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WIP The Apothecary by Blacksmith Miniatures

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Geoff Charman, May 14, 2019.

  1. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    This is not something I would normally paint but I saw this mini bust, and The Old Captain on Nap's For Sale posting and just couldn't resist them.

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    I have started on The Apothecary, after small amount of cleaning up and washing I gave him a light coat of white primer.

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    Today I started to paint his head in Artist's oils.

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    I shall now leave him to dry before painting his hair.

    Geoff
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  2. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Geoff

    As always a great start , like the ruddy cheeks , I envisaged him to like a tipple ...or two

    Sure you've posted it but what's your flesh mix ?

    Look forward to seeing more

    Nap
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  3. captnenglish Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Ooh, I’ve been meaning to pick this up; nice start
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  4. megroot PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Great start.

    marc
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  5. fogie Well-Known Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Anyone else noticed a similarity with Geoff's avatar ?

    Mike
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  6. Cannonball A Fixture

    Is there no stopping you? Another great choice Geoff and looks like your off to a super start. I do like these busts with the faces full of character, expect it was a joy to paint. I’ve just picked up a United Empire bust of Mad King George whilst at Euro and it was the character of the face that attracted me to that. It might be one worth looking at if it’s still in production/available anywhere.

    Neal
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  7. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Pity.If i'd known you were after Mad George i've got one languishing in my grey army
  8. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Nice one Geoff.I painted this little fella a while ago,it was great fun and it's one of my favourites.
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  9. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Thanks Nap, it was either him or me have a tipple mate.

    I usually follow this chart I found a few years online, the odd colour and the mix changes to give different changes in skin tone, as you know I hate to see models with all the same colour skin.

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    The colours I use:
    Base.. White and Burnt Sienna then either Raw Umber or a mix of Raw Umber and Vandyke Brown for the lining around for the stage 2 This is then lightly blended in by dragging from the flesh tone across the brown lining, where possible, with an old dry brush, this brush is then wiped clean after 3-4 strokes, on a tissue to remove the paint.
    Next stage is apply the Burnt Sienna or Burnt Sienna/ Vandyke Brown mix as in guide and again blend and wiping as before, keep the blending brush dry from cleaning fluid or you will remove the base colour, just a wipe on a tissue.
    Follow all the stages but from now on stipple the finish with just the end of the brush at right angle to the surface, this smooths out the colour changes.

    This is the stippling brush I use, P1130866 (2).JPG

    Hope this helps,

    Cheers
    Geoff
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  10. Geoff Charman A Fixture

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    Many thanks Guys for your nice comments but I think I look a lot younger than him fogie;)

    Cheers Chaps
    Geoff.
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  11. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Absolutely Geoff

    Even I have more hair than him .....just ...lol

    Cheers for the info ref your face painting

    Nap
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  12. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    No prob mate, If you want a better stages pic I will e-mail it to you, don't know how that one looks green.

    Geoff
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  13. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    United-Kingdom
    Very nice Geoff, nice tones but by the time you've read this, you may have a bit more paint on him.
    Just about to start another figure.
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  14. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Thanks Bob, you are nearly right, a lot more paint washes gone on, but not finished by any means.

    Cheers
    Geoff
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  15. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England

    No worries mate I am sure I have it in a magazine/ book / papyrus / piece of slate !!

    Nap
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  16. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    A few more stages pics, really pleased with my progress but he is quite small and not much body to him.

    Hair painted Sky Grey

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    Hair given a Citadel Nuln oil wash and the shadow side of the creases given some dilute Hull Red and the shirt painted with Ivory.

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    The first thin wash of a mix of Red Leather, Dark Vermilion and Red(which is a light Crimson)

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    More of the thin washes applied to the body and some high-lights added using some Ivory added to the red mix. The bow tie shade areas given a coat of MA Dark Seagreen and the buttons.

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    Some Ivory mixed to the Dk. Seagreen and applied to the bow tie.

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    That's it for today, time to see the wife.

    Cheers,
    Geoff
  17. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Geoff

    Have to say it should have kept him !! ......your really bringing him to life and the enjoyment shines through in the painting

    Lovely artwork

    Thanks for sharing

    Nap
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  18. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
  19. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Many thanks mate, you seem to say that you shouldn't have get rid of busts everytime I paint one of your sale items, stop selling them. :p;)

    Cheers
    Geoff
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  20. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Thank you kindly young Bob, I am enjoying something different.

    Cheers
    Geoff

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