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WhiteWulfe Attempted the 7-Day Goblin Challenge - Dragons Don't Share 2014 Edition (PICTURE HEAVY)

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Congratulations and well done!!

 

Overall, it looks great, but there are a few elements that especially stand out to me:

  •  The armors all look real good. I think it's the way you washed them, but the leathers and the metals both look great. 
  • The terrain is great. I know it's just weathered rock, but it's hard to do that well so it doesn't look bad and also doesn't draw focus. Also, I doubt that anytone who hasn't tried this challenge will realize just how hard that is to do with a size zero.
  • Color schemes. I like how each hero has their own color, but it still looks natural.
  • The dragon scales look great. That's how I wanted mine to look and I couldn't make it happen.
  • I love how some elements of this are always the same. The elf always ends up with shiny kneepads. Sir Purple always ends up purple. etc. :D

I'm very impressed.

 

Also, a few bits of advice, just from my experience (regrets):

  • The dragon WILL slowly fall forward over the next few months. You need to do something about that.
  • Now that the challenge is over, clearcoat those suckers. You may want to leave everything as it was when you finished; you may want to tidy up the details. Either way, make sure you preserve your hard work. (also, dull coat can make the stone look less shiny)
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30 minutes ago, fectin said:

Congratulations and well done!!

 

Overall, it looks great, but there are a few elements that especially stand out to me:

  •  The armors all look real good. I think it's the way you washed them, but the leathers and the metals both look great. 
  • The terrain is great. I know it's just weathered rock, but it's hard to do that well so it doesn't look bad and also doesn't draw focus. Also, I doubt that anytone who hasn't tried this challenge will realize just how hard that is to do with a size zero.
  • Color schemes. I like how each hero has their own color, but it still looks natural.
  • The dragon scales look great. That's how I wanted mine to look and I couldn't make it happen.
  • I love how some elements of this are always the same. The elf always ends up with shiny kneepads. Sir Purple always ends up purple. etc. :D

I'm very impressed.

 

Many thanks!

 

- With the armour, I wish I had been able to give it more time, but such is life...  Surprisingly, the leather armour is pretty much just, uhm...  Might have been Woodland Brown, with Secret Weapon's Armor Wash.

- As for the terrain, yeah...  Getting a decent effect WITHOUT visible brush strokes was difficult.  Such things are noticeable in a few areas in the WIP thread, specifically on the lower tower.  Overall, it doesn't detract, but it's noticeable when looking close.  I also wound up refining my technique as I went, and it's most noticeable if one looks from the small staircase (the first piece of terrain done) to the piece under the dragon, where I tried to at least sort of incorporate some better contrast, and had an overall effect I was happier with ^_^;;;

- I do like how in the end, the colour tones not only remained, but like you wrote...  Remained relatively natural and didn't stick out.

- Ahhh, those dragon scales...  Yeah, truthfully, they had me stumped for a bit, but in the end I rather like how the colour is almost irregular with their patterns, which gives a slightly more organic look, at least to me.  I do wish I had gone somewhat more aggressive on the drybrushing ont he wings, and then hadn't dialled it right back down with a wash, but I was rather tired, and there were a number of errand brush strokes that were rather visible, and I wanted to quash them.  That and since I already had Dungeon Grey in my palette, I used that to cover up some of the rubbed off paint, instead of bringing Dragon Black out again.

- I also love how it seems this dragon just feels right as a red dragon.  I originally was aiming for something more towards hot pink, but I'm quite glad with the direction he went.  Didn't know the knight wound up being purple usually ^_^;;;;

 

30 minutes ago, fectin said:

 

Also, a few bits of advice, just from my experience (regrets):

  • The dragon WILL slowly fall forward over the next few months. You need to do something about that.
  • Now that the challenge is over, clearcoat those suckers. You may want to leave everything as it was when you finished; you may want to tidy up the details. Either way, make sure you preserve your hard work. (also, dull coat can make the stone look less shiny)

 

- Oh, he has a problem with leaning?  That kinda sucks, since he's glued in place now, hmmmm.

- Clearcoating is something that will happen at.. Uhm.. Some point.  I'll have to buy sealer of some kind first.  As for shiny stone, it's not really all that bad when lights are off, but point a light at it, and yeah, it gets rather shiny like that.

 

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Totally forgot a piece of the terrain in those pictures..  I was really REALLY tired.

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First and foremost, thanks for all the congrats, and support throughout the whole thing everyone!

 

On 11/3/2018 at 12:31 PM, fectin said:

Here's one solution: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/78100-my-dragons-dont-share/&tab=comments#comment-1656311

 

I got busy and haven't tried it, but it sounds good.

 

I'll definitely keep it in mind!  Nothing a cleverly placed pin or two can't fix, doubly so if one gets creative with basing and concealing such things...

 

On 11/3/2018 at 12:58 PM, CorallineAlgae said:

Amazing! My mind can't even conceive of this result being possible in only seven days. So cool!

 

Even scarier is the fact that if you factor in the disruptions thanks to surprise contractors, it's down to almost just five days o_O  I lend my success in such to, uhm, well...  Truthfully?  Having put 13 hours of work in on the first day, and another 12 on the second...  Really helped deal with the "ARRRRGGGGGH, I can't actually paint because of vibrating noisy EVERYTHING" on Monday while they ripped apart 60-year old plumbing in the suite below mine (and then came into my suite and ripped up my portion of said plumbing).

 

It's definitely an... Endeavour, that's for sure.  In some ways, I'd compare it to an Ironman, even though I've never done such, not even one of the shorter triathlons.  Some things you're good at, others can slow you down..  And there's always those few spots that try to not only draaaaag you right down, but they also attempt to make you just throw the proverbial towel in.  Given that I predominately use a size 0 brush, I figured it would be my strongest trait, since one gets a basic idea of how they can "abuse" the brushe's size in various ways (usually overloading paint onto the brush), but eerily I found the strongest was more my ability to reach over, and randomly pick bottles of paint that just "felt right", and not overthink certain processes.

 

One "really good" example of such would be if you look at how the scales are along the dragon's back, doubly so if compared to the front lower half/torso and chest...  I seem to have figured out how to make the blends between each of the rather drastically different colours (Grey Liner > Kobold Scale > Kobold Scale:Punk Rock Pink > Punk Rock Pink > Heavy Body wash) smoother as I went.

 

Is it something I'd like to try again, with more time?  Possibly, but I also suspect I'd wind up going with more of a Pezler-styled purple-blue dragon with the occasional pink accent.. Y'know, kind of an iridescence to it, if that makes any sense.  I have been tempted to eventually do up second sets of the heroes though, because I'd like to see what I do with them when it isn't "Riiiiiight, they still need paint" mode and I'm getting tired, even with a bunch of caffeine poured down my throat.

 

10 hours ago, Iridil said:

Wow - did you ever sleep? :)

 

Surprisingly?  About eight hours a day, as odd as it may sound.  Day after?  Twelve, and man was I tiiiiiiiiiired on Sunday.  We won't comment about how Monday was, because I think I got something like four hours of sleep for work because my body was trying to switch back into night shift mode without permission.  Oh well.  Tonight should be good for sleep I suspect ^_^

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