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nigel56

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Would love to give you some photos, but Photobucket has suddenly decided not to let me get into my library....damn those App updates. [mad]

Why do people insist on updating ... why try fixing something that's not broken. [rolleyes]

If it 'aint broke ... don't fix it !  Doh  [crazy]



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Just a test...



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Well that test worked okay, so update photos...







Thanks for looking.
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This is fascinating. I really have very little understanding about all the under painting of larger size figures....or small ones for that. Good stuff Nigel---wish it was a video?
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This is fascinating. I really have very little understanding about all the under painting of larger size figures....or small ones for that. Good stuff Nigel---wish it was a video?


Nice thought.

I tend to bend the rules on shading a little.
I passed my workstation and noticed the figure doesn't look right...it's way to pale. So I sat down and decided to give the face a more solid shaddow (mainly to get the expression right) and used Tamiya Smoke to give him stubble (no thinning). You will see the result in a photo update later.

Today I'm hoping to darken the skin tone and blend this in. It's quite a slow process, but I use Lifecolor Flesh tones. They are thinned already, but add water and they become fantastic matt glazes.

These are fantastic flesh colors and they suit my style of hand painting, not to be used in an AB as a lot of Lifecolor paints don't settle. They also seem to be self levelling and dry very fast to a silk/matt.

So time to get up and get the kettle on.

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Very nice Nigel,

I agree he does look a little pasty but I know you are still working on the tones and will be adding more before he's done. Also again you have really manged to capture a sense of life and emotion in his eyes, they look flipping real mate !

The jacket collar and sweater are looking the business too, the sheepskin looks very authentic.

Like the cigarette as well, it might be bad for his health but there is a war on after all lol !


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The eyes always seem to look sad, as with the U-Boat Crewman....but then again coming back from a bombing raid, and losing some of his friends, he would hardly be laughing.

The sad side of warefare..
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Update of this mornings work.



Head looks a lot better attached to the upper part of the torso.

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Wow Nigel! Just WOW.
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Thanks Mike,

Here is the lastest update photos for this evening...





He now has eyebrows....forgot about them. Lol

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You're making me feel like an ameture Nigel lol. Stop it lol. 

THIS IS FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!
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Those are very kind words my friend.

You are most certainly not an amateur Mike, your work is quite stunning. I've been painting figures for over 4 decades now, and I've finally found the type of figures I enjoy painting.

I love this scale, and when they are compared to some of the new GW stuff, they are cheaper.

What I have to do now is get that air hose bent....this should be fun.

Thanks again.
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Well the tough part is the eyes and you keep nailing them down solid. Add that to your ability to get realistic skin tones and everything else just follows suit naturally. My favorite part is watching you nail the textures and the natural sheen of the materials. I love that about your work my friend. You seem to think the same way I do about how these things should look and you have the ability to bring it out through your painting skill. Like the rest of us all, you just seem to be improving a lot with every piece.

This site just seems to improve everyone who visits by leaps. There is so much raw talent on this site its crazy.
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I agree with you about the site Mike. There is a lot of raw talent out there.
I have noticed, over the past year, that I have learnt new techniques, an even the pressures of being in a GB, where standards have to be high. I've always said it's not about the winning, it's about the taking part that's so important.

The skin tones I use have improved because of the fantastic Lifecolor flesh set that I bought. It's so thin and dries to a lovely sheen.

One thing, a lot of modellers forget, is that varnish is a very important painting medium in it's own right.
Take armour, for example. If you have an oil leak why not gloss it to make it look wet. The eyes on this model don't have the white dot, just 3 coats of high gloss, which will produce the white dot naturally from any angle.

Clothing is another area where this works. We don't naturally wear things that are matt. You may be wearing a shiny belt, or a leather jacket with a semi gloss look. Apply that to a model...it works.

My figure painting has changed, in different direction.

I certainly would love to do more of this series of busts by Young Miniatures, maybe the US Ranger (Tom Hanks ...saving private Ryan).

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In no particular order! If I could do one more figure it would be one of these...







...all great models, and at £44 -56 much cheaper than GW figures selling at around £80+ .

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