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Ploegsteert Wood 1915 - completed

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by Eludia, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. Eludia A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Hey again folks,

    I'm calling time on this one, its been a very enjoyable project. It was my first Tommy's War figure and I'm sure there will be many more in the near future as this was a joy to paint.

    He is painted mainly in oils with acrylics only being used as an undercoat on his pick helve handle and rifle. I used a limited palette for this piece comprising the following W&N Artists Oils:

    Yellow/Gold Ochre (I switched halfway through)
    Blue Black
    Alizarin Crimson
    Burnt Umber
    Titanium White

    I might switch out the Burnt Umber for Burnt Sienna for the next project as the BU dries a little too fast for me so I found myself remixing certain colours every few days. Its not always easy to get a match but, admittedly, a lot simpler than it could be due to the limited palette.

    Anyhoo, here are some pics. I hope you like him as much as I enjoyed painting him :)

    DSC_2883.JPG DSC_2884.JPG

    DSC_2885.JPG DSC_2886.JPG DSC_2887.JPG

    Critique is most welcome, every day's a schoolday ;)
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  2. billyturnip A Fixture

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    England
    Lovely work Billy, this little scene turned out very nice indeed.
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  3. Eludia A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Thanks Roger, I'm quite pleased how he's turned out. One of the most enjoyable models I've built to date :)
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  4. DEL A Fixture

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    Scotland
    Superb work throughout. Particularly refreshing to se a 'tidy' trench
    Excellent colour management (y)
    Cheers
    Derek
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  5. Eludia A Fixture

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    Cheers Del, I'm glad you like him :)
  6. Whitney Active Member

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    United-States
    Great work(y)
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  7. John Bowery A Fixture

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    United-States
    Looks very nice. Well done.
    Cheers
    John
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  8. Eludia A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Thanks Whitney (y)
  9. Eludia A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Cheers John, much appreciated (y)
  10. mick3272 A Fixture

    Nice One. Well done.
    Mick
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  11. Andy007 Member

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    New_Zealand
    Brilliant figure and base Billy!
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  12. Eludia A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Cheers Mick :)
  13. Eludia A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Thanks Andy, I'm glad you like him (y)
  14. megroot A Fixture

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    Netherlands
    Beautifull painted figure and basework.

    Marc
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  15. Tommys War A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    It came out fantastic. I often get asked about making huge diorama bases with dozens of figures all charging, but in my humble opinion the single figure, when posed and painted correctly (as here) has far atmosphere and captures the real truth of what life would be for the average soldier of WW1 - 99% boredom and 1% terror!

    Great job Billy!
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  16. Eludia A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Thanks Marc (y)
  17. Eludia A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Thanks Darren (y)

    I agree, one or two figures on a relatively small base can tell a huge story if done correctly. I'll be bringing this one up to Darlington this weekend, I'll pop by your table so you can have a closer look before I put him in the comp :)
  18. Andrew Belsey A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Very nice work Billy. Good to see my base painted well.
    Andy B
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  19. Mike Stevens A Fixture

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    United-States
    Well done
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  20. peedee A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Billy,

    Not just a nice figure, but beautiful presentation too.
    The quality of the photo and lighting give the impression , to one who has seen it many times, of him looking down as a flare goes off to maintain some night vision.

    I really like this.

    Paul.
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