With about a week left until Crystal Brush, I've just about finished the samurai... at least the figure itself. I've still got to paint the shoes and touch up the arrow heads in the quiver, but the figure is essentially finished. The base is another matter. It's been built, but the painting is just beginning. I'm a bit stressed out by how little time there is to finish it, but I'll find some way to get it done to a level I'm happy with. I'm going to save the truly finished photos for after the Crystal Brush, so these will be the last ones I post for another week and a half.
I've also put the finishing touches on the Northumbrian. Like the samurai, I'm saving the final pictures for after the show... but I thought I'd still post something. Here's a look at the figure from the back. You can see the final weathering on the shield (including the scratches added to the metallic parts) and the snow effects on the base.
In other news, I wanted to remind everyone that there is an online voting component for the Crystal Brush. Half the score is decided by the onsite judges and half by online votes over at CoolMiniOrNot. You have to have an account there to vote, but it's free to create one. Voting will take place Saturday, April 2nd (starting around 3 pm central time) and Sunday, April 3rd (ending at noon central time). There should be a lot of amazing figures up in the gallery. Artists like Ben Komets, Kirill Kanaev, Karol Rudyk, Aaron Lovejoy, Jessica Rich, and many others will be submitting entries. Voting is the normal 1-10 scale, so take a look and rate the pieces what you think they deserve.
Finally, for anyone in or near the Southern California area, our local modeling club is putting on a show next month. Come check it out! There are categories for historical as well as sci-fi and fantasy figures. Judging is on the open or merit system, so you're competing against a standard rather than against each other. So even if you're not a pro, your work can still be recognized!