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WIP Here They Come - Coldstream Guard / Hougomount 1815 - 3rd update

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by smudger1960, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Following on from the previous post,i've now progressed to the tunic,i've had some members asking for mixes I use when painting my british Napoleonic reds,well I've added some pictures below of the first 2 stages of how I paint this,however this is not the finished tunic,as I will add some wear and weathering in the next update,thats when i'll be happy to move on with the other details.

    In these first photos here I have made up a mix of 60% Windsor orange and 40% cadmium red,i then also use a mix of just Windsor orange,these 2 mixes are applied onto the acrylic undercoated tunic,the orange is applied to the high areas and the orange / red mix to the base areas,to make it easier to follow I have added the mixes to numbers,anyone familiar to the works of shep paine will follow my meaning.

    No 1 - Extreme highlight areas
    No 2 - Medium highlight areas
    No 3 - Base colour areas
    N0 4 - Medium shadow areas
    No 5 - Deep Shadow areas

    the 2 mixes I've used here are No 3 and No 2,laid in and blended,this I then leave 24 hrs.
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    Following on from the previous session,i now mix 60% naples yellow with 40% Windsor orange and call this my No1 mix,this I will use for the extreme light areas,i also make a mix of 40% Windsor orange + 40% cadmium red and 20% chrome green,this is mixed to a dark redish shadow colour,this I will call my No 4 mix,i then lay these mixes into the required areas and blend.
    I NEVER use black or blue for shading my reds or umbers as they make the colours look muddy.

    coldstream guard stage 3 008.JPG coldstream guard stage 3 009.JPG coldstream guard stage 3 010.JPG coldstream guard stage 3 011.JPG coldstream guard stage 3 012.JPG coldstream guard stage 3 014.JPG coldstream guard stage 3 015.JPG

    Youre probably asking where No5 mix is,i tend to leave this last as this will be the really dark areas like under arms,tight creases and lining,i don't like working with too many colours at the same time.
    Any lights you may have lost during blending you can just go back and add them in.

    Once I'm happy with the tunic,i'll add wear and weathering to the tunic.
    As I like to portray my pieces in a battlefield environment I like to fade my red uniforms,i don't like them as if they've just come off saville row,if you look at the works of the great artist Bill Horan and all his colonial,napoleonic subjects you'll understand what I mean.

    Happy painting,Brian
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  2. JonH Active Member

    Hi Brian.
    That faded look is very effective (and Horanesque)
    Great instructional too for some one like me -none too confident with oils.
    Jon
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  3. Wings5797 A Fixture

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    Looking great Brian. It has now got you trade mark weathering.
    Love it.
    Cheers,
    Keith
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  4. El Tché Well-Known Member

    Seems pretty cool !! (y)
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  5. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Looking very good Brian, love the style. (y)
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  6. OldTaff PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Excellent stuff, Brian, very clear and concise.....and irrefutably logical(y):D Your results speak volumes for themselves. This is looking great.

    Alan
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  7. peedee A Fixture

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    Lioking chipper Brian.

    Paul.
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  8. Nap A Fixture

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    Brian,

    The worn effects you achieve are truely amazing ....great painting and great details on how for the Oilys out there
    Looking forwArd to seeing more
    Lnap
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  9. mick3272 A Fixture

    Although I don't use oils this is still very informative and very helpful.
    Mick
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  10. misfit151 A Fixture

    All good stuff Brian...all fans of yours will be delighted, and maybe try something different...always interesting to see other painters pallette...keep up the good work..Mike
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  11. arj A Fixture

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    That's really beginning to take on the 'Smudger' look.
    Many thanks for the s.b.s. details for the red coat.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
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  12. Huw63 A Fixture

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    Hello Brian

    amazing work and many many thanks for sharing your palette and method.

    I'm loving seeing this bust and the KGL gentleman develop.

    Cheers

    Huw
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  13. Ventress Well-Known Member

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    Brilliant, thanks for sharing.
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  14. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks Jon,you should give oils a try (y)
  15. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks Keith (y)
  16. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks
  17. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Cheers Bob (y)
  18. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks Al for your kind comments (y)
  19. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thank you Paul (y)
  20. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks Kev,glad you liked it and thanks for your comments (y)

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