Thanks, guys! By Zeus and Hashut, I really should sit down and paint some of these guys once in a while. Come Christmas, it’ll be a year since I got most of them. I definitely have difficulties with sticking to one hobby project.
@badmoongrin Glad you like them! I had been searching for a good sculpt of a Mycenaean/Minoan woman for some time, and this one, from Redoubt Miniatures, was the best I could find on the internet.
Didn’t do any conversion on her dress, though - the only thing I changed at all was a trifle about her hairstyle, and that only to hide a mistake I made in preparing the mini (I very nearly ruined her left eye while trying to remove a piece of flash from the casting).
One thing I admire very much about the ancient artwork is that the partial nakedness is a part of the aesthetic whole, and not displayed for its own sake. And while e.g. the Enthroned Goddess of Thera in the second picture certainly represents that culture’s ideal of feminine beauty, I think that the main impression given by the image is one of power and authority. Same goes for the so-called Snake Goddess in the last picture - there is beauty, but of a kind that is apt to make its viewer go “Oh please, please don’t turn me into a stag so I get eaten by my own hounds!” :01: Anyway, that was one of the reasons I went down the bodypaint route for the priestess: I didn’t want the revealing outfit to be her main feature.
As for painting white, I also found that it works best if I start with grey and build it up from there. The need to paint white was actually the reason why I started experimenting with layers in the first place - it just forced me to try it! :14: I probably should also switch to dropper bottles, and maybe get some acrylic thinner too.
The Laestrygones were a mythical race of man-eating giants, and the closest analogy to ogres I could come up with for this warband :11: