Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Why is the Centurion headless?

I definitely goofed big time on this...... in trying to give this fellow some 5'o'clock shadows, went way overboard..... Now he looks like he has eaten a few shovelfuls of licorice.

So stripped the paint off, and redid it all over again.

Lessons learned
1 - Do the hard bit first (like faces)
2 - Don't delay on hard bits till forced to pull an all nighter
3 - Good work always takes longer to do right
4- If no good, go back and rework it!

So this is the before shot, of a face about the size of a grape. Good sculpting, just not good painting.
Also, this photo is at the limit of what I can achieve on the quick with a digital point and shoot. I took this picture long before upgrading both photo skills and photo area.

So it has been sprayed with oven cleaner, and is awaiting some loving attention on the workbench.

This 'before' shot I decided to post, so I can go back in the future at some point in time, and remind myself that I was not as fantastic as I though I was.....

Mind you, this is all amongst packing up to move house too!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A thank you to my support network......

..of friends and family.

The upper photo is Liz, happy little miniature Dachshund of Kanae, in Japan. Kanae deserves a big thank you for her ongoing friendship over the past years, plus agreeing to be the inspiration for a future project. Liz is also a groovy little Dog! Both have very big hearts in small bodies

The next photo is of Tenzing, my Pomeranian. A muse, source of unconditional love, and someone I can talk to about anything and keeps it absolutely discreet! His ongoing role in keeping me (relatively) sane and getting me out for walks is appreciated. Not much of a conversationalist, a very good listener though!

Thanks to Ben, for getting me used to technology, even if I do resist the swift uptake rate he adopts, plus his feedback on my projects, as well as putting up with my odd sense of humour.....

Steph (Mum) & Dave, for the encouragement to keep going, and also for putting up with my sense of humour.

Gary, friend for more years then either of us care to count. That list is long and deserves at least a few beers to discuss....

The Rowneys, an ongoing example of clear and critical thinking, as well as sound advice, plus a few other traits I find admirable

Bryan (Dad) & Vicki, for my ongoing thirst for knowledge, plus their efforts at trying to fathom the nearly unfathomable Jamie

Lynn in America, who offers wry observations about my quirky hobby.....

So a big Thanks to all of you,

Ko-chan, Domo Arigato, watashi no ichiban tomadachi! (Kawaii desu!!)

And a side note, Gary picked up the sign above Tenzings head in the photo; just a coincednce, nice though!


PS; I'll do a roll call of "Thanks" for my fellow modelers in the near future, I just want to get names and details right first

The tale of the Headless Centurion, pt 2

These photos were taken several months ago, but you can see the shading and highlights on the figure. The transitions aren't quite as smooth as I wish, and being metal, this can be a fiddly piece to manipulate around the paint bench. (needs a good solid handle to be mounted to)

I have done as much work as possible in pre-painting in sub assemblies. Why? Because some of the stance will not allow paint brush access later, but will still show up when 'finished'.
I did check, and recheck fit of the figure before I even went anywhere near priming the figure, so assembly should go ok (fingers crossed)

More up dates later, I have moved this figure back to the workbench for painting, I want it finished, as it was supposed to be a Christmas gift back in 2008!

Just goes to show, what we plan to do, the time we allot for it, and our capacity to do the work in the time allowed, are three different things!

Or simply put, "Quick, Quality, Cost - Choose any two"

The tale of the Headless Centurion

Pegasos 75mm Praetorian Centurion Figure. Got so far with the figure, then put it onto the "Work in Progress" shelf, sometimes also called "Tomb of the abandoned figure".

Above is the work so far; I had really pushed myself on learning this, but a few things first.
- Not historically accurate. The type of armour is a combination of two different styles, the wrist band is unknown, and overall, this kind of array of clothing is more stereotype then accurate.

Still, a wonderful sculpt, and easily recognisable for the figure it portrays.

Lots of techniques (that are new to me) to be learnt, most of which, once I have finished the figure, I will look back at and say "I can do better, next time"

Monday, June 8, 2009

Far Side Catapult work, calling it 'Done'

Well, calling this done. Oh, I could keep fiddling with it, sand this, more putty that, really go overboard on the painted details.....nope.

One, it is a cartoon piece, two, it was a 'quickie' project, just something to keep momentum going, three, too much fuss will kill the fun!

If you click on the picture, an expanded version of the photo will appear. You can see where I painted texture effects onto the catapult, stone wall, and planked walkway.

With a bit of closer examination, you will pick up some shading on the figures; creases in trousers, shadows in the lower sides of the figures (like under arms and at the sides of torsos), as well as some of the highlights

Mounted to a block (painted to resemble marble) from the local trophy shop, looks rather presentable.

Have had one request from my brother for an idea, plus lots of encouraging feedback from the Guys at Planet Figure. So thanks to all those who gave feedback and encouraged me along the way.

It's amazing what a little bit of positive and constructive feedback can do!

Will be looking at doing more of these 'flat' type sculpts, with inspiration from Japanese art, some of the classics, as well as some glamour shots too!


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Paint applied to the Far Side plaque sculpt

Well, the under layers so far. I airbrushed the sky portion of it; first a base coat of white, then a light eggshell blue, then a slightly darker mix of eggshell blue and oxford blue. Airbrushing allowed me to gain a smooth graduation quickly that I couldn't have achieved as quickly or as smoothly in the same amount of time (less then 15 minutes to airbrush the sky to that degree)

The soldiers have their tunics done in white, later I will add red crosses for a splash of colour.
I'll also redo the pants and helmets on all figures, plus some implied texture through paint effects

A lot more work is required, with special attention to shading and texture effects.

One thing I am very aware of is the 'wavy' effect, due to an uneven thickness. Still, it is a practice piece, and I am having fun!
And I think that I have an answer to the waviness worked out anyway.

Thanks for looking, comments welcome