Tael -ok, got you now and thanks for noticing. Yes, it does give it that layered armour look and glad to hear that I am on the right track with the detail instead of repair routine.
mangozac -cheers mate, appreciated. Logical step- maybe. I think it's something to throw into the mix and that's what I will try next, a hybrid of the styles and that's what you are suggesting with some highlighting. The reason I didnt do that this time was from a time-investment standpoint. If I couldn't make the look work then I would have ruined a nicely highlighted crisis suit.
So yes, that's the next step from this but won't be the next mini I show, that's more of a standard look. So maybe after that? Complainers - I would like to think of them more as well intentioned critics than "complainers" and oddly enough, ATT is the best/worst place for it. I think it's coming down to people trying hard. Perhaps a little too hard, so they are looking for things to say rather than what needs to be said if that makes sense?
As a word of friendly advice and I mean it, I would suggest that people ask questions
instead of offering their personal opinions. I mean, our personal opinions are very important to that special someone in our lives
but perhaps not so to others right? So when I am looking at some one's work and if I think something doesn't look right, I ask a question rather than say that I think it's not right. I mean, that's win/win. Chance for me to learn something and decreases my chances of looking like I have no idea!
That way I am gathering more information from the source -whom is always right as the owner/artist- to be better informed before coming to a decision rather than making a decision that's based only on what I am looking at and perhaps my limited sphere of experience. There's just so much out there that I both don't know about and don't understand yet, best to ask and learn than show people how much I don't know yet. It's a fundamental and very important difference.
By way of quick example, somebody mentioned that the brass rod is out of place. Which is fine, it is! But if they asked, "Why did you choose to leave the brass rod as is?" I would have replied with, "To be obviously not part of the scene due to it being a different metallic finish. I liked the contrast and thought it was part of the overall theme which is not the GW way
. You see, I often find it amusing that clear acrylic rods are fine to be used as flying stands and left unpainted even though they stand out a great deal. If any other medium is used, it's most often undercoated black. An odd kind of decided pattern. So along with the anti-highlights, this is an anti
-flight stand." There you go, it's a much, much more interesting dialogue and it helps to bring life and understanding to a particular miniature and also lets you in on the thought process of the artist whom made it. I find that much more interesting and entertaining than reading a bunch of personal opinions if you know what I mean? They are all fine, but in a thread like this, it;s the owner/artist whose personal opinions are on stage and they have earned our right to be heard by both creating something and sharing it with us. Sorry that it happens to be myself in this case, I truly think that we should extend that to anyone and everyone whom shared something interesting with us.
El'Myen -sure, a cadre like this might help the look to be more accessible if there were many versions of it. I would knock it down to around 50% to 80% max across the range. Pehraps beat up your commanders a little more and perhaps give them trophies. Would look good on a Farsight Enclave themed cadre. It's not that much more work that carefully doing all the highlights. It's just know-how and patience.
Thanks again for the comments.