Hi guys, Here are the first pics of my latest project, the magnificently sculpted and cast bust of legendary 12th century Samurai General Minamoto Yoshitune, sculpted by Ebrion for Alexandros Miniatures. I started on this bust about 2 weeks ago but have got rather caught up on historical research, especially into the clothing and armour, so i haven't actually done much painting yet. The face was painted in Jo Sonja acrylics and I started applying a series of oil washes on the skin to deeper the tones and enhance the contrast last night. The helmet has been base coat painted very much in line with the box art colours, and given a wash of raw umber oils. The next step will be to painstakingly apply the highlights and pick out the thread and weave of the cords that hold together the individual plates that make up the helmet and neck guard. The silk shirt (hitatore) was painted using a luminous pearlecent titanium white colour added to the red and blue base colours to hopefully create a silky sheen. I'm not sure if it has worked, but there's still a long way to go. I plan to paint on a detailed geometric pattern on the shirt and also add the Minamoto Clan emblem (pictured below) into the shirt pattern too. So far nothing is completely finished, although of all the pieces, the face is probably the most advanced. Most of the smaller bits and pieces that make up this kit and still waiting to be primed. As always I welcome your comments, feedback, criticism and advice.