Monday, March 20, 2017

Updated Cave Troll

The more I looked at him, the less I liked his face.  I moved away from my style of painting to trying to make him look like the cave troll in the movie.  Big mistake.  First, he looked surprised not scary.  Not good.  Second, he is supposed to be looking down to his left like he is reaching out to pick up someone.  His eyes were put too far up on his head.  He did not look like he was looking down at all.

So I painted over the face, and redid it in my style, further down on the split ball to make him look like he is looking down and to his left.
Much better.  Scary and looking like he is reaching out to grab an unlucky adventurer.

16 comments:

  1. Yeah, I do like the eyes better. Using yellow instead of white also helped.

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  2. I agree, the color does help. The cave troll in the movie really has very human-like eyes, but for this figure at the level of painting detail that I do (which is pretty low) it just doesn't work. This type of eye, even though it is not realistic looking, I think works better.

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    1. Which is interesting because horses do not have human-looking eyes, yet I think they look better painted with white than with dark colors.

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  3. Yeah, I have been painting some 28mm ape figures from Sgt. major miniatures and Ainsty Castings for a Planet of the Apes convention game I am working on for the fall, and true ape eyes have very little white in them compared to humans, but the figures look a lot better when I paint human eyes on them compared to painting ape eyes on them.

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  4. I love your figures. They inspired me to make my own figures. I sculpt them with Fimo clay. I found in your style a way to sculpt figures quickly and with strong visual identity. Thank you very much :)
    I posted some photos on instagram (https://www.instagram.com/oldschoolminis/).

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  5. Oh wow, Vincente! Those are awesome!!! I really like ... well, frankly, a bunch more than can list. The goblins and that mindflayer rock! I also like the character sculpts, they look fantastic. I really like the paint scheme on the rust monster too. Those are great, post more please, especially the game type shots. I love seeing these guys in their "natural dungeon environment!"

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    1. Thank you for the words of encouragement.
      I'll post more photos soon.

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    2. Although this blog is mainly about using wood for our hobby, Matt and I both agree that your work is very interesting and we would like to extend an offer to post a basic how-to article here, if you like. No pressure, but I think if there are any "tips or tricks" on dealing with FIMO, it would be most welcome. Of course, advertising any places where you have your work is also welcome.

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    3. I would be honored to collaborate with your blog. Your work was responsible for opening my mind and allow me to develop figures quickly and visually pleasing at the game table. As you can see in the photos I have a strong influence from the work presented in your blog. I am not a professional but I could show you the step by step how I manufacture my miniatures and the care I have to take when using FIMO clay.

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    4. I think this would be great if you are willing to share your technique. In my opinion, clay is one of those mediums that is great for hand-crafted miniatures. But, and I am also speaking of myself here, a lot of folks I would bet feel intimidated by it. I think the fear is that since we are used to working with professionally sculpted metal or plastic miniatures, most of us cannot sculpt like that so we concluded that clay was not a viable medium for hand-made miniatures. However, your stuff clearly shows that one can produce very attractive miniatures in a style that does not have to be the ones we are all used to done by professional sculptors. Plus, Dale takes his blog very seriously, so if he is asking you to do a guest spot, he definitely sees the value in your work and contributions to this larger hand-made miniature effort.

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    5. I faced 2 problems when I began to sculpt the miniatures, one of them was talent and the other was time. I spent a lot of time sculpting and I had little time to play. So I researched other alternatives to make my miniatures. I'll make a miniature from scratch, documenting each step with photos and text. When i finish the text i will send the text so you can evaluate, i promise the text will not be too long, so that the reading don't get boring.

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  6. I'm sorry, Vicente, I did not spell your name correctly.

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    1. Yeah, my iPad auto-corrected it, but I caught it. ;)

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