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nigel56

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Hi,

I chose this figure as I have always wanted to paint a Bust. I eventually found one that I think is really going to test me.



The most important thing to do before rushing in and start painting the model is to choose a base to display the figure.
I purchased a 50mm square resin plinth from MDP.



In this photo I have dry pinned the support rod to see how this is going to look.
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Here are the resin parts from the box, as they arrived.



The head has some lovely detail, including the facial hair.



The binoculars, well moulded and will look good with glass lens.



A nice touch is the badge, hence the reason for a square base and the size.


The dry fit, looks good with superb detailing.




Nice shadows.

This is going to be interesting.
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Wow the depth of that detail, nice badge too. You're going to have some fun with that Nigel I reckon. It's a beauty!
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I think I'm going to change the way I paint this face. I'm going to use the wet pallet system which I haven't used for quite some time.

The pics don't do this model justice, and has to be seen in 3D. When I've completed it I might do a video of the results.

Simon I'm going to have great fun with this, but I think I'm up for it.
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Very nice sculpting on this piece Nigel, the face is bursting with detail, you mentioned the "wet pallete" is that the term for mixing as you go like an oil painter ? I did a bit of that on The little Terminator and I found it a little easier to get my blends. The plinth looks good too, is it solid ? It must add a nice weight to the whole thing

As always I'm looking forward to watching you work your magic on this Nigel, and great subject matter, a large bust is something I very much like to look at

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Thanks Pete.

In error I described this as 1/6 when in fact it is 1/10, and don't know how to amend the Topic heading.

You are right when using oils as it takes so long to dry. Acrylics, which I shall be using, need a different method.

The wet pallet is when you put folded kitchen paper onto a dish, or an upturned plastic lid off cotton buds and then soak with water, but don't let the paper towel float. Lay a piece of un-waxed parchment paper (white) on top of the wet paper towel. Leave it for a while to flatten out and then turn the parchment paper over and smooth it out so there are no bubbles showing. You then put some of your paint into 7 areas on the parchment. Leave then middle one as is, but those 3 to the left make progressively darker and the 3 to the right progressively lighter.
These keep the blends wet and can last for days saving you from having to re-mix a particular shade.

That was difficult to put into words, but as the painting progresses all will become obvious when I use it. Phew!

The base is solid, but not too heavy, Goldilocks would like it. It has wood grain detailing so should look good with a wash and heavy gloss finish.
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Okay this is one I will be watching with relish. I've never seen anyone paint a bust before. I've seen them painted or unpainted.

This wet method you speak of is something I sort of use with my pallets but not quite. I just add more water to the mix for overnight. It doesn't always work, but you guys have seen that I can color match almost anything anyways lol. So if I need to match anything I can just mix it up again. This wet method intrigues me however.

Watching this project is going to be something special for me though. Great subject and a very talented artist. This should be extraordinary.  [biggrin]

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I've always wanted to do one myself, and here's my chance.

I like the fact that the head is seperate. I was thinking about doing the flesh in oils on an Acrylic base, but I dont feel safe doing that. I intend to paint the face with Lifecolours flesh range, and because it's a larger model I'm going to have to increase the area of highlight to about 80%.
I'm thinking this out whilst I'm typing.....

Uniform I will be going with a base mix of black, dark sea green and buff, with black shadows and for the highlights use the base colour plus flesh (I want to avoid white and grey to allow the green to slightly show through).
The scarf I'm going to stick my head out and do this a grubby scarlet.
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I can't wait to see it!
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Same here Mike. Can't do much to face until paints arrive, next couple days hopefully. Still in the meanwhile I can clean the resin and give it all a grey primer (Humbrol rattle-can), and start on the eyes.
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At that scale they should be really fun to paint! Just imagine all the detail you can get in there!  [biggrin]
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Yes, well, yes....should be fun.
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First brush work.

....right, so now I have a zombie.



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VERY COOL.  [biggrin]
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Okay I have to have a rest. Painting eyes takes a lot of concentration.



Well so far so good. The flesh is just temporarily painted around the eyes so I can get the colour and size right.
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