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Completed Halloween Witch

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Glen, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. Glen Active Member

    This is another conversion of the Historex Pinup flat #NPLAT02. My first, 'Santa's Helper', is here:


    The figure is based on the 1962 painting 'Thinking of You' by American pin-up artist Gil Elvgren. The piece was sculpted by Yvan Durand, cast in resin, and appears to be around 120mm - maybe more.
    The conversion was fairly straightforward - sheet plastic was used for the hat base, then putty was added to build it up. The hat band and buckle were scribed in. Putty was also used for the stocking tops, while the garters are .010" sheet plastic. The shoes were converted to boots with putty tops. Again, the boot strap and buckle were scribed in. I also filled in the mouth (it was crooked and gave the appearance of a smirk) and rescribed it at a slightly larger size. The pumpkin was cut out of .015" plastic, puttied, the sculpted out. The idea was to create a pumpkin that was looking up in a bit of awe - perhaps due to her physical attributes...

    The piece was primed with Floquil Model Railroad gray primer cut about 25% with lacquer thinner. I let it gas out for 24 hours before painting the figure with Reaper acrylic paints. http://www.reapermini.com/Paints/corecolors

    The basic skin tones are a 1:1 mix of the Tanned and Rosy skin triads - that is 1:1 Tanned Skin and Rosy Skin for the base, Tanned Shadow/Rosy Shadow for the shade, and Tanned Highlight/Rosy Highlight for the lights. Darker shading was accomplished using Burgundy Wine (not too much or the color goes purple). Lighter shading was made by adding Pure White to the highlight mix. The skin under the sheer nightie was a bit different in that it was the base skin shade, but with a little Stone Gray added. The idea being that the sheer black material would subdue the skin's pink tones and cast its own shadows. The skin under the nightie was painted first, then the nightie itself with a thinned mix of Stormy Gray and Pure Black to give a very dark gray. Pure Black was used where the material would be more opaque (such as folds). Stormy Gray was used for highlighting. The stocking covered portions of the legs received a similar treatment.
    The boots and hat were painted with an opaque mix of the black/gray. Shading was done with a glaze of Black, while Cloudy Gray and Misty Gray were used to build up the highlights. The buckles have a Shadowed Steel base with a Honed Steel highlight and a Polished Silver final highlight. The hair is the Amber Gold triad with some Earth Brown and Pure White thrown in for final shading and highlighting.

    The pumpkin is various combinations of Harvest Brown, Orange Brown, and Burnt Orange. A bit of Sun Yellow was added as a final highlight. The stem is the Olive Green triad as are the movement lines. The lines were painted directly on the black felt background. Boing!

    Questions and comments are welcomed.


    Flat2_Post.jpg witch_sculpt.jpg witch_pumpkin.jpg witch_cmplt2.jpg
    crf, Centaur, Ulrich and 7 others like this.
  2. Mjølner PlanetFigure Supporter

    Nice :p like your conversion from "god" to "bad" girl, and the paint job (y) thanks for sharing

  3. Richie A Fixture

    Hi Glen,
    Nice conversion and paint job, mind there's nothing flat about them:rolleyes:
    crf likes this.
  4. mil-mart A Fixture

    Hi Glen you already know my thoughts on this , an excellent conversion and great painting.(y)

    Cheers Ken
  5. John Bowery A Fixture

    Excellent conversion and paint.
  6. Magnus Well-Known Member

    Hi, wow what an excellent paint job! Love how you balanced a realistic yet cartoonish touch to it. Very, very good.
  7. billyturnip A Fixture

    You're starting to get really good at this Glenn. :D Excellent work, both conversion and painting.

  8. Uruk-Hai PlanetFigure Supporter

    Really nice "see through" and stockings-effect.

    Janne Nilsson
  9. DEL A Fixture

    That's the way to do it (y) Fantastic result Glen and the information you provide is invaluable (y)
  10. Ulrich A Fixture

    Great, really like your conversion. And the painting too :wideyed:
  11. Glen Active Member

    Thanks everyone! I really like the pinup style flats; I just wish there were more of them. Small market I guess...



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