Well, I wanted to post a little making-of of the GH-XLI entry, but I don’t have that many pictures of the intermediate states of the miniature.
There also isn’t that much to tell. If you remember, I was speaking of going “maximally unambitious”, which meant, no conversion that would still to be finished, and in this case not even a conversion at all but a pure out-of-the-box model. Despite not being a fan of RA’s early hobgoblins, it’s the opposite for this one and I wouldn’t even know what to change if I wanted to (and I did consider it).
I tried working with different colour moods (it’s a word, I looked it up!) for the sunny side (light direction) and the opposite, earth directed side. But it was kind of difficult to find the defining criteria for both since both the warm sun and the ochre earth are rather warm colours and the overall difference would be rather subtle. Not knowing to what extent it would influence the final result, I still chose brown and purple as the accent in the respective directions:
I did the metallics (mainly brass) in acrylics – I like some of the Tamiya colours for this purpose – and changed after a few more base colours rather early to oils. It happens easily that one almost paints the miniature before switching and has to more or less do it again with the new medium.
I was curious to paint some green skin for the first time at all in ever:
One problem was that the paint I used too green while I intended a yellowish result. I heard of the advice for making skin look more real to apply several layers of translucent paints. No idea if it works for oils as well, but the glazing sort of paints were very… hesitant in modifying the tone and I could have all the layers if I wanted, not so say many more, so had to mix in some opaque white.
Also, the colour of the hat was something that changed several times, but resembled photos of reddish leather in the end, so it stayed like this.
Tried working with mixing in complementary colours for the shadows, but they become very stark this way, too much for creating the illusion of diffuse light and matte, slightly translucent surfaces.
Fast forward, you know the result from the GH but here are some bigger pictures. I lent the camera from a friend who had an okayish one (mine is straight-out bad), but it still doesn’t catch subtle and often even less subtle accents. The “cornyness” I probably could have tried reducing if I found a sharpness option, but didn’t.
The name is Khan Dvorak Lazylegs.
I’m very sure, if you asked him, he considers himself at least as legendary as any of the dwarfs in the Legendary Lords themed GH.
What I have not finally decided is whether he should belong to the Sneaky Gits clan (as by the original idea) or if the wolf riders should have their own clan that is just as treacherous as to turn loyal to the CDs in case of rebelling greenskins they could betray.
Sneaky Gits are known for one specific unit type, but they are also called a clan, so I’d imagine they have different ones. Or does a Khan always have its own?