I’ve painted a lot of models, but not consistently well enough that I can be sure that I will end up with something I like. So when I finally got my hands on a genuine limited edition Miranda Ashcroft still in the blister, a figure that I had zero hope in hell of ever replacing, I was apprehensive about painting her.
She sat safely in her packaging for many weeks, save for the occasional brainstorming session where compared the model to the dossier and studio paintjob, trying to figure out what colours I could use to get a similar effect. This took a while, because compared to my regular Yu Jing troopers, she has a lot of unusual colours that I would be painting for the first time. Furthermore, she has a lot of belts, straps, a funny tie and lots of other details that make it hard to pick what’s what on the unpainted model.
My lucky break came when one of my regular opponents introduced me to Rakarth Flesh, a Citadel paint he had been trying out for his ALEPH. The colour can be best described as ‘heavy warmgrey” (thanks Vallejo), or “Bleached Bone with all the life sucked out” (thanks Jordan). After a very tentative test run I found it was excellent for her bizarre future-chic top and launched straight into painting the model over a black undercoat.
I used a mix of Citadel Warlock Purple and Scorched brown to shade the top, although I’m not sure if that was the right way to go. I highlighted it with Bleached Bone. I used the same mix on her straps. The turquoise looking bands are Citadel Hawk Turquoise with some Vallejo Mutant Green mixed in.
I did her skin a different tone to my default oriental look to set her apart as a foreigner. All it took was a full layer of Elf Flesh, then a wash with Dwarf flesh, both Citadel paints. I then did her blush and lipstick with Warlock Purple. I also floated in some cavalry brown to shade the areas where she is more… heavily contoured. The hair I did similar to the Celestial Guard sniper. First, I dry brushed the hair white. Then I washed it with dilute Liche Purple, which was maybe too dark so I redid the white highlights and this time washed it with Warlock Purple.
For her leggings, I mixed Skull White with Shadow Grey. I then very sparingly applied some very dilute Hawk Turquoise and drybrushed with Skull white once it was dry.
Finally, the sword was undecorated in white, and then I applied thin layers of Golden Yellow over the top. I then put a very thin layer of Vallejo Scrofulous Brown over that, and picked out the edge in White.
And that’s it. I’m extremely happy with the result. Hopefully she can work her way into a list soon.
By the way, if anyone knows where to find the background text for her, I’d be very interested to read it.