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Is it just for "diorama's" sake?  You wouldn't ever use them on a game table and need them to be separate?

 

yup, exactly. however that's the biggest base i have currently...i dont' have anything bigger..

 

Don't need anything bigger for this little vignette honestly. Too much space will draw the eye away, you can add some nice little details to it and not overpower a cute scene of a momma owlbear and her cubs.

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Just as a differnt idea, I would imagine the momma protecting her children by placing herself between danger and the cubs, not having the cubs standing in front if her. How would it look with the seated one directly infront of her, under her neck; and the standing one, behind her, peering around her hindquarters to see what's up.

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Just as a differnt idea, I would imagine the momma protecting her children by placing herself between danger and the cubs, not having the cubs standing in front if her. How would it look with the seated one directly infront of her, under her neck; and the standing one, behind her, peering around her hindquarters to see what's up.

 

i dont' know if the base is big enough to pull that off >.> trying to arrange them like that results in the babies not sitting very well and giving it a crowded look. Probably on a bigger base that'd look good XD

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triangles make good composition, so 3 is always better than 2.  Odd numbers actually balance much better than even.  A way to make the base larger than it is is to layer something over the rim, like a sheet of cork, slate, baked sculpey, etc.  This can change completely the shape of your base, or allow one element of it to overhang just enough to give you a classically balanced composition.  the reason I bring this up is that you could place one of the babies a bit further behind the momma.  I thought about turning your mother more facing the viewer than in your first photo, bringing one baby closer to the viewer, and placing one (probably the hunched one) off to the viewer's right a bit more, almost like it is trailing/following mom.  This would give you a stronger triangle.  While the standing baby is taller, I like having it face front and be closer- almost like it is threatening the viewer right along with mom. 

 

When I look at composition, I want to tell a story.  You have awesome sculpts there that are begging for a story to be told about something- be it an attack, a playful tussel between the babies, a new exploration like a cave, etc.  Remember, you also do not have to think in a single plane.  You can build up from the base, putting the standing baby above mom on a ledge or the hunched one below her on a different layer.  You can also build a triangle that way.  Up and out is doable, even with a tight space!

 

These have to be the cutest little owlbears ever and they almost made me buy in fully to the kickstarter.  Sigh.  As it is, I'll have to pick them up...

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I like the arrangement in the third picture. And I find the fact that the standing one is in the middle better than having him on the side. Dont know why, it just looks better. :) Momma Owl bear protecting her cubs.

 

I really like DW version of the Owl Bear.

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