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she look great but the feathers need something.   Possibly a touch of an orange as a light dry brush to highlight the texture...  the yellow in the orange may also tie it back into the dress and hair.  I also think the Jewell needs a bit higher highlight for the edges.. spot highlights with white maybe.

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Looks awesome!

 

Going to steal that yellow glaze plan for my Valkyrie!

 

Thanks! Steal away, I used Lantern Yellow which is a warm golden yellow. I am not sure how well a bright or cool yellow would work with the red hair.

 

She looks awesome, Yellow glazes...***takes notes***

 

Thanks! I went with the glaze because when I finished the green, I felt it needed something and I had the Lantern Yellow sitting there. So I grabbed it and thinned it to a glaze and went full steam ahead. I figured it would either look fantastic or fail horribly. Luckily it worked for the green and I thought to try it on the hair as well as it highlights seemed a little dull to me.

 

she look great but the feathers need something.   Possibly a touch of an orange as a light dry brush to highlight the texture...  the yellow in the orange may also tie it back into the dress and hair.  I also think the Jewell needs a bit higher highlight for the edges.. spot highlights with white maybe.

 

Thanks for the input, you hit on the things that are bugging me about the feathers and gem. I was not planning on using orange in the feathers but my original plan is not working that well so I will give it a try.

 

 

Here are the before and after shots of the yellow glaze on the green and hair in the back. They are in previous posts but I like to look at side-by-side shots to see how much something simple can change the look. For the green, I had done a little more highlighting before the yellow.

 

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Ok, I have been doing some thinking and am considering dropping either the mouse or rabbit or both from the Dark Sword Diorama. Mainly due to running out of time but also I have been worried about the base being too crowded as it is smaller that I originally planned. The idea is that the cat, mouse, and rabbit are facing off against the toad who has been collecting a "toll" for using the bridge. I would like to keep the mouse as it looks like it is prepared to shot if the toad does something but to have him facing the toad, his back would be to us. So I am thinking of just keeping the cat which would allow me to move it back a bit from the bridge and add back in an element that I wanted but was not going to do due to space. That element is a sign with the bridge's name crossed out by graffiti declaring it to be Toad's Bridge. Below are the four figures that I am talking about, the base with tooth picks representing the figures, and a quick example of the sign idea.

 

What do you think? The more I think about it, the more I am leaning towards just the cat.

 

 

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I might have chosen the rabbit and the toad...     brings in the memory of the tortoise and the hare fable !   But losing at least one of the mini makes sense and I think the sign adds that point of contention to the scene so is needed.

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I think the cat is the most static figure of the group, and if any one was to stay, I think the mouse implies the most... Face off posing of the 3 actually. It depends on if you want it to look more like a staid knight standing their ground while being threatened with a crossbow or a more tense 'who shoots first' sort of situation. I do agree with the crowding being an issue though, so somebody will probably have to go. Try flipping the piece so the mouse faces forwards to the viewer and the toad faces him from the bridge and the bridge faces to the right and that may work?

 

I mostly just really like the tension in the mouse mini.

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That greeeeeen!!!! :wub: I definitely need to learn how to glaze, that difference is amazing!

 

Unfortunately I'm rather unhelpful for the diorama question.

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I would go with the cat and the toad alone!

 

Noted. Thanks!

 

 

I might have chosen the rabbit and the toad...     brings in the memory of the tortoise and the hare fable !   But losing at least one of the mini makes sense and I think the sign adds that point of contention to the scene so is needed.

 

I agree about the sign which is why I am considering this adjustment. If I had all three the sign would be blocked and the base would be really crowded.

 

 

I think the cat is the most static figure of the group, and if any one was to stay, I think the mouse implies the most... Face off posing of the 3 actually. It depends on if you want it to look more like a staid knight standing their ground while being threatened with a crossbow or a more tense 'who shoots first' sort of situation. I do agree with the crowding being an issue though, so somebody will probably have to go. Try flipping the piece so the mouse faces forwards to the viewer and the toad faces him from the bridge and the bridge faces to the right and that may work?

 

I mostly just really like the tension in the mouse mini.

 

I agree with the mouse, the tension is fantastic which is why I was including it. But I was going for the "staid knight standing their ground" approach, basically he is giving the toad the chance to cease his actions before more drastic steps are taken. The cat was also chosen because of it is the paladin/knight/noble look versus the rogue/rabble/shady look of the toad. Flipping the piece would be necessary to make the mouse work but because of how I did the bridge it would look off and because of what I am doing under the bridge, the eye could go there first rather that to the minis. How I have it now, they are they stars and there is a little extra when you turn it around. Hopefully that makes sense.

 

Thanks for the input!

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I would go with the cat and the toad alone!

 

Noted. Thanks!

 

 

I might have chosen the rabbit and the toad...     brings in the memory of the tortoise and the hare fable !   But losing at least one of the mini makes sense and I think the sign adds that point of contention to the scene so is needed.

 

I agree about the sign which is why I am considering this adjustment. If I had all three the sign would be blocked and the base would be really crowded.

 

 

I think the cat is the most static figure of the group, and if any one was to stay, I think the mouse implies the most... Face off posing of the 3 actually. It depends on if you want it to look more like a staid knight standing their ground while being threatened with a crossbow or a more tense 'who shoots first' sort of situation. I do agree with the crowding being an issue though, so somebody will probably have to go. Try flipping the piece so the mouse faces forwards to the viewer and the toad faces him from the bridge and the bridge faces to the right and that may work?

 

I mostly just really like the tension in the mouse mini.

 

I agree with the mouse, the tension is fantastic which is why I was including it. But I was going for the "staid knight standing their ground" approach, basically he is giving the toad the chance to cease his actions before more drastic steps are taken. The cat was also chosen because of it is the paladin/knight/noble look versus the rogue/rabble/shady look of the toad. Flipping the piece would be necessary to make the mouse work but because of how I did the bridge it would look off and because of what I am doing under the bridge, the eye could go there first rather that to the minis. How I have it now, they are they stars and there is a little extra when you turn it around. Hopefully that makes sense.

 

Thanks for the input!

 

 

If you read your own answers you will note that in your mind you already decided.

 

The toad and cat ...

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I would go with the cat and the toad alone!

 

Noted. Thanks!

 

 

I might have chosen the rabbit and the toad...     brings in the memory of the tortoise and the hare fable !   But losing at least one of the mini makes sense and I think the sign adds that point of contention to the scene so is needed.

 

I agree about the sign which is why I am considering this adjustment. If I had all three the sign would be blocked and the base would be really crowded.

 

 

I think the cat is the most static figure of the group, and if any one was to stay, I think the mouse implies the most... Face off posing of the 3 actually. It depends on if you want it to look more like a staid knight standing their ground while being threatened with a crossbow or a more tense 'who shoots first' sort of situation. I do agree with the crowding being an issue though, so somebody will probably have to go. Try flipping the piece so the mouse faces forwards to the viewer and the toad faces him from the bridge and the bridge faces to the right and that may work?

 

I mostly just really like the tension in the mouse mini.

 

I agree with the mouse, the tension is fantastic which is why I was including it. But I was going for the "staid knight standing their ground" approach, basically he is giving the toad the chance to cease his actions before more drastic steps are taken. The cat was also chosen because of it is the paladin/knight/noble look versus the rogue/rabble/shady look of the toad. Flipping the piece would be necessary to make the mouse work but because of how I did the bridge it would look off and because of what I am doing under the bridge, the eye could go there first rather that to the minis. How I have it now, they are they stars and there is a little extra when you turn it around. Hopefully that makes sense.

 

Thanks for the input!

 

 

If you read your own answers you will note that in your mind you already decided.

 

The toad and cat ...

 

 

 

I know but I tend to doubt my decisions and it is hard to break away from the original idea. I do value everyone's opinions and you guys might see something that I am missing or have a brilliant idea that I have not thought of regarding this.

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Ok, a bit more progress. First some pictures relevant to the previous posts regarding the diorama. First has all of the critters while second is just the cat. Seeing them all on still makes me want to use them all. It is a little crowded but not as bad as I remember and I could play around with the positioning a bit. Just the cat and toad works also so I am still not 100% decided.

 

Now that you have visuals, is there any further input?

 

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I redid the elf's feathers and gem. Went with colors similar to her hair for the feathers and gold for the stone. The stone is just base coated right now but I do like the change on both.

 

What do you think?

 

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I also have been doing a bit with the Hunter. Base coated her hair with brown, finished the skin, and did some work with the red.

 

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The elf goddess is awesome. I'd suggest a tad bit more shading along the inside of the left leg down near the knee. Looks like the staff isn't done yet and make sure to give her nails and/or nail polish.

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