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Completed Das Boot

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Steve Ski, Jun 7, 2023.

  1. Briggsy A Fixture

    Shaping up to be a cracking piece of work.

    Cheers Simon
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  2. Oda A Fixture

    A trully grand undertaking which seems to be paying dividends so far.As others said,it is going to look amazing when done.

    Oda.
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  3. NigelR A Fixture

    Excellent progress, really looking forward to seeing this progress.
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  4. Steve Ski PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thank you, Gentlemen, I appreciate the encouragement. Posting more soon.;)
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  5. Steve Ski PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Capt. Brock Is Ready for Duty

    Well, after the long “Battle of the Resins,” I can now say I am happy this figure is finished, for the most part. Looking closer at these pics I can see shadows that need definition and a few lines needing more amplification. The punch list is growing, yikes!

    When painting this dark color tone with oils it’s sometimes difficult to see the flaws that may have been missed during the primer coat portion. This color tone and the high gloss when painting with oils can really mess with your perception and must be constantly observed from multiple angles to make sure areas are treated as they should be, natural shadow fall, highlights, etc. My personal experience has shown that it can be a bit taxing at times to catch all of it correctly, specifically with these dark tones. However, I do like how these coats and trousers are folded and formed, making them a great canvas for blending the oils. This part is always fun for me, personally.

    Using my standard “rattle can” Dull Coat I am now able to more easily see those flaws, and the slag, that I have missed. Correcting some of these issues will not be addressed as the repainting is more trouble than the issues involved. This really has not been my most enjoyable set of figures to work with.

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    I will be breaking from the expected glossy water effect on all of these figures, including the deck. I know this set is portrayed on the deck at sea with heavy winds and everyone assumes there’s a sea spray at a quick glance, but is there really? Since the upper portion of the deck is all that is visible I can pretty much work this as I see fit, right? After all, glossy figures are a pet peeve of mine and I won’t willingly do it, if I can help it. Oh, did I mention that I hate glossy figures? HA!

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    So, for now Capt. Brock will be set aside as I bring the rest of the crew up to speed. I have my punch list, so hopefully all the stray boofs will be wrangled into the coral before these figures are mounted onto the deck. I’m off to work the next figure while the momentum is present, minus winter prep outside, as with what usually happens in Sept/Oct time frame.


    Thanks for watching, more to follow soon. Cheers, Ski.
  6. Nap Moderator

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    Hi Ski

    The Captain looks really good , keep the momentum going

    Look forward to seeing more the next Figure

    To spray or not to have spray ......that is the question.....lol

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  7. 1969 A Fixture

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    I agree these will look much better without any shine to represent wet, figure came out very nicely and no flaws that are obvious to me.
    Cheers
    Steve
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  8. Briggsy A Fixture

    He looks great, the pale skin looks really good. I agree with the matt dry look, though even of a dry calm day there would be plenty of wet around, but that's the joy of being the artist making it how it best pleases you.

    Cheers Simon
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  9. Steve Ski PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks for the input, Gents, I appreciate it.

    It has been suggested that some wet should be visible on the tower edges, etc., like I did on my last Gun Deck. I'm going to mull this over a bit, but I will not gloss these guys, the details will be "awash", HA! Wet boots possibly, maybe even a bit of light spray on the bottom portion of the trousers, but that will be it.

    Rain is forcasted all week, so I hope to knock out a few more before the firewood has to be split;)

    Thanks again, Gents!
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  10. MalcC A Fixture

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    Great work Steve, the coat looks real. (y)

    Malc
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  11. marco14 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    this is also a very nice thing (didn't find the correct word LOL ) that is going to be amazing also when it's finished
    looking forward to see more of your work,keep it up (y)

    Mario
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  12. Steve Ski PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Tanks, Marco and Malc. Things are moving much smoother now, yehaaaaaa!
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  13. Warren SMITH A Fixture

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    amazing brush work...
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  14. Oda A Fixture

    Totally nailed this one mate.Totally!

    Oda.
  15. Steve Ski PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thank you, Oda, and Warren!;)
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  16. NigelR A Fixture

    Excellent progress and do keep going. Sometimes projects turn out harder than anticipated and it can sap the enthusiasm, but I am sure this will look great when done.

    Oh and I too hate glossy figures;)
  17. Steve Ski PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks, Nigel. I knew I wasn't alone!
  18. Steve Ski PlanetFigure Supporter

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    2nd Lieutenant on the Deck

    Moving right along with the second figure completed, I do see a few more issues to address, so those will be added to the punch list as well. Once again, I forgot to snap a few photos during the process, oops. Sometimes I get on a roll and just get too far along. Note to self, take pics!

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    The jacket has a slightly more bluish tone than the Capt.’s coat, but a slight variation is not a bad thing. I really did not like covering up the eyes on this figure, but that couldn’t be helped. One note, these binos do not align with the eyes and there is no real way to correct that issue, so it stays.

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    Ok, two down, three more to go, and I better keep it rolling along, and take pics, too. Thanks for watchin.

    Cheers, Ski.
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  19. marco14 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    this is absolute looking very beautiful,the way you are coming from and the difference now,
    that is a lot of biggggggggg difference,I like it (y)

    Mario
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  20. MalcC A Fixture

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    Another great looking figure, going to be an awesome piece.

    Malc
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