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WIP Critique 75mm Cossacks

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by ChaosCossack, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Hey All
    Back at the bench after a bit of a layoff... Ok, a long layoff. Long story short, life got in my way.

    The pieces I am working on now are a commission of sorts. They were ordered by my father by special request for his small collection of cossack/Ukrainian art. Something he's gotten into since his father passed a couple of years ago.

    These figs are the three cossacks by Irbis that came out in 2013... Taras Bulba, a mounted and a foot Zaporozhian cossack. Nice sculpts with minimal clean up and filling. The mounted cossack came with 2 heads and I can't decide which one I'm using so I'm painting them both and I'll decide later. Right now I'm working on the flesh areas of all the figs together, then I'll concentrate on each figure individually.

    The first set of pics are of the base skintone + the first highlight...

    Base+1stHL.jpg Base+1stHL2.jpg Base+1stHL3.jpg Base+1stHL4.jpg Base+1stHL5.jpg Base+1stHL6.jpg

    Colin
  2. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    ...and then the second highlight...
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    ...and the 3rd highlight.
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  3. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Then the 4th highlight...
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    ...and the 5th and final highlight.
    Final HL.jpg Final HL2.jpg Final HL3.jpg Final HL4.jpg
  4. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    And then the shading. I did about four layers of shading plus some deep shadows with Burnt Cadmium Red. Once the hair is blocked in and the clothes adjacent to the skintones is blocked in, I may have to revisit the skintones and adjust accordingly.
    First Shade.jpg First Shade2.jpg First Shade3.jpg First Shade4.jpg Shaded.jpg Shaded2.jpg Shaded3.jpg Shaded4.jpg Shaded5.jpg Shaded6.jpg Shaded7.jpg Shaded8.jpg Shaded9.jpg Shaded10.jpg Shaded11.jpg Shaded12.jpg Shaded13.jpg Shaded14.jpg
    The pics are taken randomly through the painting process... each stage may not be represented. As usual, the pics are crap!!!! either washed out or too dark... I just can't seem to get the lighting right.

    All comments or suggestions are welcomed thankfully.

    Cheers

    Colin
  5. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    looking good allready

    Marc
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  6. swralph A Fixture

    Coming along well,maybe a tiny bit more shading as you said
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  7. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Three at once - brave man! At least you have Dad to motivate you to finish :) these are off to a great start.

    Colin
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  8. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanks Colin. Yes, Dad and the Hamilton show have me motivated.

    Cheers

    Colin
  9. Helm A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Looking good Colin, good call on doing both heads they both look great hard choice my man hard choice
    Steve
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  10. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Country:
    France
    These look like great pieces Colin and you have made a good start.
    Nice SBS kicked off but I have noticed that for all of this attention they are getting they still don't look very happy:rolleyes:.
    Following with interest and good to see you back at the bench Mate.
    Keith
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  11. tomifune A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Will be watching this one transpire with interest. I love these figures and glad to see you taking a crack at them. Looking good so far.

    Bob
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  12. tiberius57 A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Cool start awesome subject! Good to see you again at the workbench.
    I'm sure your Dad will be very proud!
    Cheers, my friend!
    Zeno
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  13. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Marc, Ralph, Colin, Steve, Keith, Bob and Zeno... Thank you all for the supportive words. For a while there I just couldn't get myself going, was afraid it might be a permanent slump. Once I got the bushes going again, it started feeling pretty good:singing: Here's to no more slumps!

    As for the grumpy looks they all have.... according to my darling wife and her experiences with Ukrainians (decending from the Zaporozhians)... those being myself, my son, my dad, my grandfather and a few of my shadier friends... the only time we smile is when we're drunk or getting into some kind of trouble. Then we are happy as hell!!!!

    Back at it again tonight. I'll try and get some colour blocking done and fine tune the fleshtones.

    Colin
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  14. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Country:
    France
    Holy shit, I must be a Cossack
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  15. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Country:
    France
  16. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Until you are in a 5 year slump it ain't' over, and maybe not then....take it from me. Watch you don't paint too many for Hamilton. The rules are silent but the poster says there is a limit if 5 pieces per category per entrant. Strange rule IMO.

    Colin
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  17. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Good to know. I haven't been at high production so far... I haven't completed anything since the Ajax show. :sorry: I'll be lucky to get even one of these cossacks done by the show. Not bringing anything that has already made the rounds of the shows. We'll see if these guys get into any kind of flow... The horses are a huge undertaking in and of themselves. :nailbiting:

    Colin
  18. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Update...
    Painted this cossack's scalplock and moustashios, touched lightly on the skintone and did a second basecoat and first highlight on the white blouse, using Andrea's white set. Unfortunately, the pic of the right side of the head is washed out... the shading is much deeper on that side than what the pic shows :sorry:
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    I will give this veteran cossack some grey streaks in his hair and 'stash. Once the blouse is done, I may take a shot at painting some Ukrainian embroidery around the neck and collar :nailbiting:
    6514126-there-is-a-scheme-of-ukrainian-pattern-for-embroidery.jpg

    Cheers

    Colin
  19. Aveleira A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Hi Colin,

    Somewhat ambitious work! The embroidery looks like a challenge ;)
    Goodwork so far! ;)

    Regards
    Pedro
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  20. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanx Pedro... The thought of the embroidery scares the hell out of me but I'll try to find as simple a design as I can and give it a try. You never know if you can do it unless you try it
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