WIP Critique Kill Em All, Alpine 120mm, USMC Sniper Afghanistan

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by tonydawe, May 30, 2016.

  1. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi guys,

    I've been working on this superbly sculpted and cast 120mm figure from Alpine for the past couple of weeks, and I can honestly say that I'm officially over USMC desert MarPat.

    The concept behind this figure was to show a young Marine sniper in Afghanistan, with a rather vacant, haunted and nihilist expression on his face, as if he's seen and been through too much and doesn't give a shit anymore.

    I liked the idea of adding the Metallica logo on his beanie as I wanted to play on the idea that he was an angry American teenager with a .50 calibre sniper rifle in a warzone. The logo took two goes to get right.

    The title of the Metallica song "Kill 'Em All" seemed an appropriate summary of the attitude this young Marine gives off, and a cool title for the figure.

    Painting MarPat is a painter's nightmare. It's certainly the most technically challenging camouflage pattern I've ever attempted, and I wouldn't choose to paint it again. If I was to start this figure again, I would probably create some templates of shapes with masking tape and spray the pattern on with an airbrush.

    These are still WIP pics, and there's still a lot to do, but I thought it was time to show you what I've been doing lately.
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  2. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi tony,that cameo looks a real nightmare,great job on it though
  3. Scotty Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Scotland
    Your work on the Cam has certainly paid off, the face looks great as well. I won't be going anywhere near that pattern.
    Thanks,
    Scotty
  4. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    ......so after you get this done, you'll do something nice and relaxing, like the hearts and bunnies Auscam??

    maybe not straight away, maybe I can send you a spare girlie figure to paint up??

    Looking at the figure as he stands, are those hints of freckles on his face?
    Nice face sculpt you've bought to life.

    I think once you layered on some weathering, that will unite and tone things in a bit....

    Cheers

    Jamie

    PS, will this be a Model Expo?
  5. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    That is really impressive work Tony. I thought the same as Jamie, might be an idea to paint something a tiny bit easier next to wind down and for the sake of your sanity. :D
    The effort was worth it for this finish though.(y)
  6. Andrew Perren PlanetFigure Supporter

    That pattern has got to be tough in a large scale figure - is it all blocky square edges? - yuk.
  7. Gellso A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Pretty stunning Tony.
    Cammo was defo worth all the hard work.
    Gells
  8. Chris Ribchester PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    Well done on attempting that camo and then succeeding with it , very nicely done.

    Chris
  9. NickM Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Looks awesome so far, Tony. Great idea to have him wear the Metallica beanie, and top job on the camo (y)
  10. Windy Active Member

    Country:
    England
    You've nailed that Marpat. I've tried painting MTP and it was bad enough, but that looks an absolute nightmare!

    These guys are 28mm and I nearly went blind!

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  11. peedee A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    First class approach again Tony.

    Love it all including the freckles.

    Psul
  12. T50 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    How cool!!! Great idea the Metallica skull cap.
  13. Oda A Fixture

    Great work,I love the psychological profile.It brings the figure to life.

    Oda.
  14. Joe55 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Nice one Tony!

    You have my admiration for tackling such a difficult pattern to replicate (y)!

    Joe
  15. arj A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Very effective looking camo.
    I admire your tenacity and attention to fine detail.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

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