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WIP stormtroopers German Infantryman, Winter 41/42 bust

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by gothicgeek, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Carl, Pedro, Mike, Chris, Ken, Matthew, James, Dimitrios, Taesung, Tony, Les, Closerlookbooks, Rene, Carl R, Michael, Steve K and Stuart!!!

    Blimey! Glad you like it! This is gonna be fun :)

    This is a really characterful Bust and it's a piece I knew I wanted to paint as soon as I saw the shots of it " In the putty " ...

    The more eagle eyed of you will have spotted that this is an expansion on a smaller 120mm sculpt of a frozen German that I painted a few months ago


    I need to get the 2 paras off the bench before I really get into this bust so expect a delay of at least a week, or so :)

    Many, many thanks everyone!


  2. Andyfettes Active Member

    Absolutely fantastic !!!

    both in the painting, Mark
    and in the sculpting, Stuart

    Im a huge fan of your range Stuart and am kicking myself for not buying a couple at Euro a few years back

    Can I ask if at any point those earlier Stalingrad figures in 120mm will be rereleased or have they gone forever ?

    Best Wishes

  3. RobertC33 Well-Known Member

    Do Stormtroopers have a website?
  4. housecarl A Fixture

  5. RobertC33 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Carl
  6. Trep Active Member

    very realistic
  7. 1969 A Fixture

    Something tells me this one is going to look great :), nice idea to do a bust version of the 1/16 figure.

  8. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Hi Again!

    Andy, Robert, Dan, Carl and Steve! Thanks for the input/comments guys :)

    Well now that the Para Officer is done ( pending Stu's approval :) ) I have started actually painting this fellow so in reverse order here it is as far as I have got, still some work tweaking and the beard and brows need work, but essentially all the colours are there and in place



    and a 3 view for context .....


    and finally an SBS Sequence .....


    A to C ... Used my airbrush to lay down some base colours

    A ... GW Dark Flesh
    B ... GW Dwarf Flesh
    C ... AV Basic Skin

    from here all work is with conventional brushes,a Citadel Fine Detail for the skin and for the eyes a Creative Models Red Sable 3/0 from my LHS

    D ... GW Blood Red glazed on.
    E ... GW Regal Blue in creases and around the eyes
    F ... AV Light Flesh on the eye balls and to pick out details
    G ... More Blood Red and into the eyes
    H ... Dwarf Flesh glazed to soften transitions
    I ... More reds and Blues and then more Dwarf Flesh to soften the transitions and add depth to the skin
    J ... More Blues and GW Elf Flesh to highlight, Beard picked out with AV English Uniform
    K ... I re worked the high lights with AV Light flesh and then used very thin glazes of all my colours to tighten and tidy up the details also a wash of AV Ger. Cam. Blk. Brown into the hair and around the toque

    The next steps deal just with the eyes....

    L & M ... lined the top lid and drew in two eye shapes with AV Ger. Cam. Blk. Brown
    N ... An area of Dark blue with a dot of light blue in the bottom of the Iris, pupil re established with the AV Ger. Cam. Blk. Brown
    O ... Highlights of AV Off White added on the eyeball and iris

    P ... Lightened Final image


    Hope I ain't bored the pants off anyone and hope someone finds it informative

  9. Meehan34 A Fixture

    This is looking great!
  10. tonydawe A Fixture

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for going to so much trouble to show us your technique. It's amazing to see how many small steps and subtle effects you incorporate into your flesh work. I really appreciate you doing this SBS.
  11. unknown01 New Member

    The very beautiful fresh tone.

  12. kiwi45 Active Member

    Mark, thanks for the SBS, very helpfull to me as a newbie, love your flesh tones and my week point the eyes. thanks Les
  13. housecarl A Fixture

    That is some face Mark, thanks for the SBS mate.
  14. pmfs A Fixture

    Absoluting fantastic!

    Its awesome mate:eek: Continued to follow(y):)
  15. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Mike ... thanks :)

    Tony .... Thanks and my pleasure :)

    Mitsutaka ... thank you! :)

    Les ... Thanks and no problem :)

    Carl ... Cheers and no probs :)

    Pedro ... Thanks again man! :)

    Face progression ...

    I've done the last colour tweaks and next will add some Klear to the eyes and lips and around the nose area, I may add some more reds to the nose but ....

    Started the side cap, still lots to do :)

    Fiddled with the hair, I kinda like where its at but want to add some blue washes to see what that does :)

  16. Ferris A Fixture

    Very lifelike!
    Look forward to the total picture (well, as far as a bust goes that is...)

  17. mil-mart A Fixture

    Mark, excellent sbs so far and if I ever take up painting seriously I'll be visiting your vBench. (y)

    Cheers Ken
  18. pmfs A Fixture

    Stunning Mark!

    Fantastic face in this super zoom photo.(y)
    I can see the ice on the beard...:D
  19. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Adrian .... Thanks :)

    Ken ... Ah go on! ;)

    Pedro .... Thanks and there will be more ice yet :)

    Glossy red bits :) ...

    Fnarr ..... So..
    Top shows face at effectively the end of painting.
    Mid shows Klear in eyes, mouth and over nose and cheeks, also added some red to a bit of Klear to get some really shiny bits :)
    Bottom I re did the lightest highlights in very thin matt glazes ...

    Face is finished for now, once I have the whole thing finished I plan on adding ice to the tash, brows and possibly clothing :)

  20. housecarl A Fixture

    I think this is your best bit of face painting to date, not that there was anything up with your other stuff.

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