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WIP Critique Need help with Armour

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Gellso, May 13, 2010.

  1. Gellso A Fixture

    Hello guys,
    I finally plucked up the courage to try this Polish Winged Hussar from Young. I'm a lover of German WW2 figures so Napoleonics are a bit rare for me.
    Armour painting is a first for me and I dry ran Printers ink, citadel, metalcote but finally opted for Mr. Metalcolor stainless. It's buffable and has been done so. I need to know whats best for the shadows.
    I've heard guys use Tamiya smoke but I feel this might be too glossy. I also heard peeps use a Burnt umber wash. Can anyone with experience give me their pros and cons for each or indeed if any other method can be used?

  2. jcichon Active Member

    If thats the current pic so far, I think it looks just fine. In Cartacci's book he uses an oil wash of burnt umber and black then finishes it up with Tamiya smoke. I tried the smoke but didnt like it so I did an oil wash with black and later did an oil wassh with burnt umber and my fig turned out ok to me.
  3. Gellso A Fixture

    Hi jason

    Yep this is the current state. Do you have any pics of your example mate?
  4. housecarl A Fixture

    On the rare occasion I do any armour, I go the same way as Jason. I don't think you can argue with Mr Cartacci.
  5. rheath Active Member

    Nice effort so far, I would go with the burnt umber and black washes.(y)
  6. Major_Goose Well-Known Member

    I do a lot of medieval armour with many different techniques .

    The standard i use is .

    Main coat with a mix of Valejo Glossy black and oily steel
    I then do some drybrushing with silver printers ink to bring out the volumes.
    I seal the result with a coat of thinned Tamiya smoke .

    Then i run some oil washes with mix of burnt umber and black , dark prussian blue and also solid black to enhance the shadows . Finally i accend the points to be highlighted with silver printer's ink !

    I hope this will help you

  7. Gellso A Fixture


    Ok Major Goose I'm going in with your advice. I'll let you know how it goes.
    Many thanks to all for the different advice .
  8. Gellso A Fixture

    Armour update

    This is the armour with Tamiya smoke wash, Burnt umber/black shadows and the wolfskin painted. Thanks again for advice guys.

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