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Completed Dog Tag 1/16 US Pilot Pacific Theatre

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Peter Day, Apr 8, 2021.

  1. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

    I slogged on today and got the main part of the figure done:

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    Just the right arm and a couple of accessories to do now.
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  2. misfit151 A Fixture

    First class job again Peter......(y) great to see these somewhat obscure figures coming to life....Mike
  3. Merryweather Well-Known Member

    It's quite a strange figure but you are making a fab job of it as usual. I definitely would have changed the neck myself, but I do think it works now.
  4. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

    Mike - Cheers, I've always liked these Dog Tag 1/16s.

    Neil - These figures always have a slight awkwardness about them, but I actually like that a lot = we get so used to action heroes in this game that a more natural pose makes a nice change.
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  5. Marcin Morawski Well-Known Member

    A recognizable style of painting clothes, I like it very much. Can you reveal the shading recipe?
  6. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Looking very nice Peter. The figure has the look of a Calvin Tan sculpt. I remember he did a Japanese Navy pilot which was neatly sculpted but anatomically a bit comical.

  7. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Marcin.

    I've never really thought about my approach to clothing, except that I have always been concerned with getting the lighting right - usually the light coming from the front and above. Here, I used Vallejo Grey Green as the base colour for the overalls, and modulated the shades by adding touches of Camo Black Brown, English Uniform and Off White. The lighter tones and softer shadows are at the top, then they fall off towards the bottom where there are sharper contrasts. Lighter colour schemes such as this one tend to need more subtler shading, which is very hard to get right.

    I started painting each area by covering it with a mid tone, ie intermediate shadow, a mix of the Grey Green, English Uniform and Black Brown. While the area was still wet, I started building up the highlights with pure Grey Green, the wetness enabling the blending of the shadows with the highlights. The highlights were then built up by adding increasing amounts of Off White to the Grey Green. Where necessary, the shadows were darkened by adding more Black Brown and English Uniform to the base colour. It's essentially about trying to work wet, and that means working on small areas at a time - left front of chest, right front of chest, front of left arm and so on. I tend not to thin the paint too much to avid streakiness.

    I hope this makes sense.
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  8. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Phil

    I presume you mean this chap:


    Still a cabinet favourite of mine (sorry for rough photo). Glad you like the present one.
  9. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

    This one is finished:

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    I mounted him on an old Verlinden base last night, which I refurbished with gamer's grass tufts and Reality in Scale bamboo. I wanted to try and give the impression that he's landed on a recently captured Japanese island airstrip and found the helmet in the cleared scrub. Today I just needed to paint and attach the knife, right arm and chinstrap (which I'd initially attached upside-down).
  10. Marcin Morawski Well-Known Member

    Masterpiece. Looks incredible. Love this style.
  11. callmehobbes Active Member

    Top painting Peter.
  12. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    That's the one! There is a back story to this figure - back in the early 2000s when Euro Militaire was held for one year at the Saga HQ in Sandgate (Leas Cliff Hall was being done up) - I had a display stand for my then model group. I had scratchbuilt a 120mm Japanese Navy Pilot which was on display. Calvin spent a lot of time looking at it and took several photos. A couple of months later the subject of your photo came out. Mine's still in a box somewhere - I'll make a point of trying to find it now!
    You have painted it very nicely by the way(y)

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  13. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

    Marcin - Thank you. It's certainly not a masterpiece, but I'm glad you like it.

    Paul - Many thanks.

    Phil - That was very cheeky of him - were you annoyed or flattered? That's the danger of taking stuff to shows I suppose. Glad you like the way I painted him.
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  14. 1969 A Fixture

    Lovely job Peter, not a figure I am familiar with but you have done an excellent job with it.
  15. misfit151 A Fixture

    Beautifully done Peter on all aspects.....(y). Mike
  16. Noel Walker Active Member

    Nice work may have to pull mine out
  17. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks Steve, Mike and Noel.
  18. Robert Jan de Wit Active Member

    Wow, great painting.
    I am always impressed by your strong graphic and clean style.
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  19. Stephen Hutchinson PlanetFigure Supporter

    Morning Peter

    Great finish and lovely work on the subtle drapery of the uniform.

    Very nice.

    Mr Race passes on his best regards and will be in touch.

    Looks like you'll be dipping back into the box of re cycled figures for the next project.

    I guess you might be getting snow today?

    Have a good day with your next victim


    Steve H
  20. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Peter

    Another nice result on this , the figure certain,y has a charm and with the nice painting especially the overalls works well, neat and tidy work

    Thanks for sharing

    Look forward to next

    Happy benchtime


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