WIP You Knocked!?!?

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Krissi, May 19, 2013.

  1. Krissi Active Member

    Country:
    England
    Hello,
    well I've reached the point where I'm about to start painting this piece having completed the construction of the main elements.
    The figure is the Degra 54mm resin figure, a nice pugnacious sculpt, but one that I can't place historically as although the armour to me seems Elizabethan, he has a double barrelled shotgun (not shown) across his back!
    Consequently, I've decided to go a little light hearted in terms of presenting the figure.
    The architectural elements are ready for priming, and the figure has just had the metallics done with printers inks and some simple face painting around setting out the areas I'd like to keep florid in terms of complexion.

    So to priming! 011.JPG 013.JPG 024.JPG 018.JPG 021.JPG
  2. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Excellent idea.
    It's a lovely little figure, should be good,
    Carl.
  3. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
  4. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    I've painted that little figure and it's a cracker.Very clever scenery too.
    Brian
  5. Shane Rozzell Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Excellent architecture. Could you please explain how you sculpted the lettering.
  6. theBaron A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    I like him, Krissi. He has a little of the look of Falstaff about him.

    I like your avatar, too, by the way, gotta love Batou!

    Prost!
    Brad
  7. Krissi Active Member

    Country:
    England
    Thanks for the comments guys.

    Shane, this might not be the most illuminating of explanations but I'll give it a go:
    1. Firstly work out the number of letters and spaces you're looking to fit into the available space, that allows you to set out the space per word, and letter.
    2. Starting at the beginning and end of each word set out a thin rectangle of whatever sculpting material your using to the size you've already ascertained in 1 for each letter.
    3. Now its just a case of of removing material with a fine needle tip to make the letters, so 2 small triangular nicks top an bottom give an N, similarly remove material either side so you have a triangle and then remove more material for a V, generally speaking its easier with straight sided letters than curves.
    4. Just do a couple of letters at a time, either framing the word, first and last, to keep your spacing, and so you don't mess up an adjacent letter, then leave to harden and cure before starting the next letter, though I did the A and V in CRAVEN together as it made sense. So, that was done as C and N to frame the word then the AV together making sure there was similar spacing left for the final R and E.
    5. If the letter has a horizontal elements, say H, or A, get the verticals in first and let cure then do the horizontals, or for E do a right angled C then do the middle element.
    6. Patience, it really is just a question of taking your time, remove small amounts of material, reshape, and repeat til your happy with the result, and don't try too many letters in one session.

    Hopefully that gives you some pointers without coming across as too patronising.
    ChaosCossack and Shane Rozzell like this.
  8. Shane Rozzell Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Thanks for that, this is something I have been wondering about for a while and not at all patronising :)
  9. Krissi Active Member

    Country:
    England
    Well I hope it helped, it really is just down to patience, and by working from the "outsides" of the words "in" its easier to keep relative sizes and spacing, whilst avoiding ruining one letter whilst working on another.
    Shane Rozzell likes this.

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