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WIP Critique Painting General of Division D'Hautpoul

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by ACCOUNT_DELETED, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

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  2. Aveleira A Fixture

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    You sir, are a great sculptor! There is only one thing I think you can improve, is the folds of the arms.
    Despite that is a great work!!

    Regads
    Pedro
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  3. Wings5797 A Fixture

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    Looking forward to seeing how you deal with this Big Bot Colin.
    I tend to wear out 2 or 3 brushes on one this size.
    Speaking on the sculpting thread about painting the Cuirass, are you intending to depict it as highly polished?
    Good luck with this Mate, watching closely,
    Keith
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  4. ChaosCossack A Fixture

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    Hey Colin
    Look forward to following this SBS.
    I know you are using acrylics but what kind? Vallejos or artist's acrylics? And what is your mix for the skin base coat?

    Get on it, Bro

    Colin

    PS. I'm finished pouting :D
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  5. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

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    Pedro - thanks for such a great compliment. Sadly I can see a lot of weaknesses other than his arms (agree but the paint will help). But all in all I am happy. I thought I couldn't sculpt helmets but this gives be courage. Believe it or not, I sculpted the helmet and cuirass primarily with my palm.

    Keith - I will be doing the cuirass in field condition as D'Hautpoul was a soldier's soldier, not a spit and polish parade general. So steel with lots of inks and washes. I have tested the cheapo Sargent's silver I have and it isn't at all bad.

    Colin - I will try to take progressive pics and provide mixes. Thanks for the over the top praise. He won't be ready for Hamilton but I may bring him along in the car. If not, you can see him a week later when we meet.

    Base flesh - liquitex pro deep portrait pink (learned from Phil Kessling). Eye orbs are liquitex pro unbleached titanium. Roughed in irises with raw sienna and Prussian blue mix.

    Next washed face with burnt sienna and yellow ochre ink 50:50.

    First flesh coats are 50:50 mix of Vall sunny skintone and brown rose.

    Looks pretty rough but he will clean-up well. Getting at the eyes under the peak is a bitch.

    Colin


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  6. Wings5797 A Fixture

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    Don't you just think that the uniform designers in the 19th century should have given more thought to us modelers Colin?
    Looking good Mate.
    Cheers,
    Keith
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  7. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

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    Totally agree Keith. My son, who has served as an infantry officer, said, "He wore THAT....in a battle in the snow!?!?"

    Here are some more progress shots. Eyes still need balancing.

    Shadows darkened by adding V saddle brown to the brown rose used in the base. Lightened by blending in V basic skin tone. I really like that stay wet pallet for Vallejos. I probably use thicker paint than text book but it seems to work on large scale figs. Face is painted with a 00 brush even though large scale head.

    Colin

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  8. pmfs A Fixture

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    Certainly there is no greater pleasure than a enthusiast create is own figures and at the end painting them. Only for a few.(y)

    Pedro.
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  9. housecarl A Fixture

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    You didn't hang about.
    Looks excellent Colin.(y)
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  10. Nap A Fixture

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    Colin ,

    The finished sculpt looks great and is already coming to life ..how do you mange to get so much done ..I wish I could !!!

    Following with another smile on my face

    Nap
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  11. zodiac Active Member

    That's looking good. Where you have the edge of the cuirass, you are always better off using thin solder wire than trying to roll putty thin and even. I use araldite to fix it then carefully wire wool the excess away when not quite bone dry and the edge then is always an even thickness. You could then brush on some milliput slip to blend it in.
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  12. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

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    Nap - this took 10 days at an average of about 3 hours a day. When I get the bit between my teeth I work quickly as I am inspired....perhaps too quickly sometimes.

    Zodiac- If I was doing a commercial pattern I would take your advice. But this is a piece 100% from sculpey for my own pleasure. Actually, the precision required in making figures for market is the major reason I don't do commercial work. Too much like IPMS rivet counting for my liking. Thanks for the tip though.

    Colin
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  13. Sturm Grenadier Well-Known Member

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    Hello Colin, Your painting is looking great, as always. Excellent SBS, I like the colors your using on the face. Here are a few photos of the Rub-n-buff, that I mentioned in your other post. Just an option. Also, a good way to seal it, before washes and ink, is with acrylic floor wax. demask005.jpg p2030174.jpg breastplate-firstpaint.JPG tumblr_miu9xc6ktp1qb6hs2o1_1280.jpg Regards,SG:)(y)(y)
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  14. Gra30 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Colin,
    I am saving my comments until the end but could not resist.
    Great sculpting and wish I could see your collection, you bring my favourite period to life in big scale:)
    Best wishes and looking forward to seeing Sir finished
    Kindest
    Gra
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  15. Paul Kernan A Fixture

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    Colin:

    I've never doubted your ability. However, after spending 2-3 (frustrating) hours to sculpt a simple buckle/belt for a bust I'm working on, I now have even greater respect for what you create AND in the timeframe you achieve it in. Looking forward to seeing the end product(y)
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  16. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

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    Thanks Gra....very kind. I haven't actually done a lot to date. Just revving up :)

    SG - thanks for the lead on rub 'n buff. It does not seem to be easily found in Canada as most art and craft supply stores in the Toronto area don't seem to stock it. There is a good student art store downtown that may stock it and I will check them out. What would you suggest? Silver leaf or pewter for the cuirass and helmet? I really like the look in the photos you posted.

    Cheers

    Colin
  17. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

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    Thanks Paul....appreciate it. It all in the right material and tools, with a drop of good old Robert the Bruce try and try again.

    Colin
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  18. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

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    Got a few more minutes with him tonight and added some diluted raw number ink around the nose, under brow, in various creases and started to indicate crows feet around his eyes.

    Colin

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  19. Richie A Fixture

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    Hi Colin,
    There I go blinking again! WOW great start mate, thanks for doing this SBS, I know it's a little bit more effort but it does capture our enthusiam even more. I can only echo all the other comments so far.
    Keep that bit between your teeth my friend. I hope you find that rub and buff as that finish Rick posted will look the chimps nuts on your figure.(y)
    cheers
    Richie
  20. ChaosCossack A Fixture

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    Really well stuck in... looking awesome!
    Before the paint I couldn't totally see the facial expression but already the stern arrogance of the man is starting to show... smug would be the way to put it.
    One reason I like painting cuirassiers is that one can cheat a bit on the eyes (in smaler scales anyway).:rolleyes:
    The Sargent acrylic metallics actually work pretty good... I used them on my 54mm Cuirassier officer. Natural steel as a base, up to silver highlights and lots of black and sepia washes.

    Bring him to the show no matter the stage... seeing him "in progress" will be very interesting indeed.

    Colin
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