Alright, now that I have a general plan for the colors, it's time to start painting! I began by base coating the top half of the rider. I'll most likely be holding him by the legs to help steady the figure while I paint, so that's why I'll leave that bare until later. After that I got to work on the face. It's the same basic approach I use on most of my figures, you can check the tutorials section here for a more in-depth discussion of painting faces. I'm not sure if I mentioned it in the last post, but this figure is 75mm scale. So he's a little bit larger than the typical 54mm figures I paint, but smaller than the 90mm samurai I just finished.
I do want to stress that painting the face is a process and not one I necessarily complete in one sitting. Here's a comparison of the face at two different stages. The first shows my initial highlights and shadows in place. After that, I took a break and then re-evaluated the figure. There were some shadows I thought weren't quite right and the upper highlights needed a little more pop. So I went in a tweak the parts I felt needed it. Once that was done, I painted on more of the details (hair, chin strap, collar) and then put on the glazes to add that color variation to the skin.
Because his head is turned and titled slightly, I painted much stronger shadows on the right side of his face. You can see that more clearly when I show the two sides next to one another. I also painted his eyes looking to the left (following the direction of the head turn).
Still not 'done' with the face. Looking at the pictures, that shadow over his left eye needs to be fixed (the blend at the top needs to be improved). But, otherwise, I'm pretty satisfied with how he looks.
I also started working on his hat. There's a flowing 'sock' on top and I wanted to add some extra detail on it. The box art has something similar, so I'm borrowing the idea for my version. The details will be done in gold, but I started with a layer of Burgundy Wine as a base. I'm having a bit of trouble putting the gold on top. It's just not looking as clean as I'd like. I'm not sure if I should make the purple line thicker and then do the gold (sort of using the purple as a border between the gold and the red), trying to completely cover the purple with gold, or do a dot pattern like I did on the sculpted detail. I'm going to have to think about this one a bit and probably give a few different things a try.