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Completed A Pirate's Disaster

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Sven, Jul 18, 2020.

  1. Sven A Fixture

    Dear Planeteers,
    every figure or bust is a painting experience on its own. No figure is the same and no painting job is just an easy walk in the park. I knew that and I was prepared to execute some gentle persuasion. This time, however, I met fierce resistance. In the end, this project turned in a true painting disaster. Despite my best efforts, almost every part of this bust was a struggle and NO pleasure at all.

    I bought this bust from Warriors a few weeks ago on ebay. I think it is OOP.
    The look of the face was great and the quality of the cast was surprisingly good. I decided to leave the hat away and thus had to sculpt the back of the head with green stuff. I also added some ear rings and a necklace. After this promising start my initial paint scheme did not work and I eventually ended up with what you see here. I am not proud of it.
    Pirate_3.JPG Pirate_2.JPG Pirate_4.JPG Pirate_5.JPG

    Keep on painting

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  2. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    What is it that you are not happy with; I think it looks fantastic
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  3. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

    I like it! (y) A big improvement over the box art. Love the pattern on the vest.

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  4. DaddyO A Fixture

    Hi Sven
    Firstly well done with seeing it through to the end (I've had a few of these sorts of figures in recent months and understand exactly what you are saying):)

    On the plus side though although you may not be happy with the finished figure I really like it. (y)
    (Just love the face and the bandanna is bang on trend with all the long hair after lock down):ROFLMAO:

    Now get back to the brushes and hopefully the next one will be one of those figures which flows from the brush
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  5. Babelfish A Fixture

    Nothing wrong with that at all. It's a great job.

    You are either being too harsh on yourself, or fishing for "don't-be-daft-mate-it's-marvellous" compliments. I can't work out which.

    - Steve
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  6. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Nothing wrong with the painting. As DaddyO says we have all been there.
    Keep painting though.
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  7. Henkm Well-Known Member

    Love the face. Wouldn't want to meet this pirate in a dark alley for sure!
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  8. Sven A Fixture

    Thank you all for your kind feedback. That's very encouraging and sweetens my disappointment a lot.
    Steve, I was not fishing for any sort of compliments. I am simply not happy how this bust turned out. I think he is rough around the edges and totally lacks real visual interest. The face is cool but I wanted a sun kissed appearance and now it's just looking a little dirty. The vest is decent at least in my eyes.
    I think Paul is right, let's hope the next one will flow from the bruhes. Well, at least the priming went well.
  9. Babelfish A Fixture

    Fair comment Sven, perhaps I was being a little harsh because overall I think that a lot of guys would be pretty happy with that end result. I also like the modifications you've made in order to individualise it. In the end we are all our own biggest critics! That can be a bad thing in the sense that maybe sometimes we don't always give ourselves enough credit, but a good thing in the sense that it motivates us to do better next time.

    - Steve
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  10. Scott Sheltz Well-Known Member

    Great job. I like what you did to re-sculpt the head without the hat.
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  11. CondeJulian Well-Known Member

    That is a John Rosengrant sculpt. It's a masterpiece, and mine has almost a decade now. I like the results to this day, since the sculpture makes the hard work ! Good work so far...
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  12. Oda A Fixture

    I like it.I think you are indeed a bit harsh on yourself but I also understand your frustration on not being able to match the end result to the picture you had in your head.That apart it is a great bust,painted to a very high standard indeed.

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  13. Nap Moderator

    Hi there Sven

    I think that looks good like the flesh work on it looks weather hardened ...a nice facial sculpt from Mr R

    I actually prefer it with out the hat so good on you for the rework

    Nice painting on the vest and the headscarf

    I would have that in my cabinet

    Thanks for sharing

    Happy benchtime

    Look forward to your next

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  14. arj A Fixture

    Very nicely painted.
    If I could paint even half as well as your rendition, I'd be well pleased.

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  15. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    Wonderful work and painting

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