WIP The Imperial Gallery, British Infantryman, Afghanistan 120mm

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by tonydawe, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi guys,

    First pics of my latest project, The Imperial Gallery, British Infantryman Afghanistan in 120mm resin,sculpted by Rob Hardwick.

    The head is blu-taked on and will be attached once the helmet and t-shirt are painted.

    Early days yet, but I like where this is going;);)

    As always, comments welcome.

    Attached Files:

  2. Michael Tse Active Member

    Country:
    HongKong
    Looks great so far, will be following closely!
  3. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Great work Tony. Are you using oils?
    Carl.
  4. davidmitchell A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Nice work so far Tony.


    Cheers David
  5. ubbi Active Member

    Country:
    Italy
    looking a great start Tony

    cheers

    stefano
  6. mil-mart A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Tony , Great start and what a great face. Will follow progress.

    Cheers Ken
  7. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Love that face!

    i'll follow with interest

    Mark
  8. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks Michael, still very early days but I'm encouraged by your comment.

    HiCarl, no mate I'm using acrylics as normal. I gave the flesh areas a coat of Satin Varnish to impart a slight sheen.

    Thanks Dave, I always appreciate your support and encouragement.

    Thanks Stefano, it took me about 4 hours to paint the face and hands last night. It stillneeds a few minor touch ups, but I'm happy with the results so far.

    Thanks Ken, I appreciate your thoughts on the face, and I'm glad you like it. Sadly my photographic skills aren't equal to my painting skills.

    Thanks Mark, I'll try to finish the head and helmet in the next couple of days and then the fun starts on the DPM.
  9. Von Luch Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hi Tony,

    Nice flesh tones, coming along nicely! Looking forward to the progress!(y)

    Jim
  10. rheath Active Member

    Country:
    South-Africa
    Thanks as always Tony, nice start - hhhmmm need to get this Imp Gal figure myself. Will be great to see progress.RobH(y)
  11. Chris Oldfield Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    Tony,
    Excellent flesh tones & inspired use of satin varnish - the face also has the expression of a man under stress whilst advancing to contact, a tribute to your painting & the skill of the sculptor. Will be following this with interest!
    Cheers,
    Chris(y)
  12. 1969 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Great start Tony with this figure, i like your flesh tones with this one, looking forward to seeing the cammo go on.

    Steve(y)
  13. unknown01 New Member

    Country:
    Japan
    Great start Tony.
    I'm also looking forward to contribution of the next progress very much.

    Mitsutaka
  14. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks Jim, Rob, Chris, Steve and Mitsutaka,

    I greatly appreciate all your comments and I hope to bring you soon updated pics soon.

    The weather here is too hot to paint in at the moment. The paint is drying on the brush before I can get it on the figure. It's over 40 degrees today and the next couple of days are forecast to be even hotter.
  15. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi guys,

    Despite the sweltering heat here, I've been working on the DPM camoflague in the relative cool of night. I'm still laying in base colours and will tackle the webbing and back pack next.

    I'd be interested to get some thoughts on the colours I've chosen for the uniform. Are the swirl colours dark enough??

    Nothing is 100% finished yet.

    Attached Files:

  16. ubbi Active Member

    Country:
    Italy
    Beautiful Tony , the camouflage is coming very cool !!

    cheers

    stefano
  17. 1969 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Nice progress mate and good to see some more colour going on him. As for the cammo patches its hard to say as there are so many variety of shades for the dark patches due to age of uniform, weathering and bleaching etc, i have seen loads of different varieties when googling for images, also in the military surplus store near my home. One think you might want to do to add a bit more contrast is to make the jacket and trousers slightly different in cammo shade, just to show they were from different batches, just gives a bit more colour variation to the figure.

    all the best mate,

    Steve(y)
  18. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi Stefano, thank for your comment. I'm pleased you like the camo.

    Hi Steve, thanks mate. You make a couple of very good points. I've seen loads of different variations of colours too, and making the trousers and jacket slightly different colours certainly reflects the variety of different batches and also the reality of living rough in the field.

    Usually trousers tend to wear and fade twice as fast as jackets because they bear the brunt of the contact with the ground and vegetation, so I'll leave the trousers a more faded colour and darken the pattern on the jacket.
  19. Chris Oldfield Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    Tony,
    I think it's a great idea to vary the shades of the smock & trousers to represent different clothing batches; from the footage I've seen & having spoken to a few people who've been to the Stan, the Desert DPM smock doesn't get much wear in daylight hours - normal dress being the underarmour Norwegian-type shirt with cammed sleeves under the Osprey body armour. On the basis of this logic, the smock would fade in colour much more slowly, as it would spend much of its time stowed in the soldier's Bergan or deployment bag.
    Another fact which seems to be borne out by TV footage too is that Brit squaddies over there seem to launder their kit in rivers or streams a lot, so this would perhaps increase the speed of fading of the trousers etc.
    Just a couple of observations for you.......this figure's coming along marvellously, following with interest.
    Cheers,
    Chris(y)
  20. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hi Tony:

    I like where this figure is going, too. As so many have said before me, the
    flesh tones are just super and the look of the face, and the eyes, really say
    so much about these young men who put their lives on the line over there.
    The face is definitely a young soldier who was recently just a boy; yet he
    now is a man, . . . and thrust into Harm's Way.

    A nice tribute to those soldier's sacrifices. . .

    jayhawker

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