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  1. Here was the other miniature I finished up for a customer this weekend. As the full miniature she comes with a book on a book stand, but I was sent just the woman from the separate Bone Yard pieces. Color choices were left up to me, just the material was requested as silk. I decided to do a thicker silk without the see through properties. I used pastel coloring, but again something happened to the greens in my cameras translation. Anyway, I am extremely happy with how she turned out.


    C & C Always Welcome.






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  2. Finished her up over the weekend for a customer. I only had a few details left, so while I was painting on another of the customers miniatures, I decided to just get her done. I am not sure of the color choices, but I guess they came out alright. I just wish I could get greens to come out correctly on my camera. They always seem to be brighter than they really appear in hand.


    The sword grip is a little off, because it broke apart in front of the hand and in order to pin it, I had to cut the grip off at that point and when drilling the hole, I got off a little so that part of the grip looks higher than the back half. Oh Well.


    C & C always welcome.





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  3. I like the attempt. I have not had the guts to try that style before, but I have admired those that do. It is a tough concept to grasp. I have seen some pretty amazing results, but that type of look is more a fantasy effect than anything else. I have noticed that even on actual highly polished swords, the Sky/Earth reflections are not that pronounced.You may see a line of blue or a line reddish brown, but it is usually grayed and blurred. Since Chrome seems to be the only metal or metal coating that seems to grab the sky/earth effect with any realism, I am not sure fantasy figures would be my first choice to try this on. Maybe a chromed out C.A.V. would be an interesting subject or maybe the armor on one of the space marines. I do agree with several of the suggestions about the angle and where the reflection is coming from. Another thing to remember when looking at reflections is the figure itself. There is a area on the sword for instance that I think would have picked up the reflection of the clothing or at least darkened it up some like a shadow. As for the rest of the mini, I think it looks great. The blue is nicely done, and the hair looks good as well. I do have to say though that the skin shading is a little too thick in places and did not blend well. I would hit it with a glaze or two of the mid-tone to even it out a little, but still try to keep a thin line of the shadow next the the skin/clothing transition areas.


    I do feel your frustration though. I get that feeling from time to time especially with metallics or when the paint turns out too chalky. Anywaay, keep up the great work. You are getting better and better with every figure completed.

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  4. Great stuff here. Very creative. I would not have envisioned making a Pumpkin Golem out of the Grave Horror or a scarecrow out of an assassin. Your sculpting came out well. Wish I felt comfortable enough with handling green stuff to do that kind of sculpting. Glad I won't have to go up against you in the diorama cat. You should fare well.

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  5. Derek,


    As usual. Great work! The detail you always seem to put into your miniatures is fantastic. I guess my brushes are cheap if you are getting that kind of detail out of a #1. I struggle free-handing with a 20/0 getting it small enough to look right on this scale. I guess this is another mini you have now inspired me to get and try to paint. Look forward to the next one.

  6. Awesome paint job over all. I want to know what kind of camera did you use to take the photo and did it cost less than $100.00?


    I have a Samsung SL30, 10.2 Mega pixel camera. I picked it up at Walmart almost 2 years ago for $78.00. Probably the second best camera I have ever owned. Back in the day I had a Cannon AL1 35mm which was awesome for a film type camera. I also have a small light box I use to take my miniature photos in.

  7. I agree with Frankthedm. I would like to see the mini in a photo less blurry. From what I can see, he looks cool, but the photo takes away from his paint job. Also, try either setting your camera up to remove the yellowing effect or using an editing program to help pull some of that out of the photo.

  8. Love it! Your pumpkins and vines look great. This is also one of those times when long static grass actually works well; it makes perfect straw on the basing.





    Shakandara, Thanks for the positive comments. The straw is actually some type of hair that looks like straw. I picked this up while I was make 1/48th scale military dioramas to use as tall dead grass. The stuff comes about 3" long and had to do a lot of trimming to get it small enough to look like straw in this scale.



    A masterful paint job. Well done.


    This is on my wishlist (if I can get anyone to buy me figures with all the Bones coming).


    It's cool to see the pumpkins on the figure have marks from laying on the ground. I guess my only comment would be he's a bit too pristine for a walking pumpkin patch. Perhaps a little more dirt on the pumpkins and some rust/wear on his scythe.


    Good luck with your contest. It really is a nicely done piece.


    Thrym, Yeah, I guess the pumpkins could be dirty, but Rotpatch just got done killing the Grim Reaper for his Scythe and wanted to look clean for his dinner meeting with the kids on the farm, so he ran though the stream. That also explains the like new scythe. The Grim Reaper never liked carrying a rusty Scythe. ^_^


    @ everyone else who commented: I wanted to thank you all for the nice comments and well wishings for the contest. I really do appreciate it. I am trying to get a couple more done before the deadline.


    If you all get a chance, he is posted on CMON, so pop on over and give him a vote. He is not fairing that well at this point.


    Thanks again.

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