and Massive Voodoo for the advanced painter.
The main idea is to either shade and highlight using texture (fine lines and stippling on areas seeing wear and tear) or to finish shading and highlighting as usual and then add the texture. Both techniques benefit from successive glazing until the texture fuses with the existing paint job. The first option looks better, the second is faster. I went for option two.
Given there is a lot of leather on him I tried to achieve a variety of leather tones, ranging from warm to cold, dark to light. For instance his leather cape is a warm chestnut brown, while the leather overcoat is a cooler brown. Straps, shoulder pieces and loin cloth are a lighter, untanned leather tone. So while it is all brown, with warm, cool, dark and light you have a few options to keep it interesting and to differentiate areas.
I only added two more colours: a warm green for the cloak (fairly pleased about the blend) and a warm purple as an accent colour.
All in all I am happy how he came out. The skin blend around his cheek bones could be smoother and the leather at the front could be a tad more contrast rich, that is I should have deepened the shadows more.
I am happy with the worn leather look, but I will try option one with the next leather heavy mini to achieve a more refined look.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s showcase and got some ideas how to approach worn leather effects. Any questions or suggestions please comment below. Whatever you do, wield your dual brush with honor.