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  1. The Breach The last year has had its ups and down for the Gnomes of the Stonehavens. The Wyrmgear Initiative (as it has become know) has been very successful, and Wyrmgear and his later created brethren rule the skies. This has kept the Goblinoid hordes in check. On the down side, repeated attempts at formal alliances with the Dwarves (be they the nearby Dwarves of Stonehaven, the distant Scrunts of the territory of Olley, or the mighty clans of the Oathsworn Dwarves) have thus far lead to little more than non-aggression pacts. But unknown to the Gnomes, the Goblins have been much more successful in finding allies. For deep within Goblin lands they have uncovered an ancient Maul of Legend, known as Stonecrusher. Legends say it was forged and wielded long ago by a Demon Prince in his war against Hirst the Builder. The Goblins have gifted this great weapon to Skorg Ironskull, King of the Fire Giants. In return Skorg has mobilized the might of Thulgarast to lay waste these puny Gnomes. And he has brought with him his ally Kyra, riding the mighty Lavarath, to take back the skies. The plan is simple, but effective. The Goblin army has attacked a key village near the Gnomish stronghold of Blackstone. The Gnomish air forces have quickly mobilized to engage the Goblins. Which leaves the stronghold itself vulnerable to attack, especially to an attack that can blast straight through the walls… ************************************************************************************* Skorg despises the waiting. But still, the Goblins’ plan is surprisingly clever. They will need to be watched more closely… At last, the cursed winged mechanical monstrosities are away. Time to alter the plan. “Vanja, hold the troops here. I shall go with just Fomohr and Drokos. If this weapon works as the legends say we will be more than enough to rid this hill of its pathetic vermin,†With that Skorg strode from cover, casually marching towards the walls of Blackstone. Fomohr, as always, quickly took the lead, placing himself between any danger and his King. Drokos strode beside his King, thoughtfully weighing the massive maul in his hands. A sudden cry could be heard from the walls as they were spotted, followed by a strange, alien whine. Moments later a blast of searing light flashes past Skorg, detonating a trough in the ground well behind him. “Blasted Gnomes and their infernal creations!â€, he snarls, and waves his sword forward in a planned gesture. As the three Fire Giants break into a jog, Kyra and Lavarath streak into view. The strange device on the battlements fires off several haphazard blasts as its crew tries to get a bearing on the mighty dragon, to no avail. Lavarath crashes to a stop atop the tower, smashing and mangling the device and its crew. Now at the wall, Drokos glances at his King once then steps forward. Hefting the might maul, he delivers a single swing with all his might. The wall in front of him vanishes, blown into the keep with incredible force. Fomohr immediately charges through the breach. Skorg can’t help but laugh, this power the Goblins have freely given…. “Bring it all down, Drokos!†He commands, as he charges forward. And I'd like to thank my wife for taking time out of a very busy day (our guests should be here any minute....) to take these wonderful pictures. They are much better than the ones I took on my phone...
  2. This project stemmed from two things, first off I sent Siri a dragon a while back on a whim since we were talking about Space Dragons and she painted him up and surprised me by sending it back to me! Secondly, there was an announcement made from Heisler and Clever Crow about allowing "Team" entries into the ReaperCon 2015 Painting Contest. I put it out to Siri that we could do a Team Diorama that brings the Space Dragon (SD) into contact with far away ancient civilizations, she loved the idea and we ended up with the plan to order figures. The scene we came up with would depict a portal that the SD coming through with a friend or two and visiting (unannounced) ancient Egypt. A surprised priestess and her guardian sphinx are also part of the plan going forward. Figures included: Egyptians - 02734: Egyptian Statue Anubis - Decoration (WIP W/ SIRI) 02928: Sobek Statue - Decoration (WIP W/ SIRI) 03007: Egyptian Cat Statue - Decoration (WIP W/ SIRI) 03008: Egyptian Jackal Statue - Decoration (WIP W/ SIRI) 03506: Egyptian Priestess and Baboon (baboon not in scene) - Surprised by unexpected visitors (WIP W/ SIRI) 14256: Sphinx, Nefsokar Monster - Protector of the Priestess (RECEIVED - SENDING TO SIRI SOON) Visitors - 77108: Shadow Dragon - The one, the only SPACE DRAGON!!! I'll remove broccoli and base onto the diorama itself. (FINISHED, see below) 02637: Marcus Starsong - Will probably remove his staff, stands to the side of Kimberlee. (WIP W/ SIRI) 02391: Kimberlee the Fair - Will stand next to the SD with her hand outstretched to touch him. (WIP W/ SIRI) Other things included- Jars/Urns/Various other objects - Sculpted by Siri herself Obelisk - from the Secret Weapon Bag o' Crap, will be smoothed out and painted as sandstone with hieroglyphs upon it, situated between the statues of Anubis and Sobek. Galaxy Portal - Siri will draw it out on either canvas or plasticard (or something else that'll take the swirling galaxy nicely as freehand), I will do a small pour of water effects with realistic water to give it some shimmer and waves (think Stargate). 2 walls - one on the left will be an arch with the portal, the back wall will probably go with some ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. The ground will be a courtyard. We know there is a lot of time before ReaperCon 2015, but this is going to be a lengthy project to get right with some things being mailed back and forth, items being ordered, and wanting to make it look contest-worthy. We won't show off the finished product until AFTER RCon though. We will both be posting our updates in this WIP thread and hope to get some great feedback (like always) from all you fine forumites out there!
  3. Hello, Here is a fun project I started to make use of some mis-packed CAV SO Bones Kickstarter rewards. Story: Out of the 32 CAV minis included in the early bird CAV SO Kisckstarter reward, I got 2 mispacked CAV: One Halberd with 2 left arms One Wight with 2 right arms Reaper Support was top notch, and they sent me as a replacement a full Wight and a full Halberd. So I was wondering for a while what to do with those 2 mismatched but FREE minis... ... Then I went Hobby knife crazy and chopped them up... For the Halberd, it was fairly easy to fix the arm as the shoulder pad is identical on front and back. So a quick cut, pin and glue did the trick. I also repositionned it to have a slightly more dynamic stance. For the Wight, there was no way I could make the arm look decent enough for a mini. So I decided to make the wight be in big trouble. Damaged, arm in flame (I have to work on my sculpring) and kneeling down. Seeing those 2 minis like that gave me the idea to make a little Close Combat ending scene. The Wight badly beaten up, arms down and the Halberd about to strike the Coup de Grâce. I then speed painted the models (I wasn't patient enough to do detailed brush work as I wanted to create the scene I had in mind). The Halberd went for a very muted Winter Camo, while the Wight went for a Dark Jungle Camo. I started to add some details to the base and decided to go for a Wintery scenery. That would make sense as the Wintery Halberd clearly has the upper-hand over the Jungle Wight. (Silly Wight, it should have dressed for the weather...) Then I painted, the base, added my own mixture of snow goop, tried my hand at some Object Source Lighting (still have to work on that)... et Voilà ! A tiny CAV Diorama made with Minis that could have ended in the garbage. As usual, comments and suggestion welcome.
  4. I'd posted a few pics in my combined WIP as I was figuring things out, but now that I'm (finally) gearing up to really start working on my diorama for the 2014 Year of the Giants contest, I guess it's time to start a new WIP. The idea I'm working with for this diorama is set in the same (loosely defined) world as my Wyrmgear diorama from last year. A slightly steampunky fantasy world. So far we have seen the Gnomes (specifically the Stonehaven ones) as a faction, obviously technologically advanced enough to create automatons and even Wyrmgear. Now we get to see one of the forces they must battle, Fire Giants and their allies. So, my idea is a Gnomish fortress being breached by what is likely the vanguard of a much larger army (perhaps lesser giants, orcs, things like that). 4 (or maybe 3, not sure yet) Fire Giants, have smashed through the wall (the Fire Giant in the back will have his sword swapped for a large, obviously magical maul/hammer) while Kyra and Lavarath cleared the tower of any defenders. There will likely be a few Gnomish casualties and possibly some shattered steampunky weapons to help tie it all together. This pic is a mock up of what I think needs to be there. I'm trying to plan out a base size so I can get something cut and start doing the actual block assembly and other terrain planning. I've taped off what I think will work as a base, 12x14 inches. The walls will of course extend to the edges of the diorama. The walls, where damaged, will be filled with gravel and stone, and where undamaged will have stone across the top and crenelations and such. The tower will likely have an arch passing through from the wall top or something similar and maybe some arrow slots. I'm undecided if the interior of the keep will be flagstones or dirt. The exterior will be dirt, grass, possibly with the edge of a moat or something showing. Maybe raise the whole thing on 2 inches of Styrofoam to allow some variable terrain....hmm, I like that. Will help with craters too.... Anyway, thoughts, suggestions, etc are always welcome and appreciated. Looks like I'm going to be busy over the next 4 months...
  5. This is a small diorama/vignette for the Ghoul, Bad, & Ugly contest for Halloween. The figures used are 77143: Townsfolk: Undertaker, and 77161: Ghost King. This was my first attempt at OSL, and I'm pretty proud of it. The undertaker is a great figure; he has really sharp features that make it easy to paint an expressive face. WIP here.
  6. For Christmas last year, my Mom hired the very talented Andy Pieper (a good friend of mine) to sculpt me a set of miniatures for a Visitation Scene from Luke, Chapter 1 of the Bible. Andy's Sculpting WIP thread is here. In this scene, Mary, just having conceived Jesus by the Holy Spirit, visits her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant in her old age. When Mary arrives, Elizabeth says, "“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy." And then Mary sings her Magnificat: "My soul exalts the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has had regard for the humble state of His handmaid; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name. And His mercy is upon generation after generation Toward those who fear Him. He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble. He has filled the hungry with good things; And sent away the rich empty-handed. He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy, 55 As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and his descendants forever.†This diorama is meant to represent that moment, as Mary twirls and sings for joy in the yard of her cousin's home. These are the completed figures that Andy sculpted. They are 54mm scale: Andy was also kind enough to add a bonus figure, a chicken, which is running away as Mary twirls in the yard: Andy's Sculpting WIP thread is here. I started by purchasing a wooden plaque at Hobby Lobby, sanding the bevels, and installing rare earth magnets in the base, so it will stick to the inside of my wooden miniature carrying case. I knew I wanted the wall of Elizabeth's home on the edge of the diorama, so I glued together a frame out of coffee stirrers and toothpicks. I let that dry overnight, then used Milliput to build the basic shape around the frame, which I also left to dry overnight. When I got out the miniatures to place them in the scene, I realized my wall was angled the wrong way, so I ripped it off the base and respositioned it. Then I added another layer of Milliput over the shaped wall for sculpting the stones. I also used some Milliput for a tiled floor, which peters out into the farm yard. I'm going to put down something for dirt, but I'm letting the putty dry first. I created some palm-like leaves out of twist ties and parchment paper (I will probably do an article on the technique sometime, if there's interest), and pushed them into a piece of cork, which I wrapped with green stuff for a planter. I plan to fill in the top with sand. Here are two photos of what's done so far, with the miniatures in their places, though of course not glued down (and Elizabeth won't be flying in the air like that!). I'm thinking of making some larger palms hanging over the edge of the wall, though I'm not sure how I'd attach them, and I kind of want to see how the little ones look once they're painted. If they're not convincing, I won't bother with larger ones. The wall is pretty well stuck on now, with the floor and everything, but the rest could be repositioned, if necessary, so any feedback on placement is appreciated. I also have a little Milliput left that I could slap on somewhere to touch up the sculpt if necessary. (I used up almost an entire pack!) I'd like to keep some for future projects, but I want this one to be top-notch, so I'm willing to part with it. Really, any feedback at all is welcome and appreciated. Thank you! And, once again, Andy's Sculpting WIP thread is here.
  7. As some of you know I have become obsessed with the Pulp genre. To date I have confined my explorations to Pulp Sci-fi. So entranced am I by everything Pulp I am now exploring other areas of the genre. This is my first foray into Jungle Adventures and I find it a refreshing change of pace. The sculpts both come from Bombshell Miniatures and were sculpted by Patrick Keith. The Cave Girl is one of his Babes and the Spider is an Edo Tracker from his new Scif-fi game Counterblast, which is part of the Bombshell Babes family. The large plants are aquarium plants that I painted and are commonly used by painters within this genre. The flower patches are from Scenic Express and the leaves are from Secret Weapon. I carved the stone she is standing on from Super Sculpey. Thank you for looking.
  8. Hey all, I'm trying to obtain some etched brass foliage. I've found the following useful information sites: Derek's site from his lizardman: Squadron Information from hasselfree, although I can't find that they sell them anymore... wait, I found it... here! The website hasselfree used: Scale Link And the Wampstore. After perusing them, I have a question about the scale. Scale link lists multiple scales- I want the 1/32 (gauge 1), right? I know that sounds like a crazy question, but I want to make sure I order the right stuff. Also, does anyone else have an etched brass hookup they want to share? Thanks!!!
  9. The Sith Revolt He walked calmly into the dark chamber, the Emperor's Throne Room and saw his master, Lord Vader, standing before the throne deep in thought as he stared out at the star that his space station had just made into a super nova. Darth Cerrak quietly pulled the light saber from his belt and unleashed a powerful blast of the force at his master! Darth Vader was ready for the blast and had been expecting his apprentice to one day try to destroy him, he wouldn't be a Sith if that wasn't part of his personality and how Vader trained him. He easily deflected the blast with one of his own. Laughing through his mask, Darth Vader pulled forth his red light saber and proceeded to try to force-choke the young upstart... ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is my entry into the Spaceship Superstar Contest! Figures: Zargun, Assassin from Guild of Harmony with Karick-Dar's right hand and Darth Vader from West End Games Star Wars Miniatures Materials: Metal Diorama Materials: Poster board Emperor's Throne: Scratch built using Super Sculpey Firm and Greenstuff. WIP Thread can be found here. Thank you to everyone in the WIP thread for your advice, comments, compliments and critiques. I couldn't have gotten it done without you all! C&C are welcomed and appreciated. EDIT: I fixed the diorama to lessen the open spaces after comments below. I also removed from the removable bases and placed directly into the scene. I think it works better and looks cleaner now, but will still appreciate any C&C that you fine artists have for me. Thanks!
  10. This is a diorama I'm planning to submit to the Spaceship Superstar contest. It's nearly complete, but I thought I'd get you lot's opinion before I glued everything down. Hopefully the story is clear from the piece, but basically it's just a good old-fashioned showdown between a pair of outlaw-with-a-heart-of-gold types and the lawmen on some red alien planet. So without further ado: Notes: The NOVA guns and the square bit of their backpacks are just basecoated Brown Liner or black, but will stay pretty dark. Their little chest insignia need to be picked out. Rex's gloves are basecoated Intense Brown, and need some highlighting/shading. Other than that, all painting could be done as of now. I'm somewhat concerned the NOVA troops are too bright, and draw the attention away from the heroes, so I'm considering a Bloodstain Red wash to bring them down a bit. Is this a good idea or are they fine and I shouldn't risk ruining them? They'll all be cut off their integral base and glued down. Minis used are 80009: Rex, Dark Future Hero, 80010: Nova Corp:Sgt, 80011: Nova Corp:Guard, 80015: Nova Corp:Rifleman, and the discontinued Bones Ellen Stone, Cowgirl. (Metal version is 500003: Ellen Stone, Cowgirl.) So, what do you guys think? ETA: As I mentioned, I'm entering this into a contest, so real critique would be helpful.
  11. AnneO'Leary

    Spaceship Superstar-Diorama Entry

    This is my diorama entry for the Spaceship Superstar Painting Challenge. I wanted to do something that was pure Pulp, simple and quick. The bots are from Counterblast, are 18mm and were sculpted by Patrick Keith. The spaceship is from Hydra, is 25mm and was sculpted by Steve Meli. The base is a one inch square plinth from the hobby shop, which I simply painted black. Since I made the switch from Fantasy to Moderns and Pulp, I've never been happier as a painter. In August I finished about 18 figures, never got frustrated and found more joy in this hobby than ever before. Thank you for looking.
  12. This is my Alice vs. Wonderland diorama I entered in my local con. It took third in diorama/vignette. I don't have a big enough photo setup for the whole thing so please excuse the pics. I was trying a reimagining of the classic tale with Alice and some Wonderland characters as badasses. Alice is 14311: Kassandra of the Blade. The Cheshire Cat is 02480: Sabertooth Tiger and the White Rabbit is a Darksword Rabbit Warrior. I sculpted the rabbit's watch and the paintbrush. The wickets are staples and the croquet balls are pin heads. The cards were downloaded, then printed, cut out and glued together. I wanted each to die in a unique way, appropriate to the characters. The base was made and stained in my school's woodshop. (I teach) I loved building this! My first big diorama. Your comments and critiques are welcome as always.
  13. After a few years of almost no painting I wanted to start again with a new project. The mouselings looked fun to paint. After I received the set I started thinking about making a display for the mouselings. The plan is to make the interior of a tavern in a box. On one side the bar and on the other side a stage for the musicians. The front of the box wil be two stories high with a sloping ceiling to the back. This is the test layout.
  14. odinsgrandson

    Dueling Jedi

    This is a diorama I created. Last year, I got to talk to Jeff Grace (he's responsible for a lot of great minis from Dark Sword, Privateer Press, Reaper and others). We talked a little bit about how easy it would be to make some of his Dark Sword minis into Star Wars characters, and how cool it would be if someone made a diorama of a dueling Jedi and Sith and entered it into the painting competition. Naturally, I agreed that such a thing should happen. I'm not totally sure that he meant it as a challenge. I think sometimes people get surprised when I run away with an idea like this. But here is the result. It received an honorable mention in the Masterclass competition. I have posted this to Coolmini for anyone who cares to vote.
  15. Heyguys, been a long time since I last posted. I recently decided I want to build a diorama involvingminiatures and at last one muscle car model. I'm not certain of what scale model car I should beleaving toward. I want one of my characters to conceivably be able to drive said car.
  16. Kangaroorex

    My summer exchange project.

    this was one of my summer exchange miniatures this year. Even though some of the pictures came out slightly blurrier than I would have liked the overall effect is one i really liked. The drider is metal, the queen and the well are bones. The base is marble. Part I'm most proud of: getting the drider into a submissive bow. I don't know that I could have done it with the bones material. Oh and the piece above the queens head is a bit of Sumatran Amber. Enjoy the view. Comments and critiques always welcome!
  17. This is an interesting concept... http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/06/sheets-of-glass-cut-into-layered-ocean-waves-by-ben-young/ Figure Painting Magazine shared the link on Facebook. Thanks for the idea, Shane. Excerpt from article: My takeaway on this concept ... using sheets of plastic in a similar manner to make a water topped plinth. Tape the sheets together exposing the watery side and using a dremel or similar tool create a water-like rough edge, then using the opposite end attach them to a block or something. Pour resin around the bottom of the assembled sheets. Or just drill holes for bolts to make it steampunkish. With some colored plastic sheets mixed in you can add colors or dimensional shapes like a flat fish or some currents and swells. Example from site:
  18. ungoreatstefan

    A Chance Encounter

    Finally completed this diorama I've been working on. I'm pretty well pleased with it, though I've debated adding some more wild grass to the setup to make it more wilderness. I had a lot of fun making it, the only downside is I had so much fun with it and now I'm eager to start another project but I'm not sure what to paint next! I wish I had a better camera than my smart phone and a better place to take photos, so these will have to do!
  19. Kharsin

    Jazzy's Garden of Eden

    Well, Jazzy primed her animals today, and I've sanded the base down all nice and smooth. This one should take off in all of its (attempted) tree/bush/grass/fairy ring/animal/sandy glory! Maybe even before the Bladesinger is done.
  20. ungoreatstefan

    The Old Dwarf and the Dark Wood

    Hi all, I'd like to share some of my work in progress shots of a diorama or vignette I'm calling, "The Old Dwarf and the Dark Wood." I've been taking sporadic photos of my progress along the way (thought not every step because I'm bad at documentation) First up, I'd like to share an in progress picture of the dwarf. You can see at this point the dwarf is pretty near completion. Next up: Photos of the completed dwarf on his holder, a binder clip courtesy of work. Although I think I need to go back in and shade the bindings of his bedroll D: To make this not so image heavy, the next post will be featuring what's going on with the diorama so far.
  21. Kharsin

    My Personal Arbor Day!

    Okay! I guess this is my first official sculpt! It's not a person, but it's a tree, and I'm happy with my first attempt. For the next go round (if I need another live oak) I'll use a heavier gauge wire to get more windiness in the branches. I wanted them a bit more crooked, but I think the lighter gauge and my inexperience ended up in a flat crown. Anyhoo, the sculpting portion is over and now all that's left is to prep (lots of flakies need to come off), prime, paint, and figure out how to stick foliage on here... To avoid redundancy (ahem) I'm posting a link to the project this tree is for. It has more detail on the tree (and pics!) and other parts than is necessary for this post. You can see that project here.
  22. This is Rosie, Chronotechnician 50016 and Slig Soldier 50017. This is my first attempt at greyscale and truly I don't know why I didn't just do a single figure on the first go. There must be something wrong with me to have thought I could pull this off, but once I began, there was no turning back. I entered it in the Reaper Paint into a Picture Challenge. One of the requirements of the Challenge was that the work be photoshopped into the picture. ShadowRaven most kindly did that for me. We were only allowed four photographs for the Challenge, but I did take some close up shots to show more of the small detail within the dio. I know I made quite a few mistakes here and those were do to inexperience and lack of planning. However, I don't regret completing and submitting the piece as it has been a good learning experience. C&C are most welcome. Any input on the composition of the scene would be greatly appreciated as I think I may have crammed way too much into the scene. Thank you for your time.
  23. Okay! In lieu of playing with the XBOX as one of my guilty as sin animals gnawed through the charging cord on the headset, I'll start my next WIP thread... From the title, this will actually be 2 WIPs: 1. My 6yr old wants a fairy garden, so a fairy garden she'll have! 2. A Bladesinger Sister that I ordered quite a while back as an opponent to *Varaug, whom I recently completed. So, without further ado, here's the sitch.... Jazzy's Fairy Garden This will be our first attempt at a diorama. Now, please note that this is for a 6yr old and she will be doing a lot of the work along with me, so goodness knows what we'll end up with! I'm not even sure if it will be a permanent fixture, or something she can switch up every now and then. I'm not even sure if she knows exactly what she'll want it to be/do, but we do know that it will have at least one custom tree, Liriel Silverlocks (03398 and 02458, depending on the mood), and a buttload of animals! (02756: Familiar Pack IV & 02848: Familiar Pack V) We'll be doing a large base, fallen trees, leaves, and whatever else my 6yr. old can think of. It should prove to be interesting and she'll be doing a lot of the painting... There may also be an occasional Kagunk (03162) in the woods, although she's not overly fond of the idea... Bladesinger Sister I'll be using model 14645: Bladesinger Sister for this build. I'm honestly a bit nervous about her as she's so dainty and, well, bendy! I'm going from Varaug, who's model seemed to be the definition of sturdiness, to this delicate model. It should be fun at any rate! Right now I'm debating on whether to glue her arm and hand on now, or simply attach them later. I was on pins and needles while drilling out her feet to insert the, er, pins in them. I don't have a definite direction for this build as I'd originally intended her as a combatant for Varaug, but haven't settled on that yet. I may go ahead and go in that direction so I can continue to work on my cork rock basing for now. At any rate, here's Jazzy's Garden Gang and the Bladesinger Sister (I'll have to name her soon...) in all of their *mostly* cleaned up and pinned glory! I'm not priming tonight as I don't feel like washing brushes... I've washed a lot of brushes lately. Enjoy! Comments? Suggestions? Let me hear 'em! *Varaug is here: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/53647-varaug-the-great-finished/
  24. Hi all! this is my end of the year "here be dragons" diorama contest entry, fresh off the paint table this morning. this mini was salvaged from a three year stay at the shelf of shame and was begging to be worked on. the contest was a perfect excuse to do just that. originally i had been over ambitious with the level of detail work i wanted to do, and a thousand scales later and it hit the shelf. to get it how i had envisioned it (each scale as a gem) was just too much work and at the time my skill with that technique was much worse. over time the age of the PJ showed. i briefly considered stripping it and starting over but couln't get over the mental hurdle. the contest was an ideal excuse to finish it fast and call it "done" in whatever state it was in when time was up. better to have another completed than back in the box. the story: only her appointed elderly handmaiden had offered her council as she prepared for the dragon tithe. As the old woman hemmed her fine silken dress she whispered, "wear no perfume today my lady, and stretch in the cart. the beast will toy with you, princess, as a cat plays with a mouse. when you run, do not run home, for even if you did traverse the plain none here would dare aide you or offer you sanctuary. no, child, you must run to the ruins of the old city. there the stench of our ancestors will cover your scent. only then will you have a chance. even so, the dragon is crafty and......." the old woman cleared her throat and wiped an eye. how many times had she hemmed this dress, the girl wondered. how many seasons, how many "princesses?" the old woman continued," remember your childhood games, dear. hide and seek in the woods. if you should escape, do not return here, for the dragon will surely have his flesh. now go, sweet child, the magistrate is waiting." and an extra pic of the "princess" not included in the contest posting. she is removable and has her own matching base. this was done so that the models are useable as gaming miniatures as well as for a diorama. she makes for a total of 60 minis completed in 2013. comments/questions always appreciated!
  25. Hello everybody! I am working hard on a diorama to, if I get it done in time, submit to the Here be Dragons! competition. I have a lot of pics from the start, but I hit a problem tonight and wanted to ask the forum for opinions and advice. The diorama will tell a story. To test the idea, I won't tell you what, and if you can guess it then the story is well shown to the public :) Some pics: That was "version 1" of my idea. Of course, cleaning of minis (removing bases) and sculpting needed to be done (I cleaned the minis already, sculpting flames is next). I was quite happy about this composition, but something kept bothering these last couple days, something I finally put my finger on: - The wizard dwarf holding the shield is too static! I went through the rest of my Reaper order and found a mini that I originally intended to go up there, quickly put it together, and then set a new scene (let's call it v2): As for composition, I brought these friends: (version 2.1): ...or version 2.2: Also, to balance the diorama, this little guy (non Reaper, old mini I don't know where it comes from): These are the minis available to me, basically: Size comparison of the little dwarf: Sorry for the bad pics. Now, help me! Do you think the story is clear? Do you like v1 or v2 better? If v2, v2.1 (fighter to the side) or v2.2 (fighter in the path of the dragon and under the flame blast, mostly)? Should I keep the little dwarf? Should I add something else? There are pieces missing (like bushes, foliage on the tree plus burning tips of the branches, etc) but basically that it is. Any comment or suggestion is deeply appreciated!
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