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WIP Critique 28mm Dominique Jean Larrey

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by gazer, May 19, 2018.

  1. gazer Member

    Good morning friends

    This is my first "serious" miniature figure and my second figure ever. Due to my job requirements and due to parenting 2 hyperactive toddlers, unfortunately, I don't think I will be able to progress too quickly with this build...
    As a beginner, I'll appreciate your most sincere feedback and remarks , no mercy please! I want to learn and improve!

    This is a 28mm Warlord Games miniature of Dominique Jean Larrey, a very prominent Napoleonic surgeon, considered by many as one of the founding fathers of modern military combat medicine. See the following thread: http://www.planetfigure.com/threads...ferences-identify-sources.113206/#post-905928

    In my opinion, this metal figure is nicely sculpt, but due to it's size, I am not sure it was the best choice for a first figure. Anyhow, it was cleaned, filed, mounted temporarily on a base, and primed with gray automotive primer. After the primer dried I discovered yet some more mold lines, filed them again and re-primed. I started block painting the skin areas (face, hands, Vallejo basic skin tone), belt, boots, bicorn (Vallejo black) and pants (Vallejo white). The white was translucent, so I'll add more layers at a later date. The rest of the blocking process will also be done later, with Vallejo acrylics.

    After blocking done, I plan to paint the entire figure with W&N oils.

    Here are pics from today:
    IMG_20180519_101751.jpg IMG_20180519_101832.jpg
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  2. Nap Forum Moderator

    Hi there gazer

    Good on you a nice start .....don't envy you on the scale though

    Keep us all updated inbetween the hyper toddlers

  3. gazer Member

    Some more blocking with Vallejo acrylics - blue for the uniforms, another coat of white for the trousers, brown (mixed from red, yellow and black) to the hair. As promised, tiny steps, too far apart...
    Sincere feedback and suggestions (technique, historical aspects, etc) will be appreciated

    25 05 2018 A.jpg 25 05 2018 B.jpg
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  4. Nap Forum Moderator

    Hi gazer

    Good tidy start on this , might I suggest you base coat the gold lacework in a dark/mid brown .

    Nice to have updates

    Happy painting

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  5. gazer Member

    Thank you very much Nap!
    The "gold" part already started to daunt the back of my mind...
    One question though: The general plan is to do blocking with acrylics and the actual painting with oils. So, just to be sure, what you are actually suggesting is to do the blocking for the golden parts (epaulette, aiguillette, etc.) with brown?


    One more thing (not related to the topic of this thread): for some reason I can't figure out how to include a quote of the post I refer to when replying...
  6. gazer Member

    Hi all!

    Some progress, but before, inspired by MrBMBuilder, I have tried my own homemade wet palette for the acrylics, made from baking paper, Vileda reusable sponge cloth, and a plastic box with an air tight lid. Worked pretty nice, although, as a beginner, my point of reference is not very robust: IMG_20180714_120657.jpg

    I continued with basic blocking, following Nap's advice at blocking the golden lace parts with brown. The last major thing before finishing the blocking, would be to figure out how the back of the uniforms looked like for this particular outfit (the red double-breasted)

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  7. gazer Member

    Hello all,

    Progress is VERY slow - I get on average an hour at the bench every a month or so, but enjoy it immensely.
    I painted the skin of the face and hands with W&N oils. Some thoughts and lessons:
    1. The acrylic base coat was not even, so the results of the next oils layer were not great either
    2. On the first oils layer I was not meticulous enough in mixing and preparing the palette, nor in application
    3. I cannot praise enough my X 2.5 Optivisors (I got a new set of lenses from Donegan )

    General and "philosophical":
    1. I employ "classic" miniature painting techniques for this 28mm figure, rather than "classic" wargaming painting techniques. This is my first "serious" attempt at figure painting, so it seems that it wasn't the best choice for a "first"
    2. In the few hours of actually working on the figure I learned from my results (and mistakes and failures) not much less than from countless hours in front of books, articles, and videos.
    3. One needs to know where to stop. As surgeons say: "The enemy of the good is often times the perfect"

    For the next step (who knows when) I plan to paint the blue uniforms with oils.
    I will appreciate remarks for the work done so far, and the steps ahead. Please, no mercy!



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