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WIP Army, Navy and RAF bust from Gordon Mitchell, MMM.

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Geoff Charman, Dec 28, 2018.

  1. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    I liked the look of these 1/9th busts as soon as I saw them, Sculpted by Steve Leadley for Gordon Mitchell at MMM.

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    I cleaned them up and filled the odd air hole in the resin, primed them, and decided to start on the RAF pilot Flt. Sgt.

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    Started with the face as I usually do, eyes first in acrylics and varnished over with an acrylic varnish, then the flesh in oil based Artist's oils

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    The hair and roll neck sweater are in Vallejo acrylics, I will have to tone down the stark ,solid look of the hair, but before them I block coloured his uniform, in Vallejo Luftwaffe Uniform WW2, which I think matches very well.

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    That's it for now.

    Geoff
    TBC
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  2. Mookie Active Member

    A nice start and wise choice.Steve does some great work and hes been helping me a lot.The little bases he does for sculpts set the subjects off nicely.Watching with interest Geoffrey.
    Rich.
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  3. Nap Forum Moderator

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    England
    Hi Geoff

    I have this bust (RAF) , it's nice so following this with interest

    Agree with Rich ref the bases ..nice touch

    Happy painting

    Nap
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  4. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Thanks Rich, I don't use the bases as I prefer to keep all mine a universal shape where possible, but I do like the idea.

    Geoff
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  5. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Thanks Nap, see above reply ref. bases.

    Geoff
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  6. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    I've made a quite a good bit of progress this morning, added some darker colour in the folds and under the folds, then a thinned main uniform colour which I lightened slightly and used a dark blue for the cloth backing to the stripes, crown badge, shoulder flashes and the wings. The badge and buttons were given a base coat of gold brown then when dry a wash of Citadel earth wash.

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    Painted the lighter colour on the rank chevrons and crown, also the shoulder flashes, then a spot of light brown was added to the mix for the pilot wings. The buttons and cap badge was lightly painted with a mix of the gold brown and pearl medium.

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  7. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Part 2,
    When all dry I dry brushed the bust with a mix of white Artist's oils and a spot of Prussian blue.

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    Now for the sailor.

    Geoff
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  8. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Geoff

    Happy new year to you and all the family

    Lovely bit of artwork there , I see you left off the pipe on yours .

    Bnice work on those badges as well

    This certainly has a appeal with the polo neck and the character in the face ..so nice one Steve for the sculpt

    Look forward to seeing your sailor

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  9. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Thanks Nap, and to you and her indoors mate, I forgot about the pipe, thanks for reminding me.

    Geoff
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  10. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    United-Kingdom
    Hello Geoff, very nice painting, looking forward to the matelot.
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  11. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England

    Hi Geoff

    After fighting and loosing with the carpet monster for the pipe , I now have this lurking on my bench ..might put different wings on him ( nothing wrong with Steve wings ! )

    https://www.planetfigure.com/threads/ww2-raf-flight-sgt-from-rdg.119475/

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  12. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Thanks Bob, would be nice, would be nice to get some bench time, been busy since finishing this one.

    Geoff
  13. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Started the matelot, face first as usual to give bust some character using Artist's oils and the the base colours using various shade mixes for the uniform using Vallejo acrylics.

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    Now the work starts
  14. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Geoff

    Blimey you wearing running shoes as well ....painting quicker than I get my brushes out!

    Great start mate ..Thought you might have gone for the White tropical version ......lol

    As always ...following

    Nap
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  15. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    The faces I did all in one go so not to waste the paint mixes, no I kept it to 1940 BEF, Dunkirk period, I will leave you to do the tropical one.

    My brushes are always out mate, just the water I have to change.;)
  16. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Geoff

    Think I would do a BEF ...too much white for the tropical one ..unless you did a really dirty looking stoker !!

    Long may your brushes stay out ...your avatar shoukd be a whirlwind logo ...lol

    Nap
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  17. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Nearly finished him, just a bit of touching up.

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  18. valiant A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Geoff - nice job! Just one little detail, the propeller/star badge on the right arm should be red on blue - at least they were on the photo I worked from - cheers!(y)
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  19. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Thanks, I went by this but will change it.

    leading stoker badge.jpg
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  20. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Geoff

    Nearly finished .....blooming heck !

    Looking good as well, those white ones especially

    You will have the other (Tubby) finished by the time I have done my RAF one !

    Nap
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