Remember the samurai figure? It's been a little while, but I didn't forget about this project. I got a little hung up on what I wanted to do with the arm designs, so I took a break. Unfortunately with the Crystal Brush coming up at the end of March, there's no more time to stall on this project. I kept the rest of the design on the left arm pretty simple. I needed something for the right arm and whatever goes there will be repeated on the pants. I looked through a lot of reference images for ideas. In the end, I decided to go with the mon (clan crest) for Minamoto. It's a set of bamboo leaves and gentian flowers. As with the rest of the design work, I measured the distances between the designs and their diameter to keep things consistent.
From there I did some work on the back.
Once the back is finished, I'll add the shoulder armor plates. You won't normally see the bottom of these, but you can from certain angles. So I've got to paint the details on the undersides as well. It's mostly armor plates and laces connecting them. But there are also some sections which will get a repeat of the chest pattern. I've started on the one for his right shoulder.