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What do you think? After looking over the discussion over on TWF I have to agree with a lot of their comments. It's not really Slayer Sword worthy. It's good, real good, but something about it just doesn't scream Slayer Sword to me. What about you lot?
Yeah, I have to agree with you on that. I can't knock the figure as far as skillful paint job (it's a good leap better than I can do), but I like to expect more from a slayer sword winner.
When I see a slayer sword winner, I generally want to be in complete awe of the talent, skill, and dedication it took to pull it off. I want to stare at it for an hour and wonder how different areas of the figure were done. I want a slayer sword winner to make me realize that I'm not as good as I thought I was, but I also want it to inspire me to try to do better.
This one just kinda makes me shrug my shoulders and think, "Not bad, but must have been a slow day at the golden demon." It just looks cartoony to me. Like if I saw ol' Trogdor Necksnappa (as much as the name gives me a warm n' fuzzy, it's kinda disappointing as far as creativity) running toward me on a battlefield, I would have a moment's indecision as to whether I should be laughing or running away.
So yes, I agree - a really well painted figure, but not slayer sword good in my opinion.
I agree, I do not think that is Slayer Sword quality, as I have seen some of the paiters around here do better. Eh, maybe it was just they were tired and played the 'The first one to fall off the table wins' game.
It definitely has a distinct style. Personally I think it is worthy of a sword. He won last year too didn't he? I think that is what sets him apart - his unique style.
Now as to wether that model should have won vs. other models... haven't seen the other winners yet so i really can't relate to that aspect yet. On the surface though I think it fits a sword winning entry.
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Heh, I like it. You don't usually see a blue goblin like that.
Kudos to him.
That ain't no goblin!
It's a troll!
A stone troll to be precise. A very good stone troll, actually. Well I would expect that considering it won the Slayer Sword, but like several of the posters it just doesn't 'pop' for me. I expect to look at a slayer sword winner with my jaw dropped to the floor in awe, but with this I just look at it and say 'oh, that's good'. I want to drop my jaw, dammit!
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While I can't come anywhere near the talent level needed to paint that figure I must say, something about it just seems off...
I don't know what it is, maybe it's the picture, maybe it's the style, maybe it's my eyes (or fragile brain) going, but it just seems... off. It's very well painted, no doubt about it, but I just don't have that feeling of "HOLY COW!" that I have had when looking at other models. I think it just seems too bright\cartoony\something I can't quite put my finger on, for me.
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I would really like to see the "competition" before saying it doesn't deserve the Sword.
It is really well done, and looks on par with the painting I have seen on other Sword winners, but whether a different model deserved it more really needs to be seen before saying this one didn't.
Originally Posted by Montford981
Well, I'm no expert either, and I gotta admit this model clearly shows the painter's skill and patience. He clearly knows what he's doing.
I'm with you guys, though... something is wrong. If I had to take a wild, totally humble stab at it, I'd say the problem is it's too neat. This is a bloodthirsty monster using implements that are, well, let's just say not up to operating-room standards, and yet they look VERY clean. Plenty of digs and scratches, but no real sign of wear, no rust, grime, blood, nothing.
Also, for a guy who runs around barefoot, his feet look awfully clean. No sign of dust, mud, nothing. His body also looks WAY too clean for something that I'm guessing doesn't sleep at the Ritz. In short, he looks like he just got outta the shower. Even his little buddy doesn't look the worse for wear. Even the severed head looks impossibly clean. No gore? Rot? Chalky, pallid skin? Aruh?