HOWTO Paint: Female Tiefling Druid

painted figure of a female tiefling druid for tabletop games

This is a 3D printed resin figure of a female tiefling druid (with forest scene base) from BiteTheBullet Studio. I’m going to show you the steps I used to paint it.

I used a gray automotive spray-paint primer on the resin model so that I could still see all of the details while painting, because this is a VERY detailed model for 28mm scale! (You can buy it in larger scales which would make painting a bit easier….)


I painted the cloak first as the inside is the hardest part to reach. I used a navy blue base coat for the shadowed regions, followed by bright blue on the outside folds and turquoise lines around the edges. I put all three blue colors on right after one another and did a bit of wet blending between them. (Although I touched up the turquoise on the outside edges after it was dry.) Finally, I decided the navy blue wasn’t dark enough, so I used black wash in the inner folds, which also helped tie together the navy and bright blue.


Next, I painted the skin with a slightly watered down cherry cobbler, and didn’t worry too much if I went “outside the lines” as none of the skin was in contact with the cloak.


After that dried, I used black wash on the skin to darken it up, and Liquitex cerulean blue dots for the eyes.


I used a metallic sequin black on her horns, a Turquoise on the stone in the staff, and Liquitex Titanium White on a few areas such as the flame that I planned on washing with colors.


I wet blended brown (shadow areas) and golden brown (highlights) on the pants, mostly avoiding the areas I’d painted white earlier.

I used olive green, grass green, and mint green on the shirt. After the shirt had dried, I washed the entire thing with a green wash to blend some of my color transitions. At this point I also started to add layers of Liquitex transparent Fluorescent Green to the flame and areas around it. Assume that I brushed on a new layer with every step for the next 5-6 steps….it took many layers before I was happy with the result.


I painted the staff a dark “real brown”, as well as her belt knife handle.


Then I used a black wash on the wolf skin cape (it worked very well directly over the gray primer) as well as on the wooden staff to bring out the wood grain texture in the resin print.


I used a Sepia Shade wash on the middle third of the wolf pelt to make it less monochromatic, and used dots of black on the eyes of the wolf head.


I used metallic silver to detail the belt knife hilt and the chain on her right leg.


I decided that the wood grain wasn’t showing up well enough at 28mm scale, so I free-handed some beige “country twill” onto the wooden staff to give it more visual interest.


But, I decided it was a bit light, so I did a green wash over the staff to darken things up and make it more “Drudic” in general. (If in doubt, wash it out!)


I decided I needed a light hair color against all that dark red skin and black horns, and since blond wouldn’t really work, I decided to go with a reddish orange. This started out with a dark orange base coat….

…followed by a red wash……

…finished off with neon orange highlights over-brushed onto the highlight areas.


I used a vanilla colored “vintage white” to highlight all of the ruffles and feathers.

I used a drop of metallic gold for the broach or clasp that is holding these feathers to her cloak, and in this photo you can also see how 5-6 layers of transparent fluorescent green is really starting to take shape on the flame. (Note that I also used a few layers on her arm and cloak near the flame for a bit of Object Source Lighting effect…)


Remember those boots I had been avoiding as they were stuck to my “painting handle”? I flipped the figure onto the back so I could use “true brown” on the boots, and golden brown on the “wrap” around the fluffy stuff, which I painted vanilla. I also used an umber wash on both the wrap and the boot leather.

And here is the final result:

Did you notice that I completely forgot to paint the leaves on the top of the staff? So did I until after spray painting with a clear coat and taking these photos…scroll back up to the top of this post to see the final result after I painted green acrylic onto the leaves over the clear coat!

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