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Samurai "Seige at Osaka" - 90mm Pegaso Vignette

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Guy, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. moore Active Member


    One other thing... you used the handle of an old paint brush to hold
    the armor pcs. Did you just use blue-tack on the end ?
    Micro Mark makes these little toothpick like things that they use for
    the dental profession and I was thinking about buying some.
    Just wonder what you used.

  2. Guy A Fixture

    I also have some of the Micro-Mark pics but these are too heavy for the pics. I used a drop of epoxy on the end of each paintbrush handle to hold the armor firmly while I painted them. Once they were done and dry I simply popped them off the end of the handle.
  3. Guy A Fixture

    Final stages

    Several days were spent attaching the rest of the Ronin parts. The head was attached followed by the scabbard before I put the arms on. I use a 2 part epoxy for each joint and mix for one joint at a time.

    Ronin sbs 70.JPG

    After the scabbard was attached I started on the arms and after each arm was attached I attached the shoulder armor.

    Ronin sbs 71.JPG

    Now we see below all the parts attached to the Samurai. many things left to do yet and these little touch-ups and outlining will take another several days. The chest emblem was left to last and will be painted on next.

    Ronin sbs 72.jpg Ronin sbs 73.jpg

    Ronin sbs 74.jpg Ronin sbs 75.jpg

    Below are some close-ups of the upper portion of the Ronin.

    Ronin sbs 78.jpg

    Ronin sbs 76.jpg Ronin sbs 77.jpg

    Now its on to cleaning up the second Samurai!

    All comments welcomed.

  4. Ernest A Fixture

    Hi Guy you are doing a good job with this one, I like the color of the armour plates, will be following this sbs...
  5. moore Active Member

    Thanks... I always think of super glue or expoxy as never being
    able to get anything off once its attatched to it. I will try that though
    on some small parts that I paint.

  6. Ashen-Shurgar Member

    Great work Guy-what colors did you use for the sword?

  7. Guy A Fixture

    Thanks Mark,
    I used Humbrol Ivory for the handle with a Humbrol Chocalate wash followed by dry-brushing it back with Ivory. It made the detail of the handle jump out. The blade is Humbrol Gun metal with a black wash followed by dry-brushing with Floquil Old Silver. The cutting portion of the blade needs to be sanded ever so lightly back to the bare metal (haven't done that yet) then coated with clear flat. I'll show some more pics after the touch-ups and chest emblem is done.
  8. Guy A Fixture

    The Ronin is finished except for mounting to the base which will come when the second Samurai is complete. The emblem on the chest has been added as well as the chest armor plates outlined. The blood on the sword will get some additional splatters too.

    Fin Ronin 1.jpg Fin Ronin 4.jpg

    Fin Ronin 6.jpg Fin Ronin 2.jpg

    Fin Ronin 5.jpg

    All comments welcomed

  9. John Bowery A Fixture

    Very nice, I look forward to the next one.
  10. Guy A Fixture

    "Seige at Osaka"
    Part II

    Samurai Warrior
    with Naginata
    Pegaso 90-037

    90-037_1.jpg 90-037_2.jpg

    90-037_3.jpg 90-037_4.jpg

    The collector wanted the Diego Ruina version (box art for Pegaso) used for the painting reference for the second Samurai depicted in the battle of Osaka.

    The second part of this vignette begins with the clean-up and preparation of Pegaso's Samurai Warrior with Naginata. The clean-up and removal of all seam lines went much better than the first Samurai and the seam lines were not as heavy.

    Second 03.JPG

    After the clean-up of all parts I determined the painting secquence to be done and started the preparation for priming and painting. The legs were assembled with 2 part epoxy and fastened to the stock base. I am using the stock base for both figures as the finished wood base does not have the thickness needed for pegging the figures to the base as I usually do.

    Second 04.JPG

    Above I have set up two jigs to fasten each plate of armor (12 pieces) so the armor can be painted prior to assembly. I mix the epoxy after determining where each is to be attached on the back side of the armor and place the old paint brush holder into the mix and placing it into the clamp. This way I do not have to hold each piece for 5+ minutes and can do two at a time.

    Second 05.JPG Second 06.JPG

    Second 07.JPG

    Above are all the armor plates fastened to paint sticks and placed into a work tray to await priming and then painting.

    Second 08.JPG

    I use the back of old business cards to mix my epoxy and as you can see above, there were quite a few mixes needed for the preparation stage.

    Second 09.JPG

    The smaller parts were fastened to tooth picks and set into an old base I use for this purpose. Next comes the priming and then the base coating of all parts.

    More to come

  11. Marcel Active Member

    Excellent work on the first ronin Guy! I think it's one of your best paintjobs, love it!
  12. Guy A Fixture

    Thanks Marcel. Samurai's are always intimidating to paint but I really enjoyed this one.
  13. megroot A Fixture

    Excellent painted Ronin,
    Really great work Guy. And you brought me to ideas with your SBS, for painting smaller parts.
    Keep going.

  14. Guy A Fixture

    Thanks Marc. Some of the ways I handle painting small parts have been learned over the years. Just wanted to pass them along to help others.
  15. Guy A Fixture

    This is probably the slowest part of painting the Samurai's. Base coating everything 2 coats before we start the blending & shading & and washes.

    Second 10.jpg

    Second 15.jpg

    I use a computer monitor extension table to elevate the figure closer to the eyes and also reduce the hour after hour bending over doing small detail work. When painting bead work on Indians this is my primary tool to get the items I am painting closer to me.

    Second 14.jpg

    The platform clamps to the side of my desk and will extend to the middle of the desk.

    Second 13.jpg

    Once I am finished painting the platform will contract and can be swiveled around further from this photo to allow complete use of the whole desk.

    Second 16.jpg

    Second 12.jpg

    Above is my "Technical Advisor", Cato the cat who waits on the floor constantly meowing until I let her up on the desk where she scrutinizes everything. Cato is a peculiar cat and as Jay knows, if you don't pet her just right.....she takes a bite out of crime.

  16. megroot A Fixture

    Very good idea this monitor extesion.
    I know my boss has several in the basement because they aren't in use anymore.
    Gonna look after one...

  17. Mark S Guest

    The monitor platform is a great way to relieve strain
    on the neck,back and eyes-Fantastic idea!
    I also think it's pretty clever the way Cato can operate the shutter release at just the right time to capture herself at her best.
  18. Guy A Fixture

    Thanks Marc & Mark. The platform was found while looking through a garage sale in Annapolis, Maryland years ago. Paid $5 for it and knew right away what I was going to use it for. I had another lighter version that I used to use it for my reference books with a book holder on the top of the platform. Since buying the flat screen monitor I now have the reference right in front of me.
  19. Guy A Fixture

    Progress is slow on this figure due to the high amount of detail that needs to be painted. I spent about 2 days working on the head and next is the helmet. They have to be done separately due to the complexity of the painting. The helmet ribs were each undercoated Humbrol chocolate and await the brass on top.

    second 14a.JPG second 15a.JPG

    second 16a.JPG second 17.JPG

    I am working on the detail of the legs and have finished the rope around the sandals and the red leather color of the armor. As you can see the left legs has the brass detail painted and the right does not yet. All the areas to be painted brass were first undercoated with Humbrol chocolate.

    second 18.JPG second 20.JPG

    second 19.JPG second 21.JPG

    Below is the work tray used to keep all the parts I am currently working on as well as the paints. Each day I can remove the tray after painting to have more desk room.

    second 22.JPG

    Before I start a figure I download all the reference photos I will use and enlarge them to fit my computer screen that is located right in front of my painting area. This gives me larger than life reference right in front where I am working.

    second 23.JPG

    second 24.JPG

    All comments welcomed.

  20. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Damn Guy, go to bed! HA! Great work so far, hope check on progress "in the flesh" soon. And NO I won't pet you Cato..............

    Jay H.

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