Let me be clear that the painted mini pic I am showing is NOT MY WORK! It belongs to a very adept, patient, detailed, and talented painter whom I personally know; this is a custom mini that was completed for a Blood Bowl Tournament "Bash'N'Dash Classic" in Raleigh North Carolina about a year ago. You can 'clic the painted pic' below which will take you to his site (which I highly encourage), and be prepared to be inspired by some of his work you will find over there, as it is very well done! I can honestly say that he certainly is an inspiration to me!
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Here is the mini 'static' or unpainted:
Here is Chris's vision of what Kilmora the Deft should look like... Awesome!
Here are her character stats in case any of you want to add her to your dwarf team, just keep in mind that you will have to work her into your house-rules as she is not LRB CR 6.0 approved:
I might add that Chris is not the only painter in my league that inspires me! Our "Commissioner Rick" is an amazing painter as well, and he just recently returned home from a tournament with a "best painted" trophy (no surprise), and I would love to see him blog his work up as well as he has a lot to offer! It would be something if these two were it! Jay is another who does nice work... and there are yet others still who are very adept!
I am quite sure that many of you know someone who is very talented in this vein of mini painting, and love seeing their latest piece. Next time you get together with them, ask if they won't share a little technique they use, and then try it out to see if it will improve your own work... you might be surprised what they have to share! :D
I know for myself it has been very rewarding growing with the hobby of mini-painting, and am glad that I can now do it professionally (on top of everything else I do!) It is always fun when I am learning new techniques and connecting with other people through it... I hope you don't mind me showcasing you Chris!