Friday, February 08, 2013

Adolph Hitler

This is a 90mm metal figure of Adolph Hitler prior to WWII. He's wearing the uniform of the Sturmabteilung (SA). The time is 1934 and could be in Berlin when he gave his "night of the long knives" speech.
The casting is just fantastic. Parts fit well and require minimum cleanup. This is the second in the line (Third Reich) from Andrea I painted. Uniform color was a mix of Gold/Ochre, Burnt Sienna and White. Burnt Umber was used for the shadows and White for the highlights. All done over an acrylic base. The microphone and stand were painted in a Bronze and silver color rather than all silver. I thought this added some interest to the overall presentation.

Friday, January 04, 2013


This bust titled "Queen of the Dark" by El Viejo Dragon is 1:10 scale made mostly made of resin. The arms, hands and collars are metal. The figure is very well sculpted and casted which meant for very little time spent on prep work. Painted entirely in oils over an acrylic base. I had to dial back on the contrast while painting the flesh tones. I noticed on female figures painted by other artists the lack of a deep shadow. I think that method lends well to the overall appearance of feminine skin. After the figure was painted I added the dullcote. Then I added a sheen to the skin using an acrylic gloss built up to just the correct amount glossiness. Gold was done in printers inks with a Liquin medium.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Herman Adolph Meyer

This was a commissioned bust painted for a gentleman whose Grandfather (pictured) was in the regiment. His name was Herman Adolph Meyer. I painted this bust once before for the box-art of Michael Miniatures. It's a wonderful piece to paint. The most difficult part being the lacing on the front of the tunic as well as on the collar. Lucky for me I figured this out on my first bust and this one was much easier. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Black Devil

This is the Russian Naval Infantryman bust by Young Miniatures. Usual oils over acrylic basecoat. Basic Black scheme was used throughout. Nothing difficult about painting this bust other than the machine gun belts. Being resin, the belts can and should be formed to the shape of the figure prior to painting. I warmed up some water and dipped the belts into it until the resin became soft. I then draped the belts over the pistol and grenade and let them cool to "memorize" their new shape. While painting the bust the belts were placed aside. When the figure and ammo belts were painted it was time to put them together. The front belts went on with no problems. However the ones that drape over the shoulders to the back had more of a curve to them and during the time I first shaped them until now (1 month) they sprung back a bit. Too much though to look right. You can't bend these resin parts cold because they will certainly break. I couldn't put them in hot water again for fear they would ruin the paint. My solution was to apply surface heat using a soldering iron. I brought the iron about 1/4 inch away and let the resin warm up. Then I guided them into place and let them cool. Worked great! Something to remember if you paint this figure.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Reinhard Heydrich

Here is the completed Heydrich figure. Oils flattened out nicely after the Dullcote. Future floor was was applied in layers to get the gloss on the belts.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Heydrich Head Attached

This photo shows the head now placed on the body. Used a two part epoxy with no need for a pin for extra support. This is due to the superb fit of the castings. The legs are painted as well but not completely dry yet. The photo had just too much glare from the lights reflecting from the oils for me to post it prior to the dullcoate. Shouldn't be long until he's finished. Working on his sword at this time.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Heydrich Face

First application of oils to the face. When dry I'll add more highlights and shadows. The cap badges will get their final touches as well. Love the snarl.