Monday, December 26, 2016
Conan: Valeria of the Red Brotherhood
Valeria is one of my favorite characters from the Conan stories, appearing in the excellent Red Nails. She's a pirate of the Red Brotherhood as well as an expert swordswoman who can give Conan a fair fight. Honestly, I would really have preferred to have her in the basic game rather than Belit (though I acknowledge that Belit adds a different type of character, while Valeria is another fighter).
Other than the somewhat flat face, I'm really happy with how the model came out. However, she was a pain to paint. The model has textures layered close to each other with very little partitioning between them. For example, her midriff area goes from shirt to skin to sash to belt and then back to sash in the space of a couple millimeters. Her pants have holes in them that are criscrossed by leather straps and seemingly random gold medallions (which show up on Conan models the way skulls show up on GW models).
This results in a visually interesting if perhaps a bit busy model, but was difficult to paint. I spent a lot of time staring at the picture on her character card just trying to figure out where one surface ended and another began. Now that she's done, I'm very happy I took a break from painting Conans to paint her.