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WIP Leather boots SBS

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Gellso, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. Gellso A Fixture

    This continues as part of my 200mm German General at Stalingrad figure.
    I benefitted loads from step by steps and wanted to give something back so I wanted to share my leather effect technique.
    Leather usually has a slight sheen on it. Semi gloss doesn't cut it and most satins dont give that all important depth.
    The sbs described is for worn leather being used in industrial grimy city debris as will be depicted in the base. I wanted my general to look dishevilled and fatigued and his uniform and equipment showing wear and tear in a quiet desperation kind of way.

    When doing black I never use straight black. If it's worn clothing I drop a bit purple in there. For worn black leather, orange brown or yellow rust seems to do the trick.
    Paints used on the boots are all vallejo.
    yellow rust
    german camo beige
    Game ink sepia
    Game ink black

    Step one
    Base colour mix of black and yellow rust.
    By using a rougher primer you can achieve a pebble effect if say you are doing a jacket. But ive gone for a medium primer instead of the smooth tamiya stuff because I want to give some texture.


    Step two
    Grab some sepia game ink and dilute it to about 10 parts water 1 part ink.
    I then brushed from the top to the ankle seam but did meaningly go over the seam at times and I'll explain why later.
    The ink dries relativley quickly and you need to apply this about 20 to 30 times.
    *IMPORTANT* If you use too much ink to water the effect is more gloss and ruins the sheen you want. It's important to emphasise although it's laborious you really do need to dilute the ink well and use plenty of passes as you get more control.

    When the ink takes longer to dry you know you're getting there and I use a hair dryer to speed things up. Remember to keep stirring the mix because the ink goes to the bottom of the palette dish.
    You can see where the sheen stops in the pic.

    Step three
    Do the same with black game ink but do the bottom part and go over the ankle seam into the sepia sheen. The reason for this is it blends the two colours together gradually and gives that tone fade of light to dark from the top of the boot to the bottom. The bottom part doesn't need so many washes as this is where the wear and tear takes the polish off and you want more of a matt effect.


    Step four
    Grab some yellow rust on a flat brush, wipe most of the paint of onto a rag and drybrush the creases, seams and toe of the boots. This will highlight the seams and creases to give more depth. Do the same with german camo biege but just do the edges of the soles of the boots.
    I will also drybrush a dust/ earth colour on top of the rust colour to tone it down but I will decide on that when I tie it into the base.


    Step five
    Mix some black acrlyilic paint with water and pinwash some into the part where the sole meets the leather and where the seams of the leather are to give more depth. Also place a small amount on the shadows of the creases to increase depth. I will use black oil paint to do this again once the boots are tied into the groundwork. The boots as they are will be glued to the figure and then weathered some more but I'm hoping you get the idea of the use of inks, drybrushing, shadows and highlights.


    The same technique was used for this Panzer commanders jacket using a rough primer where you can see the pebbled effect:


    Attached Files:

  2. gordy Well-Known Member

    Grant, that's an awesome and extremely lifelike affect on the boots (y) I have a leather jacket and it looks EXACTLY worn like that :)
  3. Gellso A Fixture

    Jesus Gordy...you didn't tell me you were in the Totenkopf division!
  4. gordy Well-Known Member

    LOL, garsh no, my jacket's more like the Fonz from Happy Days ;) it's right there in my avatar as a matter of fact!
  5. clubcat Member

    Thank you Grant for a most useful SBS the effects speak for themselves.

  6. PhilinYuma Member

    Grant, that is the best SBS on boots, or black leather, for that matter, that I have seen. Many thanks!
  7. davidmitchell A Fixture

    Great SBS Grant the end result is very convincing.

    Cheers David
  8. housecarl A Fixture

    Great result Grant.
  9. Ferris A Fixture

    Thanks for the great SBS! Nice leather effect and good tip about the many layers of diluted ink.

  10. Jim Patrick Active Member

    NICELY done Grant. I really like the effect.

    Gordy? This is a PERFECT example of what we were talking about ;)

    Jim Patrick
  11. Uruk-Hai PlanetFigure Supporter

    Good SBS! Thanks for sharing.

    Janne Nilsson
  12. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    excellent; definitely shows the depth of leather, with the wear and tear of daily use.

    Question; did you airbrush the inks?

    Still, I will be trying this next time!

  13. Gellso A Fixture

    Ta all for replies.
    No Jamie it was all done with a brush. Haven't tried to airbrush the inks tbh.
    Let me know how it goes if you airbrush them on.
  14. Paul Kernan A Fixture

    Thanks, mate. This is brilliant. The application to other scales and mediums should be a no-brainer
  15. gordy Well-Known Member

    Yes it is!
  16. rheath Active Member

    Great SBS mate, but just a question - how does one complete the rough primer, I pretty much like to figure things out but what do you use to get this right.:confused:
  17. Gellso A Fixture

    Rough primer

    Hi Rob,
    It's trial and error tbh. I bought a cheap grey auto primer which is a bit rougher than my Army painter primer(Medium). The Tamiya fine surface primer is extremely smooth with virtually no texture.
    Hope this helps.
  18. John Bowery A Fixture

    Great SBS and thanks for taking the time.
  19. unknown01 New Member

    I could learn quite many things from you.
    I could understand very much about a leather expression.
    Thank you very much.

  20. tissibzh Active Member

    excellent SBS Grant

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