I’ve finished the great little bust from Lukáš Žaba. Lukáš developed an original concept of the character, Bragg the Broken, an impoverished dwarven king. I thought this was a great idea and let it guide some of my painting decisions, so I’m keeping the name in recognition of the influence I felt.
And here he is! I’m really happy with how he turned out. Plenty to improve upon next time, but I managed to convey what I was trying to with my brushes. I really enjoyed all the strange little ceremonial knick knacks he was wearing.
Since I feel that true metallic paints on minis basically imply that you’re mimicking shine & finish, I added gloss medium to the green & red stones and Bragg’s eyes. I like how the different surfaces contrast with one another.
I also took this project as a reason to finally start a Putty & Paint account. I long ago stopped posting most of my efforts to CMoN’s gallery, but I’m attracted to Putty & Paint’s scoring system. Should be a nice way to show off my projects and my progress. You can check out my first post here. Er… you might recognize the photos!
Photography was the primary reason I have resisted signing up for P&P. I just can’t seem to master the art of miniature photography. I’m going to try to improve in that regard (not that I haven’t tried already), and perhaps placing my miniatures alongside the work of the best painters and sculptors in the hobby/industry will encourage me to step up my game.
If you’re interested in the sculpture (and painting) of Lukáš Žaba, have a look at his website. He has a beautiful range of busts and full figure sculptures expressing his distinctive aesthetic. I found this model very enjoyable to paint and would love to paint more of Žaba’s sculptures in the future.