WIP Critique The Retreat, 90mm Andrea

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by tonydawe, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi guys,

    I've just started painting my latest figure, a classic Andrea 90mm figure called The Retreat.

    I started painting the face last night and did a bit more on it today ( while listening to the 1812 Overture for inspiration.

    Here are the first pics. I hope you like how it's started.
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  2. Don Well-Known Member

    Face looks great so far Tony, just like a very cold face should look. Like the badge on the front of his shako. Will watch this with interest as its a super figure.

    Don
  3. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Country:
    France
    Good start Tony,
    I really like your treatment of thr shako cover, superb.
    The face looks suitably cold aswell.
    Cheers,
    Keith
  4. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Cracking face Tony look forward to seeing him progress.
    Brian
  5. Aveleira A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    The face looks amazing!!!! Very good painting!!

    Regards
    Pedro
  6. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Always liked this figure and you are doing a great job with it.

    Marc
  7. Joe55 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Looking good Tony! Can't wait to see him done.

    Joe
  8. YongA01 Active Member

    Country:
    Malaysia
    Nice start... Captured cold expresseion well
  9. NickM Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    He's looking great so far, mate. I can't remember seeing you paint Napoleonics before, is this a first?
    Looking forward to seeing this one progress.
  10. Mark S Guest

    Nice face Tony, very rosy cold complexion there, just need some nose and moustache and snot ice.
    It's a great figure Tony, looking forward to the final piece!!

    Nick I think I recall Tony painting the Andrea 90 mm French grenadier guard some time ago mate.
    NickM and Jamie Stokes like this.
  11. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Don, Keith, Brian, Pedro, Marc, Joe, Yong, Nick and Mark - thank you all for your very kind comments.

    This is certainly not my first Napoleonic figure Nick. Mark is correct and in addition I also painted a Verlinden bust of old Boney many years ago. It's not a period of history I have spent much time studying but this particular figure has always seemed to capture the sorrowful nature of the frozen hell endured by the Grande Aemee on that long road back from Moscow.
  12. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Tony I've got a stiff neck looking at your figure so I had to sort it before it became permanent.Is that because your down under mate.Really captured the cold flesh tones Tony.
    Brian

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  13. DEL A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Great start on this Tony. As others have said the face conveys a real sense of cold. Looking forward to seeing it progress.
    Cheers
    Derek
  14. FigureLover A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Nice start Tony, looks great. You are really on the up and up now, not only with quality but also quantity.

    Ben
  15. tiberius57 A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Wow, what a face! Looks great!
    Will follow closely!
    Cheers,
    Zeno
  16. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Great start tony,I'm really interested to see how you progress with this one :)
  17. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Brian, thanks mate. Actually it was the first time I tried to upload a photo to pF using my iPhone . I wont be doing that again.

    Derek, Ben, Zeno and Brian - thanks guys I really appreciate your comments.

    I did a little bit more on this figure last night (in between watching Australia throw away The Ashes and watching Chris Froome win the Tour de France). Some more pics in a few days.
  18. Sturm Grenadier Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hello Tony, I'm planning to do a cold weather figure myself. I like the cold look of the face that you have accomplished, and am interested in the colors you have used. Looking forward to your WIP, and new photos. Best of luck with the painting of this excellent figure. Regards, SG:happy:
  19. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi SG,

    The cold skin palette is a combination of Jo Sonja colours.

    The basic skin tone was created with Flesh Tone, Naples Yellow and Titanium White to make it paler than the normal colour.

    I then added some Prussian Blue and mixed in a little Napthol Crimson to create a purple filter that I washed on in every decreasing amounts to create the shaded tones.

    For the deeper shadows I added a little bit of Olive Green to my purple mix and once again applied it in very dilute filters to gradually build up the colour.

    I then went back and added the upper highlights using my base colour mixed with titanium white and a little dab of the purple hue.

    Around the bottom of the nose and the nostrils I applied a wash of Napthol Crimson. On the lips I added a bit more Prussian Blue.
  20. gregmarm Active Member

    Country:
    Greece
    great start,love the skin tones!!!!!keep going!!!!!:happy:

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