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Bourbon Street Sophie
Manufacturer: Reaper
Category: Fantasy

by Wren

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Bourbon Street Sophie

Bourbon Street Sophie

I painted this figure to enter in the Masters category at ReaperCon 2008. This is the category for Reaper's professional painters, and for those who win Best in Show in the general categories, which I had done in 2007. I had a lot of trouble deciding what to paint, which didn't leave much much time for the actual painting, but once I got started I became very committed to trying to push my painting to its limits. I was very pleased when this won third place amid a field of painters I've long admired. The timing worked out such that I was also able to enter it in the newly-revived Chick Challenge 2008, where the Popular Jury voted it second in the Fantasy category, which was filled with wonderful pieces. My thanks to the people who voted for this piece in both contests, the awards mean a lot to me!

This is an LE Sophie from ReaperCon 2006, and is probably my favourite Sophie sculpt to date. She has such a lovely face, and I really like the fancy dress. Gaslight New Orleans and Mardi Gras are rich subjects, so I decided to paint her as she was sculpted, amid Mardi Gras revelries. I have three of these, but I had a little dremel incident during prepping that mangled the bodice trim and Sophie's nose, so I had to crack open the second of them (cursing myself all the while as the blister goes for a fair bit on Ebay) and start over. I'm hoping I'll think of a cool conversion for the damaged one some time.

In terms of technique, I painted this in a similar way to the way I painted my Vampiress, but I wanted a result that had brighter light, more colours and a more festive mood, which added to the challenge. I'm really happy with the way Sophie and the light turned out, but as goofy as it sounds in some ways the lamp post is my favourite part. :->

These pictures were taken on a gray background and are pretty accurate to the colours. I also took photos on a black background that look more atmospheric.

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Viewer comments:
#286983 Rating: 10 13 Mar 2009
I love the model, the base and everything. Superb painting very charismatic really well done
#264652 Rating: 10 14 Jul 2008
Wow, that is simply wonderful!!! Fantastic job at the highlighting and the osl effect, very convincing. Superb smooth and clean paintjob too. Congrats
#264391 Rating: 10 11 Jul 2008
Beautiful miniature, Wren! Very atmospheric.

#264044 Rating: 10 7 Jul 2008
Perfect....absolutely 10...Thx
#264040 Rating: 10 7 Jul 2008
Must have been tough on this year's CC Jury to vote this Mini 2nd place. Keep on paintin'.






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