Jump to content

Sign in to follow this  
Geoff Davis

"Life on Vega" Bombshell Miniatures 'Raven Skye'

Recommended Posts

Gorgeous lighting! It has a very successful retro future vibe! And her face does look very whistful and soul weary yet still young.

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

She is LOVELY, a BEAUTIFULLY painted & based creation. Your choice of colors is OUTSTANDING. Her WONDERFULLY expressive face makes the miniature for me. VERY WELL DONE!

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Really gorgeous!

 

I might've pushed the shadows on her back a little darker, but then I like my osl very stark.

 

Gawds, but I love the light on that base! It's almost impressionist, and definitely reminiscent of some of my old F&SF Magazine covers.

 

Did she medal?

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 9/4/2019 at 2:22 PM, Sanael said:

Did she medal?

She did!  She got gold in the painters category and a gold dog tag from Bombshell.

 

Thanks very much for all the positive comments.  I'm so pleased you like her!

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Excellent work! I agree with some other folks - the shadows on the base really are what sells the "setting sun" effect. And yes, it does have that retro sci-fi vibe to it. Congrats on the placement, and well deserved.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, Al Capwn said:

Excellent work! I agree with some other folks - the shadows on the base really are what sells the "setting sun" effect. And yes, it does have that retro sci-fi vibe to it. Congrats on the placement, and well deserved.

Thank you.  I originally made the shadows and lighting quite subtle and was relying on the reflection in her visor to sell the sunset.  After talking to Aaron Lovejoy, Brien Piersol and David Diamonstone and getting their comments on her, I made some changes to the highlights and shadows and it really brought out the feel I was looking for.  I am really glad I talked to all the artists and put their advice into practice.  I learned a ton at Reapercon.

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Argentee
      Well my sister loves Pandas and was mad I wouldn't give her the one I entered at Reapercon. So I painted a second one up for her birthday in purple, her favorite color. 
       

    • By Argentee
      This was my Painter's entry from Reapercon this year (I got a bronze! Yay! And a silver manufacturer's award! YAY!). Unfortunately, the camera was slightly off level when they took the picture at reapercon, so I straightened it up. I named her Chuntao which means 'spring peach'.

      My sister loves Pandas, but I refuse to give her this one, so I'm currently painting up one for her birthday.
    • By Geoff Davis
      This is my diorama entry from Reapercon 2019 "Done and on to the next one".  It received silver in the diorama category and 2nd place Dark Sword Individual Figure.  The two figures are DSM7627 Female Ranger with Bow from Dark Sword Miniatures and 77189 Creature from the Blood Reef (Bones version) from Reaper Miniatures. 
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
       
      My intention with this piece was to show a dynamic interaction between the two figures as compactly as possible and with a clear indication of the action, but with enough uncertainty in the details that the observer can be lead to many different interpretations of the story.  For example, did the creature just miss her with a claw attack, or is he clinging to the rock in dying desperation while she contemptuously uses him as a launch pad?  I went through many challenges with this figure (including crushing her in transport, breaking off her arm, crushing the bow and snapping off her leg at the ankle). 
       
      Some of the detail work I did on this included:
       
      cleaning out the quiver and sculpting new arrows
      re-sculpting her chest and back to be a wool dress (the original figure has a bare stomach and back)
      adding the taught bow string using monofilament fishing line
      changing her bracer so that the buckles are on the side away from the bow string
      carving up and adjusting the creature layer by layer until he fit exactly where I wanted him (this is why I chose the Bones version - I would have found it nearly impossible with a metal figure)
       
      I am very grateful to Brice Cocanour who gave me a lot of advice on how to bring out the best look of the piece by adjusting the colour and value balance.  He was also kind enough to let me use some of his tools and his big container of water effects to fix some of the problems with the base.  Once again, I learned a ton from seeking help from the artists.  I also really appreciate the feedback I got from the judges.  As a first-timer at the MSP Open, I made some newbie mistakes that I will fix for next time, and as a long-time painter, I appreciated being told exactly where things were off so that I could reflect on them for future projects. 
       
      The judges feedback was:  
       
      They liked the tartan, the fabric texture and the colour choice.  Some of the lines on the tartan could be made cleaner.  One way to do this is to do the lines repeatedly with very thin paint.  Small mistakes are then harder to see, but the correct position of the line gets hit repeatedly making the  visual appearance of the lines neater.  Another suggestion was to map out the tartan pattern in light grey first before adding any colour.  Use pure white to make landmarks at the intersection points of the lines which are bright enough to show through the subsequent paint layers.  This helps to make the layout of the pattern more precise and less risky.  Because the pattern is laid out before any colour is added or a lot of work is put into highlights and shading, any mistakes in the layout can be corrected without having to do a lot of repair work.
       
      Overall composition was good with the story being very clear with the construction being very tight and kept to the essentials (no wasted space and unnecessary features).
       
      They liked the overall skin tone and highlight placement to focus attention on her face.  They pointed out where improvements were needed to some of the blends on the skin, specifically on her calf where some of the shadow, dirt and highlight blends are misaligned or too abrupt and not bright enough (her ankle for example needs to be a bit brighter).
       
      The final surface texture of her skin could have been smoother. Suggestions for this included using brush-on sealer to smooth out flaws, paying close attention to cleanliness of the figure (eg large dust particles) and removing them as soon as they are found, then filling the craters and smoothing their edges, and glazing additional layers of the mid-tone to smooth out some of the edges of the blends. 
       
      Clean up the water effects where they meet the base to give a crisper line between the action and the base. 
       
      It was recommended to mount the diorama directly onto the wooden plinth if possible rather than on a gaming base attached to the top of the plinth. 
       
      The judges scores were 3, 3 and 4 for 10/12 (Silver).
    • By korimar
      Cheshire Cat. Combined Darksword Miniatures. Birman Cat Bard head DSM8111 by Dave Summers. Huge Fae Cat body DSM7644 by Patrick Keith.
       
       

    • By Geoff Davis
      Female ranger with a bow from Dark Sword Miniatures.
       

       

       

       

       

       
       
  • Who's Online   23 Members, 2 Anonymous, 125 Guests (See full list)

×