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Another Gladiator

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by DaddyO, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. DaddyO A Fixture

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    Well I did mention in an earlier thread that I had this figure lurking in my grey army and after finishing one of the Metal Modelles mounted figures (which seemed to take a pleasant age) I wanted a 'quick' paint job so I rummaged through the box 'til I found this fella again. :)

    It is the well know 'Scissors' gladiator in 54 mm by Pegaso. Quality of casting was everything you'd expect, but only when I started painting did I find out how good it really is . . .

    The only slight change was to modify the head so that he was looking left and slightly down - Remembering the chat that Mike Blank gave at this years 'Euro' about altering the attitude of a figure with very tiny adjustments to the head [especially] to convey different emotions and attitudes. This chap already had a whole heap of bad-ass and it was surprising how a slight change in stance moved him away from the 'straight up and down' of the original. (That's a lot of explaining for a tiny change, but I really do urge you to try altering the head position with the next figure you're working on to get the idea of how effective it can be.

    Priming was done in Citadel black spray for a change (I've started playing with black primer instead of my usual white) The rest of the painting was in Vallejo and Andrea acrylics which have slightly different 'matt' finishes. Metallic paint was my now favoured Darkstar mixed with dark blue/grey/black/green and brown. Only the final highlights used the pure metallic paint. Lots of washes and back and forth with scratches and stippling built up an acceptable (to me at least) effect. I added some acrylic varnishes to further differentiate the surface textures.

    (I decided to leave the nipple rings in the end although I'm not sure of their purpose. o_O)

    The base is Das pronto covered in 'Hull texture powder' which is a very fine grit used by the tank boys for texturing turrets and the like. Most sands are too large for this scale IMO, but I've found that this works very well if not quite in the way the manufacturers originally intended.

    I had intended to add a drip of blood coming from the sword, but after some experiments with a kitchen knife and a bloody piece of meat (yes really!) it was obvious that this wasn't appropriate for a figure standing away from his victim so I settled on some stain on the sand below the blade.

    Great figure that I'd heartily recommend (y)
    Cheers
    Paul

    Gladiator.jpg
    Gladiator 2.jpg Gladiator 3.jpg Gladiator 4.jpg
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  2. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    United-Kingdom
    Superb Paul, nice painting and I like the small details.
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  3. Blind Pew A Fixture

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    Superb. I love what you've done with him.(y)
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  4. DaddyO A Fixture

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    Thanks guys :)
    Nearly had a hissy fit whilst I was painting him when I managed to bend (for the umpteenth time) the 'sword/bucket/slashing thing' on his left hand. In the end I decided to leave it bent (and painted) till he was safely based up and then straighten it - Luckily it didn't snap off when I did :ROFLMAO:
    Cheers
    Paul
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  5. Blind Pew A Fixture

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    I know what you mean, it is pretty fragile!
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  6. TERRYSOMME1916 Well-Known Member

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    Paul another nicely painted small scale figure from your workbench, seems as though you have had a surge of motivation, what are you on, I want some.
    TERRY
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  7. DaddyO A Fixture

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    Comes in fits and starts Terry as you know - I've been struggling with a Metal Modelles figure for the last couple of weeks. (I even thought about doing a bust!) Nothing wrong with the figure I hasten to add; I did tweak the pose a bit with a new left arm which I decided wasn't quite right after priming so had to re-make it. I've battled along on the silver lace til I got something acceptable to my eyes and then had a bit of a moment with the figures jacket, but I just kept plugging away and the last couple of days have been a real pleasure :) The face just seemed to come alive very quickly and I didn't have my usual paint the eyes three times till they looked right sessions ;) Encouraged by the progress I'm prepping a few more figures ready to play with at Bugle Call
    Cheers
    Paul
    ps Here's a pic of the horse as it stands with a few other bits still to do Carabineer horse.jpg
  8. TERRYSOMME1916 Well-Known Member

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    Yip Paul looking at the horse you are on a roll so crack on and keep the informative descriptions in there as well.
    TERRY
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  9. Ingvarr B New Member

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    Very good gladiator!
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  10. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    Very nice painting

    Mobo
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  11. John Bowery A Fixture

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    United-States
    Nicely done and keep going. Ride the wave:D
    Cheers
    John
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  12. igor_belousov Active Member

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    Ukraine
    Good work
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  13. Ferris A Fixture

    Very nice work on both gladiator and horse!

    Cheers
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  14. DaddyO A Fixture

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    Cheers Ferris (Horses rider now taking shape although fiddling with all the straps and buckles and bits seems to takes ages compared with painting them);)
  15. pmfs A Fixture

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    Portugal
    Stunning result Paul!

    Cheers,
    Pedro.
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  16. Ronaldo Well-Known Member

    Nice work Paul , and looks great at normal magnification and resolution which is where it is meant to be viewed . Is this trend I see of big sizing posts
    being done by the moderators and if so should be stopped or only done by the consent of the artist.

    Having been immersed in MM for a couple of years I know what you mean and have rattled out a few busts for some relief :D

    Ron
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  17. Agesilaus Active Member

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    France
    Good job (y)
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  18. arj A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Very nice work Paul.
    Look forward to seeing this at Bugle Call next month.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
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  19. DaddyO A Fixture

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    Cheers Andrew - I'll make sure he comes along :)
    See you then
    Paul

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