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I think I'm going to go somewhat with the pictures I posted of what other people have painted them. Though blue instead of purple on lonnia, and more of a darker red than a purple for finari. Think I might be playing around with colors when the paints show up before I completely decide on finari though.
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Reply with quote  #32 
Great figures Kenny! They are going to be a really good test for you. Be prepared to peel a few times, but that doesn't hurt either. Practice makes perfect (I'm still practicing btw).
And thanks for the mention earlier Mike. This group has taught me everything I know, except how to wipe my bum etc, so a big thanks back.

That tracking meme is spot on too! The other frustrating one is when you look up tracking after 3 days and the parcel hasn't moved from where you bought it from ... and it rocks up on your doorstep. Mind$%&k! [smile]

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Thanks simon. I'm looking forward to learning what I can with these figures (and the one that still hasn't shown up yet). The waiting for the paints is really getting to me though. Dispite my attempts at self control I've been looking at the tracking for the paints way to much. Though they did just leave hutchins tx, which is about 10 min south of dallas. With me being in houston that's pretty close. Though the estimated delivery date has only been moved up the thursday. That's pretty slow considering it just started it's 4-5 hour drive to houston 4 hours ago.
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Seam lines are rather bad in places on the larger of the 2 figures. Been working on taking care of those. What's really annoying is that there was an especially bad one right across the top of her head. Got it mostly out, and I think I have the hair kinda scribed back in. Looks worse than it does in person in this picture. Attached the macro lens to my phone so I was able to get real close for this picture.

It looks mostly gone in person, but after seeing this picture I'm tempted to keep going on it. Think I might take a short break and ponder what I'm going to do. I did get the pieces cut out, and the seam lines cleaned up mostly on them, and her little cloak thing. That took forever since there was a big step in the middle of one of the folds. Luckily I had a file that would fit in there.

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Well I think I've cleaned up the 2 figures as good as I'm going to get them. Looks like for the larger one, I should be able to get away with leaving most of the pieces off for painting. Arms go on under the shoulder pads which hides any gaps there. Then the fit for the sheath is pretty good to where I can just glue it on at the end. Only piece that I'll have to glue on is the little piece of hair. The pictures show it kinda sticking out further than this, but I think it got bent a little before I got it. Either that or I don't have it sitting in there quite right. Don't really care, because I actually like how it looks this way, than what was in the product picture. Never really made sense to me the other way. That whole random bunch of hair blowing the opposite direction in the wind than the rest of the hair. The hole that the bunch of hair drops into is a little too large for the hair, so I'll have to fill it. So it's going to be the one piece I glue on before paint.

Might look up if there is anything different that should be done when cleaning metal figures like this, and then give them a bath. That way I can at least have them with some primer on them for when the paint arrives. Speaking of paint refreshed the tracking page at least 100 times today. I may have a problem lol. The paints are in houston now, but they are being shipped fedex surepost. So fedex will hand it off to the post office tomorrow, and in theory I should get them no saturday now. If that's the case, then I should be able to start painting these girls this weekend [biggrin].

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Well gave everything a good scrub down. Then I'm going to glue the hair on and clean that figure again. Figured that making sure all the mold release agent and whatnot was off the figure would help the glue hold better. Not sure how I want to manage the arms to paint them yet. Will have to figure that out soon though, since my latest refresh on tracking showed great news. My paints are out for delivery, so I should be able to really get into these figures this weekend.
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Drill and pin the arms. Then you can glue them on later. [smile]
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I had just thought of that about an hour after I made my last post. Was watching videos and looked into pinning a little more. So got the holes drilled in the arms. Still have to drill the matching holes in the figure though. Right now I have the arms on toothpicks since the wire I have wouldn't be stiff enough to hold the pieces very well while painting. Also have everything primed up ready for paint.

I'll probably rub off some of the primer when I drill the holes for the pins, but it shouldn't be enough to really make too much of a difference I don't think. Didn't really do much with the smaller figure since it was all assembled already. Just got a pair of locking tweezers so I have something to hold onto while I paint it. It was a slow work day so I'm already home, and now every noise has me looking outside to see if it's the mail man ROFL. Stupid tracking making the anticipation even worse. I should know better since the mail normally doesn't get here till after 4pm.

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Got my paints just in time for me to need to head out for a bit. Should hopefully get started in a few hours when I get home. Was surprised at first at how small the pots were, but then I remembered that I had only seen them in videos before where they were shown zoomed in next to a figure or a model or something. Also that even on the site it says that they are 12ml pots so they wouldn't be that big. Fun part will be deciding how I want to start.
Was going to put a picture about being excited, but couldn't find one that quite fit. Maybe later. [rofl]

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Seams in metal figures are much more dificult to work with than on plastic, and on the hair even more of a ball ache ! But it looks like you have got it sorted mate.
And drilling and mounting the parts like that is the way to go.
I have mounted figures onto a champagne cork for handling (or an old paint pot) and that gives a nice comfy grip while you are painting

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Ready to roll by the looks Kenny! Good stuff! [smile]
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Thanks pete. Thanks simon. Got started as soon as I got back home. Then kept going till my body decided that I had put off dinner long enough. Starting on the smaller figure since I think it will make the larger figure a little easier. Going from something so small to something rather large in comparison. Got a few parts blocked in. The shirt is one of the new citadel paints that I got, while the boots and sheaths are a mixture I made of tamiya black with a few drops of vallejo model color leather.

I'm really liking that blue so far for the shirt. When I ordered it I wasn't sure if it was quite what I wanted, but I figured it would be close enough for me to mix up what I wanted. Ended up not needing to, because that's dead on the color I was thinking of for the shirt. Haven't been too careful with blocking in things so far. Haven't gotten to the point where anything is really overlapping yet. I'll be more careful when I get to that point. I'm going to need to look at a few more pictures, to decide if I want any of these colors to extend any further than they already have as well as the next colors. Planning to get the pants painted, and the middle of the shirt painted as well before I start working on shading blending and whatnot.
I'm really happy I got the magnifier, because this figure would be sssooooo much harder without it. So many tiny details that I'm going to have to pick out before long.

edit: boots look a little darker than the are, because the figure was leaning forward and they didn't really get much direct light in the picture.

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Nice blue! Yeah that's a very good start! [smile]
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Thanks mike. The blue really is nice. Just looked at the pot, and it's citadel's base color Kantor Blue. I think it looks even better next to the different shades of brown that I've been using.

Got some more done. Got the shirt blocked in, the pants and a few other things. Also went through and did some shading and highlighting on what has been blocked in, but I don't think I have enough contrast between the different layers. Would probably be fine in a larger figure, but don't think it's quite enough of a contrast for this small of a figure.


Not quite happy with the shirt, the pants I'm happy with, the boots I think are close, and the back and side leather pieces look good. Think the shirt I just didn't go quite as light as I probably should with the highlights. For the shading on the shirt I actually used drakenhof nightshade, which to my eyes kinda looks like a really dark purple. Think it looks good for the shading, but the tamiya blue mixed with white just wasn't as light as it needed to be. Also didn't put enough of the shade or the highlight on the back side of the sash.

So yeah I'm pretty much picking apart my own work, but it shouldn't take much to fix it up so that I'm happy with it. Just think I need to stop for the night, and start back up fresh tomorrow. I'm happy with how it's turning out so far, I just know that I can do better.

Might also have to start using my 10/0 brush for some of the things. The 5/0 and the 3/0 brushes that I've been using are starting to feel a little too big as I start picking out smaller and smaller details. Think I might have to stick to 1/48 scale figures and up from now on. This 28mm figure is just so small.

edit: the browns are all vallejo model color leather (forget the number at the moment) mixed with varrying amounts of black. The belts are black with a few drops of leather. Makes it a dark brown which just shows up in person, but doesn't seem to have picked up on the camera very well.
Also I had started with the areas on her sides painted blue like her shirt, but after looking at a few more examples of how other people have painted her, I noticed that a lot of them painted that section brown. With it painted brown now it kinda does look like it's some kinda combination corset/guard. Something to keep things in place, and to give a little extra protection on the sides.

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Reply with quote  #45 
Great to see you break ground on this Kenny ! I can see the brown tones in your mixes just fine, it looks much better than just having straight black.
What scale is this one mate ? I can see its small but I can't get a sense of the scale in the pics

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