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WIP Critique Private, 13th Light Dragoons painting the boxart

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by gothicgeek, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Thanks again everyone!

    Been busy and productive tonight so here's a teaser :)




    Pretty much happy with the face, beard and hair to do, maybe some darker shades to add to the hat cover but once
    the cord and the chin strap furniture are coloured it might look okay!

    It's only a small area of skin but there's a lot of character in there!

    An SBS of the face process if anyone is interested to follow :)
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    Nice job Marc but I hope he is going to get eye brows. Great flesh. Tones. This is turning into one of your best.

  3. tonydawe A Fixture

    Mark, is it just me or do the eyes seem small for the face? It's beautifully painted by the way, but the eyes don't seem to match the proportions of the rest of the face. Your thoughts?
  4. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Great paint work. Thanx for the SBS and all your mixes.
    As for the eyes, I think if you took off the beard, the eyes wouldnt look so small. A thick bushy beard always make ones eyes look small and beady.
    Re the canteen markings... I would make an educated guess that it is sourced from the same place as the rest of the army... They must come from the Board of Ordinance so I would assume the marking would be "B O" with an up pointing arrow between. Of course I am strictly making a guess on this.

    Following closely

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  6. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Hi all!

    Hope everyone had a great Christmas!
    I worked over the whole holiday ( was happy too ) and have a couple of days off now :)

    AAAAaaaahhhhhh ;)

    Tony, they do look a bit small but as Colin pointed out the beard may be throwing
    them out a bit? Besides that I prefer to err on the small side as I don't like the big
    anime eyes look on male figures :)

    Colin ... Cheers for info :)

    Okay I did a break down of the face paint, I always apply many layers at
    each step, just very thin ones!
    I did a micro demo recently and it made me realize how slow the process is!
    The other thing of note is that an acrylic paint looks bad almost until the last
    stages, I often think it's all gone wrong LOL then a final tickle and it works :)

    Face paint 001.jpg

    All paints are Vallejo Model Color unless stated otherwise :p

    A. Mahogany Sand base
    B. Dwarf Flesh ( Game Color )
    C. Highlights in Basic skin
    D. Thin glazes of Dark Prussian Blue and Blood Red ( Citadel ) to deepen the shadows and warm things up
    E. Re-highlight in basic skin and soften transitions
    F.Highlight with Light Flesh
    G. Some re working of the shadows with the blue and red and more Light Flesh highlighting
    H. Blocked in the beard and hair and did the eyes. added a final very fine highlight with pure White ( very thin )
    Finished ( face ;) )

    All the best! :)
  7. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Nice paintwork Mark,
    He is coming on a treat.
    Thanks for the colour mix detail as well.
    Happy new year Mate.
  8. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thanks for all the info mark,its a great result and beautuifully painted,i should imagine stu will be pleased with the boxart,Happy new year mate (y)
  9. Joe55 A Fixture

    I believe the focused, determined look on his face adds to the eyes looking a bit smallish. An effect that Moz pulled off very well. Your brush work is top notch as always, and I really like the inclusion of the little SBS you gave us on the troopers face. Well done Mark! (y)

  10. Ventress Well-Known Member

    Thanks for a great SBS on the fisog!
  11. Edorta A Fixture

  12. Don Well-Known Member

    Wonderful SBS Mark and thank you for such a demo, really good.
    Makes me want to do the 13th Light Dragoon just to try your mixes. Super stuff.

  13. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Looks absolutely awesome!!!
    Were you able to confirm the markings on the canteen?
    Great SBS on the face... very helpful indeed.

    Look forward to the completion of this piece

  14. pgarri27 Well-Known Member

    He is coming along very nicely. Thanks for all the information you have provided in this article. I have gathered some ideas to try.
  15. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Hi all!

    After the holidays I confirmed some of the info and colour details so have got back to this piece :)
    Colin.. It is indeed as you described a B up arrow and an O :)

    I veneered a block of pine with some Walnut I sourced from ebay and epoxied the supplied base to the top of it after varnishing and waxing.

    I used a bit of miliput to fill a few tiny gaps and tidied it up with some black paint.

    I added some bits and bobs from my scenics box, fine soil ( from my garden ) and some fragments and bits from sisal string and Treemendous " Forest floor in a bag " ....

    All stuck down with PVA

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    Once dry I sprayed Burnt umber over it all and then Flat earth to show the textures. So far I have done some
    dry-brushing and picking out with a lightened Flat Earth and some of Tamiyas weathering powders.
    I still need to soften the powders a little on the ground work and I will add some dark washes into
    depressions and where there are traces of vegetable matter. That should break things up a bit and add interest.

    The hitching post is done with lots of layers of dry brushing with washes and filters added
    between layers to build up some depth, the north side is a bit greener ;)

    Added some mud spatters to the pants and especially the lower edge. Gilt fittings are the usual NMM
    Base Burnt Umber, mid Yellow Ocher and high White. I mixed some intermediate washes to soften the effect a little.

    Next is sorting the hands and fixing the arms/hitching post, update soon


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  16. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Some detail tweaks and also some work on the hands...


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  17. gothicgeek A Fixture

    More minor additions and fiddles...

    I mixed Dark Prussian blue with a small blob of MagicSculpt.... Nice to fill seams with! :)

    Arms are on and about to get the sword/scabbard/strap work underway :)


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  18. Gra30 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Looking superb Mark,
    Hope you are well mate
    Best wishes
  19. sd0324 PlanetFigure Supporter

    I really enjoy your SBS posts. Thanks for taking the time to do it.(y)
  20. Funky50 Guest

    Lovely work Mark and a great reference.....Kevin

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