I've used this miniature to practice my non-metallic metal (NMM) technique, which, as the name implies attempts to create the illusion of metal without using any metalic paint the same way that artists do in paintings. What's tricky about this is it requires fairly seamless blending of paint shades, which is quite difficult and I am still trying to get right. The other trick is that you have to decide where the light is reflecting off the metal from an imaginary light source and paint the reflections on. I have an especially difficult time doing this with curved surfaces and ever since I first attempted the NMM technique, it has changed the way I look at things. I now find myself consciously assessing at how light reflects off everything I see. It definitely makes you look at the world in a different way.
Anyway, I still have a long way to go towards mastering this technique, but I'm pretty happy with how Prince Althran turned out; he's my best NMM effort to date. Hopefully he'll do well in the competition this weekend.
Now that this is off my plate, I hope to be back to posting on a more regular basis.