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Okay Ladies and Gents... It's time for Year of the Giants: Part Deaux, in which we finally give Kaya a place to hang her spear... or throw it, rather. At any rate, this is where I left off in October when I finished Kaya: And here's a post as to where I'm kind of at tonight. I've basically started hacking at the cork, staining my base (I can't help it, I love the look of stain. I do paint some bases black, but something about stain just finishes a lot of projects off for me, if it matches), and figuring out exactly where to put the beasty. I'm just going to put a teaser pic up now as it's late and I don't feel like editing a lot of pics. Here ya go: Anyhoo, I'll probably be posting to this thread occasionally as I work out the kinks and figure out exactly what I'm doing. Thanks for checking it out! -K
Okay, my whole world's gone blonde! Seriously though, Kaya's pretty much done! There's not much more I can do now at this level. I think she's my best work to date, although you guys will have to be the judge of that. Let me post pics first, then comment along the way: Okay, it should be stated that the pics and the base were giving me fits tonight. I took an entire series of photographs first until I notice that she had a bit of space between her foot and the rock. I think I mentioned my problems with this in the WIP, although I'm not sure. At any rate, I pulled her, clipped her wire, re-glued her, and reshot the shoot. I thought I saved a pic to show the difference, but the photographs got all jumbled up in the process and I deleted the originals. The last shoot looks a bit darker than the first, but you get the idea. Here's a more dynamic close up: Here's one with a green background. I'm not sure which I like best. Hmmm... Overall I'm satisfied! I think I've improved in painting in some regard on Kaya, especially in the leathers department. She's got more leather than a Wilson's store at an outlet mall! I got some more practice with fur as well, which I haven't really played around with since the first mini I ever painted: the Barrow Rat. There were a few firsts in this one: 1. First time basing in snow - Honestly it drove me nuts! I practiced using medium texture paste, but I think I should've waited until I found light texture paste. If you look closely, you can see that the medium paste cracked in a few places as it dried out. I don't think it's a total loss, but I may go back with some baking soda or synthetic snow to try to cover up the cracks some. Either that, or I can just pretend that snow does that when it melts... does it? The only snow we get down here in the south turns to slush puppy the instant it hits the ground! 2. First time working with lead weights to counterbalance the dynamic pose of a miniature. - It would have been much easier just to mount Kaya directly to the diorama. However, I wanted to be able to remove her for an occasional round of Munchkin, especially when someone feels like intimidating all the other players with that giant spearhead and the overall height of the piece. Even so, she's not perfectly balanced. She was pretty close until the felt bottom was added. That threw a few things off. Still, I wish I could've put more weight in the bottom, although you're pretty limited in what you can add to an 1.25" checker piece. Hmmmm.... 3. First Tattoo!!! - Yes, it's green and blue. Yes, it could have a bit more highlighting and skin tone over it. Yes, it could have a stronger outline. Yes, it was supposed to be a wolf's head, but ended up being a birdman/guy/thing. BUT! It was my first tattoo, and the only way to go from here is up! That, and Kaya loves it. It fits her wanting to leap off of a cliff to fight... Anyhoo, Kaya's out of my hair and in the display cabinet! Now I can focus on the Fall Exchange, a Hasslefree mini contest, finishing the rest of the YOTG diorama, and anything else I'll be painting for Christmas. It'll be a busy holiday season, that's for sure! Well, that's about it. Comments, compliments, and suggestions are greatly appreciated and encouraged! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and look at my little corner of the 'net! -K P.S.: Here's a sneak peak into Kaya's ultimate role in the "Year of the Giants" contest, Giant T.B.A.: