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I love it!

The Mites? Are awesome opponents.

Well painted.

 

I do agree there could be more on the floor maybe?

Some rubble? A skull or some bugs maybe?

A puddle of something?

 

You know small stuff to break it up and look even more interesting.

But I love it!

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I really like the paintjob, but there's no real focus point for me.

 

A backdrop or wall would have been a good idea so the figures could stand out against it. The diorama really suffers from its ... let's say "borderless design".

 

But then again - that's just my opinion and feeling.
 

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This is really adorable! You do wonders with the mouselings!

I have to admit, I didn't see the cheese as cheese at first. A non-metallic bright yellow I think would get the idea across better, and make the cheesiness more obvious.

 

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6 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:I love it!

The Mites? Are awesome opponents.

Well painted.

 

I do agree there could be more on the floor maybe?

Some rubble? A skull or some bugs maybe?

A puddle of something?

 

You know small stuff to break it up and look even more interesting.

But I love it!

 

Thanks! The gremlins/mites were the perfect size to go up against the Mouslings and like the Mouslings, fun figures to paint. Yeah, it definitely needs more stuff. I think I hit a block when figuring out the scene and so it feels unfinished. I probably should have set it aside but I wanted a new Mousling entry.

 

6 hours ago, SisterMaryNapalm said:

I really like the paintjob, but there's no real focus point for me.

 

A backdrop or wall would have been a good idea so the figures could stand out against it. The diorama really suffers from its ... let's say "borderless design".

 

But then again - that's just my opinion and feeling.
 

 

Thanks for the feedback! The Mousling approaching the cheese was supposed to be the focal point but it didn’t work as well as I thought. Your thoughts on the backdrop/wall mirror mine and I wish I gone ahead and done it. I think it would have sold the story more.

 

6 hours ago, Cyradis said:

This is really adorable! You do wonders with the mouselings!

I have to admit, I didn't see the cheese as cheese at first. A non-metallic bright yellow I think would get the idea across better, and make the cheesiness more obvious.

 

 

Thank you! Changing the color of the cheese is a good idea. I thought of it but stuck with the gold to convey treasure rather than actual cheese. But changing the color would have helped it stand out and also help with the focal point issue. 

 

6 hours ago, Darcstaar said:

Great work.  I love the color you picked for the Gremlins.  They are very Ratty.

 

Thanks! I went with grey because I wanted them to dungeon dwellers and thought grey would be like natural camouflage.

 

3 hours ago, Lostraven said:

Very nicely painted.

 

Thank you!

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14 hours ago, ShantyShakin said:

It's lovely! So adorable, and beautifully painted!

 

Thank you!

 

13 hours ago, Heisler said:

I think it would have been much better on a smaller base with less elements and a bit of backdrop. 

 

Thank you for the feedback.

 

7 hours ago, Rigel said:

Delightful! Those gremlins are perfect opponents and I love both the wizard's orb and the fighter's acorn-cap shield.

 

Thanks! The fighter is one of my favorite Mouslings due to the shield, its a fun detail.

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It’s pretty common to find a base that’s cool and we want to use it and allow the base to determine the scene. Instead we should be composing the scene and building the base to fit the scene.

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1 hour ago, Heisler said:

It’s pretty common to find a base that’s cool and we want to use it and allow the base to determine the scene. Instead we should be composing the scene and building the base to fit the scene.

 

I think that was exactly what happened to me. I had a hard time finding the right piece of wood to use and when I found this one, I thought it was perfect but when I started staging everything, it was not quite right. I should have found an alternate then but I forced myself to use this one which meant forcing the scene to fit the base. I also was not 100% happy with how painting the floor went so it all brought down my enthusiasm for the piece and it started to feel like a chore to finish. I have been discovering that if I am not enjoying working on something, I need to stop and try something different with it. 

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Your shading and highlighting on each little mouse is perfect! As someone who also enjoys painting the mouselings, I know how tiny they are! The orb looks great and  even the tiny frog! Very cute and beautifully painted!

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It really is a WONDERFULLY imaginative & SPLENDIDLY crafted/painted piece. The Mice & Imps are fine, contrasting opponents. VERY WELL DONE!

As far as doing more with it, you can always go back & add little touches to the piece, being careful not to over do it. Revisiting a vignette is one of my favorite activities.

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