Sunday, 29 June 2014

Grenadier Guards Officer Crimea 1854

1/12 bust of Grenadier Guards Officer Crimea 1854

Stormtrooper Miniatures sculpted by Moz Corrie

Another project that I'm working on in tandem with the 54mm Velites of the Guard Officer.

First off I have used the airbrush to undercoated the flesh and coat over the top of an initial black primer. This has been done with Scale 75 acrylics.

The final finish for the face will be done in oils so here I'm roughing out some colours for the flesh tones in acrylics.

A little more refinement for the oil paint undercoat, about one hours work in total.

Now the oils paints. I have premixed a number of flesh tones and applied them in their appropriate areas of shade, highlight, mid-tone etc to avoid any muddying of the colours. Transitions are then blended and a little alla prima (wet-on-wet) work has been done adding tones and enhancing highlights. About half an hours work in total. He's still wet in these images below.


Saturday, 28 June 2014

2nd Regt. Velites of the Guard Officer

54mm Romeo Models Velites of the Guard Officer 1814-15

My next 54mm project this lovely little figure sculpted by Maurizio Bruno for Romeo Models.

I will be using acrylics for this.

Here's the boxart.

Once assembled I have used the Scale 75 Black and White paint set to airbrush a basecoat leaving a pre-shade/highlight to work on.

Face has been painted first after wrapping the body in protective clingfilm. Painted exclusively using the Scale 75 Flesh paint set.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Officer Guards Camel Regiment Sudan Campaign 1885

My latest 54mm

Just showing the finished work on this one as I painted it fairly quickly over a few long sessions at the bench. This is a great sculpt from one of my favourite sculptors/modellers - Raul Garcia Latorre. It's a white metal casting, I missed out on the initial run of resin casts when it was first released but it really makes no difference when it's painted, resin just tends to look sharper in it's bare form as it's normally matt whereas the white metal reflects the light.
I used mainly Scale 75 acrylics this time as I have a few new sets that I was keen to try after using their brilliant metallic range. So the flesh was all done using their flesh set, leather work with their wood and leather set (obviously) and the breeches with o combination of colours from both the black and white set and the leather/wood set with the addition of some Vallejo buff. The jacket is Jo Sonja's French Blue straight from the tube and highlighted using Scale 75 pale flesh and shaded with a combination of JS Paynes Grey and Scale 75 purple.
Probably the biggest consideration when approaching the painting of this figure was the breeches which are made of corduroy. I decided to simulate the texture starting with a dark base and progressively working in lighter stripes focusing on the natural highlight areas. To try and avoid the look of pin-stripe trousers I have made the stripes slightly wider on the right leg where the material is more flared out as well as subtle widening of some highlights on the creases to try and simulate the cord texture.
Really enjoyable figure to paint, you can't beat a Latorre sculpt.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

James Brudenell 7th Earl of Cardigan

200mm Cardigan bust

And a first attempt at sculpting!

This is an old Mike French piece that was recently given to me by my brother. I thought the detail on the uniform was superb but the face was a little lacking in character, so I thought I would try my hand at sculpting!

Here's the original face.

What follows is the stages of re-modelling the face. I used Magic-Sculpt and Kneadite Brown Stuff.

I did begin with the idea of creating a likeness to that of James Brudenell himself rather than the Trevor Howard movie version. 

 I didn't really achieve either! Accurate facial likeness is pretty damn hard and was maybe a little over ambitious for a first sculpting attempt but I'm fairly pleased with the Victorian-ish face.

Here he is finished and attached to the torso.

Straight on with the painting, working over a black basecoat all using Jo Sonja's.

Moving on to the uniform, the blue is Jo Sonja's again but the braiding is the Scale 75 metallics Dwaven Gold and Citrine Alchemy blended with Vallejo Leather brown and Yellow Ochre.

The Finished piece.