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Bronn, from Dark Sword Miniatures

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Just finished up Bronn from Dark Sword Miniatures (though he's actually going to represent Bran of Winterbourne Stoke in our Pendragon game). Freehand is definitely not my forte, but I'm pretty pleased with how the griffin on his shield turned out. It's a tad big for the shield surface, but I honestly couldn't paint it any smaller.

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I like it! The freehand is very well done -- I like the way the shield gives the figure a bit of colour without being overwhelming. You've pulled off a grim, gritty, rough look very well with the colour scheme you've chosen, and the highlights on the arming coat and chainmail prevent it from being too dark.

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I agree, awesome work! As the others pointed out, kudos on the shield and mail, but I'd also like to applaud the cloth bits (legs and sleeves). Great job of making them really look like cloth.

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Very nice! The color palette works well. I like the shield and the mail, especially. Your naturalistic shading and highlighting technique suits the mood for this figure.

 

Your high contrast on the NMM sword is good for shiny metal, but the placement of highlights and shadows makes it look more like a cylinder than a blade. A cylinder would have a highlight running along its length like this, with very dark edges. Consider each plane of a blade: there shouldn't be so much variation from top (the cutting edge) to bottom (where the upper edge meets the lower edge); the real variation should be along the length. If we see a lot of contrast in so small an area, we interpret it as a surface with tight curvature or changes in planes, and that's not what you want on a sword blade.

I also have some suggestions for a few minor changes.

Check out this quick Photoshop sketch:

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He looks a little too polished and shiny in the sketch, but I hope the principles come through.

 

Hope this helps.

Keep up the good work!

 

Derek

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