It’s nice sometimes to take a break from all the soldiers and killing to paint a fashionable civilian. The Dragon Lady – Imperial Service Judge, was no exception. She hits the seen with a parasol, some manner of neotenous, porciform animal companion and a qípáo inspired extreme double split midi dress that puts her on par with Asuka for the most pervy Infinity figure I’ve painted.
It was a comfortable model to paint, although on closer inspection you will find the floral design is a crude imitation. It really felt small compared to the Su-Jian that preceded her in the queue, but the actual surfaces you have to work with are, for the most part, quite large. The red dress, the skin and the parasol. Only the spokes of the parasol really felt like a chore. The red was done with a mix of mainly GW Mechrite Red with some Blood Red Thrown in, highlighted with the same mix plus some bleached bone. The skin was done with a far out of date bargain bin dropper of Vallejo Bronze Skin Tone I bought randomly, shaded with Vallejo Cavalry Brown. The Parasol skin is Vallejo German Cam Beige (This colour has really grown in favour with me and cops a hiding on my Tohaa). Hair was done with Vallejo Scurvy Green, and highlited with the same plus Bleached Bone.
The animal companion, hereafter refered as Zhū-zhū, was basecoated in German Cam Beige and shaded with whatever black I had diluted on hand. After shading, I did the Ribbon in GW Warlock Purple and then GW Tentacle Pink. I then lightened most of the Zhū-zhū’s skin with Vallejo Deck Tan, leaving some conspicuous dark patches in an attempt to give the mottled appearance of a pig’s skin. Zhū-zhūs eyeballs were painted white with CW Ceramite White (AKA brushkiller) and then shaded with a highly diluted GW Enchanted Blue. Pupils were added with black.
As far as I know, the only instance of the Dragon Lady’s fluff bio is buried deep in the news pages of the Infinity Website, so I thought I’d wrap up by posting it here in case anyone is curious.
Imperial Service judges are high-ranking functionaries in service of the Emperor with an authority that inspires a great deal of reverence and dread. As such, they enjoy a social standing and influence comparable to that of mid- to high-ranking Party officials.
Most judges cultivate personal and professional connections to either of the two dynasties of the Imperial System. Hexahedron analysts have coined a codeword, ‘Dragon Lord’, for the small subset of judges who have consolidated most of the power around themselves via their position at the High Courts or their familial or political ties to the Imperial System.