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Completed Critique B17 Waist Gunner

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by kiwi45, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. kiwi45 Active Member

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Hi All, this is Young miniatures bust which I thought one or two my like to see. As I am currently working to finish an armour project I was tempted to post this work which was completed previously. comments and advice welcome. Les

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  2. Andrew Craft Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Looks great Les, I really like flesh tones and leather work mate.
  3. Tommi A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Nice work Les, the leather looks great, how did you do it?

    Cheers
    Tommi
  4. housecarl Forum Moderator

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Yes please.
    Carl.
  5. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I too like the leathers very much, I have this piece on my bench at the moment and any insight as to how you achieved them would be most appreciated. Well done.

    Jay H.
  6. kiwi45 Active Member

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Many thanks, Andrew,Tommi,Carl and Jay for your comments, the leather was quite easy, well I thought so anyway, now if I remember correctly I started with a base of Tamiya flat Earth which I then followed by Vandyke Brown from the WN range of oils, this was applied thickly straight from tube then wiped off using clean cloth,which left colour in folds etc. subsequent stippling with WN flesh to give distressed look to leather. once this step was dry,very thin washes of WN Indian red produced the red tone, repeated until I was happy with colour. WN Vandyke Brown washes were also used to increase depth of low lights with neat flesh on seams etc. the leather colour can be altered by using different base browns or tans. hope this helps. Les
  7. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi Les,

    Great work mate. Thanks for the info on painting the leathers, very interesting technique. I like the face and the dirt marks left by the goggles.
  8. housecarl Forum Moderator

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Thanks for the leather technique Les, I'll give it a go.
    Cheers,
    Carl.
  9. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Very nice work Les.
    Thanks for the leatherwork. Gonna give that a try.

    marc
  10. rheath Active Member

    Country:
    South-Africa
    Tops old friend, a very nice bust indeed and your leather work is spot on, noted the leather technique for reference.(y)
  11. TWOMOONS Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Beautifully done...a superb figure!
    Just another suggestion about the leather...I have two of these jackets, both US and the RAF version.
    They came originally with a laquer coating on them, and the jacket had a shine to it when brand new from the quartermaster.
    In the close confines of a Flying Fortress, or Lancaster, etc., the layer of laquer rubbed off very quickly, and the results after only a few missions were that the jacket was actually wore to a cream color on the top of each grain in the leather.
    The overall effect was that the jacket was very much lighter on most of the surfaces, except for areas like underneath the collar, down the sides under the arms, which got less wear in the confines of the bomber.
    After 50 missions the jacket was considered "50 missions white"...and one painted that way, although it might be a challenge, would be totally accurate.
    The American version of the jacket, had a map pocket on some versions made of a dfifferent, non-laquered leather (horse), and it did not wear like the rest of the jacket, and always remained darker. A great contrast for a mini painter to render.
    A jacket , all brown, would be one that didn't see too much action yet, as the color change was swift.
    The A-2 jacket, which the pilot/co-pilot wore, did not wear this way.
  12. gordy Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    indeed! Well done :)
  13. unknown01 New Member

    Country:
    Japan
    Hi! Les.
    The feel of a material of the leather is wonderful.
    I liked it very much.
    I congratulate completion.

    Mitsutaka
  14. debrito A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada

    Good tip, thanks for shared.
  15. Elaphus Active Member

    Country:
    Germany
    Great painting Les, especially the leather looks great!

    Greeting

    Karsten
  16. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Les,
    Great looking bust. Thanks for the leather recipe.
    Cheers
    John
  17. Michael Tse Active Member

    Country:
    HongKong
    This looks absolutely stunning. As a Young enthusiast, I am green with envies :)

    It appears that the first picture and the rest present distinctively warm and cold lighting respectively. I am quite curious as to how the flesh tone and the rest look in natural day light. Also, with a great paint job like this, one might appreciate to have an opportunity for a closer look, for example to admire the superb leather rendition.
  18. kiwi45 Active Member

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Hi Guy's, many many thanks for your comments they are very much appreciated. Michael as you would appreciate photography can be very subjective, I think the pics I have posted can never really show the bust as would be seen in the flesh, so to speak. I think that the first pic is my favourite, it is warm and also close to the actual piece, but as always everyone may have an opinion. Les
  19. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Hi Les,

    Sorry mate not alot of time at present but pleasing to see you are progressing with your bust work. This one does look neat, had you considered some stenciling or 'owner' markings on the kit e.g. on the life jacket to indicate it is his, war department issue extra. Little features like this & wear & tear on jacket will help personalise it further & make it stand out from others.

    Keep it up mate & may you all stay safe from those after shocks too!

    Mike
  20. Michael Tse Active Member

    Country:
    HongKong
    It is splendid if the first picture is a good reflection.

    I only brought that up because I've always had trouble showing PF friends the actual colours of my choice, thanks to an unsophisticated camera. I feel it is important that the audience has an accurate comprehension of the artist's choices of colours, which happen to say a lot about the artist's skills and sensibilities.

    As I said, splendid.

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