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From the workbench: St. Mark on Dragon, part 1

I saw this Dark Age figure at Gen Con, and just had to have it.

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It’s a lovely resin figure, which makes me very happy. Unfortunately the pieces don’t fit together quite as nicely as some of the resin figures I’ve had the pleasure of working with, so I had to do a bit of green-stuff work to hide the joins.

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The blue metals on the one side are close to finished, but everything else is (obviously) still very WIP. I’m really happy with how the metals are coming out. I’ve been shading my blues with red a lot lately. It’s only barely visible in these photos, but in real life I think it adds a lot of energy to them. I usually start by adding black to the mix to desaturate the blues, which aids the transition, and then add red or glaze with pure red in the deepest shadows. The result is clearly blue shaded with red this way, rather than looking purple.

According to traditional color theory, blue and orange are complements, as are red and green, but according to more modern color theory, cyan and red are complements. Since my blue hue is close to cyan, and I’m countering it with a primary red, this color scheme is more in line with modern than traditional color theory. Maybe.

3 Comments

  1. Very cool! The hidden reddish tones in the blue really kick it up a notch. Like the way you’re going with the base too. Looks like it’ll be a stunning piece in the end.

  2. Is the rider a separate mold from the mount? I would like to have this miniature without a rider.

    • The rider is not a separate piece. The upper body is separate, but the legs and fabric around the waist are sculpted as one piece with the dragon’s torso. Since it’s all resin, depending on how confident you are with conversions, it wouldn’t be too hard to remove the legs and restore the appearance of a riderless robot.

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