Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Nocturna Models Akelarre Enchanment [Completed]; a proxy for Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons

It has been an extremely long time, roughly more than a year since I started this Game of Thrones Daenerys Targaryen proxy project using the 70 mm Nocturna Models Akelarre Enchantment resin figurine. Although the miniature in no way resembled the popular character in George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire epic fantasy novel series, I had set out to at least capture the spirit of Daenerys in the Akelarre Enchantment figurine. This project is arguably a miniature conversion (I'm well aware most don't consider it a conversion unless parts of the miniature have been physically altered) in the sense that its original paint job has been modified to resemble the subject matter, a proxy if you will.  

Akelarre Enchantment, used here as a proxy for Daenerys Targaryen and her dragon Rhaegal
Scale of the 70 mm Nocturna Models resin miniature as compared with a paperclip and 5 Malaysian sen

Having a predominantly light pastel colour scheme is key to allowing a casual observer's focus to fall on both her face and the young dragon on her arm. This required very subtle blending of the shadows and highlights of her dress as is most noticeable on her light turquoise dress/head gear and light pink pants. When contrasted against her face/skin tone and the young dragon, the light pastel colour scheme actually made both look 'much more alive'. I'm not sure if I'm making much sense here but that is how I feel about the piece or at least wanted to convey through my painting.  

Nocturna Models Akelarre Enchantment [Completed]
Side view highlighting the main, non-neutral colours used - light turquoise, pink and green
Achieving smooth blends took many hours due to the pastel lightness of the overall colour scheme 
Nocturna Models Akelarre Enchantment [Completed], back view

One difficult part of this project was the ribbons on her head gear. Both ribbons were shaped in a straight line right out of the box and both needed a blast of hot air (using a hair dryer) to make them pliable enough to be reshaped or resculpted. In what was a perfect example of different art forms overlapping, I took what I had learned from my self-taught figure drawing lessons about "S-curves" to reshape the ribbons into a dynamic form. More on this little trick in a post on my other blog.

Two ribbon-like adornments attached to her head gear was the final pieces of the puzzle
A stance that befits a queen and the mother of dragons
Use of pink helped make the 'Princess Leia buns' more prominent
Focus of this piece centred around two conflicting elements i.e. her face and the dragon

In an interesting development, Daenerys Targaryen's overall colour scheme resulted in the miniature being well suited to having a video taken of it. For some reason - maybe I just got the lighting right this time - the 360 degree YouTube video I took of the Nocturna Models Akelarre Enchantment turned out really well. It was in fact the best video of a miniature I have taken so far. Do check it out below if you can and let me know what you think.  

360 view of Akelarre Enchantment
For a 360 degree view of the Nocturna Models Akelarre, please check out the YouTube video below. For videos of other select miniatures that I have painted, kindly visit my YouTube channel at FourEyedMonster Miniatures. Please choose high definition (HD) for the best video viewing option.


Nocturna Models resin model kits continue to play a huge part in my development as a miniature painter. This Spanish company's figurines always push me to a higher level artistically as is the case for any well sculpted miniature. But even as I feel genuinely pleased with what I have achieved with Akelarre Enchantment's paint job, I remain utterly convinced there were so many things I could have done better, and will try to do better in future projects. With this Daenerys proxy, a large chunk of my current project pipeline has now been completed. Another massive round of prep work, assembly and priming work lies ahead for a new set of miniatures for the pipeline. More on that in my next post but until then have a great week with your hobby or loved ones or even both. Cheers!   

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24 comments:

  1. I like the soft palette :)

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    1. Thanks Zab. I'm a huge fan of soft pastel colours. :)

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  2. Looks fantastic. Your plan of keeping everything desaturated except the dragon and fleshtone worked to perfection.

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  3. Absolutly marvelous, love these colors...

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    1. Merci Phil ... for some reason I find the pink, turquoise and green combo very pleasing.

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  4. Wonderful, I love the soft palette and how the brighter colours on the dragon make it look like it's more "real" than the rest, a little less eerie.

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    1. Thank you! I'm honestly very happy with how the dragon turned out too.

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  5. Amazing , great paint and colors .

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  6. It is great to see this completed and your video really does show it off well. I was really impressed with the palette, some brave choices that ultimately came together really well.

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    1. Thank you very much Michael. To be honest, I'm pleased and relieved in equal measures that the colours seem to turn out ok. At one point I was worried that I had messed up the colour scheme. Surprisingly though, adding the pink 'buns' made things much better ... at least to me anyway.

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  7. A very beautifully painted figure. Well done it is sublime to look at!

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  8. Fantastic work ! I love the colors.
    Greetings

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  9. Wonderful paint work as always. :)

    The colours work very, very well, and i love your super-smooth style. :) Kudos, maximum kudos. :)

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  10. Absolutely delightful work. As everyone is pointing out, the palette is wonderful. The model itself is great, but your work makes it stand out. Lovely!

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    1. Very nice of you to say so Suber. Thank you!

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  11. That's not really 'miniature painting' anymore that's art my friend!

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    1. You are way too kind. Thank you very much for your words of support.

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