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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Alice in a Steampunk Wonderland..


Well the repairs are done.. the paint has dried.. and Alice now sits behind an inch of plexiglass on a shelf made for showcase models. Too bad she is alone among the riff raff that sits there currently.

I really had a lot of fun with this model, and played around with a lot of different things on it. I have tried the light vs dark contrast, the color contrasts, and the temperature contrasts.. Lots of new ways in which to think about painting, and how to apply those colors and paints to the models.

Also there was the scene itself. The thought process was simple for it, but hard to execute actually. Cause I really wanted the scene to have the floating bricks, but also to have the steampunk vibe for it.

Originally the socket was more just 2 levels of a cobblestone walkway.. with stonework between it, and the floating bricks off to one side.. but my ability to sculpt stonework failed, and that was quickly dismissed. But then I was rummaging through my bits box, and found some pipes and cylinders.. and the gears in my mind went into overdrive. Plus seeing the original box art over at Guild of Harmony helped push me there. What with they standing on mini tables and platforms. So I used that as a springboard for the top level here. A single pillar to hole up the base, and by which I could begin to spread them out!


The biggest piece of help to make this project work though was the Super Glue Accelerator from Pk-Pro! Without it, I do not think I would have had the patience to make the bricks work as they did for the top level. Applied a bit of accelerator on one piece, and super glue on the other.. and BAM! instant hold! Really made this project come together.

From here, it was just basics from MV Beginners workshop on added sand, dirt, twigs, blah blah to the base, and priming it. Took some of Ben's work from his basing video off of Miniature Mentor for the bricks ( though did NOT achieve the same effect unfortunately.. ), and I was more or less finished.

When it came to Alice, I can only give credit where credit is due. Brushbrothers forums, and their members. Sleipnir, Nathelis, Denny Crane, Serafin, and Zab who have been following it from the beginning and providing some insights on where to fix, what to update, and where to add more colors. I really believe that without their constant feedback, nagging, and pestering.. this project would not have been as awesome as it turned out to be!








There are still a few pieces on the socket that I wish I could have done better with.. such as the foliage aspects. But the pieces I wanted to use are stuck in Berlin at the moment.

No biggie really. As Alice came out the best out of all the miniatures I have painted. And the blue on her dress was the most I have ever spent on a single aspect of a model! Ever! More so considering how tiny the model is, and how detailed it is also.

So it is finished, and now the contest continues. Voting for the contest will occur soon enough, and I have high hopes that it will do well. Will see though of course!

Still working on how to take better photos of the model however, so that I can really show off the colors and work done on it. And then will post it up to P&P site and see what the community says about it!

Don't forget that you can win some cool miniatures due to my hitting some arbitrary number of views! Check out this post, and sign up to win!

22 comments:

  1. Very nice :) so much to look at, it's a very entertaining piece

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    1. Thanks LF.. trying to take my painting up a notch... think it worked? :)

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  2. Thanks for the closeups of the rabbit-he's wonderful. The choice of colour and highlighting on the bricks is perfect. You have mixed the "technological" aspects of punk with the whimsy of the storybook to great effect.

    Here's wishing you the best in the contest!

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    1. Cheers Anne.. some do, and some don't like the coloring of the bricks. But it captures the environment I was aiming for, so win for me there!

      Rabbit came out nicer than I thought though, and again have to thank Arne for helping me add some color into the shadows.

      Fingers crossed I do well in the contest also!

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  3. Nice! Due to a miscount of my stock levels, I gave all of my Alices away (this one too)- I thought I had four, but I only had three :D

    Glad you enjoyed painting it - really turned out well!

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    1. Thanks PB! I count it as then extra special if it were your last one! Amd really happy with what I learned from it, and what I could take away from learning things from your main painter Ben! Can't wait until I finish up the videos and begin work on the PB Season 1.1 set!

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  4. Turned out really good. Love the rabbit!
    For me the cobblestones could've been a bit darker and perhaps desatuated to get a more dark steampunkish atmosphere, but that's a thing of taste I think. It fits all pretty good together, the apron also doesn't shine too much in combination with the base.

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    1. Thanks Paradox0n.. the bricks is a hit or miss item on this dio.. some people love it.. some can think of 1000000 ways to improve or change it.. If anything, then it means that it is a conversation piece and I achieved another goal on it! Makes people think more about the other ways it can be done means I did something right.. right? :)

      Thanks as always for the comments though! Much appreciated!

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  5. Hola
    EXCELENTE MAGNIFICA
    y después de ver el accidente ni se nota
    my enano dice que le gusta mucho el conejo y el terreno,muy de cómic
    un saludo

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    1. Gracias JD
      Me alegro de que te guste, y se puede ver después del accidente! Es mi primer paso en algunas piezas reales, y yo estoy enganchado! Esperar a ver más en entre otras comisiones!
      Gracias como siempre por los comentarios!
      ¡Salud!

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  6. Well... that's... a w e s o m e

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  7. I love it, normally fantasy is not my cup of tea but this is superb. The brickwork really sets the whole composition off. It is extremely characterful and looks very realistic.

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    1. Thanks Andrew! Wasn't going for realistic, but will take it! :D
      Glad you like it also. Not sure if it fully falls under fantasy though.. kinda a Fantasy meets steampunk sort of setting.. Thanks for the comments!

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  8. I love how the brick and her dress pull everything together. Top notch stuff!

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    1. Thanks Zab.. and thanks again for the advice and comments throughout the project! Really helped me to get through it to the end!

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  9. Ohh man Lee you are getting really extraordinary! Congrats!

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    1. Coming from you Brovatar.. that is a huge compliment! Considering how great your work is over at Den of Imagination! Let's hope I can keep it up in the future!

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  10. Me gusta mucho mucho los colores escogidos y la base. Yo voy a guiarme por la tuya para hacer la mia :)
    Enhorabuena ;)

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    1. ¡Gracias!
      Me alegro de que te guste el color, y me encantaría ver cómo influye en que usted trabaja! Eso es un gran cumplido para escuchar!
      ¡Salud!

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