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  1. And finally! The completed piece...for now. I might still come back and add little details and perhaps some grasses.
  2. Finally finished the project! First up is pics of the completed Ogre, who sits at the center of the diorama.
  3. It is a standard pink foam board, used for insulating houses, I believe. Sadly it isn't real cheap around here (unless you steal it from construction sites) and it doesn't come very thick, so I had to build it up in layers glueing them as I went, then sculpting them into shape. This lends itself well to bricks at this scale though. More organic shapes might be more challenging. After I sculpted it, I fixed some spots with a spackle-like compound over the top, and a few dozen layers of watered down PVA glue to seal the foam before I spray primed. In artschool I found most aerosols will melt foam, so I wasn't taking any precautions there. Best of luck with your attempt. Let me know how it turns out.
  4. Bought a third hand and finally begun work on the ogre.
  5. The dwarves are finally painted. Still a bit glossy and needing a matte coat. I went with a different method with these by doing them in greyscale and then building up glazes on them to make the colours. I am pretty happy with how they turned out. More colourful than most of my minis.
  6. Yeah, lichen on the top of the tree, I had never done anything like that. Really happy with the result.
  7. More updates. Base is mostly done, save a few additional flocking and grass details. I think I am pretty happy with the colors on the base. I used some moss-flocking to cover up some troublesome areas. I think it all worked out well. Now to finish up the figures and put it all together!
  8. Yeah. I was gap-filling some of my larger minis and had some left over milliput, which I tend to use to sculpt base materials. So yes, I sculpted all the stuff on the base.
  9. Thanks. That was really my goal with this experiment. Limiting my color palette to capture the underwater setting of some of the new Bones II minis.
  10. I think I will leave the floor stones the same. This place is more ruin than structure and for all I know that floor could have once been a wall. But I will definitely think more on that front for the next big project (which I already have sketches ready for).
  11. Maybe disappointed is the wrong word. I like him, but felt maybe there could have been more I could have done with the base other than use some scrap milliput from filling seams. But it is still quite fun.
  12. One of the first minis I dove into with the new Bones II set. I think I had bigger things planned for him, but I took some risks with little planning. I'm not real disappointed with the result.
  13. This is beautiful. I love the simplicity and yet it has a great pop of color and light. Reminds me of Franzetta's illustrations for LOTR. Great display! I might have to take inspiration from this for a future build.
  14. First layers of paint going on to the base.
  15. That is a reasonable critique. I didn't really think of of the flooring thing. Thanks for the suggestion as the big project after this is a ramped up set of ruins so I will keep that in mind. Got any good reference for how to do the floor/paving stones better? As far as the dwarves go, I found the sculpts kind of mediocre and limited. I did notice the eye-line issue but was working with it the best I could. I suppose I could have played back and forth a bit with the landscape to get them to fit better. (Also, a different dwarf was supposed to be on the far right, but I didn't like how the mini looked after assembly). Thanks so much for your input, more to think about going forward.
  16. Hah! I suppose it could be read that way. Though I meant it as he is a rider who is an orc. Orc being more of an adjective in this case. But good call.
  17. Base and miniatures primed and fitted for placement. Next comes the paint... I'll get to loading up those shots when I can.
  18. Yeah, I can try and show the back a little more in subsequent shots. It is all painted up now, so those particular images will have to come a little bit down the road on the WIP shots.
  19. Your highlight work is incredible. Do you have any good tips for choosing color palettes? or getting those sharp detail lines?
  20. Omg! This is absolutely incredible! The detail is insane! And I love your sense of color! Even the darkest areas really pop! I bow in your presence!
  21. This is too awesome! Great use of a variety of techniques.
  22. I have a decent SLR to shoot with, but the lighting is bad in my apartment, so I am often forced to add in some flash which really doesn't help show the pieces off. A few touch-ups in photoshop help, but I feel I am losing something in the color and detail department. I will continue to work on it. Thanks for the encouragement.
  23. When I traveled through Cambodia a few years back, I was obsessed with the trees growing out of all the old ruins. I used a lot of my own photos for reference, but I really wanted to capture that here. I am still self-conscious about sculpting (I am a 2d artist by trade), so there are some areas I am not in love with, but I think it was a valiant effort.
  24. This is my first time posting stuff online. I am still fairly new to the miniatures hobby, but I dove in head first and started collecting and grabbing up all the minis (old and new that I could). This is my first big non-gaming use piece. I am still learning different terrain techniques, but I thought it would be a fun use of some old Kings of War white metal minis that I didn't plan to use for gaming. Sorry I am not a great photographer. I am sure that is something I will get used to as I photograph more of my projects. details, details (mostly done with repoduced bitz)
  25. First work in progress shots: Rough foam placement onto cork base. This the test fitting of the tree armature, making sure it hangs right over the Ogre. Then I glued and spackled the foam in place with wire pins to secure it and prevent sheering. Next, the tree armature was coated and roughly sculpted using milliput.
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