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After several iterations of painting and base, I'm finally happy with my Griffon and I'm calling it finished!
The mini ended up looking a bit cartoony
I did go for something else initially, but it seemed too plain for a griffon, so I was happy to exchange realism for 'striking'. More on PSA.
And I just finished redoing the base -- thanks for support on the WIP board.
I planned to go for the coloring suggestion on the box, except with brighter feathers. After base coat and a wash it seemed to turn rather plain. I keep the underside this way, while for the top side of the wings I started adding some variation to the feathers, gradually daring to add more detail and contrast. Took a while to get there, but in the end I was happy and called it finished. I even took a fun picture with it:
But now that I'm a few minis wiser, I demoted him from finished to lacking base. And this is where I am stuck now.
I had this plan of making a sandstone cliff looking base. I positioned him and started building up terrain, working carefully not to damage the finished mini. I colored some stones of various sizes in a few colors so I don't need to paint as much around the mini and I started to glue my rocks carefully around the base.
I kept working on it for hours thinking I am getting somewhere, but once I took a break and looked at it again from all sides... I stand by my rocks, I think in a few steps they'll look great, but the scene makes no sense. These are not cliffs, more like a stone quarry, what would a griffon be doing there? - that's too specific and unlikely.
Time to "delete" this somehow and start over... Wish me luck!
My photography has really been sub par for some time so I am trying out som different settings on the camera, including changing the backdrop to try to find a setting that works better than before. Focus is key, deep focus is even more key.
I think I might just have cracked it. At least for now.
Just some incy wincy spiders today, the pack called "spiders" from Nolzur's Marvellous Miniatures.
The dark background has it's uses, but did not really work for these models.
These spiders are a little bit too similar to the real ones intermittently crawling across my walls both in size and shape, and I have had to stop myself fixing to slap them as they were lying about my desk.
I made 40mm bases for them. One of the spiders came with a webbed victim-piece, which can be seen above.
Super fast paint scheme, gloss black all over, dark green drybrush, then red in three shades for the red bits, then gloss varnish.
The colour scheme is inspired by a real spider, the Australian (...because of course Australian!) Ambicodamus Crinitus, aka the Red and Black spider, Imaginative naming there.
Luckily the real red and black is no more than a centimetre or so long and not seen as dangerous to humans.
One of the models had a piece missing from one leg. I could not be bothered with complaining and requesting a new one though.
Also, as is usual with the Nolzur line, the renders used to promote and illustrate the minis in webshops come across as way more detailed than the actual models. Something which I think actually is a bit disingenuous, really.
Have you seen some dwarfs that were strolling through these woods?
Nolzur's Marvellous Miniatures, Wave 1
Made by Wizkids, 2016
PVC hard plastic
Hello forum family, back to share the most recent of my paints. This was pretty fast (well for my standards).
Ok: I'm starting to be addicted to purples... basically I'm painting everything in Purple/Violet/Magenta... Let's call it "Cicciopiu's purple period"
Well... what can I say? Is the Beholder... is purple... yes, that's all ...Oh yes: no drooling, is a good guy that keeps his teeth clean! (ok I didn't want to mess with UHU).
Hope you will like it.
As always every c&c is more than welcome.
Thank you for watching :)
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