And lo, I arrive with another edition of Painting Minis!
As I continue working through Wrath of Ashardalon, I’m having to deal with the more difficult minis to paint. I say difficult because they tend to have the most detail or the finest detail. I know they’ll take me hours to do, maybe even multiple sessions. One such set that I was concerned about was the cave bears. I was worried about making the fur look as good as possible. There would be a lot of dry-brushing and shading. I figured these would be more difficult than many of the others I had done. Boy, was I wrong!
I started off by mixing up a good brown color for the fur. I don’t have the color that I wanted, so I mixed the Harvest Brown and Shadowed Stone – just as I’ve done several previous sessions – to achieve a more natural-looking brown color. Something akin to milk chocolate. Or mud. Something that you’d likely see in a forested area to help the bears stay camouflaged as much as possible. Once I had my color, I pretty much just slathered it everywhere to completely coat the minis.
To bring out the fur texture, I lightened the base color just a bit and dry-brushed it around the peaks of the fur. I also lightened up the brown even more and brushed it over the raised and curved areas to highlight areas where sunlight would shine or reflect the most.
After the wash dried, I tried dry-brushing the highlighted areas again on one of the minis. As I did it, I didn’t really notice much of a difference, so I skipped that step on the other two minis. Unfortunately, that really did make the mini look better. But I didn’t see the difference until after I clear-coated them… I’d highly-recommend dry-brushing over the base and highlights again. It makes the wash seem even deeper. If you want the minis to look their best, DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!
Lastly, I finished up with black on the claws, nose, and eyes, as well as the inside of the mouth. And I painted the teeth with Dirty Bone.
After everything dried, I used play sand from our local volleyball court to base the mini, following everything up with good glossy clear coat to protect the paint, and then Anti-Shine to kill the glossiness.