Well, I drybrushed the ropes, wood and blue part of the howdah but I'm not happy with it.
I used my very old Snakebite Leather but it seems to have acquired a greenish tint and doesn't cover well at all, so I'm a bit disappointed in that. I also just don't have a good brush to use for such relatively large areas.
Anyway, I might go over it again to see if I like a thicker colour with another coat. In any case it'll be getting a good coat of brown wash, so maybe that will help too.
Maybe it's not so bad, looking at the photos. Sometimes the light right under my lamp makes things a bit more garish.
I like the bluer colour than the purple too.
Next time I have a chance to work on it, there will be a LOT of brown wash going down! Here's hoping I actually have enough!
I found doing the straps and ropes really tedious and not at all fun. Partly because I didn't have the right tool for the job, partly because I'm not sure I like the colour, mainly because it's just boring!
Still, it's gotta be done and hopefully won't be super noticeable compared to the rest of the monster anyway!