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Ingrid Female Gnome (Convesion)

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I'm gonna try to do a WIP and implement some of the excellent advice I got in my "show off" thread. 

 

I run a D&D 4e game for some friends. Since I like painting minis I'm trying to populate their world with a variety of characters. I don't want their poor characters to live in a world where everyone is always running around with swords drawn, so I wanted to add some unarmed NPCs to the campaign.

 

I was thinking about this the other day, and one of my players who is (among other things) a photographer. He had been working doing party pictures and he told me the story of a comely young woman named Sammie who always seemed to have 2 drinks whenever she was captured in his photographs. Reference photos linked below. Warning: these photos are PG-13, but there are some R-rated photos on the site linked. 

http://jedsblog.com/galleries/let_go_august/content/_1000721_large.html

http://jedsblog.com/galleries/2011_indy_500/content/_MG_5149_large.html

http://jedsblog.com/galleries/letgo_may/content/_MG_3096_large.html

http://jedsblog.com/galleries/fri_13/content/_MG_3560_large.html

She was then given the nickname Sammie-Two-Drinks.

 

I thought it would be fun to introduce Sammie-Two-Drinks as a character in our campaign. And the Ingrid I received in my bones Christmas stocking seemed like a good candidate. I used the photos above as "inspiration" more than strict references.

 

Here she is post-conversion, base coated and lined. I'm still struggling a bit with the close up photography but there's not too much detail work done yet.

 

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I flipped her arm around and cut off her sword. Then I rolled out a tube of green stuff and fashioned it into a mug. The idea being that the hilt of the sword would become the handle of the mug. I struggle quite a bit with the green stuff, and finally got it "close enough." I also applied a little green stuff to the seam in her right elbow where I reattached her arm. this ended up not being as smooth as I would have liked after the GS cured, so I went back over it with some extra heavy gel.

 

She had what appeared to be a gem in her left hand. I added a neck to it and tried to cut down the sharp edges some. I think it reads like a bottle now.

 

 

 

 

 

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Looks like a bottle from where I sit.

Brilliant idea. I get so sick of generic NPCs. Not only do yours have personalities, they have their own miniatures!

 

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Great idea!  I could tell that the mug was added on, but I mis-remembered and thought that the bottle was there the whole time.  Nice conversion, I'm looking forward to seeing her all finished!  ^_^

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Well, I decided I wasn't happy with the mug after all, so I cut it off and made a new one. This time I took a 1/8" styrene tube that I had lying around and superglued it on to her fist. Then I used tiny blobs of GS to connect the handle to the mug. Now if I can just resist redoing the bottle...

 

I also relined some portions and shaded and highlighted pretty much everything except her cloak. I'm trying to up the contrast as that is the main feedback I've received. Feedback is welcome - especially any basing ideas or advice on shading metallics.

 

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some red glaze in the folds would darken those shadows up a lot and bring the contrast up on the cloak.    Just make it a very watered down glaze and slowly work in the color (remember to let each glaze dry before applying the next)

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The other thing to do is increase the size of her irises so they touch the top and bottom of her eyes, this will stop her looking startled. :)

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Yes, the iris should touch both the top and bottom of the eye, but really I would try and make the eyes much smaller.

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