Saturday, December 30, 2006

Pirate Figure in progress (Oils applied)

Well, it's been a while since my last update so you'll notice a bit more progress from the last photo. I've painted the face and coat with their final colors in oils as well as the hat and coat cuffs. The sheen on the coat is evident even though the paint is dry. This is because the colors used have a tendency to dry shiny. The base color is Blue/Black mixed with Winsor Blue. This will pose no problems for me because I will apply dullcoat (airbrushed) after all the painting is completed. You'll also notice the right arm is now attached because I painted all I needed to paint before the arm was in place so I would have no obstructions. Alan Ball is an exceptional sculptor and this is evident in all the fine detail he's sculpted in. I'm referring to all the little trim pieces that surround the buttons and buttonholes. These proved to be quite time consuming but patience will reward you when they're painted with care.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Pirate Figure in progress (Flesh underpaint)

I applied a thin coat of testors Light Tan enamel to the face and hands. This will have to dry and cure a minimum of one week before I apply the oils to avoid the enamels from being reactivated by the mineral spirits used in thinning the oils. I can cut in around the face and hands with my acryllics at this point and start to paint other parts while I wait my one week.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Pirate Figure in progress

This is my latest project. A commision piece that is an original Alan Ball sculpt. It's 75mm in scale and as usual very well done. I've always wanted to paint one of Alans figures so thats why I took this on. The photo shows the piece in it's primed stage except for the right arm which will be removed while painting the bulk of the figure. It's in the way of the face and is rather dangerous because of the brass blade. Alan also included a portion of the ship which can be seen in the background. The figure is posed holding some rigging in his left hand while stepping down some steps mounted on the ships hull. I'm not decided on the color scheme yet though I do want a dark blue coat trimmed in yellow. I think the contrast will work well with this piece.
The next step will be to undercoat the face with Testors Lt. Tan enamel applied with my airbrush.

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Buccaneer

This is a 54mm metal kit by Pegaso painted in my usual oils over acrylic style. It went together well with minimal cleanup. It was my first pirate figure. It was painted as a commission so I probably wouldn't have painted it had it not been for that reason. Not because of the subject matter but because it was something out of my normal realm. He's armed with the usual pirate weaponry for the period. Sword in the right hand and blunderbuss in the left. He also has a dagger and pistol stuffed in his belt for added punch.