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As I said elsewhere (Azazel and I cross post on something like four venues), the color choice works well and the hair stands out nicely, giving some nice contrast.

 

Since it's a speedpaint, I won't comment much on the contrast in general. But the staff and sword in particular could really use some, even some quick shading to pop things. Maybe even a hint of OSL from the gem. Probably wouldn't have added much time but would've given it a much more finished look.

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Love the Gandalf! I've got this same set lingering around the house somewhere. It's not even in my drawer of minis! I also manage to have a Bilbo Baggins in there somehow... I think he was a special offer for something... maybe the original boxed game? Which reminds me there are a ton of unfinished elves and goblins around as well, not to mention brick walls... hmmmm....

 

At any rate, I love what you did with him! One of these days I'll have to dig my fellowship out and actually assemble and paint them. Lol!

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As I said elsewhere (Azazel and I cross post on something like four venues), the color choice works well and the hair stands out nicely, giving some nice contrast.Since it's a speedpaint, I won't comment much on the contrast in general. But the staff and sword in particular could really use some, even some quick shading to pop things. Maybe even a hint of OSL from the gem. Probably wouldn't have added much time but would've given it a much more finished look.

I agree with Cash. I'd like to add that Glamdring's hilt is more gray than silver with a tiny blue gem where the point in the center meets the blade. It would be a nice touch if you wanted to touch it up.

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Stupid browser crash ate my reply earlier. Quick one now, since I'm heading out.

 

Firstly, thanks for the feedback!

 

I'm actually very happy with the level of contrast. It would have been easy to take the shading up and/or down, regardless of being a speedpaint. (speedpaint doesn't = rushed, after all!) I quite dislike overly highlighted and shaded models. For example, these RH models by James Wappel might have a high level of technical skill, but to my eye they look absolutely awful. Actually, I quite like the bases and odd bits like the red tank top, but most of the rest of them is like the worst parts of GW's house style taken to an even more awful extreme - where black armour and black cables are highlighted to pure white and skin on the same plane gradients from almost almost black to almost white between an elbow and a tricep...  Most of my stuff is generally a bit more subtle, as is my preference.

 

 

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Both the staff and Glamdring look flatter in the photos than in hand. You can see a bit of the blade edge highlight on Glamdring there, though it's more pronounced IRL. I'm also happy with the silvered hilt over grey, for much the same way that I went with a blued-grey for the robe rather then the dirty brown-grey of the films. The gem is so tiny at this scale that it's not something to add. It would be the size of a pupil, or literally a dot, and as such would look odd - like a dirty mark. These aren't GW High Elves, covered in gems the size of eggs and gold balls, or even less overblown Reaper figures, after all.

 

And OSL would (to me) frankly be wankery for it's own sake, given how I picture and plan to use the model. Much like the way you sometimes see every people have painted every plasma gun in their army glowing like they're about to go off, (even when they're being held at rest). It's one thing if I were to be doing a diorama, or if I were painting it as "Gandalf (specifically) in Moria using it as a light in dark places." - but then I'd have painted it with a drastically different palette, like your lantern-bearer.

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