About 5 years ago I painted the 54mm version of the White Speaker (which is up in the gallery here), but recently I was approached to paint the 28mm one. I don't normally work on 28mm scale (at least not anymore), but I figured I'd take on the project nonetheless. It's good to step out of your comfort zone from time to time and, after 5 years of progress, I'm interested to see how the 28mm version will compare back to my 54mm version.
The White Speaker is a bit of a pain to base. She's got one leg raised up, but much too high to just be stepping on a stair. So what in the heck do you do with her scene? Since I was limited to a gaming base for her, I decided to build up a broken stone wall holding back dirt on the other side. As a bit of an easter egg, I added an arrangement of skulls and a Kingdom Death lantern which mimics the old Kingdom Death logo. I was also asked to do a bit of OSL, so it takes care of that too. :)
I've completed the first two sessions of painting where I've focused on her skin (minus the hands and feet). So far I'm happy with the results, though there are a few spots I know I want to fix. It's a bit of an adjustment... I keep wanting to get the same results I get on 54mm pieces but obviously you have to make some simplifications when you're painting something half that size.
For the colors, my darkest shadows are Chestnut Brown + Rosy Shadow (4:1), then Rosy Shadow + Bronzed Shadow (2:1), Rosy Skin + Bronzed Skin (3:1), and finally Fair Highlight. I like their skin tones, but frequently mix and match rather than just using the sets as they come. In this case I didn't want the darker tones to be quite as pink, so that's why I adjusted the Rosy Skin and Shadow with a bit of the Bronzed Skin set. Since I'll be doing a bit of OSL down near the ground, I wanted to keep the shadows in more areas to help when it comes time to add the secondary light source.