Well, here they are... first non-mammals I've ever painted, actually. Critiques appreciated! I'm not sure what brand these are - in an atypical display of tidiness I threw away the packaging - but apparently they were made for some kind of game (there were cards involved, IIRC). Pretty small, as you can see from the pencil.
This one was a pretty nasty, cheap-looking green, so I decided to add some class and paint him bronze. Actually he's a color experiment so I could work out a good way of painting weathered bronze - I'll be using it on another, bigger model later.
The other one being more of an ornament, I guess this would be my actual first dino repaint. Spiny Norman, ladies and gentlemen!
Whee, that was fun! ;D I used Games Workshop paints and pastels and pretty much made up the color as I went along. Not quite happy with the color on the sail though, and the metallics look so bright with the flash.
(I'm aware there are some issues with the mold itself, but I'm not quite insane enough to start resculpting anything this small...)
And there's more. You though these guys were small...
... think again.
That thick blue log behind him? Same pencil. ;D
The next one may be bigger, but he's not - in all honesty - particularly good. In a fit of naïve optimism I decided to have a go at the Schleich Velociraptor. Apparently somehow I'd forgotten I can't even sculpt hair, never mind feathers!
The paintjob is pretty blah, but then I wasn't feeling very inspired - it's not a particularly exciting mold, is it?
Not an exciting mould at all, but for all your self-criticism you did a pretty good job at giving it feathers. Any feathers at all is better than it being bald, and you've given it a really good repaint. If I were to nitpick I'd say that maybe you should have some feathers leading up (and attached) to the second finger of the hand.
Oh and that Stegosaurus is TINY! I think I'd be too cack-handed to paint something as small as that.
Thanks! Truth be told though, I still like the bald ones... just think of them as fantasy models. Adding feathers means sacrificing a lot of muscle detail. so I can see why so many companies prefer the baldies. Isn't this guy's head all wrong, too? I'm no expert, but it just looks so boxy. Maybe when I get braver I'll try a proper all-over makeover ('cause d**n, I wanna go again! Maybe a bright yellow one for easter?).
How about a black and white one? ;D Wouldn't make as much sense as brown given the environment that it lived in but it would look cool.
Oh and yes, there are a few anatomical faults with that model, the boxy head being a major one. It's closer to Dromaeosaurus but in truth doesn't really look like any dinosaur genus! Check out this image I just nabbed from Wikipedia of a real Velociraptor skull (or a cast of one):
Here's Dromaeosaurus by contrast
Full skeleton mount with 'restored' skull (the above one is a bit distorted) commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Velociraptor_28-12-2007_15-06-24.jpg That Schleich model is one of their more 'toylike' range, so it's not really fair to scrutinise it too much (unlike with the 'Replica-Saurus' range). It's obvious that compromises have been made to make it stand up on its own and be more appealing to kids.
This guy, according to the box, is a Daspletosaurus (and I'll freely admit I never would've worked that out on my own - generic tyrannosauroid is as close as I would've come), and yes, he's an albino. Never mind that such an animal never would've survived in the wild... let's just say he's zoo bred.
Don't know if it shows, but there's easily half a dozen different colors on him. I know the painting looks sloppy, it's a combination of scale, surface texture, and general lack of skill on my part.
Next is (again, according to the box) a Carcharodontosaurus. Still needs a little cleanup, and I'm debating whether to paint his dark areas pure black or mix in some other colors. Maybe more red or white markings? What do you think?