Sunday, July 21, 2013

Chinese Lady (revisited) complete

I am declaring the Chinese Lady complete.....  I don't feel I can take her any further, I have progressed in techniques attempted and learned.....

By switching to a better type of airbrush, and using Andrea rather than Vallejo, (purely for colour reasons, both behave pretty much the same) I achieved a smoother, more realistic style of skin tone....

Portrait shot of Chinese Lady

I went for a simpler style of make up, lipstick and exaggerated eye shade. I preferred this rather than a more contemporary style of make up (blush, etc) and it seems to work. The jewelry is a combination of pearls, jade, and gold.

rear view

right side

Front side 

Top down view, for the hair pieces and flowers


The overall effect was to balance the warm tones of the red, purple with the green of the jade. I had originally painted the jewel on her forehead red, like a ruby, and the pendant and hair comb as metal, once I painted them as jade green , it really added the right amount of contrast to the bust.




The bust I put on a square column, to raise it up - with a long ponytail, so rather than have a plain base, I added artwork and a colour theme inspired by classical style Chinese artwork. 

I'm still deciding on how to finish the base, got some ideas percolating away though.

More details next post....





Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tiny Tiger, to scale.....

I have been asked to include some kind of real world reference to help give an idea of the scale of the Tiger 1 tank, with base....

So either I have built and painted a matchbox big enough to hold shoes.....
                      .......or I built a really tiny tank.....




Hopefully that helps put the size into some kind of perspective....



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tiny Tiger and a Petite Panzer

So, after a bit of encouragement from some friends, I decided to base the Tiger 1 and am working on a Panzer III with a base too.

Bases are Jarrah, from Michael Tabone of Base44 and really nifty too, and quite reasonable in price. Yep, mail order.

First, I rigged up a impromptu photo rig....


2 clothes pegs hook my dark blue windcheater onto my work lamps.

Then set the camera for macro work, and take the following photos..... Tiger 1 first...

Overhead view of composition

The hero pose

Thick grass for this scale...the grass extends past the lower track run

Bit subtle,however the grass is compressed where the treads have been

'You cant see me, I'm hidden!.....'  not much to hide behind there.

Now that this one is based, it looks more at home, and I feel much happier for having completed it.

Now the Panzer III is nearly done, this is an experiment in elevations and static water.





While the elevation has worked, the tank is a bit too clean, and not fully integrated with the base. I'll be adding a N scale (1/150 scale)  as well as adding dust effects for the road and treads. 



Saturday, June 1, 2013

A working break from major projects.....

I'll admit to feeling a bit worn out by some of my sculpting projects, so I decided to have some quick and easy projects just to rest the brain.....




DML 1/144 Tiger 1

A little Tiger 1, stripped the paint off, redid the paint with an airbrush, and then picked out the details with a 10/0 brush. Went old school with the details, using a lead pencil, and restrained pin washes (brown ink) and very restrained dry-brushing..... I'll base this soon....

And I enjoyed the experience so much, I decided on some others....

Work in progress shots....




DML Panzer III Ausf C or D
A doing an early war panzer.... given the grey finish a slightly blue tint, I'll try some of that mapping as seen by MiG Productions users..... I replaced the injection moulded machine gun barrels with thin wire, and because the main cannon barrel snapped off due to my ham handed efforts, I replaced that with a approximate match of Evergreen Plastruct.... looking forward to basing this also.

Also on the bench (but not yet photographed)is an E-100 paper panzer....

I got a few N scale figures today, which is 1/150 scale, so I'll be using these to populate the vehicles as needed.... 

Some figures to populate a scene often help scale out and add life to a scene...








Monday, May 20, 2013

The online start up funding craze.....

On Facebook (yes, I do that thing....) there seems to be an ever increasing amount of "start-up/ kick-starter/ crowd-funded" postings.....

most of the ones I see (and do not participate in) are for the tabletop gaming market.... marching your little soldiers or robots across the table, death decided by dice roll...... just pledge or donate a small amount here please.....

Here's an interesting article on the hazards of these ventures.....

 http://www.fortressfigures.com/kcontos/before.html

And here is my response after reading the article (direct quote of myself)

 I really liked this article! just goes to show.... The gap between planning and reality can only be covered by experience, materials, effort and time; normally measured in the amount of "Lots of". Just because you can scribble it down on paper or knock it out on your computer in a day, doesn't mean you can have it in your sweaty little hands day after tomorrow...

Now I have supported a start up caster in the past, the "Happy Monk" by Ernst Veingart. The difference was he produced a real, tangible sculpt, that had already been cast, and was ready to be sold.

Not a digitally beautiful sculpt, with add on this, option that, 15 choices of weapons, and so on.....

The difference (to me) is the commitment to a tangible result.

Ok, I can hear "yes, 3-d printing/ rapid prototyping is on it's way" as a rebuttal. I'm not fussed if it's sculpted traditionally, printed out like an incredibly complicated layer cake made out of resin, or hammered into shape out of duck down and refined by Bavarian monks..... Process isn't an issue, a tangible result is a key.





Ernst Veingarts "Happy Monk" which sits proudly amongst my completed (aka Tangible result) figures.

And now, just to reward those who have read this article through.....


On the Sunday 19th May, I helped out with the barbeque for the volunteers for the Kodomo no Hi (Children's day) festival.
I brought my dog along as Ambassador of goodwill, and he made a few new friends. Brushed his fur, wore a bow tie...... Balloons tied to harness as an attention getter, and to high visibility. So no-one would trip over the balloons, or the cute little dog underneath....






One of the ladies was missing her dog, back in Japan, so Tenzing gave her a cuddle. Big friendly smiles all round.....she felt a lot better after the furry cuddle therapy.

And making others a little bit happier...... good day.....








Sunday, May 12, 2013

Double barreled airbrush

Well, just when I'd thought I'd seen all the tools available.....

at a 'how to airbrush' demo at the club, the instructors showed some of their wares.....
This caught my eye. A side by side dual airbrush....




Dual action, side feed, impressive.....




Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Japan Australia Friendship Association - Childrens Festival

May 6 this year was this community's group Childrens festival, biggest event of the year.

Festivals like this are great if you are interested in the culture, and grab some reference photos. (like Civil War re-enactments). One word of advice, clothing may not be historically accurate.....
But great for seeing patterns, drapery, all those other things that figure modelers always seek...

Be polite, ask respectfully, and be gracious if they say no....and say thanks if they agree, and offer to send them a copy.

Examples of contemporary Kimono (during a demonstration of the Tea Ceremony)







Great reference photos, and handy to see how the folds and sashes all come together.....

Plus there are many hands on events to get involved with also. Such as traditional ways of turning steamed rice into a sweet.





Me swinging a wooden mallet to pound the rice, while Zac flips it around....then it was served up by the ladies and served out to the onlookers. (Remember to scream like a Samurai when belting the rice - more dramatic)

And staying with the theme of Japan, Bonsai - good to know how those little trees sit and are shaped in the trays and pots.



And various other cultural items were on display. Dolls, ceramics, display pieces.







While I was mostly helping out (I'm a member of the committee) I did get a chance for quite a few snapshots.... Long day, worth it though.