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Alpine's 1/16th scale German U-Boat Watch Officer

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Steve Ski, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. Steve Ski Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Stevo. I'm gonna keep pluggin till the snow melts, then all bets are off, bummer :(


    Cheers, Ski.
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  2. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    I have just read through your thread and very nice too, that face is amazing. That's something I will try. Impressed with the VIIB too. Following with great interest.
    Have just watched the full set of the 2018 Das Boot over 3 nights.
  3. Steve Ski Well-Known Member

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    Ya Bob, "Das Boot" has kept me "in roll" many times while doing these figures, set's the mood just right. Sometimes I'll run the full line-up of sub movies while painting. The only problem being, if it's a new movie I'm watching, not much paint hits the resin, HA!


    Thanks for the encouragement Bob. Cheers, Ski.
  4. Steve Ski Well-Known Member

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    Highlighting the Coat

    Ok, the fun part is upon us. Once the darker shades have been blended it's time to blend in the highlights.An initial medium bluish tone was added to the larger areas needing highlights.After this was blended and feathered a lighter tone was added on all the ridges and creases, slowly working my tones toward the lighter shade of blue/gray.The last highlight is pretty much a full gray tone, just a hint of blue has been added.

    Since I'm working the entire upper portion of the torso before I move to the trousers I went ahead and painted the epilates, bino strap, and an initial working of the turtle neck sweater. They will be completed, as well as the white chord from his waist pocket and gloves, before I begin working the trousers.I'm handling this figure by the legs and base all day, so primer touch-up will be needed when the time comes.

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    Re-shading the recesses

    Now the shadows are starting to become accentuated, but we still need more definition added to bring them out. I add a very thin sliver of dark gray, almost a black tone, into the upper portions of all the creases and then feather the oils to blend into the prior shading.This needs to be done very lightly, small areas at a time.It's easy to get carried away and try to rush this portion of the shading.I have to stop and access the progress throughout the process to make sure this step is not over done.As you can see the right side of the coat is starting to take shape rather nicely.

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    Before I move on to the trouser a final highlighting will be applied as needed to all the high points. Still a ways to go, but we're making progress.

    More to follow and thanks for watching. Cheers, Ski.
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  5. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Really beautiful work Ski! Blending and color choice is superb.

    Cheers,
    Ken
  6. Steve Ski Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Ken. I know oils dry darker, so I'm hoping these two figs will be close. If not, oh well, I'm not perfect, HA!

    Thanks again Amigo, Ski.
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  7. 1969 A Fixture

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    Thumbs up from me mate (y)

    Cheers
    Steve
  8. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Very nice so far, these are lovely sculpt's.
  9. Steve Ski Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Stevo, and Bob. These figs are incredibly well sculpted, like all the Alpine line. I do like em.
  10. Tony Dawe PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Smooth blending Ski
  11. Steve Ski Well-Known Member

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    Gracias Tony!
  12. Steve Ski Well-Known Member

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    Watch Officer is Finished



    Well, I thought I had taken in-progress photos of the legs and shoes, but apparently not. So, refer to the Captain figure, I used the same methods and techniques. Now all that is lacking is attaching these two figures to the deck and taking photos.



    I felt rushed on this last figure towards the end due to summer outside work fast approaching. But, since my sleep before the night shift was lacking I spent a few hours each night before work to finish this last figure. Boy, work sure does get in the way of this hobby, ya know what I mean? At any rate, come Thursday it won't anymore, Yehaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.......!



    Here's final shots before posting to the gallery.

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    Thanks for watchin. Cheers, Ski.
  13. Blind Pew A Fixture

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    Superb painting there mate.(y)
  14. Landrotten Highlander Active Member

    superbly done. Put it on a scale model of a sub tower, take a black&white piture and you would think it is the real person.
    ....
    come to think of it, would work for a colour foto just as well, particulalry if you were able to achieve the picture quality that was current at the time (i.e. not so crisp as the cameras these days can manage)
  15. khollar Active Member

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    Impressive work, Ski! That gun deck makes an incredible base for these two excellent figures! Looking forward to seeing the end result.

    Kurt
  16. Steve Ski Well-Known Member

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    Thank you Gentlemen, I greatly appreciate the compliments. This has been a fun build for sure.

    L.H. I just might have to take some b/w pics for the fun of it when I get these guys mounted on the deck, good idea, thanks ;)

    Cheers, Ski.
  17. 1969 A Fixture

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    Nice one Ski, can't wait to see them both on the deck together (y)
    Cheers
    Steve
  18. Steve Ski Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Stevo, hopefully by the end of the week I'll get pics up.

    I had a glitch with my D60, didn't want to recognize the sd card, uh oh............. So, I did find another facial pic, much clearer.


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    Obviously I still need more camera work, but here it is for now.



    Cheers, Ski.

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