I'm having a lot of fun with this Challenge, ricocheting between different projects and enjoying a wonderful variety of figures. This time I return to the Renaissance, or a perhaps a slightly skewed vision of the Renaissance.
I really liked the pillow as a recoil brake and made sure to give it a nice needlework pattern. I imagine that it's been donated to the cause by one of the town's worthy ladies - a noble sacrifice from her sitting room.
For the groundwork I wanted to try something a little different. I really liked Sidney's cobblestone base which is featured in his latest theme entry. I didn't have anything like that handy, so I made a rather impressionistic version of a cobblestone road by gluing oblong shapes cut from an index card. Once dried I simply painted, drybrushed them up to look like flagstones, and then added some grass between the 'stones' (clipped-up tufts work well for this).
Points? Um, I think the gun is worth 10 and the three crew are 15, so 25 total. Woo Hoo!
Thanks for visiting folks!
Well dude, I was a little disappointed you didn't bother with any zenithal highlighting for the bell, and this lacks source lighting for any fuses or lit cords which might otherwise draw the eye to the depth of substance in the...HAH! Just kidding! This thing is f***ing great! You continue to entertain and inspire all of us with the skill and character in your submissions.
Leaving aside my immature snarkiness with regard to certain advanced painting techniques (which, let's be up front, are way beyond my own skills), the aptitude and appreciation on display here is truly impressive. The "ammunition" load for the cannon ads loads of character to an already interesting little scene, so much so that I think it would be a bummer to see "just" the bell. The brushwork is excellent all around, but that fine pillow really stands out, and really helps set the mood you are describing. And as I have observed before, your groundwork skillz are just getting nuts bro! Those cobblestones look the business. Brings the whole thing together nicely. I can imagine that polearm going straight through one of Peter's commanders as the intrepid crew lights that thing off...
Points-wise, yes, 25 for starters, but you get a few extra for the effort of the "ammunition", the work on that pillow and the base work. Thirty points for you, my friend! Have a great weekend!