Well... my gift for my father in law is complete!
So, my father in law is a big lover of all things frontier... mountain men and Lewis and Clark and all the rest. I've done one other scene for him, a Revolutionary War scene (another of his favorite periods) but I knew that he really wanted something from the era of the frontier... so! This was born!
The idea was that I'd have a camp on a ledge with a few mountain men looking out to the mountains at night. I knew I wanted to do a lighting element, and in this case did two... one for the fire, and one for the blue LED at the top of the whole scene that would make it feel more night-like.
Here is a shot of the main character of the scene, on the precipice, looking around the mountains. I built the little lean-to at the back, and the fireplace and rocks, and all of that. The guy in the background is actually a figure from Wargames Illustrated that I cut in half, and then I make a greenstuff blanket around him. The guy at the foreground I did need to do a little converting with... namely, carving away his pistol and making it a rifle.
Here is the whole thing with the lights on. It is remarkably difficult to get good shots of the light... there is, as mentioned, a blue LED in the top that sheds a blue light over the entire scene. There is also an LED buried in the foamcore of the cliff. The flickering looks incredible, actually... I build the back of the fireplace open so that you get a lot of firelight playing on the trees and the camp.
Here it is all closed up. Overall I'm very happy with how it turned out! Below I included a video of the lighting... it REALLY doesn't do it justice, but what can you do:)
Thanks for coming by and looking!