"Dead Men Tell No Tales"

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Guy, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. Alex M. Active Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Guy,

    Looks fantastic ! average painter my ....
    What keeps catching my eye is his sash (although the rest is good too)
    The reds are just perfect, as always !

    -Alex
  2. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    I have added the stripes to the trousers

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    Now the other leg is complete

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    The pattern is laid out on the bandana for the poka dots using primer and after drying each is blended and shaded.

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  3. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Guy,

    No words for it. Just enjoying to see this really nice vignette comes to a finish.
    Great work.

    Marc
  4. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks Marc......glad you are enjoying this too. It is about 1/2 way now with the standing pirate and the Captain yet to go. If there is enough room without crowding the whole scene I have a 5th pirate I want to use as well.
  5. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hey Guy, nice work as usual. ;)
    I have this kit in my gray army, it has terrific details and it's begging to be painted.

    Cheers

    Roc :)
  6. Figure Mad Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Guy

    Sorry to have got in late, on this one, it looks fantastic, the tanned skin tones look brilliant, cant wait to see this one finished.... just wish I could get to the US shows, have to spend my holiday this year at Disney instead... :lol:

    Dave
  7. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks Dave. I remember when the kids vacations came first. When they are grown and gone.....you'll have plenty of shows to attend.
  8. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Guy, Nice job on the "late" pirate. The stripes and polka dots are a must have for this subject.~Gary
  9. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks Gary. I have always felt Verlinden paints their box art with the drabbest colors and one has to look past the drab colors and see the detail. The box pictured below has some pretty drab colors for the Pirate Captain. I am working on cleaning up the figure now and will totally disregard the box art suggestion and add some "color" to the captain.

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  10. quang Active Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    Hello Guy,

    You're doing great progress with your Howard Pyle Homage! (y)

    I'm also glad to see from your pics that you've sorted out the white balance problem. ;)

    All the best,
    Q.
  11. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks Quang. I have re-read the camera's instruction book and also went online and looked at the manufacturer's site dealing with this Model of Fuji. The hardest is keeping it steady for quick shots without having to set up the lighting and backdrop and tabletop tri-pod each time I take a pic.
  12. quang Active Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    Hello Guy,

    For my s-b-s pics, I use this monopod to steady the cam.

    MANFROTTO 276

    No need to adjust lightning or backdrop whatsoever. Everything stays in the same position as when I'm working on the figure.

    HTH
    Q.
  13. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    While I am doing the seams on the newest pirate I also continue with the 2nd and 3rd figure. The sash, pants and scarf have been completed and now to the arms and head.

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    The dead pirate has his arms and the right leg added with just the sword to complete here. I have also selected a large Thomas base and have begun positioning the figures for the final scene.

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    all comments and questions are welcomed.
  14. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    I went into my base supply and came out with a Ken Thomas 8 inch round for the scene to be mounted to. I also fastened the second pirate to the kit base which in turn will be incorporated into the total groundwork later.

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    This is about where it will be centered on the base and later work the sculpty-mold up to the resin base.

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    Another view

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    I have cleaned, primed and base coated the Captain who will be with a red jacket, green vest, white sash and a red poka dot bandana. The next step to the Captain is to blend and shade these base colors.

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    all comments welcome
  15. Ernest A Fixture

    Country:
    Venezuela
    :eek: :eek: :eek:
    no words..
  16. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hey Guy, I agree with Ernesto, it looks really good ;) , looking forward to your next step.

    Keep up the good work.

    Cheers
    Roc. :)
  17. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks Ernest and Roc........hope to be able to make some progress this week. Got lots more figs begging to be painted.
  18. Pete_H New Member

    Guy,
    Sorry to be the one who contradicts all the postings, but you did say that "all comments are welcome" ...

    I think the fleshtones look way too yellow. If I may be so bold, I recommend laying off of the yellow and try adding some other colors besides gold ochre (just an educated guess), such as jaune brilliant (OK, this is a "yellow" color, but it's a "reddish yellow" ;) ), naples yellow red (again, another "reddish yellow" color. In fact, so "reddish" that it doesn't even look yellow), or just plain white to your base mix. By the way, what is your base mix? Perhaps this is where the excessive yellow lies. Although the transitions between colors looks okay, the yellow tone of the fleshtones doesn't look natural.

    Just my two pesos worth. Take it for what you wish ;)
  19. Calvin Member

    It's hard (at least for me) to judge a digital picture, but for what I see Guy's pictures tends to be not so well colour-balanced.
    Please, do not take as a critique, my pictures are much worse, is just my opinion (and to avoid any kind of controversy, this IS NOT what I was referring to when I was talking about Photoshop some thread ago) - I do not want to argue at all, just trying to help, even if my knowledge about it is really poor.
    Balancing a picture without seeing the original and without having a 'true' color as reference is really hard, but I think the original piece does not look so yellow.
    However, I think is a really beautiful vignette.

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  20. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks for the feedback guys.....I appreciate them. when I state "all comments welcome".....I do mean all comments because the negatives can help me just as much if not more that the positive ones.

    Pete - Thanks Pete. The yellow I use is Cadium Yellow, Windsor Newton. I may try a different yellow as I see your point. Although I like the oils for flesh.....I am constantly trying to improve the end result and your comment helps me look at another factor........try a different yellow. Thanks again Pete.

    Luca - Thanks Luca. I am still struggling with the new camera and when taking sbs photos, I do not go to the trouble to set up the photo equipment and tri-pod but rather just take quick snapshots right at my work desk. When the figures are finished, I usually set up the equipment and adjust the balance and white. Just don't have enough room for a permanent photo area. I think too, that the fact that I am in a room with windows on 3 sides and the daylight that streams into the room can also effect how the "snap-shots" come out. Cloudy day versus sunny day.

    added comment: Actually the comments that may seem negative when you leave them are the most helpful comments as these are the ones that can help me improve my skills. Telling me "it looks great" doesn't help me find or see an area I may not have noticed or improve in.

    negative comments + an open mind = constructive criticism . thats what I want

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