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Completed Yankees. The good guys wore blue.t

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by David Spencer, Jul 20, 2023.

  1. David Spencer A Fixture

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    Trimmed the right thumb to “grip” the stock
    More filler required

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  2. Rob A Fixture

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    Getting hands to grip was/is always a pain with plastic kit figures. The versatility of weapon swaps and such is great but it comes at the cost of the "U" shaped hand.
    That little guy has some nice surface detail though, I am quite impressed with them.
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  3. David Spencer A Fixture

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    Yeah, metal figs are much easier in these instances. Sadly, plastic doesn't bend.
    The casting/sculpting is pretty good. Not perfect, but I don't expect that at about a tenner for the set.
  4. David Spencer A Fixture

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    Primed, before Blue is the Colour

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  5. David Spencer A Fixture

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    And we're off...
    The real "work" starts here.
    Slapping the basic colours on. First shade of Federal blue is on the sketch pad.
    A long way to go, though.

    Hurrah for the Union!

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  6. David Spencer A Fixture

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    Jacket and kepi basic colours are down.
    Sky blue trousers underway. First coat looks a tad vibrant so I'll add a drop of grey for two and three.
    Humbrol enamels are getting hard to obtain. Apparently their formulas (formulae?) have to change because of a dangerous substance in the current paints.
    Which I'll use as an excuse when needed.

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  7. Blind Pew A Fixture

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    All excellent. These guys shape up pretty well for the relatively modest cost. It's also a great material to work with. (y)
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  8. David Spencer A Fixture

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    Thanks
    They are nice little sets

    A loonngg way to go yet on this chap.
  9. David Spencer A Fixture

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    Another coat of sky blue
    Less turquoise this time image.jpg
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  10. Nap Moderator

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    Hi David

    Your getting there , colour looks better , think I'd be tempted to add a bit of wear as well

    Thanks for the update

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
  11. David Spencer A Fixture

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    Oh hel
    Oh hell yes, this is going to take weeks.
    Enamels, domestic duties and full-time employment mean a "quick" project is over in under two months.
    It'll look like Billy Yank has been living rough since 1861 by the time I get done, if all goes to plan.
  12. David Spencer A Fixture

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    Base colours down for sack coat and britches, which are less vibrant in real life. I never have cracked photography and never will.
    Now onto leather accoutrements and I must must must remember to make a couple of canteen straps.
    Keep forgetting. It’s me age, dear. Memory not what it used to be.
    Yes….
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  13. David Spencer A Fixture

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    Work in progress. Took a photo whilst waiting for the glue to dry enough to press the right hand strap down and trim it to size.
    Incredibly fiddly! A sweary job. image.jpg
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  14. David Spencer A Fixture

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    Keeping the faith whilst working on this wee chap:
  15. David Spencer A Fixture

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    Straps on the canteen.
    Back to painting next.
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  16. David Spencer A Fixture

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    Second coat of nearly-black applied to accoutrements.
    Just caught the last useable light of the evening.
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  17. David Spencer A Fixture

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    Step-by-little-step...
    Still applying the base colours.
    A long way to go yet. 1691392038728-670456907.jpg
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  18. David Spencer A Fixture

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    The last two paragraphs...
    The 8th Ohio have won my heart. Derring-do on 3 July 1863.
    Nice of Gen. Hays to share the rebel flags out.
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  19. David Spencer A Fixture

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    Dots and lines of white & metallic paint signal the closing stages of "basic colour application".
    It'll soon be time to start the main effort of shading, before the tense business of highlighting.
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  20. Rob A Fixture

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    Interesting to see your technique to basecoat everything fully at once rather than working in areas.
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