Well, I did say JMHO. Still, I think it looks more like blue-tinted chrome rather than chrome that is reflecting the sky. Maybe its because I feel like its a little too blue in spots that should be getting minimal exposure to the sky? I can't pin exactly which parts, but some on the right leg are bugging me. I can't believe I didn't mention the freehand though, you're quite right, its first rate! How about a tutorial?
I have to disagree with KatieG on the reflectivity of metal. Chrome will reflect very highly and even though it wasn't around in medievil times who's to say that in fantasy terms there isnt an equivilent process. One thing that hasn't been discussed is the quailty of the Freehand on the shield. Just by looking at it and analysing the way it's been done has given me a far better insight into how to improve my own. Thanks again James.
This is a beautiful piece and far better than I could do, but it's a little too blue. Shiny metal won't reflect the blue sky THAT much, I feel like it should be more white than blue at the higher points. JMHO of course.