May. 2005
Dark Sword
This is the 'Female Wizard' from the Larry Elmore masterworks set #5 - Castle of Deception. It's also the first miniature I've painted from the Dark Sword line. I like the simple, yet not simplistic design, of this miniature (and of the Dark Sword minis in general).

I painted her for the good queen on the chess set for my father in law. I couldn't decide on a hair color that I really liked, and in the end decided that the white hair actually looked pretty good, so I added some shading and highlights and left it white. Rather than go with a traditional color scheme for the magical flame, I went with a purplish-blue, to give it more of a tie-in with the color scheme of her dress, and the good chess pieces in general (plus, purple flame just looks cool).