I knew it had been a while since I posted but didn't realize it had been 20 days. Yikes!
Hobby time has been limited by the real world and the puppy, but I've managed to get Charlotte's carapace parts finished. It took numerous layers of shades/drybrush/shade/highlight/shade/shade. I'm not sure how many. I would do a layer or two a night and then get back to it. The result is a very deep color which the pictures really don't do justice. I has a natural sheen to it, but I'm still considering a clear coat. Here's pics......
Depending on how the light hits it it can be deep or that glorious bullfrog brown. Soft bits in between the legs and claws/horns to go. THEN.... I have to do her base.