Hey kids! Can't give a toss who R-Patz is dating? X-box and Playstation losing their shine after 11th all-nighter of WoW? Finally reached your limit of Gilligan's Island/I Dream of Jeannie/Get Smart reuruns?
These school holidays don't have to be two weeks of ennui! Why not try Napoleonic figure painting the Rosbif way?!
As you might be able to guess from the opener, I'm home with the kids this week trying to keep them entertained and away from the TV/I-pad and doing things creative/interesting/outdoors etc.
In a perfect world they'd both be sitting at my knee with adoring gazes on their faces listening to me impart pearls of wisdom about how the Bardin plastron differed to those of the pre-1812 regulation uniform, how British cavalry uniforms changed over the period etc. etc.
In real life, it's the quickest way to get them to leave the room if you start on these subjects (I have been known to strategically steer the conversation to these very topics if I feel the kids have been monopolising the couch/kitchen bench/dining room table etc).
Enough of the cheap laughs for now, though. I've had a few comments on the forums (fora?) I frequent about a perceived improvement on the finished product I've been displaying recently, which has been gratifying! I'm not sure if it's an actual improvement in my technique or if it's an improvement in my photography (which I think is more to the point!).
Whatever, I thought it might be high time in spelling out my technique for painting and basing figures. The model in this example is another HaT figure with a head conversion, this time from set 8166. What follows is a step-by-step example of how I paint and base a figure:
|The raw figure after being washed in warm, soapy water, rinsed in clean water and dried.|
|Undercoat in black|
|Major colours first; white and field blue|
|Brown on backpack, hair, musket|
|White detailing on cuffs, straps, second coat of white on the trousers|
|Red on collar, cuffs, epaulets, shako|
|Skin tone undercoat. My favoured skin tone is by Tamiya , but is a dog to apply as it's chalky and gluggy and very difficult to apply evenly. The undercoat hides the uneven application of the primary tone.|
|White and red piping on plastron, collar|
|Red piping on turn-backs, red sword knot and bonnet tassel under the giberne|
|White piping on cuffs, gold detailing, skin colour over base coat.|
|Gold detailing on reverse, grey coat on top of backpack|
|Details tidied up eg. where red shako stripe meets the black , moustache and bottle strap added|
|White straps on backpack added, wicker bottle painted.|
|The figure is glued to the cut out base using super-glue|
|The figure's base is disguised using a roughly applied layer of grainy artists' gel|
|The base gets a coat of earth tones|
|After the base's dried, a couple of dabs with diluted PVA around the figure's feet then a dip in some flock|
|With the addition of some tufts and a light coat of matt spray on varnish...|
|... it's finished!|