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nigel56

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Those look very nice indeed mate. A+++

Thanks for the info on the colours/paints used, I soak up info like that.

ps. Order in loads of chalk for the white cliffs [rofl]
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They look fantastic!


Thanks mate ! I still don't feel as confident painting figures as I do painting vehicles, but I'm hoping that practice will help me improve.
I'm really struggling to get smooth blends on the colours, so they look a little bit rough and dusty but when all the elements are together on a base the should be ok

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Those look very nice indeed mate. A+++

Thanks for the info on the colours/paints used, I soak up info like that.

ps. Order in loads of chalk for the white cliffs [rofl]


Cheers Nigel ! I just with I could get them looking as clean as you have on your figures, I just can't seem to paint them without them looking "dusty".
I don't think I'm thinning the paints enough and should be layering them on more, I wanted to try oils on the faces but bottled it lol !
I will keep trying though, practice makes perfect

Lol I wonder what sized bit of MDF I would need for 1/32 scale white cliffs of Dover


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Chair boy is finished, but I forgot about the teddy bear so will do that over the weekend

I really need to work on getting realistic skin tones, but I'm not unhappy with hoe he turned out

The seated pilot can see where he's going now as I've finished his head ! I added the oxygen hose too but have left it long as I'm not sure where it connects in the cockpit yet

I will put a couple of drops of clear varnish onto the lenses of the goggles before I seal him up in the cockpit

A dry fit in the cockpit, I will have to extend the control column to meet his hand
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Ginger is pretty much finished, looks like he's a big fan of Usain Bolt !


I've still got to paint the heads for the other two chaps, but that will have to be over the weekend as it's rugby tonight
I have had enough of painting figures and can't wait to get back on with the plane, there's not many parts and if the fit is good it should be a reasonably quick build

Cheers for looking in

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The trick is to thin your paints down Pete. Acrylics thinned down to almost a wash, layer and blend smoothly. That way you can achieve your transitions without that dusty look.

Practice on another figure and be bold. I assume you have a pallet? Look at my GW marine again. He's 34mm tall on the stand without the banner and I don't have a compressor for my AB yet. All done with a brush.

Seeing your figures makes me confident that you can do better than me. Plus they're bigger lol.

You need to play with your toys Pete. [smile]
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The trick is to thin your paints down Pete. Acrylics thinned down to almost a wash, layer and blend smoothly. That way you can achieve your transitions without that dusty look.

Practice on another figure and be bold. I assume you have a pallet? Look at my GW marine again. He's 34mm tall on the stand without the banner and I don't have a compressor for my AB yet. All done with a brush.

Seeing your figures makes me confident that you can do better than me. Plus they're bigger lol.

You need to play with your toys Pete. [smile]


I think that you are right Mike and thin paint is the key, I manage to get a decent result on the larger areas of the figure like clothing, but the faces are giving me a problem, I seem to get a tide mark instead of a smooth transition between colours.
I think I need to slow down and not rush the faces. I think that after this build is finished I will concentrate on a few figures (I have always tended to steer clear of them in the past) Along with decals, figures are my weakness. I do use a pallet and lighten and darken the colours as I go along, I am also having a bit of a problem with the acrylics drying too quickly so it might be a good idea for me to get some retarder to help extend the drying time a little bit.
Yes you got really smooth transitions in the shading on your marine, I really need to practice if I am going to get mine like that

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Mike has it spot on, thin down the paint. Citadel paints dry very quickly and can look powdery.
Have you put a matt varnish on the skin tones yet, it does make quite a difference.

Obviously oils would be the way to go on 54mm figures. Perfect for blending shades and highlights, only problem is that they take so long to dry.

I also tend to put a little flow enhancer in the pallet when mixing paint.
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I have been using artists acrylics thinned down with tap water. Nothing fancy. Like I said, I thin my paints to almost a wash and layer them on. The fast drying of the paint is an advantage then. Since they dry darker then they appear when wet.

So yes, practice, practice, practice! Play, Pete. have fun. Face your fear and give in to the dark side. [smile]
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Mike has it spot on, thin down the paint. Citadel paints dry very quickly and can look powdery.
Have you put a matt varnish on the skin tones yet, it does make quite a difference.

Obviously oils would be the way to go on 54mm figures. Perfect for blending shades and highlights, only problem is that they take so long to dry.

I also tend to put a little flow enhancer in the pallet when mixing paint.


I have been using Andrea paint for the skin tones and it is very thick I will have to try and thin them down even more and aim for multiple coats
I gave the figures a quick blast of purity seal, as it is a lot easier to use to cover a small figure rather than load up the airbrush with matt varnish
Flow enhancer is what I was trying to think of earlier, I think I have a bottle of vallejo in my paint stash, I will have a go when I paint the other heads, it's definitely drying too quickly for me to blend the tones
I have a chepa set of oil paints and really wanted to have a go at painting figures with them, but I lacked the stones to give them a bash lol ! I really must have a go or I will never learn how to use them properly

Thanks for the pointers, very much appreciated

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I have been using artists acrylics thinned down with tap water. Nothing fancy. Like I said, I thin my paints to almost a wash and layer them on. The fast drying of the paint is an advantage then. Since they dry darker then they appear when wet.

So yes, practice, practice, practice! Play, Pete. have fun. Face your fear and give in to the dark side. [smile]


I find they are drying almost as I am painting them on, you are definitely right though I'm not thinning them out enough, instead of covering in a couple of coats I guess I need to aim for a lot more with translucent coats ?

Lol I do need to practice more, I don't paint enough figures but when I get it right it's very satisfying, the figures I did for the Maschinen Krieger Falke came out really nice, but they were a lot bigger (1/20 scale) and I had a bit more room to blend the tones

I am coming over to the dark side (figure painting for siths !)

Cheers for the advice Mike, I will keep practicing, and I'm going to give the ork and big marine a go

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So the dark side not only has cookies, but figure painting as well?


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Yay! I'm glad to hear that. (BIG SMILE) I am excited for you!

Flesh tones are not as scary as they seem. I have troubles with them too. But as ever, I endeavor to be better. I hope we can bounce ideas around. You, Nigel, and myself and hopefully Ted. [smile]

We are professionals, all of us here. This can be fun.

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Yes Kenny, we do! Join us! [biggrin]
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So the dark side not only has cookies, but figure painting as well?


Kenny


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Yay! I'm glad to hear that. (BIG SMILE) I am excited for you!

Flesh tones are not as scary as they seem. I have troubles with them too. But as ever, I endeavor to be better. I hope we can bounce ideas around. You, Nigel, and myself and hopefully Ted. [smile]

We are professionals, all of us here. This can be fun.

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Yes Kenny, we do! Join us! [biggrin]


I will have to do a bit of research on 40k for colours, I have found some more figures too a metal one of an eagle with a rider and a box of goblins

Pete
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