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WIP Critique "Luck of a Gentleman" 75mm by Himini - first figure

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Darren, Nov 10, 2022.

  1. Darren New Member

    Hi all,

    After browsing the amazing work here for a long time, asking a few questions, procrastinating, and working on other models, I've finally dipped my toe into figure painting.

    I picked up a few figures at a model show here, all 75mm, and mail ordered a few more along with different paints to try (oils and acrylics, a few brands).

    So, to start I chose the brilliantly sculpted "Luck of a Gentleman", a XVII C. pirate by Himini.

    Here's how it should look when finished (scroll down to painted pics):


    I've gotten as far as cleaning (minimal needed) and priming, plus pre-shading and airbrushing some main colours. I'm following the colour guide in the link above - the only change is I've decided to replace the jewel he's examining with an empty bottle. So it becomes a pirate seeking that last drop of rum :)

    Here's a couple of pics of current state and mock-up. Next of course is onto the brushes to block in the colours and appropriate shading.

    Pirate 1.jpg Pirate 2.jpg

    Any tips, thoughts, criticism, or encouragement as I go are appreciated.

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  2. Waterlooman Well-Known Member

    Hi Darren, thats a great start of an interesting subject (self confessed lover of pirates AKA Pirates of the Caribbean) willl be interesting to follow your path with your build.

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  3. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Darren

    Great to see what's on your bench , presumably your using Oils , a good start , some like to base coat in Acrylics before applying them , I can't comment as I use Acrylics but looking at it it's a good start so far

    Like the addition of the bottle

    You might like to have a look at flesh washes ( P3 do them )

    Have a good look through the Painting forum , lots of threads answering questions for both Oils and Acrylics

    Following this with interest

    Happy benchtime

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  4. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Darren, it is difficult at this stage to advise. Looks like you are at the fun stage where you start to bring the figure to life and start to establish your own style.

    We all learn in different ways, my method was watching demos at shows and reading articles in magazines. Now l still learn from watching Milan dufek on YouTube but there is a wealth of info on the platform for every medium and genre.

    My advice after seeing your good start is to crack on and where you have a specific issue use the membership here for help and advice.

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  5. franck edet A Fixture

    Hi Darren,

    it definitely looks like a good start :) don't worry too much about technics at this stage, it's a start so first of all : have fun ! experiment, and enjoy your painting time :)
  6. Bundook Active Member

    I'm at the same beginner stage as you so I'll refrain from commenting on the figure painting, but I like your baseboard thingy with the holes in it. That looks really handy. Is that a home-made item?
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  7. Darren New Member

    Thanks for the comments and encouragement so far

    @Bundook - it's an airbrushing parts holder, just foam with holes. Probably easy enough to make one from wood to fit whatever holders you can get. Here's the one I have:


    Hobby Zone and others make similar ones.
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  8. Bundook Active Member

    Ah, thanks. I'll have to get drilling then.

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