Work now begins on the bear fur as well as many of the small details on the helmet. I started by applying an overall coat of Mars Brown and Mars Black, followed by a wash of Mars Black to both darken and dull out the base color. Bear fur is variegated in browns, tans and bits of pinkish grey. This will be done by applying successively lighter tones to the fur, building up both color and depth as I go. I have to say however that with the addition of this base color, the piece is really beginning to take shape.
This will also be the last time that the blog posts are titled "Signifer". In the future they will be titled "Aquilifer", as work has begun on scratch building the Eagle. That will be the subject of my next post so stay tuned.