OK, so after a quite a long time, I've finally fnished this piece. Young's Aztec Warrior bust. Basically box stock. I didn't use the weapon I scratch built earlier. Thought it was a bit wonky, and besides, this helmet needs to be the focal point! The photos are a work in progess so sorry. They are a bit flat for my tastes. The flesh tones are a much deeper native redish tone in person. I added only one face paint stripe after getting some valuable info from fellow Planeteers on tattoos and face/body paint. I made the stripe go across his eyes, mainly as an artistic decision to bring out the eyes more under the helmet (they're lost a tad under there!). I made the beads on the necklace in jade, as well as the piercing on his chin. I also made the embelishments on the feather tube-holder thingys jade as well. I used a coat of Future floor wax on those items when done to give them a natural bit of shine. I tried to make the tubes holding the feathers (top of the helmet) look like bone. Not sure whether that is what they were, but since they are likely hollow and bone would be a natural material for that application, viola, bone-like tuby things! Fit and finish are typical Young quality. All painted in oils as per usual. I did not dull-coat the feathers so they maintain a slight sheen to look a tad more real. Although it is not evident, I actually blended some pearlescent powders in with the blue-green paints used on the big feathers (Pearl Ex Pigments I found at the local art supply store, I used "Micropearl"). I'll have to experiment with that stuff more later. I need to tweek my mixtures a bit more. This was a fun piece to paint to be certain! Loved all the color opportunities it offered. Thanks for looking, please feel free to comment, good or bad. I was going to keep my statement brief this time, so much for tryin' LOL! Jay H. Oh, and I forgot to mention, I re-sculpted the upper lip on this guy as well. I didn't like the somewhat open mouth that Young did, so I sculpted it closed.