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Nocturnal Visitor

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by DaddyO, Dec 23, 2020.

  1. DaddyO A Fixture

    Afternoon all - Hope you are all keeping safe and well and looking forward to a 'special' visitor tomorrow night.

    On that theme here's my version of a not so welcome visitor :)

    The figure is one that sort of slipped by me and is produced by Blast Models (I bought mine in the UK from Mezzer's Mini's) I'll be honest in that I was ordering something else and this was cheap so I thought what the heck . . .

    It's a nice bit of casting in resin (54mm) and comes well packed in a nifty little wooden box which kept everything safe and sound all the way to me. Of course I managed to break off one of the blades on the hand whilst cleaning up :arghh: Al;though the figure comes with an alternative pair of arms and a different head I had a bit of a sulk and put it back in the box whilst I got on with something else.
    Step forward Mr Chris Seeley who had also just finished his version using the 'other arms' and who quickly dispatched his spares to me gratis - Thank you Chris (y)

    So having carefully cleaned it all up I slapped on a coat of black primer and set to work with the brushes. I planned to have him bursting through one of those paper screen doors which I thought would look suitably dramatic. (Remember the night scene from 'The Last Samurai'?)

    As I was painting the Osprey book on the subject I'd ordered arrived and my plans changed slightly when I saw the views of Iga Ueno castle. As a climber I just couldn't resist adding this as a backdrop.

    So with the figure almost painted I sculpted the section of castle wall onto a piece of 5mm thick plastic sheet using Miliput and pinned it to the back edge of one of Oakwood's finest bases.
    Whilst I really liked the overall effect I then decided to try and add a spot of moonlight effect light to the figure so I got the paints out again and really pushed the contrasts even more and reduced the colours in the clothing to bleach it out and then added the blue light to help set the scene.

    Anyway another one finished for the cabinet - who says a black figure at night can't be fun to paint :p

    Stay safe and have a good Christmas folks
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  2. Graham PlanetFigure Supporter

    Very nice, not an easy thing to do a virtually monochrome figure and setting but you certainly pulled it off with this one.
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  3. Babelfish A Fixture

    Fantastic work, I love it! It's a cracking little figure this one. As Graham says, you have pulled off the night-time look perfectly.

    Funnily enough I did exactly the same, I was ordering an Avanpost 75mm on Mezzer's, saw this and thought I might as well get it and qualify for the free postage offer. It wasn't expensive to begin with, so that effectively made it even cheaper.

    - Steve
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  4. DaddyO A Fixture

    Cheers Graham - the face didn't take too long on this one for a change :)

    Thanks Steve
    My process was exactly as you describe
    (I'll be looking at the others in the range to see what else they have based on this one)
    Strangely enough the Avanpost figure is still sitting on the shelf - beautiful, but didn't move me in that same way as this when I got the pair of them opened and on the bench:rolleyes:
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  5. Babelfish A Fixture

    I also have their Teutonic Order Grand Master (another 54mm) which is quite nice. It's only a small range as far as I can tell, and that & this Ninja were the only ones that appealed to me.

    - Steve
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  6. Jeff T Well-Known Member

    Superb work Paul!

    That turned out brilliant, excellent work on a dark coloured subject overall.

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  7. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    Excellent work and painting

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  8. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Leggy

    Great to see what you've been up to ...and what a result , the atmosphere on this is really good very sinister and mighty fine painting

    Like the background as well really works

    Why not enter FOTM and vote in previous month as well

    Thanks for sharing

    Happy benchtime


    PS Thanks for card mate ( put a stamp n next year ....lol )
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  9. DaddyO A Fixture

    Thanks Guys - appreciate the comments:)
    All the best

    ps - What's a stamp Kev? :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
  10. Banjer Well-Known Member

    Superb work as ever Paul.
    I find your work inspires me to try to improve. Don't you ever produce a sub standard piece?


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  11. DaddyO A Fixture

    I'm very flattered Bill, thank you :happy:

    I've got a window sill with a box of pieces which didn't pass the 'ready to be based test' or even fitted the 'well this one has gone completely pear-shaped' test. :oops:
    They all help even the ones which don't work quite as well as expected. I'm constantly trying to improve and get closer to what I picture in my head when I start a project, but these days I try not to get too hung up if things start to go off the rails. Occasionally a figure just comes together easily like this one and stuff just works out.
  12. franck edet A Fixture

    i love the night ambiance. great painting Paul !
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  13. Ferris A Fixture

    Superb Paul. Colours, backdrop, mood. I’d say one of your best!

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  14. DaddyO A Fixture

    Thanks Frank and Adrian :)

    Next figure will have a bit more colour, but this one was a lot of fun to do and a good challenge. (y)
    Great to have a few days off so that I can get a run at a figure for a change - it was very unusual to have one on the bench for such a short time.
  15. arj A Fixture

    Excellent painting and presentation Paul.
    You've caught the night effect very well.

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