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:star:This miniature is up for sale on Ebay~[link]
The snow froze where she stepped, glittering like a million diamonds in the moonlight.

Painting and Ice base by me
28mm Reaper Miniature Ice Queen by Werner Klocke

If you're wondering where I got the ice for the base, I found some clear plastic beads and crushed them with a hammer. The result was this, which I think makes good ice.

I've been in a winter mood so I decided to paint a miniature to paint this to celebrate the season.
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:iconnewboldworld:
newboldworld Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Excellent! :-)
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:iconrazzminis:
razzminis Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Fantastic work :)
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:iconminiaturemistress:
MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :hug:
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:iconrazzminis:
razzminis Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Np hun :)
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Isikaru Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow you're amazing. O.O What a beautiful creation.
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:iconminiaturemistress:
MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, you're art is sooooo beautiful, too!
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Isikaru Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: :glomp:
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JordanGreywolf Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Awesome effect with the beads. I would have never thought of trying something like that! I'll have to try some experimentation with that (and of course credit you for the idea).

Re: Gale Force 9 "takeout boxes": Does Gale Force 9 still do that? Last time I visited their site to look for the "takeout box" base option, I couldn't find it. I'm almost all the way through my takeout-box of 25mm rounds! It'd be great if I could order more to replenish my supply. :D

Also, have you posted this to the Reaper forums? Not only is it a great paint job, but I'm sure people would be inspired by your hammer-and-beads crystal base decoration method. It's brilliant!
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MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, it was fun to smash.... Liz Smash! :D

I don't know if you can get these from Gale Force nine anymore, someone else asked me too. I got these at Gen Con last year. I would be more then happy to pick you up some next year, I think it was 10$ for a small box. I don't know why they would do away with it, the only thing I can think is it's just not possible to satisfy what people want? I just put a smattering of everything in my box, but tended to pick up more small rounds.

As for Reaper, didn't throw it up there, didn't think about it, but I probable will, now that you mention it. I lurk there occasionally :P
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justwhatIdraw Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A nice celebration for the winter and a great painted miniature!
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:iconminiaturemistress:
MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much :D
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justwhatIdraw Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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screamingceltic Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
really nice, ....
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MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, and thanks for the watch!
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WoodlandHermit Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist
very cool base.

OH see what i did there? :D

also i am so gunna use that technique
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MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: I see what you did there!
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binkibonsai Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
ooh noice!
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:iconminiaturemistress:
MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D
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:iconraipo:
raipo Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow. all that blue.
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:iconminiaturemistress:
MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like blue... It's such a great color to blend, now on to red!
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raipo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ugh red. Always gives me headaches.
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MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I couldn't agree more! So I must pratice and conquer it :D
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TheShepster Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice work...
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MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D did you get your mouse?
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:icontheshepster:
TheShepster Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not yet... It's just like in the movies, once I can spot the red line, the adventurer will arrive... ;)
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Scumdog47 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
"Welcome to the boudoir of the Snow Queen."
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:iconminiaturemistress:
MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
All I could think about was Narnia while painting this... :)
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Scumdog47 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
I can understand why.
:)
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precinctomega Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
That was a great idea for the ice. I will totally steal that.

The shade of flesh on the queen is brilliant. It has both the right cool shades to sit perfectly with the snow and ice (despite her lack of clothing) yet the darkness makes her stand out in her own right. Main observations I would make are that the sword blade lacks distinction (hard to know what to suggest to fix that, though) and if you were to add more warmth to the red of her robes it would provide a stronger and more emotive contrast.

Gorgeous work, though. Is that an MDF base you've used?
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MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The only thing I can think of doing to stop the sword from retreating into the background is to paint it a darker color. I was thinking a black blade, maybe I could add some glyphs to make it pop a little more.

The base is just a flat wood base that Gale Force Nine lets you buy by the Chinese takeout box. :D I used some miliput epoxy and stuck the beads shards into it. I then used the Woodland scenics snow to cover.
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precinctomega Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Oh, yeah, I know those takeout boxes: they sell them for peanuts at conventions and suchlike, don't they? There's an online seller here in the UK who does very similar stuff.
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MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm thinking they were $10 for half a pint, which means, stuff all the things! I think I got over 50 in the box.
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precinctomega Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Awesome. Bits by the pint. I might have to give that a try.
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LacheV Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow!! Great work, as usual !!!
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MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, and thanks for the fave!
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LacheV Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
My pleasure :)
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tammyscreations Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
At first I thought these were quartz crystal points.... that would be good for ice too...

The sword is very cool.. nice detail

The plastic looks very cool though.. what kind of plastic item did you break?

Smoothon makes awesome products that you could cast your own ice crystal shapes from. If you or anyone else viewing ever want to check it out...

[link]
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MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I took some plastic beads and smashed them, the result was these nice looking shards. :)

Have you used smooth-on modeling epoxy? I say it listed and wondered about the quality/ detail you can get in a sculpt.
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tammyscreations Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no I have not used their apoxy.. but I use Aves [link] it works pretty well. But I use it mostly to create an "under" surface to sculpt on with polymer clay. You can get tons of detail but the working time is pretty quick and everything gets sticky and starts to harden.

But if you sclupt in clay and then cast a mold with smoothon silicone...the details are exact duplicate!
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