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This was my entry for the Reaper Fan Facebook Page Paint Your Giants Contest.
This is the biggest thing I ever painted not on a canvas.
The last time I entered one of these, I felt like it would have done better if the base told more of a story, so that is what I tried to achieve with this one.
I wanted it to portray REVENGE!
The Jarl had his left eye gouged out by a young upstart white dragon. He healed, regrouped, and hunted down the dragon to enact his revenge.
I hope you like it.
The final results have now been posted. He placed 4th behind some mind-blowing work.
I wanted some orange on the model to play against the blue skin, for color theory.
Originally, it was going to be glowing runes on the rock and skulls, but I abandoned that for the sake of time/completion.
I settled with orange tones in the leather.
I wasn't really sure how to get the TMM of the crown to look like a gouge, or how to make his blue skin look like a scar.
I'm not entirely sold on the result, but I'm sure I'll try again some day on a different model.
The Monster Manual suggests blue skin with white/gray/dirty blonde hair is the usual coloration. I tried to go to full white for the highlights of the face to make it the focal point.
I wanted him to look like he was wearing a polar bear pelt, and that all the fur trim was also polar bear.
I tried to make it look a little muddy on the bottom, and on his shoes.
This was how I wanted to weather the inside of the bear skin, to make it look like it had that dried cracked appearance. Not sure how well it shows up in the picture.
These were some WIP shots. The black and white was to figure out how to highlight the sword.
I wanted the sword and stone items to look like shiny flint. I hit the sword and most of the other stone items with high gloss varnish to help sell the effect.
The front and back of the sword.
Finally, some more details of the base and the white dragon victim.
I wanted to base the dragon as a purple in the recesses, similar to the effect going on on the cover of Hoard of the Dragon Queen module.
This was the BONES Temple Dragon I sacrificed. He is smaller, but his tongue sticks out perfectly to sell the dead dragon effect. And he's not as expensive to replace as Deathsleet!
I pained his eyes half-rolled into his head to complete the idea. I tried to freehand some anatomy on there: vertebral body, muscle groups, esophagus, carotid arteries/jugular veins.
I also tried to be accurate with the blood spray coming from both arteries, and didn't want to go too crazy with the gore. Finally, I wanted it to look like his hot blood had melted some of the snow.
Overall, this was a wild ride. The early part of the contest saw him at #2. Then he gave up some ground and sat at #3 for a long time.
Then another Frost Giant (Queen) made a great surge at the end to unseat me out of #3 into 4th place.
To be honest, there were so many awesome paint jobs, I'm just humbled and honored to be in the top 20.
Thanks for looking.
40-99mm wide/tall (Reaper only)
100mm+ wide/tall (Reaper only)
Diorama (Reaper Only)
Non Reaper models and Busts over 40mm wide/tall Reaper contest: -- entries must be Reaper figures. Any 40mm or larger figure, metal or Bones, in production or OOP can be entered -- any figure which was painted and finished in 2018 is eligible -- figures that have won a statue level award as a ReaperCon entry are ineligible. This includes a Sophie, Golden Maelee, etc. -- the deadline for entries is Dec 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm CST -- a diorama is defined as two or more figures on a scenic base that helps to tell a story. The diorama may have smaller figures, as long as there is one large sized Reaper figure in the entry -- you may enter as many times as you like, but only one prize per person will be awarded -- each entry needs to be uploaded to the appropriate thread. Please attach your entries using the forum uploading feature or hotlink from the Inspiration Gallery. We want to make sure they're visible at all times. -- you may submit between one and four images of each Single Figure entry and up to six images for Diorama. They do not need to be stitched into a single image file. -- you are allowed to enter miniatures that will also be entered into other contests that might overlap ours. -- the judges or Reaper reserves the right to remove entries if deemed inappropriate, but we're pretty laid back here and this is just to cover our butts. -- the judges and Reaper can clarify and amend rules at will. Prizes: Reaper has approved prizes in each category: 1st prize $50 2nd prize $30 random drawing prize $20 If there are fewer than 8 entries in any category, only 1st prize and the random prize will be awarded. Image Enhancement: -- digital enhancement ("Photoshopping") of your entry is strictly prohibited. -- no clone brush, healing brush, airbrush, or other brush work. Fix your paint with paint, not with Photoshop. -- no adding or removing background elements from the image -- if you add a logo or a watermark Reaper cannot use your image in their gallery. Note that if your image is selected for the Reaper gallery, you will be credited by name under the image. -- cropping, global color balance, and global level adjustments are allowed ("global" means "the entire image." You may not "pop" colors by only selecting some areas for level adjustment. Non-Reaper contest: -- entries which fit the above requirements (40mm+) or busts that were not made by Reaper can be entered here. -- there is no Reaper prize support for this category -- 3rd party prize support will be determined by donations near the end of the contest.
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