“Duchess Death” was created for the Crystal Brush 2011 Awards at Adepticon in Chicago, where it took 2nd place overall.
The conversion is based on a GW wood elf steed, parts from two Femme Militant miniatures, a classic GW horse skull from the Skeleton Horde box from around 1990, clock-work parts and a lot of modelling putty. For display base I balanced the model on a black sphere to emphasize the dynamic movement of the centaur.
You can see most of both the building and painting process in the project documentation on my website: http://www.jrn-works.dk/crystalBrush/duchessdeath.php
And you can see a video (about 4 MB ) showing the model wobbeling about here:
I used a kind of mixed-media approach to planning the process. First I cut the main bits and assembled them with blue-tack. The conversion mock-up was then photographed, and edited into a greyscale print which I used to plan the look of the model. So basically, I painted over the black and white image and added details, corrected curves and shapes, and worked on the overall colour scheme. From this I started modelling and building the centaur. Painting the model I tried to follow the plan in my sketch, but had to add a few thing - mainly the ghostly white hair and the free-hand design painted onto the right hind leg.
I am extremely proud of the result and was just as thrilled when I learned that model placed 2nd in the competition, which had lots of really great entries. And btw "Congratulations!" to Marike Reimer who took the grand price in the competition: I picked her model as my own favorite in the cabinet. A very worthy winner!
Thanks for comments, votes, and also to those who followed the creation process on my website.