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Completed Mike's Gallipoli NZ Native & MR Vignette

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Mike - The Kiwi, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. Chrisr PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
    Absolutely stunning painting Mike. A masterclass effort. Hopefully we can get across the ditch before too long, and catch up for lunch and discuss our hobby - but not rugby. The AB’s are a couple of classes above the Wallabies. I won’t mention the cricket to our English mates.
    Take care and stay safe.
    cheers
    Chris
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  2. Chrisr PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
    Mike,
    Regarding under coats. Currently I prime all models - metal, resin and the hard plastic (Historex), then undercoat with enamels to block in the base colour (ie. dark, mid or light red etc) before finishing in oils. I undercoat because of the translucency of oils.
    What is your view?
    Cheers.

    PS. I can’t seem to master the blending of acrylics.
  3. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Hi Chris,
    Wonderful to hear from you & trust all going well in ‘22 for you too.
    Yep Aussie Rugby & English Cricket have much in common.
    Neither is consistent, though can rely upon to deliver odd win.
    Will be neat to catch up over this side of ditch one day.
    All depends on Big D & O being tamed :)


    Thanks as before for kind commentary.
    Cannot imagine not using acrylics.
    I did use oils on our Captain Pete’s Sam Browne.
    Took me back a lifetime ago to getting my first one from Christies all ready for its first polishing. So long ago…
    Though have also begun return to oils for most figures especially for leathers & fur.
    Did you see my little Lanoe Hawker figure?
    https://www.planetfigure.com/threads/mike’s-wingnut-wings-lanoe-hawker-1-32-by-mike-good.324198/

    He was bout 50/50 acrylics & oils.
    I typically don’t prime resin, only metal, but do undercoat in bright tone for oils, to help get sheen to come thought.
    Trust this helps a little.
    MikeTheKiwi
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  4. Chrisr PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks Mike. All makes sense.
    Cheers
    Chris
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  5. Joe55 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Somewhere I've got a pic of me standing under a sign with a single word on it, and that word was Crikey. It was taken in southern Iraq! o_O :D

    Looking forward to your next project!

    Joe
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  6. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Love to see that snap Joe buddy :)
  7. Steve Ski A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Wow, that officer looks awesome. How long it takes to complete a project makes no mind, it's all about the fun I say, like a good Rugby match. Ya, some of us Yanks know football is for whimps, HA! Love the stippling process you've perfected Mike, most inmpressive. I'm still a bit timid taking that leap, but I'm gonna have to kuckle down some day, give er a go.

    Standing by for the finale, gonna be good! Cheers, Ski.
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  8. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Good hearing from you Steve & thanks mate.

    You’re right - Time is a man made convention :)

    Your Reedee’s project is progressing well too.
    Look forward to it landing & neat SBS on this.
    Trust ‘22 is a safe & happy one for you & yours.

    Ref stippling, stibbling, dotting & dabbing - got specific section on this, trying to explain more in my book, including sketch, photos & notes. Hoping this will help encourage others to have a go.
    At this stage planned for mid year’ish release.
    MikeTheKiwi
  9. Steve Ski A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Well, keep us posted if you would, please. That would be a book for the bunker tool kit, I'm in! I'm always trying to expand my capabilities, especially from the inspiration on this site, from sculptors to "paint sniffers". It's outragious the University level training one could obtain if they only paid attention, myself included, Woof!

    Awesome work, once again, Mike;)
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  10. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Ref book - Will do Steve et al.
    It was a real challenge trying to convey years of practice in words & pictures. Have leant on some info I shared here previously & refreshed this where it made some sense. Hoping it comes out OK. Fair to say it’s more a traditional approach than the flasher publications from the new generation of modellers.

    I did a minor mod on our Māori Captain after feedback here.
    Spot the difference?
    MikeTheKiwi

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  11. Andrew Belsey A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    He’s got an extra 5 stibbs on hit left shoulder???
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  12. Steve Ski A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Ok, you asked, but what I see is a much better blending of the coat material, or is it lighting in the pics, or maybe I need to quit smokin rope, HA! Ok, I took a jab, correct me if I'm wrong, Mike, if you please.

    Yes, a "real" tutorial book is more in line with my preference, who gives a rip about flash, make it count. This is a long time in coming, not something that anyone can do or ever thought of in the recent past. It's like, dime drop here, Mike Renaldi's Tank works. It's from a long process of grinding out the need for making resin come to life in a realistic manner. Dime drop, "Kaz". Yall are pioneers, so I say Ruck On! I'm in, ready to learn more, even at 59. Dang, what an ol fart I be, HA! I have a long way to go, so when you're ready. I have quite a few figs to paint before my days are done and I see a need for improvement.

    Cheers, Ski.
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  13. Andrew Belsey A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I've got to hand it to you Mike, you've done a fantastic job on this guy as always! ALWAYS a pleasure to see your work!
    Andy
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  14. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    “… is it lighting in the pics …”
    Nope!
    Amazing how less dramatic lighting creates more subtle appearance mate.
    Second guess? [Clue in Andy’s Post :) ]

    “…Tutorial Book…”
    That’s provable more of what I was after Ski.
    For each project I’ve included ‘Job Instructions’.
    Unsure if you’re familiar with these?
    Come from Training Within Industries, WW2 US mass production.
    Essentially a Step by Step Table with Important Steps & more detailed Key Points to explain Knack, colours & tips.
    Here’s simple example from my Basics PDF
    MikeTheKiwi

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  15. Dr Bison Active Member

    Country:
    Germany
    Lightening the palms of his hands?

    BTW awaiting the publication of your book just as eagerly as Andrew's WW1 Trench Warfare.

    Karl
  16. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    You got it Karl! :)
    Tone wasn’t wrong on original so revisited after feedback.
    Hoping book won’t disappoint
    - aim is for it to be great companion to Andy’s book.
    MikeTheKiwi
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  17. Steve Ski A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Pay attention to detail, and I did not, fo course, now I see it.

    Thanks for the reminder Mike, sorry I missed it. Standing by for the book;)
  18. Andrew Belsey A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I’m looking forward to seeing the three figures together in their paintwork!
    Andy
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  19. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    And here it is done…
    Totally indebted to Andy Belsey for collaborating with me to realise the original vision from back in 2014. Will add extra detail on this on Finished VBench thread here:

    And full detail on evolution of this vignette is here: https://www.patreon.com/MikeTheKiwi

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  20. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Fabulous result

    Thanks for SBS

    Nap
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