So something came up recently that gave me an excuse to paint this guy up. He'd been sitting in a drawer for about 5 years (or more), having only received a little work on the base, and general cleaning of mold lines.
So here's how he looked at the start of last week.
The tree was pretty pathetic, so I chopped it off near the bottom and rebuilt a new one. Sadly it didn't cross my mind to take pics of this stage, but whatever. Pretend it's a big secret!
Anyway. Some work in progress shots.
And some (very large) photo's of the finished Ranger, pre-base.
And finally, the finished piece. It's a real bitch to get good photo's of, and it would have been nice to have the full shot with a little more focus on the ranger, rather than the tree, but meh.
The droopy bits on the tree didn't turn out quite how I wanted them to, but they're close. Ideally I'd have liked something a little finer, but more 'weighty' and less fluffy, but with the clump foliage that I was using, it's a bit of a pain to work with. Due to the way it webs together weirdly, it's hard to prune it down to the point where you keep the little fine fluffy bits on the ends of the stalks while thinning out the areas you don't want to be all fluffy and clumpy.
In any case, happy enough with it, given the time spent (30-35hours or so maybe? I was painting all week under the influence of a heavy cold, so it was partly autopilot and it was very on-off, rather than working in singular huge sessions).