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WIP " Avant-Gardé " SBS

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by kagemusha, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. kagemusha A Fixture

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    Hi Brian, sorry you feel that way about the airbrush. For me personally, it is the only way I could get the effect I wanted. That in itself, to me at least, is justification for using it.
    I have long admired your work, some of the best on here, IMHO. But, I don't have your level of skill with the brush so, I have to use what methods will get me the best results.
    Being an 'old timer' myself, I can try to understand your point of view regarding the airbrush but, in the end, it all comes down to personal taste.
    I respect your honesty and opinion, and thank you for commenting.

    Regards

    Ron
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  2. Tubby-Nuts2 A Fixture

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    Ron, considering this is a 90mm piece and not a 1/6th scale piece, and that the use of Airbrushes' is a far more difficult concept to master (IMHO), than the use of brush and paint. What you have achieved is really quite 'Eye-Popping', and its not yet finished! ... :eek:

    I will continue to follow this really closely, as the results so far are superb!

    High Regards,

    Mark
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  3. kagemusha A Fixture

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    Hi Mark, comments are much appreciated (y)
    Airbrushes have been around for a very long time. They have been the mainstay of 2D artists up until the fairly recent arrival, in comparison, of computers.
    Many of the great exponents have used them to bring life to fantasy creatures in films we all marvelled at in our younger days.
    Then they became the tool of choice for 'custom' paint jobs in the car and motorcycle arenas. It is a tool that can produce results that no other medium can come close to replicating.
    However, it will never replace brushes in the figure world. No matter how good the user is, there are genuine limitations to it's capabilities, even in the most skilled hands.
    I have chosen to introduce it into my work to try and achieve a higher level of realisation than I personally can with brushes alone.

    Cheers

    Ron
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  4. kagemusha A Fixture

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    Just a quick update. Have worked a few of the sub assemblies whilst waiting for the horse to dry. Sabre and straps, Portmanteau and carbine. All in oils with acrylic metals.
    As with the Shabraque, still have to do the regiment number on the ends of the Portmanteau.

    IMG_1152.jpg IMG_1153.jpg IMG_1172.jpg IMG_1174.jpg

    Ron
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  5. BarrieHynd Well-Known Member

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    Getting better and better all the time Ron. Going to be a beauty when done.

    Barrie
  6. kagemusha A Fixture

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    Cheers Barrie.....fingers crossed mate.....have to say I am pleased with it so far :D

    Ron
  7. Tubby-Nuts2 A Fixture

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    Barrie, that was just what I was about to say!:LOL: I love the visual on all 3 bits! Each in its own carries quality! ... Getting rather excited about what's to come! :D

    Regards,

    Mark
  8. Richie A Fixture

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    Hi Ron,
    A very informative SBS again, it's a case of Monkey see, Monkey want to do. The effects I really like and the subtle dappling is great, this could prove very useful in the future;).
    Now you must tell us Chimps again:facepalm:, what thinning agent do you use and what sort of ratio to paint???? It will go in eventually honest. The last time us Chimps had a go at airbrushing I think we got the effects wrong!:rolleyes:

    chimp airbrushing.jpg
    chimp hand over eyes.jpg

    Your little chimp mate is following.
    cheers
    Richie
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  9. kagemusha A Fixture

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    Glad you like the update Mark (y)

    Ron
  10. kagemusha A Fixture

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    Hello my little chimp mate :LOL:........great to hear from you...and glad your enjoying the show (y)

    Right....for the 54th time :rolleyes:....thinners of choice for me Vallejo or LifeColour......ratio is dependent on brand of paint but as a guide......the best tip I can give you is as follows....

    Never thin the paints in the airbrush cup.....use a small dish...I use the plastic tops off milk bottles.....
    Put the paint into the dish....start with a few (4-5) drops of thinner and mix them together....
    Now take a flat brush and load it with the colour you have thinned.....hold the brush to the top inside rim of the colour cup on the AB.....the paint should run quickly down into the bottom of the cup....
    It should take about a second to reach the bottom....but leave a trail of colour that you can't see the metal of the cup through.....
    Too thin and it will flow fast...but leave a very transparent trail of the colour.....washed out..
    Too thick and it will travel very slowly...2-3 seconds as a guide...
    Hope this helps Richie....now scrub that poor chimp clean :whistle:

    Ron
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  11. kagemusha A Fixture

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    Have gone as far as I can with the horse now. Only pieces of horse furniture left to do are the reins and carbine/boot and the retaining strap, which will all go on after rider is mounted.
    Have fixed him to the base for safety/ease of handling. Will move on to the Dragoon himself next.

    IMG_1194.jpg IMG_1196.jpg IMG_1197.jpg IMG_1201.jpg IMG_1202.jpg IMG_1204.jpg IMG_1207.jpg

    Shout if you see anything that needs attention.

    Ron
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  12. BarrieHynd Well-Known Member

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    Like this more and more with each update Ron(y). Will you be giving the horse a slight sheen look later or will it be left as it is?
    Looking forward to the Dragoon getting painted.

    Barrie.
  13. kagemusha A Fixture

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    Hi Barrie, glad you like it mate (y)....have already started on Dragoon ;)

    To me personally....a horse only has a shine after being groomed...as this is 'on campaign'...will leave it as is.

    Cheers

    Ron
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  14. BarrieHynd Well-Known Member

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    Never thought of that before. That makes sense.

    Barrie
  15. ChaosCossack A Fixture

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    Looking great!
    I really dig the result you've gotten with the horse furniture.

    Following closely

    Colin
  16. Kevin D. Well-Known Member

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    Ron,

    I just came on this SBS. Great info! This may be a too basic question but, going back to the start for a moment, can you tell how you reinforced those legs? I have this kit and the P.M. New Orleans Std bearer and would sure like a simpler way to secure the horse than the drilling I have done in the past. Especially on a couple of great classics.

    Thanks,

    Kevin
  17. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

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    kevin I have had this figure based up for some twenty five years and it has never move a millimetre :)
  18. arj A Fixture

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    Excellent SBS.
    I'm finding it particularly useful as I have a PM mounted samurai whose horse was started a long while ago and turned out crap, and I lost heart.
    Finally, it's time to get the paint stripper out and have another go.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
  19. Kevin D. Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Ron, I sent a PM
  20. kagemusha A Fixture

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    Many thanks Kevin....nice one.

    Ron

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