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WIP James Booth - Zulu - 1964 -update 5

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by smudger1960, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Following on from the last update in which I weathered the face,I have now moved onto the tunic,I normally do the weathering on uniforms over 2 or 3 sessions when painting red,this is because I like to produce a weathered red instead of a parade ground one to give that campaign,worn weathered look.
    I still need to complete another session on this tunic,but it's getting to where I want it and I'm happy so far with the result.
    Still lots of detail work and tunic work yet,but we're in the home stretch.
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    Brian
  2. Edward A Fixture

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    The red looks great Brian (y)
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  3. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks Edward (y)
  4. Andrew Perren PlanetFigure Supporter

    Looks just like he's emerged from the ashes.

    Cool stuff Brian.
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  5. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks andrew
  6. clrsgt A Fixture

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    Love the red as is and you are not even done yet. How do you achieve such a great weathered red?
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  7. phil_h A Fixture

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    Looking great - I've really been enjoying watching the progress on this.
    Phil
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  8. Dekiman Well-Known Member

    Work in progress but already look like a true masterpiece.
    Cant wait to see him finished
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  9. Grod A Fixture

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    Top stuff Brian. The grimy and stained tunic looks the biz.
    Gordon
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  10. TERRYSOMME1916 A Fixture

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    Hi Brian I am just new to PlanetFigure having only returned to the hobby after a 20 year break lol, but I am finding the social media side of the hobby a fantastic help in getting back into the way of things, its great to see articles like your step by step progress on this military bust detailing how you achieve the effects etc.
    Keep up the good work I have gained knowledge by just zooming in to your pictures that indicate that I am getting similar results on the red cloak of a Spartan bust I am currently painting.
    While I am on can anyone tell me roughly how long it takes them to complete a bust from preparation through to placing it in the cabinet, I am using oils as I have not managed to get my head round the acrylics and it is taking me about 16 weeks per bust, I have bought about 15 busts so I laugh when working out what age I will be by the time I complete them all.
    TERRY
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  11. Babelfish A Fixture

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    @ Brian - that's coming along great my friend. You have a style all of your own and instantly recognisable as a "Smudger", I really admire the way you are able to achieve a grimy & battle-stained appearance on your pieces without it looking overdone or an afterthought. I'm guessing this one will be accompanying you to Folkestone next month?

    @ Terry - Welcome to pF! In reply to your question, all I can say is "how long's a piece of string?!" Same as with any model, it depends on a variety of things: degree of difficulty, number of hours actually sat at the bench, motivation, unforeseen snags, loss of interest, whether you're happy with it as you go along and don't decide to strip it all down and start again. Etc. etc. I recently completed one inside a week, start to finish. But I have had a couple of others on the go for over a year that are only now nearing the finish line. And I'm the same as you with acrylics - I use them to basecoat, but try as I might (and God knows I've tried!) I just can't get the hang of all this "multiple layering" malarkey. So I stick to oils for the rest.

    - Steve
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  12. TERRYSOMME1916 A Fixture

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    Hi Steve thanks for my first reply, what brand of oils are you using, I tend to go for Ancient and Medieval subjects and if there is a slight sheen of the paint when it dries you can sort of get away with it but my next subject is a WW1 British soldier bust that really needs a total matt finish so I have just bought a load of acrylics and can see it going pear shaped so just in case is there anything that can be mixed with the oils to give them a matt finish.
    The guys on youtube who do the painting demos with acrylics make it look effortless, any time I try to follow their techniques the paints do not react in the same way so I then go back to the oils and cover the acrylic mess lol.
    TERRY
  13. Babelfish A Fixture

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    Terry, I use Winsor & Newton, a German brand called Norma, and the "Abteilung 502" range.

    The latter are somewhat thick and pasty in texture, but I find that they generally produce a nice flat finish, and also mix well with other oil paints. Another thing I sometimes to do in order matt things down is add some (thoroughly-stirred) Humbrol enamel of a suitable colour to my oil paint. Enamels & oils will mix, but acyrlics and oils won't of course.

    Also, before painting with oils, it usually pays to squeeze out your paint onto a piece of card an hour or so before you intend to start your session. This allows time for a lot of the surplus carrier oil to leech away and thereby reduce the glossiness of your final coat. It can be very tempting to crack straight on without waiting, but try and resist that!

    HTH.

    - Steve
  14. TERRYSOMME1916 A Fixture

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    Cheers Steve I will have a go at those pointers, I just finished a Spartan bust last night so I will try to get a picture onto PF later.
    Chat soon!
    TERRY
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  15. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Man thanks terry,glad you're back in the hobby,for me I can spend anything upto 3 months doing a piece,but I have unsociable hours work commitments,so I paint when I can,I should imagine every individual is the same.
    I've just worked it out,your 15 busts will take you 240 weeks to paint or 4 years (y)
  16. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks my friend for your coments,the weathered red look is something I've been working on for years and it's a technique I've been using and it's starting to pay off for me.
  17. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks Phil (y)
  18. peedee A Fixture

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    50feet or 75 feet Steve.
    Packaging standard as set by the British Hardware Federation.

    The only difference is dependant on how big your balls are :D

    P
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  19. peedee A Fixture

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    Brian well done great progress.

    Paul
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  20. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks my friend (y)

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