I recently finished Barin the Protector from Hera Models. He is a great dwarf, less grim and aggressive than your average mini and a lot of fun to paint.
This project took longer than any I’ve done, but I enjoyed it the whole way. There were a lot of different surfaces to challenge me, and I just love the subject.
This was actually my first ever 75mm figure. It was interesting for me, who have painted 28 & 54mm figures, as well as 1/10-1/16 busts. Elements like the face and hands felt almost bust-like, but I did have to simplify my approach somewhat. I’m very happy that Barin is big enough that my wife doesn’t ask me if it’s an ‘ogre’!
The complex metal shapes took a long time, and I made a ton of changes to the bronze as I worked. Still, the practice was valuable.
I loved the little cat friend. A wonderful particularizing detail that invites interpretation. To me the cat elevates the sculpt and humanizes the character.
I modeled her after my own beautiful, faithful, and very silly Cora. Cora likes to sit on my shoulder while I paint!
I have a tendency to leave the backs of my models very dark, and I wanted to put enough light back there on this one to showcase the details. The red striped pants are a sort of Easter egg to reward a view of the back.
I’m really happy with this model. I tried new things, learned a good bit, and had a ton of fun despite a lengthy process. I’m also fond of and proud of the finished product. I can’t wait to get into some more 75mm figures… and more dwarves!
Let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Hope you enjoyed taking a look at this bearded bopper!