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Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by brian, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Just about finished the Swiss Mercenary from FER miniatures, but putting the landsknecht to one side as i'm struggling a bit with him.I love painting faces but run out of patience with something that's going to take ages to paint.Best to move on to something else.
    I'm selling a couple of busts on the market place that I've painted the faces,but have went right off them.
    Brian

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  2. samson Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    great stuff .
  3. ghamilt1 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Canada
    Excellent work Brian, especially where the faces are concerned. I also really like the treatment you given to the armour, it's very convincing.
    As an aside, have you had a chance to try one of FeR miniatures 1/16 scale American Civil War busts? They are a lot of fun to do, and relatively inexpensive, and thus a great medium for practicing painting faces.
  4. Chrisr PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
    Excellent painting Brian. What paints did you use for the armour?
    Chris
  5. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Hi Chris
    The painting of the armour is pretty easy to do.I applied 2 coats of Dark Star baroque metal acrylic paint.You could use any fairly bright steel acrylic paint,but I really like Darkstar's stuff,as it's really creamy and goes on so well,using a brush.I then mix some lamp black oils with a bit of burnt umber,and then apply it all over the acrylic painted armour,without any thinners being added.I then start taking it off with a large brush, and then use a stippling motion with a bit of foam that comes in the packaging of most figures.I keep doing this until I get the effect i'm after,then leave it to dry for a couple of days.I then pick out highlights with the Darkstar paint and voila,all done.It's a very simple way to paint armour,which suits me fine.If you don't get the result you're after, just take of the oil stain with thinners and try again.By trying different oil mixes you can get different tones on the armour.
    Brian
  6. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland


    I've got one of their confederate busts ,which is a beauty,will get round to painting him soon.
  7. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Really like what you have done with these two.
    As usual excellent work.

    Marc
  8. Edward A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    They look great Brian (y)
  9. peedee A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Wonderful Brian.

    Paul.
  10. misfit151 A Fixture

    Great painting on both Brian..you have done them justice.. thanks for sharing ..Mike
  11. Mark S Guest

    Beautifully and cleverly subtle use of colour Brian.....well done mate.....cheers.
    If you really applied yourself you could be quite good at this kind of thing.
  12. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    I'll keep trying Matt.
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  13. Mark S Guest

    Don't restrict yourself to just matt, I'd try gloss, semi gloss and satin as well........cheers Mark.
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  14. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland


    Oops a freudian slip there Mark!
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  15. taff edwards A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Mate
    Superb art work on both counts love the tones you create cracking
    Chris
  16. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I like your treatment for the armour, I might nick your method and use it for firearms.
    Not my period but love em both.
    Regards
  17. Helm A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Lovely job on both Bri, I've done the Swiss Merc myself it's a little gem of a figure
    Steve
  18. davidmitchell A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Both of these are looking well me old mate.


    Cheers Davie
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  19. samson Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    i have got to tell you the more i look at the first piece in the pics the more i like it .
  20. lancelot Active Member

    Country:
    Germany
    I'm a big fan of your work.
    Also these two busts are all fantastic.

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