OK! The base has been carved, so that means it's time to paint it! As I have been doing more and more lately, I brought out the acrylic craft paint which I have been using to paint my terrain pieces.
It works quite nicely with very absorbent surfaces such as sculpey and gravel/sand. It continues to flow very well, and has good adherence.
I did take some regular miniature paints to get some darker/cooler spots in certain areas.
I started to mix a variety of tan colors, and semi-dry brushed them across the upper surfaces. Not too dry, as I didn't want to get that rough appearance to the paint.
Into that tan mix, I added lighter flesh tones, light seafoam green, and so on, to lighten the overall appearance and bring out the carved glyphs.
Once I have all the lightest colors established, it is time to start shading and tinting this darker. I used the same Secret Weapon washes that I normally use for this task.
You can see already how the first applications on the right hand side of the base make such a big difference! I also keep some tissue or paper towel handy to wipe away excess amounts. This is very similar to some of my old watercolor techniques.
All of the glazes applied, so I will work back in some of the lighter mid tones.
As I work in this part of the 'value scale', I like to mix some of the wash colors in with my regular paint. This keeps them in the same family, but creates a little more interest.
Once I am satisfied with how those mid tones are looking, I add some more dramatic highlights, and also paint in some finer cracks, etc.
I have some photos of the finished bases in another post! Stay tuned...