Awesome start to this bust, and what a beautifully sculpted one! Looks very crisp!! I will be trying the black and white primer out on my upcoming busts, I used that trick on "rubbled" dioramas and it really brought more depth out of the scene. Fantastic choice and I will be following your thread for this one!! Have a good "busty" Valentines mate!! Hehehe Shay
Great start, Lucas! The Pegaso bust deserves all the attention, I'm sure you'll gonna show us a handsome Spanish admiral. Please, give us more details, I'm particularly interested in how you'll give more depth to the metal, a lot of details there and on red plume. To throw out into relief the details of the armour, I'm used to work with inks. I hope to learn new things. Already, I've noticed your priming method, I'll surelly try on a future project. But I'm working only with acryllics Warm regards! Nicolae
The metal parts got a treatment with Humbrol Metal Cote colors. We have a model train shop here, which has artificial grass which I like, Noch and Busch stuff and a complete range of Humbrol colors, including those. I guess the shop owner always wonders why I buy tons of them - its simple: in my opinion they are the best colors to achieve realistic metal finishes.
It started with Gun Metal, then "27003" followed. Dont know if that color has an official name, lets call it "brighter gun metal". Then a washing followed, for this reason I used GW "Agrax Eartshade", a very dark brown and an "universal weapon" so to say. Finally, some drybrushing with Polished Aluminium followed.
No clear caot, though - it would ruin all effects.
The feathers werent so simple, I needed three attempts and Im still not too happy with them. I guess Ill let them be like that now, until we have our modellers brunch at the end of February. A friend will be there and hes far more better than me, so maybe we can do a small workshop with the bust.
Thank your very much for your kind comments, I have also a good friend who works with Humbrol metalics and was very pleased with them. For the feathers, because I have the same problems (http://modelerssocialclub.proboards.com/thread/9093/thermopylae-death-barbarians-lokros-hoplite?page=1&scrollTo=254734) and I was very curious to know others colleagues'solutions, I can tell you that I prefer to work in this manner: I start from a darken colour (let's say a dark red in your case. Then I come with a lot of layers and try to lighten. After some layers I begin to build a scale colour, id est lighter layers from the middle to the exterior part of the feathers. The extreme lights with some white put in the light red of the last third part/exterior of the feathers). I make a wash with black and red, more darken and try to put in the ditches. Then I remake the lights with a very fine brush. It takes patience but the result is very good and the feathers will have depth. And, of course, we must take care to the zenithal light in order to have adequate and natural contrast. Hope to be some coherent, sorry for my poor English! Nicolae
Yeah, painting that bust is really fun. We continue with the hardest part: the face. Im happy with the result so far, but its not complete of course. Some washes here and there, the pupils of course and the hair.
Woooaaaahhhhh!! Mate, this is freaking excellent! Don't anyone ask for another update...he goes into painting over drive otherwise!! Really envious of your talent here on this build ( and the others of course) Shay
Sorry, this isnt a picture of the box art. Funny thing is, I dont even know what the box art looks like - the initial picture comes from the net. And thats why I got this bust cheaper (no box).
No need to be envious. Im still learning a lot from others, including some members involved in the GB here.
But what I have learnt in the past projects: Less is more. It may sound a bit silly, but its really true. I recognized it when I painted the scarf of the Admiral some minutes ago - you can play with the colors and will get far better results when youre patient. Sounds silly again, yes? The lighter areas on the top need 1-2 layers of red, but the darker ones need 3-4, or even 5. Thanks to the b/w preshading this part of painting is really easy then. Thin colors were used (Vallejo Light Red + Carrobourgh Crimson for the darker shades).
Believe it or not - I was really shocked how the face turned out, because I was afraid to ruin it first (I have deepest respect for modellers/painters with decades of experience). But again: less is more. The cheeks got two thin layers of dark red as well, and thats it. Enough contrast, but no exaggerated finish.
Last Edit: Feb 15, 2015 17:57:15 GMT -5 by tigrazor