It took awhile, but I can finally say that The Great Cyclopean Gemstone Heist! is finished! There were lots of ups and downs and starts and stops to this project and at one point it looked like it was never going to get done.
I couldn't have done this without the support of @minisbytree and @paintsandstuff on Twitter. Both of them helped to push me to make this project better. Especially when it came to the painting in the background. Also, this project would never have been drempt up if it wasn't for @blue_cadet and his LED tea candle Warhammer 40k objective markers.
So now, I give you, The Great Cyclopean Gemstone Heist!, complete with a video of the eye in action!
After I went to bed last night, I realized that I needed to add some up close, detail shots to this post. So, here are more pictures of this piece!
Here is the painting, it is a recreation of the classic John Carter of Mars by Frank Frezetta. I'm really pleased by it, even if I am no great portrait painter.
The Paladin, it is a Reaper miniature from their Bones line. The plinth it stands on is a regular ol' thumb tack.
The Dwarf Sage, another Bones miniature. Out of the four original busts I made for this project, this one is my favorite.
The Cyclops, this one is a pewter mini and required hours of cutting and drilling in order to get the gemstone in his face. The gemstone is an actual jewel, but I don't remember what kind. It is lit via fiber optic strands and 2 color changing LEDs. The pedestal that it stands on is an old prescription medicine bottle cap.
Another shot of the Cyclopean Gemstone, this time with a different color showing.
The Sentry, keeping watch for guards while the heist goes down. He is a Reaper miniature, actually both of these miniatures came from a 3 piece set of bandits. I may need to get another one of these guys, if I ever make a crossbow rogue.
The Looter, as he attempts to approach the Gemstone. I really like this guy, I think because he's not in a combat pose.
Frontal shot of the Looter. It's hard to tell, and the angle was tough to get a good shot of, but I think this guy has one of the best faces I've ever painted.
The Switch! This baby allows for easy access to the power, so I don't have to constantly flip the whole piece over, or handle it too much.
So there you have it! I feel much better having done the detail shots now. I hope you all enjoyed them!