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I've really been going after these dioramas.  I'm seriously enjoying the change of pace going from the painting to the working of a landscape.  There's still so much I'm learning on color, scenery, and flock, but it's definitely coming along.

 

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I thought the pebbles were kind of fun like some kind of jewels, but it didn't hit like I wanted, so I then went and added some GreenStuff jewels among them to give the impression it's mixed precious stones.  Either way, the point of little Rocky hoarding and scheming I think comes across fine. 

 

Where I may have gone a little overboard was the chipping of the stones.  I think leaving the pillars chipped would have been better and leaving the scaled walls untouched.  It's just hard because as I worked it, I just felt it was needing something else.

 

There's a local contest that I've been dropping my minis into and it's killing me because I'm getting beat every time by warhammer models.  I keep trying to bring in something different that will make others go, "Oh, that's different."  Even if I don't win, Isuppose that's not the point of me doing them.  The point is to keep trying and using this contest as a motivator to do more.  With most of the other models just being based on a 1 to 3" base, these big boys that I've been doing are sure to catch more eyes than the usual smaller ones I've submitted before.  

 

Here's to hoping it wins in August or Sept.

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Love Rocky's color! (he does a great purple and the gold is a nice counterpoint)  I might have added some spread with copper coins or gold to spread the pile out a little bit or create some type of nest to give his location a purpose but both the miniature and the diorama look really great!

 

If you cant tell, the Rockies are one of my favorite dragon sculpts out there, they are so expressive and the multiple poses make them very dynamic)

 

Great Job!  good luck competing against the Warhammer crew!

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Good job!  Don't worry about loosing a contest.  You'll get it.

 

A lot of times it's hard to stop at chipping away rocks or carving more and more cracks in a stone wall 🙂  To me it looked all natural.  I'm only commenting on this because I read your description.  I think in this case, it's just the type of rock this mountain top is made of so that big chunks are being washed away by the wind and the rain.

If you want to make rocks more interesting, add more color to them.  Natural rocks are not just shades of grey.  For example, you can give them some mold by adding yellow or green paint.  What I do is a base coat of some grey then a nice wash.  As the wash is still wet, give it some yellow and green so that it blends with the wash.  Don't blend, it just kind of drop it in places.  Then when it's all dry, do the regular dry brush with greys and lighter greys.  It will add more character to the stone. 

 

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@Zloyduhfunny you said that.  I wanted to add more color, but much like the rock chipping, i thought it was going to be too much.  Might go back to a couple touch up areas with that in mind.  Less is better.  That's what I'll have to keep telling myself. 

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@Zloyduhfunny you said that.  I wanted to add more color, but much like the rock chipping, i thought it was going to be too much.  Might go back to a couple touch up areas with that in mind.  Less is better.  That's what I'll have to keep telling myself. 

 

Hey man, it's your piece, so it really should be the way you see it.  Just a little bit of color, I think, would make the whole scene more alive.  Just a personal opinion 🙂

By the way, what are they made of?  The pink foam from Home Depot?

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