Sunday, October 18, 2015

Zomtober 2015/3: A Modest Proposal


The subject of today's excursion is one of three minis (that I know of) by the incomparable Paul Muller featuring an infant in imminent danger of becoming lunch. What exactly does this Muller guy have against babies, anyway?

All kidding aside, this mini from Reaper is one of the sculptor's finest (and for the record, I'm sure Mr Muller thinks babies are just swell... as do I).

It's vile. It's horrid. That's the whole point. Representing an irredeemably evil, undead cannibal leaves no room for nice.

I threw squeamishness to the wind and tried to make the piece as harsh and nasty as possible. Lots of very hard shadows, a skintone like rotting meat, a subdued palette except for the baby (I want the viewer's attention immediately drawn there). 

Base Colors
Highlights
Shading
Touch-ups & Details

The base still needs attention. I'm saving it for the end when I'll do all five minis currently in the works together.

The Ghoul-Hag in all her repulsiveness:





Is it normal to feel like one should take a shower upon completing a miniature? Am I going straight to Hell because it occurs to me that what this mini really needs is a bubbling cauldron? After Zomtober should I paint nothing but unicorns and pixies as a form of penance?

The answers to these and other burning questions in our next episode. (or not.)

16 comments:

  1. That is a scary fig...brilliant...but scary!

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    1. Very scary. Muller knocked this one out of the park.

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  2. Stunning stuff Finch. Absolutely stunning. I'm not sure which I like most though the finished hideously gorgeous hag, or your stellar WIP photos - the first of which looks better than most of my stuff. Great posting :-)

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    1. Thanks, Simon. I like seeing other people's WIPs so it's only fair that I sometimes produce some of my own.

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  3. Awesome job Finch dude! She? is one ugly old bitch, even with one of her dugs out. Which is just wrong.
    Your W.I.P. photo's are great by the way, letting us in on your secrets. Here's one of mine, babies taste like chicken!

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    1. LOL. Cannibalism humor... you just can't beat it.

      Funny thing with the wardrobe malfunction is that it will likely prevent me from posting pics to Reaper's forum due to their nudity restrictions. I'm not sure there's an angle from which either her mammaries or the baby's butt won't be visible.

      (Don't even get me started on what's going on under that shift she's wearing. Suffice it to say that naught was left to the imagination.)

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  4. Another spectacularly painted figure Finch. Excellent work!

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  5. Breathtakingly gruesome and a triumph of your brushmanship. Very interesting to see how you go about building up the colours having based all areas first.

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    1. Many thanks, Michael. Blocking in everything first provides the opportunity to see how all the colors work together. Plus all the colors need to be in place before laying down the washes.

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  6. Yes, the bright, living flesh colored baby contrasting the zombie skin tone was definitely the right choice. Nice job.

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  7. Brilliant piece Finch. And yes, my eyes were drawn instantly to the baby first. Superb!

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    1. You're very kind, Kuan. Thank you.

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