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WIP Shhh! - Trench Raid / Somme 1916 - Part 1

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by smudger1960, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks pedro for your kind comments and continued support,it won't be long hopefully before my next update
  2. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks my friend for taking the time to look and share your views,I'm glad you like it so far
  3. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks ray,hopefully it won't be too long before the next post,thanks for your kind comments.
  4. Mark S Guest

    Brilliantly creative idea Brian, and superbly executed....look forward to seeing the finished piece...well done, mate.
  5. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks mark for taking the time to look and your kind coments
  6. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Managed to get back to my den yesterday,made a start on the German,first thing was to apply 2 thin coats of GW Tallarn Flesh and once dry I painted in the eyes with acrylic colours again GW,the next stage was to basecoat the helmet,for this I used GW Mechanicus Grey mixed with a little black.
    trench next stage 005.JPG trench next stage 006.JPG trench next stage 001.JPG trench next stage 002.JPG

    Once the helmet was dry I added oil mixes of Black / umber / white to different shades and I applied them accordingly and blended,once this was complete and iadded a little shading with acrylic black around the helmet rim,following this up with applications of raw sienna to represent the mud and dirt,i also added small amounts of GW texture paint - Stirland mud,this is actually a texture paint which can also be used for dry brushing,however I don't like this technique so I just stippled it onto the helmet with an old brush,a lighter oil mix of raw Sienna and White was again stippled on to give different shades of the mud.
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    When the helmet had completely dried I will apply washes of GW Agrax Earthshade and Nulin Oil.

    The basic flesh mix I used on this bust was Naples yellow + Veneitian Red,this was then lighted with more naples Yellow and titanium White for the lights and Burnt umber added for the shadow areas,some Cad red was added to the cheek areas very sparingly and blended in,also burnt umber + a little paynes grey was added to the flesh mix for the 5 o'clock shadow areas.

    trench next stage 017.JPG trench next stage 019.JPG trench next stage 022.JPG trench next stage 023.JPG trench next stage 024.JPG trench next stage 026.JPG trench next stage 028.JPG

    For the helmet strap I basecoated with Humbrol acrylic sand 63,once dry I added umber + burnt sienna for the main mix and lightened with yellow ochre for the lights,I never finish the flesh in one sitting so I will follow up todays work as I always feel some of the contrast gets lost overnight,so its just a case of re-instating the lights and shadows and any areas I might have missed first time.
    I added the helmet with a piece of white tack just to see how it looked and for the purpose of these pictures.

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  7. Aveleira A Fixture

    Great work on the helmet!! Very real ;)

  8. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks pedro !
  9. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Superb progress Brian.
    The work on the face and helmet looks very good indeed. As always I must say.
  10. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks Keith for those kind words and support,glad you liked it !
  11. tonydawe A Fixture

    Thanks for the additional photos Brian. I like the way you painted the helmet and will borrow some elements of your painting technique.
  12. Nap A Fixture

    Great stuff Brian

    Love the way your flesh turns out , thanks for a detailed breakdown of the colours used .

    Helmet ...awesome , great effects of the mud ....

    Watching with interest

    Is this going to be a Euro piece ..awesome and will certainly create a lot of interest and IMO medals .

    Thanks for sharing

  13. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many t
    Many thanks Tony,glad the info was helpful mate
  14. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi ke
    thanks for the kind coments mate,sadly i'm only at euro for the 1x day (sat) this year so i wont be competing,anyway i wouldnt have this finished by then,still looking forward to it as i always do,look forward to seeing you down there
  15. swralph A Fixture

    This is coming on great Brian,I really like the helmet.
  16. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks Ralph :)
  17. housecarl A Fixture

    Lovely progress Brian.(y)
  18. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Cheers carl for that,hope youre keeping well mate (y)
  19. Richie A Fixture

    Hi Brian,
    Thank you so much mate for taking the time to document this in the form of an SBS, I know how much extra it can add, but I'm sure we can all learn a few pointers from this one. Oh yes, nearly forgot, nice progress by the way.:) Hope you are well mate(y).
  20. megroot A Fixture

    That helmet is awesome.
    Some rare mix for the face, but it turns out extremely well.
    Gonna try this for my next one.


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