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Completed Critique "Vive L'Empereur!"

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Alex Long, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. Alex Long A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Here I present the pictures of my completed Boxart commision for CGS Military Miniatures fantastic Cuirassier bust, sculpted by Carl Reid. Just like the previous Imperial Guard release this was a joy to paint as the sculpting evokes such a sense of life and feeling indicative of a battle such as Waterloo.

    As usual I have used my favoured Jo Sonjas acrylics for the flesh and clothing but this is a brilliant piece for multiple mediums and techniques.

    The cuirass and helmet are rendered in Spastix Mirror Chrome (more commonly used on RC car bodies) with some oil paint shading.

    Printers Inks and oils were used for the brasswork.

    Vallejo acrylics for the whites.

    Graphite (pencil lead) rubbed over Jo Sonja Carbon Black and polished for the gun barrel, fittings and sword blade.

    Vallejo pigments and matt medium for the weathering.

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    More detail on the painting and a few extra pictures can be found on my blog here

    Thanks for looking

    Alex.
  2. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Excellent painting.
    Cheers
    John
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  3. tiberius57 A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Fantastic painting... it almost comes with the noise of the charge... Wow!
    Absolutely brilliant movement!
    Cheers,
    Zeno
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  4. Borek A Fixture

    Country:
    Czech-Republic
    As I said, great job. Amazing metals, great patina, it's excellent(y) . Beautiful work. Cheers Borek
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  5. DEL A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    This was always going to be one of Carl's sculpts that benefits from good painting planning.
    You've done this perfectly Alex. Just the right amount of detailing particularly on the wear and tear on the uniform and a superb expression on the face.
    Masterly work(y)
    Cheers
    Derek
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  6. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Country:
    France
    First class Alex.
    Cheers,
    Keith
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  7. montythefirst Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I loved the look of this one in just the primed stage looks even better now I want this one
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  8. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Brilliant work.

    marc
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  9. arxo Active Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Great figure!
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  10. Funky50 Guest

    Fantastic painting on this lovely bust....great work...Kevin
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  11. swralph A Fixture

    excellent paintwork
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  12. debrito A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Great job.....(y)
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  13. carl reid A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    I can t add anything to the great comments you've received so far buddy, except to say Gorgeous work Alex, you have brought him to life!

    Cheers Carl
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  14. Funky50 Guest

    Beautiful paintwork Alex....what did you use for the Cuirasse paint wise....you've really done this lovely bust justice......Kevin....Sorry Alex just read your initial post.regards the Cuirasse.....Thanks
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  15. robbyk9 Active Member

    Wow fantastic painting love the colours and weathering. This one is on my wish list.
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  16. Tonton Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Love it. But am I alone in thinking the moustache looks a bit odd? To me it seems to be growing from the nostrils and not on the upper lip. As a former long-term moustache wearer, I think that growing and maintaining one like this would be a complete pain. Still, I suppose the sculptor had his reason.

    Jeff
  17. Gra30 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Superb work Alex I love it, and don't see anything wrong with the moustache other than nit picking for nit pickings sake. I fail to understand what some see when viewing pieces.
    Thanks again for excellent work both to you and Carl.
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  18. Tonton Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Notwithstanding that, Gra. I did say I loved it and wondered if it was just me. But I stick by what I wrote. It’s not nit-picking, chum. To me, if it’s not inaccurate the moustache’s shape is certainly odd and would take one hell of a lot of looking after. Maybe a primping hussar would cultivate such a growth but a cuirassier? Doubt it.

    Let’s not get personal, eh? If it hadn’t struck me as odd, I wouldn’t have said anything. Surely we strive for accuracy and believability, don’t we?

    Jeff
  19. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Top class paint job Alex.
    Brian
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  20. Alex Long A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Having sported numerous combinations of facial hair myself I really can't see it as an unrealistic tache. Most of my upper lip growth Stems from the septum and right on the nostril. If I didn't pluck my nasal hairs it would all blend into one. Think that's enough info on my personal grooming habits for a figure painting thread!

    Alex

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