While I won't finish my goal of 52 painted miniatures this year, I've still ended the year with a bang. I'm quite proud of how the final figure for 2013 turned out. He's "Drexel Sparrowhawk, Paladin" from Reaper Miniatures.
I originally envisioned him to be a quick paint job--just slap a single coat then dip him in the Army Painter varnish. I'm glad that didn't happen. I'm glad I left my metallic paints at home the day I decided to paint him while killing time between games at Treefort. I'm also glad some of my old GW paints had finally dried up so I had to purchase new paints--these from The Army Painter.
Here's the list of paints I used, arranged in the order of coats--I used a Chaos Black (yes, not all of the old GW paints are gone yet) wash between the first and second coats.
Gun Metal--The Army Painter
Plate Mail--The Army Painter
I think I used
Fur Brown--The Army Painter
Barbarian Flesh--The Army Painter
And then I mixed Barbarian Flesh with Reaper's Fair Skin for highlighting.
I had a difficult time with his hair. After a mistake or two--I remember using Blond Hair by reaper, followed by a dark wash, then a dry brushing of Blond Hair, followed by a dry bushing of Blond Highlight, by Reaper.
Matte White--by The Army Painter
Copper--by Reaper Miniatures--this also when on the armor trim elsewhere on the miniature.
Dragon Gold--by Reaper Miniatures--to highlight the copper on shield to make it stand out.
I finished up by black inking parts of the miniature, followed up with a Krylon Matte sealant.
I can't praise the Army Painter Warpaints enough. Most of the time they spread on evenly with one coat--even the white.
So, that's 12 completed miniatures for 2013. One per month. That's a far cry from the 69 completed in 2012.
Still, I've got a number of projects in the works for 2014 and 2013 ended on a high note with this paladin.