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  1. This miniature is part of the Resolutionary Painting Challenge's bonus challenge for this month (still not too late for you to join, those of you who are looking for a fun way to motivate you to paint miniatures! Goal is 51 miniatures painted this year, so plenty of time to catch up! Or if you've been posting already in show-off I'm sure you could get credit for minis already completed this year! Half the year to go and we all know Bones III is coming next year!) Anyways, the bonus challenge was patriotism, and 'murica. For those of you furriners, July 4th is the USA's independence day. As a little bit of history for those not familiar, the US used to be a colonial possession of Great Britain. Then aliens attacked various landmarks and major cities worldwide. President Whitmore then declared July 4th our independence day. Okay back to the mini. The pieces involved are the Bones I Devona, the fantasy standard (from 03420 fantasy standard sprue, or P03420C if you just want it by itself), the shield P14348B, one of the wheels from P10004F, the eagle from the Familiar Pack (02018, also in Bones as 77176 but I used my metal one, sometimes this guy is referred to as falcon or hawk as well). Cork to build up her battlefield, some sand to make it a bit more realistic, and a little army painter tuft for what's still growing on the field. Used the MSP dirt triad (09244 muddy soil / 09245 basic dirt / 09246 brown sand my fave for mud/dirt) and ultramarine blue triad for the blues and clear red for the red on the flag. My inspirations were Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix where liberty is shown with the French standard leading men on a battlefield as well as a lot of the US vintage art of lady liberty (especially the one labelled 'our emblems of liberty'). I had a lot of fun painting her. The flag was really difficult and took many tries. I wanted to go with a modern day star scenario but could never quite get it to look right so thought I would go with the colonial flag circular star depiction instead. Anyways, I hope you enjoy! I have never done anything this close to a 'diorama' before. But it was a lot of fun adding all the elements as I went along, and I'm really pleased with how I was able to get the flag to look halfway decent in the end, which was my biggest concern honestly. Comments and criticism much appreciated! I spent a lot of time on this and would love to hear feedback.
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