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The Emperor - Napoleon Bonaparte

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by smudger1960, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    I have just completed the Alexandros Models 200mm resin kit of Napoleon which was released just before xmas last year,as soon as i saw the review on PF i was blown away,i've painted many napoleons in the last 20yrs and this is the best one since David Grieve's waterloo comanders series,the kit was given to me last xmas and i've only just got round to completing it.
    The kit is produced in resin at 200mm scale and comes in 4 parts which also includes a very nice napoleon crest which could be used for display purposes,it is very nicely packaged in a small box with a colour photo of the completed model,the kit No is R24,the parts have minimal clean up and fit together very well with hardly any filler required.
    The box art shows napoleon wearing his favourite green uniform of the Mounted Chasseurs of the Imperial Guard,however i decided to paint mine in the uniform of Colonel of the Imperial Guard Foot Grendiers (Blue with White Facings),the only reason i chose this was its my favourite Napoleonic Regiment.
    The kit is beautifuly sculpted with some amazing detail on the chest medals (Leigon d'honneur and the order of the iron crown)these are very well sculpted and paint up beautifuly.
    The white facings of the uniform ned to be done to an off white colour so you get 2 different shades of white between the uniform and the waistcoat,i achieved this by mixing Tittanium white with very small amounts of umbers and ochre colours until i achieved tha off white creamy colour i was looking for,when i'm painting whites i like a softer shade so it dosent look to harsh and i tried to achieve this on the facing,the waistcoat was done with tittanium white with small amounts of paynes gre added again until i was happy with the result,some painters like the harsh look when shading white,its just a personal preferance.
    I have some excellent books on the emperor and was looking for a campaign sort of look with perhaps some 5 o'clock shadow present,i found some excellent photo's of paintings with this present in the book 'Napoleon - History and Myth' by Gerard Gengembre,a brilliant read for anyone interested in the emperor.
    All flesh painting as with the uniform was done with oils over acrylic undercoats and black primer,all acrylic paints were from the Games Workshop Range and the primer was GW chaos black.
    The Redincote or greatcoat worn by napoleon on campaign was completed using different oil mixes of blacks / umbers / white / ochre's,the epaulettes were gold and sometimes threaded with red cotton / silk.
    The buttons were painted with GW chaos black undercoat follwed by Humbrol 16 gold,when the gold was dry i mixed humbrol 16 gold with silver ink and painted the top halfs of each button with this,once this had dried i finished each button with a catchlight of silver ink,the same was done for the epaulettes.
    The headress was completed using lamp black as a base followed by adding small amounts of umber and white,i wanted to be subtle here as i did'nt want a grey hat i wanted the worn look but still black if you know what i mean :confused:.
    To sum the kit up,i found it a real enjoyment to paint up and i'm really pleased to have it in my figure collection.

    I hope you enjoy the photo's,i'm still trying to take decent ones :mad:,all coments and critism are always welcome.

    Happy Painting
    Brian (y)

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    billyturnip, abbo, mao and 19 others like this.
  2. sam b Well-Known Member

    Hi mate , I love what you have done here n think your colours have worked really well the whites are spot on .
    Well done
  3. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Very Nice indeed Brian!
  4. Christos Well-Known Member

    Looks very nice especially fleshtones!!
  5. Gellso A Fixture

    Very nice painting.
  6. davidmitchell A Fixture

    Great painting Brian on this fantastic bust , got this one on the bench just now as well.

    Cheers David
  7. housecarl A Fixture

    Looking good Brian.
  8. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thanks guys,really appriciate all the kind coments,thanks very much (y)

    The piece is actually finished,i've made the mistake of putting it under WIP :confused:

    Brian :)
  9. mil-mart A Fixture

    Brian excellent painting(y)

    Cheers Ken
  10. Mariner Active Member

    Just beautiful, Brian(y)(y)

  11. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thanks Ken for your kind coments,i'm hoping you'll do a dwarf napoleon one day (y)

    Many thanks Mary for your kind coments (y)

  12. maco61 A Fixture

    Beautiful paintjob.
    Ciao by Maco
  13. tonydawe A Fixture

    I can't tell you how close I've been lately to buying this bust Brian. Having seen your version, I think the plastic will take another pounding. Excellent paint job mate.
  14. MarquisMini A Fixture

    Brian,the fleshtones look amazing,but the hat looks so real,great job (y)
  15. Mike Stevens A Fixture

    Well done Brian! Love this bust
  16. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Brian, great job on this mate. All of the colour choices are interesting, superb finished result. I think this is the best bust of Napoleon produced so far and certainly one on the buy list.

  17. megroot A Fixture

    Great work Brian. Have this one on the shelf and took it out when I saw your painted version.
    Well, it's gotta wait because there are more figures to be done.
    But I will save yours as a reference.

  18. Tommi A Fixture

    :eek: Some of your best work to date, fantastic all round, well done my friend , hope to see this at Euro this year;)
  19. brian A Fixture

    From one Brian to another Brian a cracking paint job.
  20. debrito A Fixture

    Excellent job....(y)

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