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WIP Verdun 1916

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by NigelR, Oct 9, 2023.

  1. NigelR A Fixture

    A bit of progress here, the casualty figure is nearly done apart from the pouches and belts which will be done in oils. The bottom half of the figure is only sketched in because it will be submerged under the resin water in the finished vignette. The figure will also be heavily weathered once the belts and pouches have been painted.

    Verdun03.jpg Verdun04.jpg

    I'm still developing my acrylic "style", so every painting session is a bit of a journey into the unknown. But it's fun learning. I'm gradually switching over to the Scale 75 Artists range which seem very nice.
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  2. MalcC A Fixture

    I think your acrylic style is coming on nicely, those Scale 75 paints I find really good.
    The casualty figure is looking great already.

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  3. Briggsy A Fixture

    Have to agree with Malc he looks really good, almost ashame to dirty him up. I like the restraint on his wound, it's authentic rather than the Taratino style version some folk paint.

    Cheers Simon
  4. T-34/85 PlanetFigure Supporter

    I fell in love with the Scale 75 Artist range from a Jim Rice painting class. I agree with the others, your style is coming along very well. I also like to use oils in some form or fashion for leather and wood items.

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  5. NigelR A Fixture

    Thanks Malc, Simon and Tom. I can only agree about the Scale 75 paints, they are lovely to work with (better than JoSonja IMO which I was using before). I just received a load more and am using their flesh tones on the French figures.

    I'm trying to use more "grown up" techniques now, I am getting the hang of using glazes more effectively to smooth out transitions and tone things down when I overshade (which I still have a tendency to do).
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  6. Briggsy A Fixture

    Mmmm gonna have to investigate glazes, I have a pot of glaze medium but have never used it. Not really sure how it's supposed to work. Time to hit tutorials on you tube.

    Cheers Simon
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  7. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Looks like you’re making good progress Nigel.
    Pleasing hearing you’re experimenting with acrylics techniques & brands. What are finding difference between Scale75 & Jo Sonja is?
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  8. NigelR A Fixture

    Thanks Mike. I find the Scale 75 paints dry more matt (I seem to get a slight sheen with JoSonja) and they definitely cover better. The pigment seems more intense and the consistency is really easy to use. They don't separate on the wet palette either, I found the JS paints do separate more quickly than the Scale 75 (although not as fast as Vallejo or AK).

    Hope you enjoyed SMC!
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  9. NigelR A Fixture

    I sometimes use glaze medium but you don't really need to, especially with the Scale 75 paints, just water is fine. It's all in the technique.

    There are lots of good tutorials by Warhammer painters, I found this one very helpful:

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  10. Briggsy A Fixture

    Cheers Nigel I'll have a watch and see what I 'm missing.

    Cheers Simon
  11. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Thanks Nigel, SMC is as amazing.
    Still recovering & awhile to go before I head home.
    So lots to consider after this experience.
    Now beginning touring around WW1 battlefields then Normandy next week.
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  12. Briggsy A Fixture

    OK watched that, some food for thought, Rob suggested a while ago that I still paint like an oil painter and I'm starting to understand that now. It all worked OK on 28-32 mm figures, but not at 1/35th. I'll dig around you tube this evening and hopefully be a better painter tomorrow! Many thanks for the steer on this I really appreciate it.

    Cheers Simon
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  13. marco14 PlanetFigure Supporter

    that is looking already very nice,the figure,your paint work already,
    this is going to be a very nice one (y)

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  14. NigelR A Fixture

    Thanks Mario, and Mike, that sounds like a great trip! Maybe you will end up in Paris for some rugby.....?;)

    I hear you Simon. I got back into figures in about 2014, up to that point I had been mainly building WWI aircraft. I hadn't used acrylics for large scale figures and back in the day was an oil painter. I kind of kluged my way through and it's only since I retired that I have been trying to learn how to use acrylics properly.
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  15. Nap Moderator

    Hi Nigel

    I am impressed with the Figure , looks really good , do like the uniform colour you've achieved , as Mr Briggs say the wound looks good , just the right colour of blood on cloth

    Your definately getting a style of your own

    Thanks for the glazing video

    Look forward to seeing more on this

    Happy benchtime

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  16. NigelR A Fixture

    A little progress. Completed the flesh work on the French officer, I think this came together quite well. It's undercoated in Vallejo beige red and then painted using the Scale 75 Artists range flesh tones.

    Vrdun05.jpg Vrdun06.jpg

    The second French figure was a complete fiasco sadly and I'm going to have to repaint all the flesh work :( Oh well, it's more practice!
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  17. Briggsy A Fixture

    He does look good, the beige red is a lovely colour. Shame about the other one though, there comes a point when you realise no matter what you do it ain't gonna get any better and like you say extra practice and twice as much painting for the same cost!

    Cheers Simon
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  18. Nap Moderator

    Hi Nigel

    The Officer flesh has come out well , very french !

    Look forward to seeing the seconds flesh work

    Have fun @ the bench

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  19. marco14 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Don't give up friend,I must do that all the time,always starting over and over again,one day it will go good (I hope (y)

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  20. T-34/85 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Sometimes with me it’s like making pancakes, the first one just gets you warmed up again. Good progress though,
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