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Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by BULL, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. BULL A Fixture

    Hello everyone, I would like to introduce you to my next job wip.
    After painting the Latorre's Confederate , I fell in love with his style of sculpture, so I decided to buy also appear representative of a British soldier of the 44th Essex in Afghanistan in 1842.
    In contrast to the usually seen, I decided to set the piece in the city of Kabul during the winter. I'm started from the realization of the setting to be placed behind the soldier, doing research on the web to find images of architecture of Afghan homes.
    I hope in the next few days to be able to post other images start painting this beautiful figure.
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  2. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello Bull:

    I really like the direction that you're going here. Also
    your photos are very well done. It is very easy to see
    from the photos where you intend to go with this most
    interesting presentation. I have a suggestion for you to
    consider right from the start. Regarding the colours that
    you use to paint the figure. Could there be a way to
    incorporate some of those colours in your background,
    regarding the door and the facade of the building? I am
    really big on colour harmony. . . meaning having tones
    and shades of the figure show up in the terrain and other
    aspects of the setting. For example. Right now the door is
    a solid colour (probably your base coat). I would think of
    introducing 3 different shades in the painting of the door.
    Tones/shades that incorporate some of the colours used in
    painting the figure. And the same three tones/shades/colours
    used in the painting of the building. . . just a suggestion you
    understand. Have fun, . . . that is what our hobbies are
    supposed to be all about! Right? What an incredible
    hobby this multi-faceted phenom, this hobby really is! Indeed!

    The Miami Jayhawker
  3. BULL A Fixture

    Hello, thanks for the compliments.
    Of course, the setting is now only carved and I have yet to start to paint.
    All the shades of the background color will be based on the ground and ocher, as I saw in the photos, which should create a break with the dark blue color of the uniform of the soldier.
    Obviously in uniform compounds will insert also the same colors that will use to paint the house and the ground, in such a way as to create a union between the two different components.
  4. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

    What scale are you in
  5. BULL A Fixture

    Ron, it's 54mm
  6. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

    Look forward to updates
  7. BULL A Fixture

    a little progress with the painting of the face all performed with Vallejo acrylics.
    Still something to be repaired at some point, but in the meantime I work too uniform to have a global vision of the piece.
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  8. Joe55 A Fixture

    I'm liking this already. Your right, they are some nice figures.

  9. BULL A Fixture

    more pics... 9f.jpg 10f.jpg 11f.jpg 12f.jpg
  10. BULL A Fixture

    And finally at the third attempt .... we coat!! : P
    I must say that the gray of this garment fate me suffer a lot, because it is a slightly bluish gray.
    In addition to a previous failed attempt, where the tint was veering to the green, the second time instead presented the clarity that bothered me.
    So also spurred by my friend Luca Olivieri, I got courage and I put hand for the third time, he was right, now it's like I wanted it to be.
    I think that now the road is downhill all the way, because in the end there are only small details of the equipment and the setting.
    Of course all the various dirtying the finished piece will I, to have a global vision of the piece and go to harmonize them with all the accessories.

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  11. Mike S. Well-Known Member

    I really like your painting style on this excellent figure Enrico. This is going to be a great vignette.
  12. debrito A Fixture

    Great Job Enrico, (y)
  13. housecarl A Fixture

    Very impressive.
  14. BULL A Fixture

    Thank you very much to all.
    I'm happy you like it.
  15. valiant A Fixture

    lovely painting style, I like the backdrop as it adds a new dimension to the figure. Just one minor point, I am fairly sure that the British greatcoat of that era did not have coloured collar and cuffs, just a uniform grey colour with white tape rank stripes. I could, of course, be mistaken, if, so, I apologise!!
  16. BULL A Fixture

    Steve, I'm not very knowledgeable with British uniforms of this period, but I have relied on the image of the Latorre 's boxart and also on a figure painted by Bill Horan.
    I think maybe the yellow is used only for NCO, just to allow quick location in battle of the squad leaders.
  17. Marco22 A Fixture

    very nice work
    it is going to be a superb vignette
  18. valiant A Fixture

    Hi Enrico,
    having spent ages this evening poring over the original Gandamak painting of the regiment and all my other references, I am still puzzled as to where Bill Horan and Latorre got the yellow facings on the greatcoat from!
    As I have said, this is by no means meant as a criticism of your or their work, I am really keen to discover the reference, so that I add it to my own!
  19. BULL A Fixture

    copertina.jpg 9.jpg 10.jpg 11.jpg 8.jpg
    Finally after a long time I can post pictures of the finished piece.
    I must say that I really enjoyed painting this piece, a sculptural quality very very beautiful.
    I decided to eliminate the initial idea of setting, not without some regret, because actually I realized that it would "choked" a little bit showing, going to hide from view some elements of equipment placed on the side of the piece.
    I always thank my friend Luca, so helpful to me good quality photos ..... in order to ensure that there is an upset stomach to see them!!
    With this second piece of Latorre I fell in love with his sculptural style, so I'm sure that in the future I will paint his other pieces.
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  20. debrito A Fixture

    GREAT Just GREAT...

    I liked the fact that you displayed the figure alone, I am not a big fan of scenarios, IMO this kind of structures can really distract the quality of the figure & paint...

    Belissimo lavoro.....(y)

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