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WIP Critique Jeff Shiu Barbarossa - step 1

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Ferris, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. Ferris A Fixture

    @Andy: I see what you mean about the shoulder boards, but based on the references I find I do think Jeff sculpted them accurately. Have a look at the picture below (M36 uniform; it can also be painted as an M40). Is this what you meant?

    Cheers,
    Adrian

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  2. montythefirst Well-Known Member

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    United-Kingdom
    looking great its a great kit i have this one sitting in the cupboard waiting with the rest lol
  3. amcairns A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
    Adrian,
    Yes,that ,s what I meant.Looks like Jeff captured that part of the sculpt I was unsure of.Must remember it for mine.
    Cheers
    Andy
  4. kathrynloch Active Member

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    United-States
    Adrian, the flesh tones look great! But the yellows and reds in the background behind him are picking up in the flesh tones too. Do you have something you could throw behind him really quick?

    I know I do the same thing with my blue paper towels and my workbench shots. I have to make myself remember to grab a different color. lol!

    I really like what you've got going so far!
  5. Gellso A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Nice mate. Looking good so far. Acrylic face?
  6. Ferris A Fixture

    Thanks for your comments guys and gal!

    @Grant, yup acrylics mostly. At the end I did add a tiny bit of burnt umber oil paint to reinforce the five o'clock shadow though. Thinking about adding just a bit more with black.

    Cheers,
    Adrian
  7. Reccymech New Member

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    Australia
    Excellent results, care to share your technique as to the face?
  8. Ferris A Fixture

    Hi Mark,

    I'd love to share, but I've been fooling around with it so much that it will be hard to reproduce. This is worrying me actually because I still have to do hands and arms.

    Anyway, I basically used Andrea's flesh paint set, with added Vallejo burnt umber, some green washes and blueish washes (below the eyes mainly). I went for pretty high contrast and then covered everything again with several very much diluted layers of base colour to tone things down and tie everything together. Then I went back adding contrast. I think I repeated that cycle several times. At the end things became glossy so I finished with a layer of mat varnish.

    I'd love to give the impression that this is the result of years of practice searching for the ideal method, but it really was more of an ongoing experiment fooling around with acrylics until I thought it looked like something.

    I hope this is of any use!

    Cheers,
    Adrian
  9. Dr Force Well-Known Member

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    United-Kingdom

    Adrian, it's called talent.............................you have it in bucket loads!!
  10. Gellso A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    The face is superb. I find sometimes acrylics can give a canvas or cartoon appearnace in flesh.
    But this guys is brilliant, I though it was oils when I first looked and that's why I asked.
    Superb stuff.
  11. kathrynloch Active Member

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    United-States
    Yet these types of discoveries can be the most fun!

    Yes, difficult to reproduce (I've tried taking notes but get too involved in the process to think to write stuff down) but once you figure something out it's definitely an eureka! moment.

    Keep up the great work Adrian!
  12. Ferris A Fixture

    Grant, Karrie: thanks again for your comments. Fun that you picked ot the oils lookalike. I had a bit of the same. I think it is caused by the many layers over layers that built up to reach the depth of oils. I do prefer working with acrylics by now because they allow me to start and stop painting whenever I want (or need) to, so that I can even do something if I only have half an hour or so. With oils I always needed to find one block of about 3 hours (painting wet on wet).

    David: Thanks for your compliment, although I'm not sure if you are correct... LOL!

    Cheers,
    Adrian
  13. kiwi45 Active Member

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    New_Zealand
    Adrian, after reading Andy's comments on the epulettes I think he is right, although the epulettes are short of touching collar they start not in the seam of the jacket but at the first fold. its not obvious at first, take a look at the pic here. Les

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  14. pmfs A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Adrian, if you want change the right shoulder board, I have here lots of 1/16 photoetched that I can send to you mate.:cool:
  15. Ferris A Fixture

    Hi Les,

    I see what you mean, but the picture is somewhat misleading. The red line you indicated is not the seam as sculpted. The seam of the arm is actually is a bit to the left (in this picture). This is more obvious when seen from the back. What you indicated is a sharp fold, only visible from the front. So Jeff sculpted the shoulder board attachment correctly.

    The boards themselves are a wee bit on the short side, but this may just be an impression caused by them being folded upward.

    Jeff's sculpting really is top notch. The only thing I replaced are the insignia. Breast eagle and arm patch shapes do not match the accuracy of the rest of the figure. But that is easy to correct with some 1/16 photo-ecthed details.

    Pedro, many thanks for your kind offer; I hope I can save it for another day and a less well-sculpted figure!

    Thanks for commenting guys.

    Cheers,
    Adrian
  16. pmfs A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    I see the seam and is ok.
    Adrian my pleasure, you´re welcome!
  17. kiwi45 Active Member

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    New_Zealand
    Adrian, yes I agree it is a little misleading, I am only indicating this because it will be something I will look at when I get this figure myself ( it's a minor fix ) agree on Jeff's sculpting being top notch as I have another of his works. cheers Les

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