My latest project, "Andrea" Roman Legionary. Dacian Wars, 101-102 AD. This piece came in quite a large package and I was very impressed with the details of the figure. The casting marks were barely noticable and the only critique I would give the casting would be the cloak needing to be better fit. Still not a huge deal to fill the gaps and sand them down. I will try to go as 'Step by Step' as possible as I am trying new techniques and would love to learn how to do them better. My camera is from my smart phone, so details may be slightly off but I should have a better camera soon. Please critique! Box Art All the pieces out of the box The body with some filing and steel wool work done 2 Options for the head of the figure The shield I decided to try the burnishing and varnishing technique for the Armour to make it look more realistic. I began by cleaning the piece and using steel wool to get a bit of the oxidation off. then I used a sculpting tool to burnish the metal to a high shine and used a rotary tool with a felt disc to buff the metal to a nice shine. Then I used JW Right Step, water-based satin varnish with Reaper Pure Black and Dark Blue to start the coloring process. This is after 2 coats. and looks just like new steel. Another look at first attempt at varnishing Sword Arm, pre varnish but after burnishing This is where I may have made an error. I want the piece to look as if the Armour has been worn for an entire tour of duty and he has oiled it just enough to keep the rust off. However as soon as I put the third coat of varnish on the piece something happened and I lost a few chunks on the greaves and the Breast Plate. I scraped all the varnish off, re-burnished, added fighting damage and started the process over again. This time I used a water thinned, black, india ink the fill the cut marks first. Then I used one coat of varnish over the top. I think I lost some detail with the second burnishing though, and may have gone over the top with the fighting damage. Any thoughts? Btw I think this specific part, the Sword and Arm turned out great. Its the Breast that got muddled. The Greaves Im pleased with. They would have taken alot of damage, especially if this soldier ever rode a horse. Opposite greave This is where I think I messed up. If you think it indeed looks off, any thoughts on fixing it without messing up more detail? I like it but I see what it looked like before I had to scrape it clean and wish it was a bit cleaner. The primer is Vallejo brush on and it works REALLY well! This is the first time I've used it and I will probably change all my primers to that brand now. The cloak has been cleaned and epoxyed together. It came in three pieces that did not fit together very well. I will have some decent patching to do. My chosen head. The helmet inside is going to be tough to do! I hope I can get it burnished and varnished to match the rest of the metal.