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U-Boat Captain,...90mm Andrea.

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Jeff T, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. Jeff T Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi everyone!

    Here is my WIP of Andrea's 90mm U-Boat Captain.

    I have always wanted to do a U-Boat Captain Figure, but the ones that have been availiable over the years just didn't seem to do it for me, so when I saw this one that Andrea released last year, I had to have it.

    First up is the Mount for it.I didn't go too much on the White Metal one that came with the Figure, and being on a Soldering kick when I started it, I decided to re-do it in Brass, which I'm fairly happy with the way it turned out.
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    Here is the Figure assembled and mounted up for test fitting, but gaps are yet to be filled in with Magic Sculpt Putty.
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    With the bench being Wood painted over with a Dark Grey, I decided to try and replicate the wood texture using Acrylics, over painted with Burnt Umber Oil Paint, with which I will add some Maskol before spraying the Grey and then rub off the Maskol hopefully replicating some chipping of the paint revealing a bit of the wood underneath.The woodgrain is overkill I know, but I thought it was a good chance to get some woodgrain painting practice in.:)
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    Finally on to the first stages of painting the Figure itself.I still have not used any Clear Coats yet to dull down the shiny areas.....When I painted the Fleshtones of the face, I didn't do the hands at the same time, so when I tried to mix up some more for the hands I just couldn't get it to look right, so I ended up sanding off the detail of the hands, applying a couple of coats of Mr Surfacer and depicted him wearing Gloves.:(
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    All comments welcome, and thanks for looking!

    Jeff.
  2. Fernando Ruiz Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Awsome beginnig. That wood texture is one of the most real I have ever seen.
    Regards
    FeR
  3. housecarl Forum Moderator

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Looking good Jeff, like Fernando said the wood grain is outstanding, not over the top like you said.
    Me like,
    Carl.
  4. Joseph Brubaker New Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hi Jeff,
    Not over kill at all,I belive every deyail counts and adds so much to a piece,will you age wood alittle or maybe worn some from where he sits,great job and start to figure cant wait to see finished piece,thanks for posting....Joseph
  5. rosman Member

    Country:
    Spain
    The wood grain texture is incredible!!! I wait more pics unpatient
  6. Jeff T Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
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    Thank you, Fernando, Carl, Joseph and Joan, for your kind words!...I'm glad you guys like it so far.I hope I can keep up expectations.:)


    Good idea Joseph, I will try and scuff it up a bit, thanks!


    Cheers,
    Jeff.
  7. Joseph Brubaker New Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Jeff,cant wit to see this project finished,very very nice start,I love up-grades of pieces and you have certaily done that,keep up the wonderful work....Joseph
  8. Jimmy S Active Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Jeff you bringing this up to Brisbane? Free accomodation on offer......Jim
  9. rej Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Malta
    Jeff that's turned out really nice and that wooden "seat" is so, so natural!!! Welldone!!!!

    Ray ;)
  10. Christosjager A Fixture

    Country:
    Greece
    I agree with the rest,excellent wood,but I believe you must work more on the face.
  11. Jeff T Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
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    Jim, if I can get it finished and if I can make it up there I will definatetly bring it.


    Thanks Ray!


    Thanks Christos,.....I have changed my Flesh Mix from previous figures I've done, and I thought it looked ok in the flesh, and I was quite happy with it, but under Photographic conditions it does look fairly plain......its funny, I was happier with the face than the wood grain, the wood grain was only an experiment, but it seems to be the thing most commented on.:D.....Any suggestions on which parts of the face need work, and is it too late to do it?


    Thanks for looking guys,
    Jeff.
  12. specmod Active Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Gidday Jeff, looking really good mate, wood grain is outstanding, look forward to seeing this in the flesh.
    Cheers Andrew J
  13. housecarl Forum Moderator

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
  14. unknown01 New Member

    Country:
    Japan
    Looks perfect arrangement.
    Excellent start.
    I'm looking forward to completion.

    Mitsutaka
  15. Christosjager A Fixture

    Country:
    Greece
    Hi Jeff,I think it's not too late just put some more shadows to the cheeks and some more highlights around the eyes and nose to make a bigger contrast,your hats tones are very nice.I am looking forward to see your next steps,have a nice day,Christos.
  16. pmfs A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Hello

    Nice wood you reproduced.

    Regards from Portugal
    Pedro
  17. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Too cool! This is very nice!!

    All the best,
    Dan
  18. Maglar Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Great start, love the wood.. love the figure.

    Corey
  19. Jeff T Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks Juddo!


    Thanks Carl, yes I saw Hardy's excellent rendition of this figure when he posted his WIP here, and I have always looked at it for inspiration.


    Thank you Mitsutaka!


    Yes Christos, one of my biggest mistakes in the past is not having my face work more pronounced, they have not got enough contrast.They have looked just right under lights at the workbench, but when I show them in a different light, all the shadows and highlights dissapear.I will have to work on this......I might try and go back and re-work this one, but I am worried about ruining it completely, I'll see how I go, but I will definatetly keep this in mind for my next one.

    Thanks a lot for the input Christos!



    Pedro, Dan and Corey, thanks very much fellas!!


    Cheers,
    Jeff.
  20. Jeff T Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    .

    Hi all,

    More progress on my U-Boat Captain......

    Pants and Boots completed.
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    I did a re-paint of the face trying to get a bit more contrast, but I don't think it looks much different here in the pics.In person it looks a lot better and I was quite pleased with the result, but this will be the final look as I don't want to get too much more paint build up on it.
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    Now I will move onto the Jacket!


    Thanks for looking,
    All comments welcome,

    Cheers,
    Jeff.

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