This is United Empire Miniature’s latest bust release, a Gaul Warrior from the first Century BC, Sculpted by the capable hands of Shane Tarry. This represents the box art for the release and should see availability sometime around the Chicago show (October) this year. The bust is flawlessly cast in beige resin, and scales out to roughly 150mm. Despite his slight diminutive size, he is sculpted with perfect detail and great attitude. That knowing glance from under his helmet gives him just the right touch of attitude. The kit is cast in three simple pieces, the bust and two cheek plates (see images). I had a fantastic time painting this one up. With the large area of flesh tones and the tartan I decided to add provide just the right amount of painting challenge. I knew I wanted to add a green tartan and what better color to do this chaps hair in than a nice complimentary red, right?! I had never painted red hair before, so why not. I have added a couple pics of my palette and colors used for that below. I think it added the right touch of contrast. Shane (the sculptor) had mentioned that, in his research, he read that these people had been described as “fair” skinned. In keeping with that, I kept my flesh tones a bit lighter than usual. Besides, how does any “ruddy” skinned fellow not have red hair? It all seemed to come together. I tried to take a bit more pictures of my process than I usually do, and bellow, are the results. For anyone interested, I’ll be showing pics of the raw bust, the bust with just undercoat (acrylic undercoat colors) and a few of the oil painting process (including a couple of my color palettes), these included the hair, flesh tones, and the beginnings of the tartan. If you look closely you can see that one of the flesh tone pics has just half of the face painted. I always start on the right side of the face (my left) because I’m right handed and it is more difficult to paint that side for me. This way it is easier to match the right side, where I am more confident. Thanks for looking! Bear with me on this one, I'm loading LOTS of pictures! Any and all comments are more than welcome. You can always show your appreciation by picking up one of these beauties from John over at UEM!