Well guys, here is the piece I have been fussing over for the past month or so. It is United Empire’s Demi-Lancer bust. This is the box art that UEM is using for the kit. Shane Tarry, the sculptor, was kind enough to ask if I would paint this for their upcoming release. How could I say no?! Simple, beautifully sculpted and an interesting subject, the decision was easy! Shane sent me an illustration that was the basis for the painting inspiration on this piece. I’ll include that in the post. Although the bust has a much cooler hat than that guy, I did use it for inspiration as far as the red leather cassock is concerned. It was pretty straight forward painting on this piece, printers inks were used for the metal cuirass and gorget, and the remainder is all done in oils. I chose a green color for the hat band/scarf for two reasons, I wanted to pick up on the green of his eyes and it is a compliment to the red/maroon of the cassock. I love painting subjects with cool hats and cool facial hair so this one fit the bill in spades. Little or no clean up with the superb casting and the details speak for themselves. A real fun piece! And yes, if you’ve noticed the photos I’m using this time are MUCH better than my usual. Well, a buddy of mine Jim, has a digital SLR and great lighting that we used. Thanks Jim! Since these are the box art photos I wanted nicer images for UEM, so I took advantage and snuck these into my VBench posting! Thanks for looking, and as usual, any and all comments are more than welcome! Jay H. OKC The image that Shane sent me for color reference.