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    I found an hour to work on my gnome's boots & gloves, and I lightened up the vest a bit in a few places. Hopefully the contrasts look a bit improved.
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    I still need to plan a base for this guy. Presently I'm thinking something dungeon-y. Suggestions?

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    I have something cool planned for this... I hope I can pull it off!
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    A snowy dungeon base might be nice. Gloves looking good. I am going to blatantly plagiarise the rosy cheeks idea.

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    I was working on some of the gear on my gnome tonight, trying to emphasize the contrasts:
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    The bedroll and the green bag seem to look ok...
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    But I could definitely highlight the bag further. However, I don't want the color, which is far more yellow than the rest of the model, to stand out too much. I may try to throw on the same pale blue that I've used on the vest as a highlight on the bag to see if I can integrate it a bit more into the overall look of the piece.
    I am going to have to tackle the leather and metals soon, both of which I hope I can improve upon from previous work.

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    Little by little...
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    Anybody know how to highlight an enormous mustache?

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    I think I'm finished painting this guy. I decided very late to make him a bit older, so I changed the color of his terrific mustache. I was afraid that it looked too much like he was dying it black!

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    ​For some reason he looks like he should be creeping through an urban environment, so I'm going to build him a little street as a base.
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    Here is the base in its early stages. I decided not to include any windows (I don't have much room for a door), thinking it would make the atmosphere a little more claustrophobic. To the same end, he'll be pretty close to both the wall and the edge of the 1" block. The roof height isn't to scale for a human, suggesting this is a gnome or dwarf village. It's too tidy for goblins! I've included some shots with the mini for scale.
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    Good call on the moustache - it changes the feel of the mini and I think it gives him more character. The base is going to look pretty cool judging by your progress so far.

    Nice job all round.
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    Thanks, ArchArad. I agree that it gives the figure a more interesting character. It also makes him look less sinister, which I prefer for this guy.
    I think I have the base more or less built. I added cornerstones to the house, glued down some authentic dirt from the yard, and put shingles on the roof.
    I'm pretty happy with the results, and very happy to be nearing the end of this little project. For whatever reason, it seems like every time I want to paint a figure, it ends up taking three or four weeks... It's fun, though, and I think I'm learning from each one, so I'm ok with it.

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    Here's a overhead view.
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    Here's the base primed & ready to go. I primed it in black, dry brushed it in white, and then washed it in thinned-down brown Reaper liner paint.
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    Base painted and awaiting a gnome! Hopefully I'll have everything put together tomorrow.
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    I think I'm finally done with my Red Box gnome. The base was a lot of fun to build and I'm happy with the results.
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    I'd appreciate any feedback you have.

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    This really turned out nice. Great job on the small mini.

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    The base and the mini tell a great story together.
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    Yes, tells a story. Very well done.
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    Thank you for asking but I don't do commissions.

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    Great little mini and wonderful storytelling skills

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    Thanks a lot, guys. Each time I get a response from you all, it makes me eager to work a bit more!

    I put some pictures in my gallery, but I still just can't seem to get really nice shots. ugh... I'm looking to find a friend who could help me, though.
    Honestly, I am more interested in showing my work here on my WIP, and I'm just sort of 'playing ball' with my gallery.

    Thanks again for your time. It really is an honor to get feedback from painters from whom I have so much I can learn. I hope you look back again when I have something new!

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    I think this early Red Box goblin boneback will be my next project. I found it on the shelf of a local store, but it can no longer be purchased on the website. At the same time I also got a funny little shaman named 'Crowbiter' that is too big for the scale of the RBG goblins available now. Though the figure has some cool features (wonderful fleshy volumes, dynamic pose), it is also a bit of a hassle to paint: the left eye is almost impossible to reach and some of the musculature is poorly executed (especially on the left calf). Though it's clearly his work, I think Tre Manor has become a much more effective sculptor since this model was released.
    One reason I'm painting this figure is that I want to see if I can finish it a bit more quickly than my current 4-5 week average. I have begun to establish some unsaturated blues in the shadows of this guy, just trying out a palette for the skin tones. I'm quite willing to take risks on this, so I'm open to any suggestions you care to offer.

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    At some point I will paint something other than Red Box figures, but I have to admit, I own a lot of them. It might be a while...

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