Earlier this year I participated in the 5th Dimension's online contest and, as one of the prizes, received the figure Arthur from Figone. It's 1/35 scale but, since it represents a child, he's only about 40mm tall. I might bring this along to the Crystal Brush competition and enter it into the Fantasy Single category. Normally 1/35 scale figures wouldn't be eligible, but figures sized 40mm or less should work. Last year's 2nd place winner was 1/35 scale dwarf from Heroes and Villains, so if that was let in this one should be too.
I wanted to add a bit more detail to the figure, so I used a few of the pieces from Etch-Masters. The shield on his back and belt around his shoulder both etched brass. That should give me another good place to add some freehand work. I also switched out the sword blade. The original one looked proportional to the figure. But I wanted something bigger, so it really looked like a child holding an adult's sword.
As a child the face was a bit of a challenge. I wanted to keep a lot of the details soft so he would have a youthful look. Too many dark lines and the figure will look old. The same goes for female figure, you want to downplay a lot of the details. I still need to make some adjustments. I'm not happy with one side of the mouth, but it's getting there. The clothing is pretty far along. I wanted a little more visual interest, so I put a checkerboard pattern on the pants. I'm considering adding an emblem to his chest, but with the belt in the way I'm not sure. Once I do the shield I'll make a decision about his chest.