Hmm, guess I shouldn't have started with two that weren't from the same set I've done :/
Well, I liked them best, so wanted to show them up front. My client wanted to emphasize the horror aspect of the crew, lots of dark, lots of Neverborn, lots of blood. I was really happy with how the blood came out on Mr. Graves' knuckles and Mr. Tannen's thoroughly blood-soaked knife (he really got someone good).
The black and (off-)white also emphasizes the stark look and highlights the purple energies and red blood.
(Beckoner revisions here)
The Hungering Darkness got new eyes, red beads in the second pic. However, this piece isn't quite done: since the eyes needed to go in after I varnished everything, I worked without them in, and grew pretty attached to the Hungering Darkness with just empty eye sockets- enough so that I haven't glued the beads in, in case my client agrees. Either way, I'm thinking I'll take out my HD's eyes, I like it so much.
If the beads stay, the sockets will get a white coat first to make them pop better.
On both the Depleted and the Hungering Darkness, I used similar techniques to the hellstriders' lance arms from a recent commission, though obviously in a less garish context. Though they're dark enough that even the soft glare from my light box obscures it, that "black" is actually around a 2:1 purple:black mix. I also repeated the blackness on the Depleteds' hands in their stomach and eyes, emphasizing a hollowness. They're also the only models without the purple eyes seen elsewhere.
Well, they're pretty thoroughly visually tied into the crew, with the same palate and bases. These were by far the biggest pleasant surprise I've had recently- I've never been much of a fan of the Nephilim line, but these new sculpts were a lot of fun to paint, and had a good amount of serious attitude and ridiculous... ridiculousness.
Also, as my sister-in-law informs me, they're not cherubim*, they're putti**.
*cherubim† "have four heads of different species and several pairs of wings," which is pretty freaky.
**singular is putto
†as far as I can tell, "cherubim" is a plural used only for (mislabeling) little winged babies (actually scary angel things), while cherubs is the plural used for cute kids. Thanks, English!