Monday, July 19, 2010

Completed Wave Serpent

I've had this guy sitting on my desk for ages. You can see it in this post from over a year ago. I based it off this Wave Serpent. To be fair, I didn't just base it, I pretty much copied it. But look, mine is green!

That's my craftworld symbol on the back door.

The hardest part about it was the highlighting. The green was easy, and the black was easy, but the midtone in the fade was very difficult. I still don't think I got it right. I also should have made my highlights more intense. In some areas you can barely see them.

It doesn't show up very well in the pictures, but I tinted the canopy purple using Akenseth's tutorial on the subject. I think I still need to either add more layers or add more dye to my mixture.

The lightning is all freehand, I did it without tape. The hardest part about that was edging the black. I started with a codex gray and then went over it with white, though in retrospect I should have used a lighter gray after, and then a white as I had to do several layers of white.

Also notice there's no guns. They're all magnetic and aren't painted yet.


  1. Looks good.

    I actually know the guy who painted that Saim-Hann Wave Serpent. It looks amazing in person, but I'm pretty sure he airbrushed the transition area.

  2. I used an airbrush as well. I meant to say that highlighting the transition area was tricky because of the color fade.

  3. Hi Faolain, this is Scottdsp748 from coolmini. I love the green variant of the scheme and it's a superbly done mini. You're absolutely right about the highlights through the transition being the hardest part too! Anyway, my compliments on taking my scheme and doing a great job making it your own. Also, thanks for referencing mine! :D

  4. yeah, beautiful. I love the turquiose fade to black! Good work

  5. Thanks for the compliments everyone! Scottdsp748, I don't know if you remember but I sent you a private message on CMoN like a year ago and you gave me some pointers which made this a little easier. Thanks!

  6. I remembered...I saw your name on here and knew it was familiar, so I went to my CMON inbox and your PM is still there. Glad the tips were helpful...keep up the good work!


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