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WIP Critique "Welcome The Dawn", Rorkes Drift 1879

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Eludia, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. Eludia A Fixture

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    Hey folks,

    I'm just about to start this piece with a view to entering it into my local IPMS club's Christmas comp.

    Beneito.-Rorkes-drift-Scale-Model-Figure-54mm.jpg

    It is, of course, the fabulous 54mm mini-diorama from Beneito entitled "Rorkes Drift 1879". At this point I'd like to thank Jose Hidalgo for not only providing a fantastic model but for sending me a pm, totally out of the blue, offering to replace the rifle after I mentioned in another thread that I had snapped the bayonet off in my usual ham-fisted approach to modelling. He sent the new rifle, free of charge from Spain, which I received within a few days. A true gent who has restored my faith in human nature, thanks Jose (y)

    So, anyhoo, back to the model. I haven't done much so far, its still very much in the prep stage. I've cleaned up the parts, glued some of the major bits together, I did some minor filling and got some primer onto the base. I'm trying a black primer for the first time, I usually use white or grey. So here's where he's at for now:

    1-DSC_1407.JPG 2-DSC_1409.JPG

    I also already have a title plate ready to go onto the base once its done (thanks to Name-It):

    3-DSC_1411.JPG

    And, in a vain attempt to get organised, I decided to spend a bit of time premixing the main colours which will then be stored in the fridge/freezer. I spent about half an hour getting the main uniform colours ready this morning and I'll probably tackle some flesh tones and some grey/white values this afternoon. I've shown the colours used so far and also one of the nifty home-made palettes that I've cobbled together from a sandwich box and a cheap tile (I'm actually quite proud of them /sniff).

    4-DSC_1402.JPG 5-DSC_1401.JPG

    Thanks for tuning in. Comments and critique are welcomed, as always :)
  2. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    I will watch this , looking forward to it. A favourite period.
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  3. T-34/85 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Definitely will follow your progress on this one. This has been on my wish list since it came out. Just a heads up that I'm sure you already know, The tunic colors will be darker with the black primer. I made a vignette with the 75mm figures of Lts Bromhead, Chard and Color Sgt Borne. Bromhead I painted first as a stand alone figure and primed him in white. Then I got the other two and primed them in black and thought they would make a nice scene together. I stupidly believed there wouldn't be that much of a difference. That won't be an issue here but I did learn what should have been a common sense lesson.

    Tom
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  4. Joe55 A Fixture

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    Yes sir, I'll be keeping track of this little project!

    Joe
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  5. Andyfettes Active Member

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    This looks fantastic mate I cant wait to see progress
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  6. Richie A Fixture

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    Hi Billy,
    I can only echo your sentiments about Jose.(y) Now then, down to business mate, I'm looking forward to watching this one develop. I love your title for this piece, very fitting.
    cheers
    Richie
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  7. peedee A Fixture

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    lovely figure, looking foward to seeing your progress
    Paul
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  8. maxag Active Member

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    Following... (y)
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  9. Eludia A Fixture

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    Thanks for the kind words and encouragement guys :)

    @Tony - I'll probably only use the black primer on the base, too many bright tones on the figure.

    @ Richie - nice to see you looking in mate but I now have that weird feeling you get when the boss turns up unexpectedly, no pressure then :whistle:
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  10. stoffy01 A Fixture

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    Hi Billy,
    I'm with the Chimp on this one, it's an excellent piece. The combination of the well sculpted figure and the diorama once painted will really be a lovely looking model. Will be enjoying watching it's progression.
    Regards
    Chris.
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  11. swralph A Fixture

    Looking forward to this Billy.
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  12. Eludia A Fixture

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    I did a bit more premixing last night while watching the telly, flesh tones and greys:

    7-DSC_1529.JPG 6-DSC_1526.JPG

    And the colours used to mix them. First the flesh tones:

    8-DSC_1521.JPG

    and the greys:

    9-DSC_1532.JPG

    I'm hoping to get some primer on the figure today and make a start on the base while that cures.
  13. Stephan PlanetFigure Supporter

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    I will come bye, sit here, read and drink a beer, keep us updated.
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  14. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

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    On its own blue black is a dangerous colour Billy , might want to mix in a little Ivory or Mars black with it ;)
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  15. Wings5797 A Fixture

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    A cracking piece Billy.
    As you know I am an advocate of limited colours to 5 on the pallet and look forward to following your progress with your colour choice.
    More great paint on the back of your last piece Mate and I wish you well.
    Keith
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  16. Eludia A Fixture

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    Thanks for the heads up Ron (y)

    I tend to use it as a (very) muted blue rather than a black to be fair. I don't actually own a black oil paint (except for whatever is in the blue-black, a bit of Ivory black I think).
  17. Eludia A Fixture

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    Cheers Keith,

    Only eight paints used (so far), although you may have noticed that I have sneaked a new colour into my box. I won't tell you what it is, I'll see if you can spot it ;)
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  18. Wings5797 A Fixture

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    France

    Good question Billy..........
    I know that you chose Paynes Grey to avoid Black but I cannot see either.
    On the blues the Blue/Black is an interesting selection, not an easy one to work with. I think that the Ultramarine is the new addition?
    You have quite a range of 'reds' Scarlet, Venetian and Burnt Umber.
    Yellows, Windsor and Ochre.
    Plus White is the eight.
    For me I have a dark blue, black, scarlet, yellow (ochre) and white. It takes a bit of time to get the colour you want sometimes though.
    For all that I think that your mix's are superb and you are a brave man to put them in the fridge.
    All the best Mate,
    Keith

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  19. Eludia A Fixture

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    I used Paynes Grey in my water-mixable oil box, I'm using blue-black instead after switching to "real" oils as the blueness is similar to the Artisan PG.

    My new addition is Venetian Red, I bought it a few weeks ago and this will be the first time its used in anger. Initial impressions are good, it is very opaque so (I'm hoping) it'll make a good base for the red tunic It also behaves well in mixes, I especially like the flesh tones - on the palette at least, we'll see how they look when transferred to the figure ;)

    My "limited" palette is stealthily growing into an "unlimited" palette under my nose. I need to get over my addiction to earth colours I think and try mixing my own (or try a limited earth palette...now there's an idea ;))
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  20. Wings5797 A Fixture

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    Wow you have a lot going on away from the figures Billy. I love it.
    There are some great painters and sculptors here who's work is instantly recognisable, this is through years of establishing a style or base colour pallet. I have and most likely never will establish either of these. I enjoy trying to do at least one thing using a different method on every thing I do. I have this 'dream' that one day it will all come together and I will sculpt and paint an amazing figure then I will call it a day. I am close to calling it a day but after more than fifty years I am still learning.
    I am interested in your earth pallet and look forward to seeing how it works when you use it to the full.
    Cheers,
    Keith
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