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First Figure In 20+ Years

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by lpa53, Dec 19, 2023.

  1. lpa53 Active Member

    While I’ve visited the PlanetFigure site on and off and have uploaded figure photos to a gallery, I’ve not been active in the hobby for around twenty years. About that time I was hit with a severe physical affliction that, after four months of falling apart, landed me at the Mayo Clinic with a diagnosis of a then-unnamed autoimmune disease. After a year of recovery I was able to return to work but was left with shaky hands and eyesight that weren't amenable to close work.

    When I retired and moved eight years ago I set up a hobby area and told myself to try my hand again. But the years passed and while I concentrated on my guitar playing instead, the gray army sat packed away. A few weeks ago I decided to bite the bullet and give painting a try, telling myself to stop comparing myself to others or even my younger self and just have fun relearning how to make the miniatures that had fascinated me since I was a kid.

    Among the small army was an old 54mm Ares figure that I’d primed and painted the busby fur and face for but had done nothing else. The figure wasn’t up to today's standards but with the face out of the way (doing faces always scared the heck out of me) it could be a good figure to experiment with.

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    Looking at the piece with older eyes, I realized that the sculptor had put the elaborate sleeve lace on what would actually be the inside of the sleeves (!) so, making sure I didn’t harm what I’d already done, I filed the sleeves down as best I could. I couldn't get the partially painted, already iffy casting all that smooth and the results, along with my very rusty painting skills, don't bear zooming in on. I also decided to simplify the lace patterns shown on the box art as again, I was using this just to have fun and see if I could even produce something passable.

    I've never been able to get the hang of acrylics so stuck to painting with oils. The result looks okay if I squint and don’t enlarge the photos, so I’m happy that I gave it a try. Will I try again? I’m still afraid of doing faces but we’ll see.
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  2. Jaybo Well-Known Member

    I am happy to see you back in the hobby and hopefully on the mend. Bon chance.
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  3. Redcap A Fixture

    Welcome back and that's not an easy subject to gently ease yourself back into painting but it looks great from what I can see. Also, there are still many of us here who stick with oils and like you, we cannot master the 'dark arts' of acrylic either.

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  4. Rob A Fixture

    Nothing to be ashamed about with that one, he looks good. I hope you continue your return to the hobby.
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  5. NigelR A Fixture

    Looks pretty darned good for a back into the hobby effort. Keep going, it's very therapeutic......
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  6. Oda A Fixture

    If this is what comes out of your -shaky,bad eyesight- hands after 20 years of inactivity then YES do keep on painting because you are actually very good and you will get a lot better.

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  7. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    Very nice work

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  8. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Superb after a 20 year break, keep going.
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  9. Blind Pew A Fixture

    Paul, after such a long time away from the brushes, this is superb. I'm glad you enjoyed him, and thanks for sharing, as it is encouraging to see.

    Hey, give it another 20 years before your next one and really impress us! (y)
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  10. Briggsy PlanetFigure Supporter

    I can only echo what has already been said, that is a really very good figure one that many would be happy with who don't suffer the ravages of I'll health. Please do keep.painting, as Nigel says it is very therapeutic, it's what keeps me semi sane with my list of broken parts. So yeah looking forward to your next bit of fun, and that's what it's all about.

    Cheers Simon
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  11. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

    It is very nicely done Paul! It can be challenging to get going again but it is worth the effort. :)

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  12. lpa53 Active Member

    Thanks so much for the encouraging words, everyone. I think next up will be a conversion piece I started ay back when.
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  13. Nap Moderator


    Absolutely agree , put the picture full and it looks good so well done to you , it’s a nice figure and you’ve done it and yourself credit

    Look forward to seeing the conversion

    Have fun @ the bench

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  14. Briggsy PlanetFigure Supporter

    Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

    Cheers Simon
  15. Ian Pen PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Paul, I returned this year after 3o years. The guys here taught me the most important lesson, 'do it for yourself and enjoy what you do'. A very impressive first figure back, my compliments to you and your skill.
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  16. marco14 PlanetFigure Supporter

    that is looking absolute very very good,wish I could paint like that,great job (y)

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