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BRIGADIER-TROMPETTE, CHASSEURS A CHEVAL DE LA GARDE IMPERIALE, France 1808

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by iceman, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. iceman Member

    Okay,

    Well this is the first proper figure that I've worked on for about 2 years, the face and breeches were completed before I got involved with the GW scene. I did think that perhaps my miniature painting would help my large scale figures, but I'm not so sure, I'll let you guys be the judge of that.

    This is far more complex than I had imagined. The Square braids on both the Dolman and Pelisse are multi coloured, sky-blue and gold for the Pelisse or Crimson and gold on the Dolman! But I fell in love with the figure and just had to have it.

    I've struggled with the shading/highlighting of both the crimson and the sky-blue.

    Another issue that I have is the Colpack, I'm not entirely happy with it, but I think this is something to do with the sculpting of the fur, to me it looks to sheep skin, rather than fur. I will try and whiten it up a bit with some more pure white dry brushing to see if that works, unless someone can give me any pointers.

    It's always difficult to judge, as there is still so much to finish on it and sometimes the whole doesn't justify the parts, then suddenly, once it's completed it all comes together.

    My photography stinks and I actually think that it does look better in real life.

    Comments and critique welcome as always.

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    Thnaks for looking.
  2. petit belge New Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    for me, this is optima forma. Welllllll done.
  3. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Good work,
    The blue is very difficult. i think you did a good job with it.

    marc
  4. iceman Member

    Thanks petit belge and megroot.

    I've done some more on it and am quite happy with the progress thus far.
  5. iceman Member

    Have had a chance to do some work on this fellow, over the last few days. Have now done the lacing and brandenbergs, as well as tweaking the colour of the pelisse, although I still think it looks more burgundy than crimson, although the undercoated sheepskin edge might be something to do with it, once it's black it might make it look okay. Have twaeked the colpack as well and think it looks better, although I'm still not 100% with it!

    I actually bothered to use a sort of lighting set up with coloured card, rather than a scrap of white paper and do think that the images are better as a result.

    Comments, critique or pointers, always welcome, however bad, as I so want to get better!

    Thanks

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  6. Mark S Guest

    Tim,great painting,mate.
    I look forward to the finished piece.
  7. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi Tim,

    Great work mate. I'm following your SBS with interest. The coloured background for your photos does help, but may I suggest a different colour so the blue colour on the jacket stands out against the backdrop.

    Cheers
  8. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Good Work Tim,

    marc
  9. iceman Member

    Thanks Stiff, always nice to have comments, our hobby is so insular that getting feed back is always a nice fillet.
  10. iceman Member

    Tony, coming from a man who doesn't blanch at painting 1/6th scale figures, with camouflage I appreciate your comment about "with interest". Honoured.

    I agree blue card might not be the best, will try and get some green or black as the colours are quite bright all round the black should make it pop.

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