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    Secret society 1940's war time HQ Speed painting-Critique

    Continuing on with my Secret society HQ paintings, I did this speedy in order to get mood, lighting and colours set up.
    Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks
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    Ok when I think of 'Head Quarters' images like this come to mind...

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    Pretty much the standard issue stuff out of movies like 'A Bridge Too Far', or 'Dr. Strangelove.'


    But when I imagine 'Secret Societies,' I get something more like this...

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    Right now I think the former idea is coming through alright, but I'm not so sure about the latter. HQ with no heads is sort of an issue (always a problem that) , but its definitely got a good underground bunker feel. Right now though the only thing that says secret society to me, is that symbol on the back wall, and the fact that you have a Nazi and Japanese flag at the same table with all the Allied ones. The paintings in the foreground do give the place a kind of mystique, but then there's the question: what are the fancy paintings doing down here in the underground bunker?

    Maybe the thing to do at this point, is decide whether you want a rundown makeshift-style headquarters, or one that's been established for a while. And also decide if this is like the operations part of the deal, or the decision making part, and then pick the props based on that. For example, in the one scenerio you'd probably expect things to be messy... with telegraph operators and messangers and folders flying around all over the place. But for the other, I'd think clean and orderly, with secretaries and maps and armed gaurds at the door.
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    Thanks for the useful comments Jason!

    What I was going for with this was to create underground secret HQ of a secret society that has been around since the Industrial Revolution. The paintings on the walls show previous leaders of this society.

    This was my first painting of the 1800's HQ
    Secret society 1940's war time HQ Speed painting-Critique

    For the 1940's one, I would think that it would be a decision center that few men could get into and plot their way to world control through the war years...Maybe going with something like the secret society pics you have showed me and adding allied, nazi, jap and USSR flags would do it....
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    Maybe something like this then?

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    i see this and i think Wolfenstein 3D.
    "Most eyes skip the details... But its worth putting in the effort for the ones that appreciate it."
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    Is that good or bad??
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    Agathe, its funny you say that, I was think just the same thing. It was the first really good game I had on my PC, I think shaping all the games that followed. The mood was always dark some times with the walls of moss and living evil foliage. What a game.

    Stathis, the first piece is clearly in its early days as some of the element look like the are melting which I don't think is the effect you are after. The second (july 25th) piece you have put up is great the detail is fantastic. Would love to see a sinister dark edge on the piece you are working on now.

    The third piece is good mood and all, chair legs look like human legs. Another things I know its done for effect by I am not sure you need quite so many pilers, but I am no structural engineer. Just an idea how about some insignia, shields or flags on/hanging from the pilers...

    Keep em coming.
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    Smellypunks: I 'm gonna go with the third one instead of the first.. Looks more like a 'secret society meeting in time of war' than the first one. Anyway, thanks for the comments.
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