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WIP Critique 19th Indiana Volunteers, 75mm H&V

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by ChaosCossack, Jul 19, 2015.

  1. Huw63 A Fixture

    Country:
    Switzerland
    Just to clarify this in my little mind.

    At first I thought you were saying that:
    1. Canada is short of retards
    2. Holland has too many retards so they send them to Canada

    But what you mean is that a company called Amsterdam makes retards and sends them to Canada to make up the shortfall rather than the Dutch send Canada their own retards as they haven't enough to export.

    Have I got it now???

    Cheers

    Huw
  2. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    It's a good place to go for a little dirtying up though. :D
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  3. zane666 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    It was concealed in a kg of coke.
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  4. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    "Dirtying up" "keys of coke"... You guys are a bad influence on a poor innocent like myself :angelic:

    Anyways, back to business, here's an update on our Indiana Volunteer...

    I wanna call the coat done. I may do some darker glazes if it turns out to be too light once all the black leather equipment is blocked in. The light blue piping and chevrons are done as well but again, they may get a glaze as well.
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    The boots are base coated in Scale 75 Black Leather. It has an almost dark oxblood tone to it... interesting. Of course everything will receive a healthy dose of dirt and weathering.

    Any comments or critiques before I move on to the next steps?

    Colin
  5. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    I also did some work on the hat. After base and highlighting, I started adding rough lines around the brim and body of the hat in a thinned down off white to represent salt stains from sweat absorbed into the felt. Then 3 or 4 layers of black washes was applied over the whole thing with more salt stains and a couple of brown washes were added between black washes. Some of the subtle colours are lost in the pics.
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    The idea was to give the impression of a faded black felt hat that was daily worn for in all weather for nearly 2 years. As a model, I looked to the black cap that I have worn to work almost daily for the last 4 years. I just washed it a couple of weeks ago so the hard "tide lines" of the salt stains are a little weak but the signs of wear and fading are clear.
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    Note the cap was jet black when it came out of the box so you can really see the ravages of sun, dirt and sweat on a nice black hat :yuck:

    Thoughts?

    Colin
  6. Huw63 A Fixture

    Country:
    Switzerland
    Thanks Colin for the detailed description. Really like the information about the faded cap as a real life study which illustrates your point brilliantly. The figure is looking fantastic.

    Cheers

    Huw
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  7. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanx Huw. Looking at it today I think I might try and push the wear and tear effects on the hat some more... It still looks a bit too clean IMO

    I'll take another stab at it tonight

    Colin
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  8. Huw63 A Fixture

    Country:
    Switzerland
    You're the artist but try not to lose the black totally.

    Cheers

    Huw the happy one - properly back on the road at last!!!
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  9. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Congrats Huw... Feels good don't it?

    You are forever the voice of reason. I'll try to refrain from overdoing it ;)

    Colin
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  10. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Freehand a little Harley badge on it.....oh yeh I forgot you don't sport their logo :)
  11. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Country:
    France
    I don't know what you are drinking these days but I want a few bottles My friend.
    Your painting skills have progressed in leaps and bounds Your paint the face on this little fellow is superb.
    Additionally the light and shade on the blues is very well laid down.
    Good work Colin.
    All the best,
    Keith
  12. Mike Stevens A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Nice work on this one so far Colin.
  13. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    You know me so well!

    Colin the Rebel
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  14. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanks much Keith... Not drinking anything but coffee and painkillers lol
  15. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanx Mike. At this rate I just might have it done for Chicago.

    Cheers

    Colin
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  16. peedee A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    This is a really GREAT face you have done, I'm following this with interest, not least because of your convictions regarding paint textures.

    I've been using acrylics for so long I just buy the colour these days rather than the brand.

    I maybe should pay more attention to the paint itself.

    The only 'technique' I use is to add a touch of tamya matt varnish directly into the paint for cloth tunics, hair etc.

    It's interesting to see the use of other manufacturers for selected effects.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of this figure

    Paul
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  17. Huw63 A Fixture

    Country:
    Switzerland
    It certainly feels good.

    Voice of reason though... I don't think so - more the voice of deep seated insanity!!'

    Cheers

    Huw
  18. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanx Paul. Really appreciate the supportive words.

    As to paint, for the last few years I was a one paint kinda guy. Though I did and do like like Vallejo, I was struggling with gloss on certain colours... Very frustrating. No amount of matte medium would fix this. Seeing scale 75 in action, I was sold. But be assured I haven't abandoned Vallejo. The satin finish can be useful and the colour range is more subtle where scale 75 colours tend to be more heavy and bold.
    The addition of retarder allows for wet blending that I wasn't able to do before. Doesn't matter what brand it is this technique works. I am determined to develop some kind of comfort with this technique if it kills me... Or those around me... Whatever it takes.

    Thanx again Paul

    Colin
  19. stoffy01 A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Looking really nice.
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  20. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanx a bunch Stoffy, much appreciated. Hope to have another update shortly.

    Colin

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