Sunday, 8 February 2015

Head #2 in Progress

For Head #2 I wanted to try something a little different.

So I decided to base this head on a cat-like humanoid. This is inspired by a race called the "Cathar" in the massively multiplayer online game "Star Wars - The Old Republic" (or SWTOR) which I had been playing recently.

I thought they looked cool and quite fierce, and I wanted to achieve that look on this head with tiger-like stripes and colours.

She's not yet finished as I have some more blushing to do and the eyes need to be properly painted. 

But once I have done that some better pictures will follow!

Also, I've replaced the Citadel Purity Seal I was using with Humbrol Acrylic Varnish, and I instantly loved it. The finish is more matt, the spray button much easier to press and because the can is smaller, you have much better control. 

I think the consistency is less sticky too, so it's a thumbs up from me for Humbrol Acrylic Varnish! (Especially when you can't get hold of Japanese import Mr Super Clear!!)

And here's the idea I'm using as inspiration:
Cathar from SWTOR

So there's more work to be done as you can see, especially to the eyes. I'm going to keep the huge irises, but I'm considering making the pupils vertical slits, to make them more cat-like... we'll see!


  1. Hey, I play SWTOR, too! I am actually trying to customize a Barbie to be like my Sith Warrior. I am wondering, what is the best paint or whatever to darken a light brown skinned doll, esp. the face. I see a lot of tutorials saying use artist acrylics, but is that the best for the head/face?

  2. Hey, that's awesome! I love the sound of your custom Barbie Sith, are you making her armour as well? Personally my favourite paints for working on dolls are actually Citadel paints that you can buy at Games Workshop. Since they're designed to be used at a smaller scale and on plastic surfaces rather than canvas/paper/board/etc., they have good adhesion, very dense pigment, excellent coverage and good flow. They work really well when ever so slightly watered down and applied in thin layers to build up the colour and shading. Plus they have a huge range of colours available and aren't too expensive.
    Another option if you're not going much darker and changing the colour only subtly would be to use chalk pastels. You'd need to spray first the face with a clear varnish (I use Humbrol Matt Varnish which is used for scale models) and then powder a chalk pastel using sandpaper and apply with a soft brush like you would with blusher on your face. It'll give more of a shaded look, rather than painted. Then spray again to set the chalk. Then apply more pastel and spray again, and continue layering until you're happy with the result. That's what I did on the Cathar head.
    I hope this helps, but let me know if anything didn't make sense!
    Feel free to share how you get on, I'd love to see it! Happy customizing!
    Kay xx