Saturday, November 10, 2012

Abra Kadabra!

Hello everyone, I know it was a long time in between posts and all of a sudden I have 2 within a day of each other! Unfortunately that's just how life rolls the D6 sometimes. I am going to try and be more consistent with at least one post a week in the future.

Today I finished up the last part of a commission, this wizard. He will be joining the Santa Dwarf and the Warrior Priest for I believe a game of D&D or maybe Pathfinder. I was given a picture of a beautifully painted version of the model and asked to use it as a guide (seen below). The color choices were the main things I were to follow, none of the freehand since this wasn't a display level commission.

I changed a few things such as the scabbard and simplified his beard, but it was pretty fun (and sometimes frustrating) painting all of those bright, almost pastel like colors. I tend to lean towards the more muted side of the pallet. The client also did not like the bird skull on the staff and asked me to replace it with something. I sculpted a basic crystal, although I did not have any brown stuff and wasn't having much luck at getting hard edges out of the green stuff. It is more of a crystal shaped blob that I then painted to appear more hard edged. I am pretty happy with it considering. I also apparently gave him a mustache (movember?) and I also tried my hand and eyebrows which I normally do not do. Enigma miniatures are fun to paint since they tend to lean towards more realistic scuplts but they can also be frustrating since the detail is usually so flat. It is sometimes had to figure out what something is if you don't have a reference picture to follow. I know I ran into this problem with the Enigma Woodelf.

What do you think, did I do a good job of copying the original considering this was a basic level commission? Since it is for D&D I thought it would be funny to include a little 4th wall breaking...

I can just imagine the wizard casting his spell, "I cast my level 5 spell of enchantment! Come on double sixes!"

As always be sure to vote for him on CMoN.

Tyler M.

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