EagleStrike is my first ever duel scene, using a slightly converted Knightmare from LeBen Models and the eagle from Mproyec. It was part of my display at the Monte San Savino Show 2016.
 
The idea behind the duel was to not only have a physical confrontation, but to portray a contraposition between evil & decay (the putrid chaos warrior) and the power of nature (the eagle and the anthropomorphic tree trying to catch the fiendish prey with its arm-like branches). In order to enhance the effect of surprise and provide some extra dynamism to the scene I added the helmet (one of the extra heads emptied out) flying off the warrior’s head as he abruptly turns to his attacker.   
 
As a humorous touch for comic relief I also added a sculpted nurgling, a tribute to the always inspirational Benoît Ménard (http://demonwinner.free.fr/france/2004/golden_demon_winner.php?categorie=1#3rd)
 
As regards the paintjob, I used dozens of reference pictures to accurately paint the eagle as a golden eagle (aquila chrysaetos). All the feathery textures on the backside of the wings are painted.
Other details such as the wavy flames on the shoulder pad are hints to the old-schoolism so pervasive in my pieces, inspired by John Blanche et al.
 
Finally, I also wanted to give a try at realistic snow, which I had never done before. The icicles were sculpted and then moulded and cast with transparent resin.
 
Many thanks to Marc Masclans for the pictures.
  • Jason ZhouPLUS

    Impressive scene! I love the harmony of colors and various details you have implemented, such as the eagle feather texture. The flying-off helmet is also a great idea. Great work

  • John Margiotta "BloodASmedium"PLUS

    Best take on a this model. Brilliance!!!

  • Jay Martin (Redrum)

    Really nice Albert, so much to look at and admire!

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"

    gold from me

  • John Margiotta "BloodASmedium"PLUS

    Had to JUST HAD TO COMMENT AGAIN!!! This piece is insane!!!!

  • Albert Moreto FontPLUS

    Thank you guys! Glad you like it!

  • Sergey We7 Chasnyk

    Great limited palette. Lovely armor. Scene overall also graceful ! Congrats!

  • Jocelyn Goyette "Teronus"PLUS

    It is a magnificent piece! The only thing that bugs me is the tree is the same tones then the piece and when I look at the ensemble I lose details, especially the halberd. Love the metal work.

    • Albert Moreto FontPLUS

      Thanks for the feedback Jocelyn! I understand what you mean. I think it’s probably because of the picture and the loss of depth. Also because there is also the contrast between matt tree and shiny metal for the halberd, in real life it’s not hard to distinguish it all. Thanks as always!

  • Jaime_de_Garnica

    Fantásticos los metales y el águila. Gran trabajo!

  • Paolo-Di-PocePLUS

    fantastic work, gold for you