So the painting competition came and went (ToMG will be discussed later), and unfortunately I didn't win. But the result has put me in a contemplative mood, I know that I can paint to a good standard, but they lack that punch that grabs peoples attention it seems, and to be honest, I'm stuck.
I entered my Dreadlord, and I was happy with the way it turned out, but when it came down to the vote, the majority of comments went "I like X and the Dreadlord, but I vote X". So I'm sat here wondering what it is that turns people away from my models. Looking again, maybe I could work at the base. I'm trying to go for that defrosting snow look, not a complete snow base, but the Dark Elves coming down from the frozen North of Naggroth into the warmer climate below and I am looking to translate that transition into my base. It can't be too difficult to reproduce, because I like to paint armies, so I need to have an effective but striking scheme without taking up too much time.
Matt. As always is the case, it is well painted, and the base here is the display base for the miniature (it is removable onto a gaming base). It's simple, but frames the miniature well. Is this what I should be going for? I don't paint display models, because I use all my models for gaming, and I don't want to build too vertically, again for gaming (LoS) reasons.
Danny, that gap in the base is a bit distracting from the overall look.