So what the hell, time to pat myself on the back.
Take a look at this bad guy.
And this is with some quick and dirty photos under bad light.
Reaper Bones mini 77040, aka Satheras the Warlock.
Believe it or not, the shirt and the belt are the same base colour, with the difference being the wash and the highlight. With just the washes the colour difference was astounding. I used this guy to learn a lot about different blending and colour techniques.
Quite a bit of the brown highlight has a touch of green added to give it a more natural look, and I think it worked well. I kept the face simple, because without the direct lighting the eyes are pretty much in shadow from the hood.
The gem was done with many layers of green glaze directly onto the bones white, and a finishing touch of a darker highlight to give the edges some definition.
The scroll was a couple of different highlights on a dark colour to get a parchment colour, then some scribbles with a deep green to give it an evil colour. I considered red, but I wanted the only red to be the single dot on the staff under the gem.
I would be proud to put this guy on any table, and for one of my early non-guide driven paint jobs I think it shows that I am now a good mini painter and can do anything I want.
Overall effort, about 6-7 hours.