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Dark Sword Miniatures

Here's a shout out for all the painters and wargamers and miniatures collectors reading this. Dark Sword Miniatures has released its second set of miniatures -- "Wave 1.5" -- in the "George R.R. Martin Masterworks" line, with some great sculpts by Jeff Grace and Tom Meier. Check out the Dark Sword website at http://darkswordminiatures.com/ for a look at some painted versions of the new wildlings and gold cloaks.

And speaking of the minis, I've been meaning to post pictures of some of the winners in the painting contest Dark Sword sponsored earlier this year at GenCon. Sorry to take so long about it, but with Spain and Portugal and worldcon and all the work sense, I lost track. But better late than never.

Here's the first place winner, a double diorama of Melisandre and Cersei back to back.





And here's one of the runners-up, another take on Cersei.



I have been known to paint a miniature or two myself from time to time, but I can't even come close to these. It's amazing what a really good painter can do with a brush.

Anyway, hope you all enjoy the look, whether you're into miniatures or not. I'm going to leave comments open this time... but please, stay on topic.

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be4u
Oct. 26th, 2008 06:51 am (UTC)
Soooooooo beautiful! The details are amazing (in the larger sized photos, of course). 3rd is my favorite, and my birthday is next month. :p
kittykatkatja
Oct. 26th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)
Tom Meier's sculpts simply astound me. Dany with the newborn dragons in the style of Venus on the Half Shell is just fantastic.
escarboucle
Oct. 26th, 2008 07:07 am (UTC)
They really made an awesome job! The winner especially shaded his compositions perfectly, with such details o_o' I'm amazed wow! Congratz to those guys, they deserved it!!
bijili
Oct. 26th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
Her, actually. That was painted by Anne Forrester.

dscotton
Oct. 26th, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)
Those are amazing... if I could paint that well maybe I'd buy more miniatures!
infinite_hiatus
Oct. 26th, 2008 07:52 am (UTC)
UGA beat LSU 52-38! Wooohoo!

Oh, stay on topic. These are cool. Wish I could paint. :-)
unicronq
Oct. 26th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)
Those are amazing. Even more amazing is how well that people paint details on such small miniatures. I wish I could paint that well.
hippoiathanatoi
Oct. 26th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC)
The process of making these tiny, tiny figures is mind-boggling enough, but as unicronq says, then going on to paint yet more detail on to them is just remarkable.

We're apparently going to be getting a pile of miniatures this Christmas, but I've no real idea about how to go about putting them together. Must go hunting for sites that provide tutorials with the assumption that it's your first time.
geek_domestic
Oct. 26th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
My SO and I decided that I should start painting minis ("How hard can it be?" said I) and we got a "Learn to paint minis" kit from Reaper... Comes with 2 minis and a ton of paint to learn on, with general instructions on layering and what not so you get the gist of it. Can be found online at Reaper's store or at your friendly local gaming store.
I had the same problem - zaccur - Oct. 26th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: I had the same problem - somerandomgeek - Oct. 27th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
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alice_the_raven
Oct. 26th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
Absolutely fabulous!
twistedsheets10
Oct. 26th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
Holy God, those are amazing! O_o
anywhere_but_nj
Oct. 26th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
WOW! Those are beautiful and amazing. I love the shields above the women in the first two.
10zlaine
Oct. 26th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
I got my 1.5s - they are really fantastic, and they ship fast.

Thanks for posting these, George!
lostrealist_05
Oct. 26th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
Those are AMAZING.

I paint mini's and I just can't imagine the time it took to make those so detailed.

Wow. Just simply. Wow.
lilithschilde
Oct. 26th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
Wow. These painters are seriously talented. The shadowing and details really bring them to life, and all the extras in the first one...amazing.
theswornsword
Oct. 26th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
They are extraordinarily beautiful. True works of art.

But ummm are my eyes deceiving me or did the fantasy worlds current greatest living author just utter the words, "Here's a shout out ...". This may very well be a sign of the coming apocalypse.
dodgy_mermaid
Oct. 26th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
The paint jobs are gorgeous. I want to point out some flaws in the sculptures, though....

Their legs are way too short. Cersei's head looks big, but that may be an effect of the too-short legs -- which, by my measurement, should be nearly a head-length longer! Both figures' arms seem short, too; Cersei's elbows should be level with her waistline, but they appear to stop too high.

I see that many of Dark Sword's sculpted characters' legs are missing several inches of ankle and calf. "Daenerys with Newborn Dragons", though, looks just about perfect.

I genuinely mean to be helpful, here, rather than hostile. It is just hard for me to ignore anatomy flaws in art.
hippoiathanatoi
Oct. 27th, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)
You're wrong about this one. The mid-way point on the bodies of the majority of people is roughly around or just below the crotch, and if you measure Cersei that way, it's just fine. Her head may seem large, but that's because it's piled with hair.

Tom Meier addresses these misconceptions concerning the anatomy of female legs at this post at his blog; there are several other posts on the topic of proportions and anatomy including, I believe, a post last year also discussing women's legs.

Tom's actually one of the most exacting sculptors in the business when it comes to trying to fit realistic proportions in a medium that encourages exaggeration. :)
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