Now that everything is blocked in, I began the lengthy process of shading the metallics. If the phrase "I've been painting the color black for 4 hours" is appealing to you, then this is your heaven.
I also spent some time on the base. To me it looks a little too red to have as much foliage as I have planned but by washing in some more tan and deep brown I think I'll achieve the desired result.
The next objective will be smoothing out the blues and plotting a course for the freehanding I plan on adding. Large projects like this are usually a little touch and go and this one is no exception. You must keep pushing, past the shitpoint and on to glory!