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thebigdog

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  1. Hi guys, I just wanted to share the latest completed commission piece at Big Dog Miniatures. I absolutely loved the sculpt on this mini and I'll definately pick up another one to paint. The client's only brief was that the mini had to have purple somewhere on it, other than that I had free reign. I choose a pale, desaturated palette to emphasise the purple and then added the eldritch green glow from the lantern to boost the creep factor. What do you think? Any constructive comments, critique and advice would be appreciated. If you like what you see, feel free to check out more of my work at Big Dog Miniatures website and my Facebook page
  2. Aww, damnit, someone beat me to it! :D Thanks for the link mate, that's just what I was thinking.
  3. I use GW and Vallejo paints rather than reaper. I think the base was GW mechrite red, I gave it a was of Army Painter strong tone shade. When washing I tend to direct the paint into the areas I need rather than saturate the whole area. It means you have more control over your shading but also means you don't alter the base colour with the wash. When the wash was dry i went over the non shaded areas with thinned Vallejo gory red. To highlight I mixed in a touch of GW bleached bone, adding a further spot of GW snakebite leather takes the out the pink from bleached bone and pushes the colour back to the slightly orange-muted red range. I wanted the red as a spot but also wanted it to be a little washed out. If you're looking for a more vibrant red, shade by adding white, cream, yellow, orange or a brighter red then make a couple of passes over it using a red glaze. That will shift the overall colour back to red and smooth any colour transitions out. Hope this helps
  4. Yeah, I like quite a gritty feel to my minis, especially on grim looking characters like Anval. The problem with using desaturated colours is you can lose a little focus on the mini so a bit of contrast works to pick it up a bit. The actual gold is paler than the picture. I git a new camera phone and I'm still trying to get to grips with its settings.
  5. I suppose I could try. It's just a question of time management because I have a couple of other commissions I'm also working on. The next piece is the townsfolk gravedigger mini which I'm going to try some lighting effects on. The idea will be to paint him as if he's in moonlight but also include the glow from the lantern. Not at all sure if it will work but I do like to challenge myself!
  6. Thanks for the kind words folks. I'm working on another piece at the moment. I'll be sure to post it up when its complete.
  7. Thanks hosercanadian. I was trying to go with a desaturated tone overall, especially on the skin tones but the axe head needed to contrast the paler areas.
  8. Hi guys, I'm new to the forums here and after recently completing Anval Thricedamned as a commission piece, I thought I'd share my final work with you to see what you think. I'm always trying to improve my technique so any constructive comments or critique are welcome.
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