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Well, here's the completed miniature! Please be as brutal as you like.
It may be hard to tell from the pictures, but the gem in his head, the mud on the ground, and the mud on his legs are all gloss finished, while the rest is flat.
Regrets: sloppy GS work; still don't know how to properly shade the body color; "old" armor is remarkably undamaged; NMM on the rifle is weird; pistol is not very distinct.
Things I'm pleased with: the gem in his head (my first); the "oxidizing" washes; the quills and their beads; the mud; the freehand on the bones; the miniature overall.
Well, if I had to be brutally honest, I'd have to agree that the rifle and the pistol don't look all that good. I mean, they're fine, they're painted well, but they do seem a bit dull when compared to the rest of the model.
I do like the mud, though, that seems to have come out well. Plus the quills, they really stand out from the rest of the model.
Just one idea; I know you said it's finished, but could you do what you've done with the bones (a little splash of colour) on the pistol? A 'rune of accuracy' if you will? The Kroot strike me as the kind of people who'd do something like that, and it may help the gun stand out a bit.
Then again, it may just distract people from looking at the rest of the mini. So perhaps it's not the best advice...
Thanks for your honest comments, Deadstar! I really appreciate them. I'm sorry for the huge delay in my response -- it's been a hellish week at work. Now that I have a couple days off, I think I'll be taking your suggestions and doing what I can. I'll try to get some pictures once I've made progress.
Sorry for the short message -- I can only reply on this forum using the computer at work (the forum code doesn't agree with my cell phone), and it's long past time to close down for the night.
Thanks again for your advice!