I'm trying to wrap up the non-metallic sections on this guy. I continued on with the legs, painting the linen covering behind the greaves, the leather of his feet, and the feet themselves. I then moved onto his right arm, dealing with the leather and wraps there. I still need to paint the wraps on the back of the greaves, along with some small leather details on his armor, but that about does it.
I've also sketched on the metallics for the sword, just trying to get the light/shadow placement how I like it. As with the armor, though I'm using metallic paints, I am still approaching it as if I were pointing NMM. I want more control over how the light looks on the sword, so I'm forcing the shine and shadow to be where I want. I still need to blend it (though lighting for the photos makes it look smoother than it is) and add a few top level highlights. After that I'll have no more excuses to avoid the dreaded chainmail! =)
This weekend I'm hoping to stop by my storage unit. I've got some old kits in there and I think I can scavenger parts from one to make a dead gladiator for the base. It's going to require a bit of sculpting (though just the body, the head and limbs I think I can use). So we'll see how it turns out. I'm hoping it'll be good enough to use, otherwise I'll just do a more traditional arena style base for him.