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Completed Critique Cossack 120mm

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by sam b, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. sam b Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi all,

    I dug this warriors Cossack out of my grey army; really just to practice with retarder mixed with Vallejo acrylic paints. I thought it would be a good figure to practice on as he has quite a lot of flowing drapery and the flesh has all been painted using this method. It takes a little getting used to and I am no way at home with it yet but I am quite happy for my first attempt.

    Because the retarder enables longer working time with the acrylic, I think it acts in a similar way to oils. Also, it seems to allow you to go very dark in places but also to have quite punchy highlights.

    This was influenced by Calvin Tan. When I don't seem to have my own creative juices flowing, I find it helps to mimic someone else's work.

    Please let me know your thoughts.

    Sam Brayne

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  2. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Wonderful painting! Congrets.

    If You want, there ist one litte detail to be changed:

    On the shoulder boards of the Don-Cossacks of the Red Army the stripe was blue (as You painted it right), but the piping around was red. On the pictures it looks also blue.

    Cheers
  3. pmfs A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Hi Sam!

    You got it!
    Those Cossack´s are in vogue these days and your work is spot on!(y)
  4. Showlen Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Sam, really amazing painting... the figure looks great!

    What ratio of the drying retarder to water to paint did you use?

    Thanks!
  5. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Very crisp paintjob, well done. (y)

    Pedro's right, Cossacks are in vogue right now, but does anyone know of production figs out there of earlier Ukrainian Cossacks? Particularly mounted Zaporozhian Cossacks.

    Colin
  6. Dr Force Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Excellent Sam, another great paint job mate(y)
  7. mil-mart A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Sam great painting very smooth blending and neat work. (y)

    Cheers Ken
  8. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Great piece of work Sam. I've got the Hornet 1/35 version primed.
    Carl.(y)
  9. sam b Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi all

    Thanks for taking the time to comment

    Martin if you could be so kind as to send me a photo I will make the changes , I know very little in regard to Cossacks and I only used the box art as reference.

    Hi Ronnie thanks for your comment ,the ratio of paint was 3 parts to 1 retarder 1 part life colour thinner and a bit of Tamiya flat base. hope that helps

    Thanks again Sam
  10. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Hi Sam!

    [IMG]

    Cheers
  11. Ferris A Fixture

    Nice clean paintwork Sam. (y)

    I think the transitions on the trousers are particularly well done.

    Cheers,
    Adrian
  12. sam b Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Adrian thanks I'm glad you like him .

    Thanks for the photo Martin I will sort out those details shortly .

    sam (y)
  13. dancap3286 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Looks really good Sam...

    I have this figure myself. I think you have inspired me to get it going.
  14. rafaelega Active Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Well done. Only an advice if you want to do: some more shadows in the jacket. I like the trousers. Keep up the good work!

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