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Took a shot at the ol OSL. 

 

This model is from my youth that I'd always been afraid to paint because i didn't want to mess it up.  Years later, now I feel like my skills are better and it was worth a shot.  Not only did I take a shot, I did it with a real challenge applied to it.  I was either going to mess it up - or REALLY mess it up.  

 

BATTLE REPORT!

 

Wins:

*  Using the colors red and purple seem very wizardly.  Felt like a strong combo and happy with it.

*  The OSL I did was using a dry brush and sweeping it from the main source and only moving in that direction.  

*  After the initial area had been 'zoned' I went in and brought up the colors further.  I had a difficult time identifying what would be lit or not.

 

Misses:

*  The highlight on the face is way too much.  I wanted a light cast to it, but Iwasn't thinking like sitting in front of the sun.  Help.

*  What colors to use for bringing up a light source?  I was thinking some kind of fire getting cast away.  I went Orange, Yellow, White, but only hitting white up close and fading to deeper colors farther from the source.

*  The shading in the cape and undercape - I didn't do anything but feel it does need something.  Does it look strange without it?

 

If I were to base this one, I'm wondering how I can really knock this light effect out on the base, too.  I may end up just leaving this as is and thinking fondly of it as a first attempt at OSL.  I also think having taken a challenge piece from my childhood and honoring it with something fun to do in my adulthood felt...redeeming.  

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I am by no means an expert with things like OSL and NMM, but I think your shadows have to be deeper.  Was reading up on the technique the other day, and you have to have just as much contrast on the shadow side (the side not being emblazoned by the light) as you have highlights on the light side.  

 

I think it looks great as is! 

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I think they are saying darken the cape. I am also a complete novice at OSL but I think you could go much darker on the back side. When I was trying this, I took a picture of the mini from the veiwpoint of the light source. I then knew that what I could see was what I should highlight. 

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