Hi guys, I've finished sculpting the changes to this Young Miniatures Pirate bust with Super Sculpey Firm, and it's conversion to an English Highwayman is now complete. After sculpting, I gave the figure a light sanding and then washed it thoroughly with warm, soapy water and allowed it to dry overnight. Once dry, I sprayed on some Tamiya White Primer and a couple of hours later I started laying on the base colours. I've started by roughly "blocking in" the major colours. This helps me see how the colours will harmonise (thanks Jay) and how the different textures go together. Apart from the face, there are no highlights or shadows added yet. I know most painters tend to focus on painting one area at a time, but I tend to move from one area to another; highlighting here, shading there until I feel I have got the balance right. It's not a methodical approach, but it stops me getting bored and that keeps me motivated. The red/ brown colour will be darkened to give the effect of dark brown leather through aseries of Burnt Umber oil washes. The grey cloak will be painted in a similar fashion to represent weathered oil skin using Black/ Gey oil washes. The black leather hat will also be distressed to look like old worn black leather. The face has been painted in Vallejo acrylics, using Medium Flesh with a drop of Burnt Cadnium Red as the base colour. I've started adding highlights and shadows, but there's still much to do. The eyes have been roughed in and tonight I will add the pupils and detail the eyeballs. As always I welcome any comments/ suggestions and constructive criticism.