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1:16th Landstnecht Bust

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by kansas kid, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Greetings to fellow Planeteers:

    Here is a 200mm Resin bust from the company Model Cellar. I have several
    of their figure kits and think the quality is quite good. And this bust is no
    exception. I will admit that I am partial to the use of more color. Maybe that
    isn't a good thing to admit. But I didn't model aircraft models much that
    were all one color, especially light grey. And with figure painting I tend to
    render a paint scheme that has pretty colours that are in harmony with each
    other, remember the color wheel and what it teaches, re harmonious colours
    on the SAME side of the wheel and the complimentary colours on
    the opposite side of the colour in question. First photo below is the
    box art. Now I see why they picked white and yesllow and what
    looks like a dark blue or black hat.

    But mates, that ain't me, if you'll pardon the vernacular. . .
    (ah. . . there is an "r" in vernacular? Wow. I see violet or some use
    the term purple, as a very regal colour. and naturally that means
    it goes good with green. We all remember the Wimbledon
    Championships colours, right? And Naturally Red and blue go good
    with violet since violet is made from the combination of Blue and Red.

    The figure was painted with acrylics only. I put Woodland Scenics clear
    resin liquid in the eye openings. I think now the blue is too vibrant for a
    pair of male eyes. They don't look real anymore. I need to think more
    about how to fix that. The photos with the light blue background were shot
    available light, no flash. The photos with the brown background were shot
    with the flash used. After finishing the figure, I waited a couple of weeks,
    then decided it was a go for trying to make the hat look like dyed leather.
    So I painted the hat with Winsor Newton Oils. Critical comments from
    everyone, are most welcomed. Thanks for taking a gander. rick

    Attached Files:

  2. mil-mart A Fixture

    Rick , great painting and blending all round. What I like is the detail work on the hat and its choice of the colour purple, or as you would spell it color. At first I was going to say "IMHO I don't think the green goes", however the more I studied it , I've now changed my mind. Nice (y)

    Cheers Ken
  3. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Hi Rick!

    nice work on this ( i like this bust a lot and plan to own/paint one day ) good looking sculpt!

    If your unhappy with the eyes, try and re-do them ( i do it all the time too :) ) or try a line of shadeing just under the top lid, bit of a grey line, stronger on the iris.

    but it's still nice if you leave it just as is


  4. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hey Ken, you're not the Cheshire Cat are you???

    Hello Mr. Farrar:

    I do appreciate your vote of confidence, Ken and thanks you for taking time
    to express your opinion. Colours . . . (oh yeh, I prefer the British spelling of
    that word, but from time to time, I forget and spell it the way we do here in
    the Colonies! ;);) Actually, I am quite an Angelo Phile, Ken. You're aware I
    am sure that most of the basic tenants of our American Constitution as
    constructed by our Framers in the late 18th Century come from British Law.
    So for me, I see a natural affinity. But I digress.) Colours cause different
    reactions from different people, as we know. And of course, between ladies
    and gentlemen, we can certainly agree to disagree on occasion, right? (y)

    I'm still not quite there re the skin tones rendered in acrylics. And as
    you well know, photographs can be deceiving. . . Uh hun.
    Thanks for taking a look, Ken,

  5. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello Mark. . .

    I am glad to hear you're impressed with this Model Cellar offering as well. I
    hope you take the opportunity to purchase this bust. I highly recommend it.

    You're right, I can fix the eyes, and certainly on past occasions, I have
    painted the eyes on a figure a number of times, before I finally gave up.
    Whoa, Nellie. . . how many times? :(:(

    Thanks for your kind word, Mark. . . I wish you well and look forward to
    your next forum post of your work.

  6. ubbi Active Member

    Eilà Rick, i like what you've done with this beautiful bust, the colours choice for my liking is very good, i also love the purple colour and the hat is very cool , also the green tones are beautiful


  7. housecarl A Fixture

    Great work Rick, the colours are indeed in harmony. Model cellar are popular at the moment.
  8. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    hello Stephano. . .

    Thank you kind sir, for your comments about my latest efforts. I definitely
    appreciate you taking the time to post your positive remarks.

    Have a great weekend,

    ricardo Jaybird
  9. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    hello HouseCarl. . .

    Hi Carl:

    It is so good of you to take the time to have a gander as this bust. And BTW
    Carl, I just received my purchases from Verlinden. Among the order were
    two set of 120mm hands. OhMa'Gosh, Carl. . . they are way too small for
    either the DML figure I'm working or the Tamiya 120mm figure. Not being
    able to sculpt is a major bummer, as I see it right now. It is like I want to
    call 1 Eight Hundred Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. . . or jump into bed
    and turn the Electric blanket up to nine. . . I'm so flummoxed that most of
    my mental muskets are misfiring and I've come out of the gate like a
    tremor-ridden turtle afflicted with down-troddened turf toe. :(:(:(

    Regardless, Thanks for take a look and for your kind word, my friend,

    Kansas Kid
  10. Meehan34 A Fixture

    I'm not so sure that they eyes are all that bad. They do stand out a lot but it just depends what you are going for, if you darkened them up a bit it might be for the better but then again it might not be. Whatever you do I am sure it will be very good. I for one am not a bright color guy but that is just me.
  11. davidmitchell A Fixture

    Nice painting Rick and good choice of colours.Looks like a really good sculpt and one that I would like to paint.

    Cheers David
  12. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello Mike Meehan

    Mike: Thanks for your opinion on the blue eyes. I'll keep that in mind. Of
    course, that is one of the reasons we post images, to get candid feedback,
    as you clearly state in your comments about your work, wanting people's
    sincere opinion. Re the colour choices I made. And your sense of how
    colour should be used, I recall the saying about how if we all had the same
    tastes what a dull world this would be. Hee hee

    Thanks for your kind word, Mike,:):):)

    Old Jayhawker
  13. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Greetings to David Mitchell in Scotland:

    Land of my father's forebears, BTW. Thanks for chiming in on this thread
    David. And as I mentioned before, I would highly recommend this bust. There
    is little or no clean up. I didn't have any air holes in the resin copy that I
    got from Squadron Mailorder in Carrolton, Texas. It was on sale!!!

    Your comments about the Model Cellar bust are about the same as my
    feelings on that beautiful Bust that you use as your Avatar. Quite honestly,
    however, I don't think my skill level is up to do it justice at this point. But
    I'm keeping it on the radar, so to speak. . .

    Thanks again,

  14. megroot A Fixture

    Good work Rick.
    The colors are going very well together.
    Very nice work.

  15. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    hello Marc. . .

    Thank you Marc for taking time to have a look see, and for your
    comments. Have a great weekend,

    Kansas Kid
  16. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Rick,

    Well done....Great choice of Colours/Colors......for a Landsknect anything goes, one of the beauties of the subject-Interesting choice for the hat which blends everything together to make a fine piece.
    I think this is a great sculpt and have an original white metal one in my grey army-I'm waiting until I feel more competent with painting faces before I give it a go.
  17. 1969 A Fixture

    Rick good to see you postyed this one up mate and that others can give their input into it. I like the colour choice for this one and the decission to go for the oils for the hat was in my opinion the right one.
    Like already mentioned these Landsnechts give great possibilities for colours and they are right up your street mate with your colour creativity, a real nice job on the painting and colour choices for this one Rick.

    All the best,

  18. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello Tecumsea Keith. . .

    Hi Keith:

    BTW, I really admire the figure that your Avatar comes from. And some day
    I hope to feel skilled enough to do a credible job on it. Like you, since the
    Landsknect figures were "kinda" soldiers for hire, meaning they came from
    many different regions in what is now the EU, I thought I could pick any
    colour and not be definitely proven wrong... in relation to History. And also
    Keith I do understand what you mentioned about holding on to the metal
    cast version of this bust until you get your skill level to where you want it.
    That is the same approach that I'm still using. I have a number of higher
    ticket items (as we Yanks say to mean more expensive, I guess) that are
    still on the shelf. And won't be started on till I feel a lot more comfortable
    with understanding the concept of layering with acrylics.

    Also, as an old man who has been in this hobby since 1965 or so, I try to
    keep aware, when I am writing a forum post, of the younger modelers
    out there who are so new to this wonderful hobby. And I believe Colour
    is an extremely valuable tool to a figure painter. So I try to go into more
    detail about the use of colour to encourage these newer modelers to
    not be afraid to expand their colour palette.

    So good of you to comment on my offering, Keith. Have a great weekend,

  19. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Mate??? I thought you went fishing????

    Oh no, Steve:

    Are you going to tell me that the fishing trip got called off because of the
    weather? I certainly hope not. Eating fresh fish just from its "home waters"
    is a whole nudder experience. Whoa Nellie. . .

    However, thank you Steve for chiming in on this thread. And I aprreciate
    the fact that you feel favorably about the hat being done in oils while the
    rest of the figure is in acrylics only. I just liked the idea of a leather hat.
    And for me leather can really be done quite well with oils because of their
    natural sheen.

    I know that you know that, Steve. But maybe some figure painter who is
    just starting out, isn't aware of that. We're all here to be of help and
    assistance. . .

    G'day mate,

    The Miami Jaybird
  20. pmfs A Fixture

    Hi Rick,

    Beautiful paintjob:)
    I like very much the colours that you used on this pearl(y)
    Congrats from Portugal

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