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  1. I recently started on a new historical piece (sorry to anyone checking out this thread in the hopes that I misspelled 'dragons'). It's a 54mm Napoleonic figure from Pegaso. He's an officer of the Empress' Dragoons. Since he's in his dress uniform, I wanted to come up with a scene that would be appropriate. A little while back I found this great photo etch gates from ScaleLink. It looked like the kind of gate you'd find in front of some old French chateau, so it was perfect for this piece. I built a column using juweela bricks and then used another piece of photo etch for a plaque on the column. Here's a look at the scene prior to painting... I started painting the face. A few of the minor features are done purely through painting (rather than sculpted on). These would be the cleft in the chin (it's a large chin, so a bit more detail is nice) and the scrunched up skin where the helmet strap goes under his chin. Just a bit of highlighting and shading is all it needed to create the effect. Speaking of highlighting and shading, I thought this image does a nice job of showing what has been painted on and what's just room lights. On the left, I'd painted the face and collar, but the rest of the coat, shirt, and pants are just a uniform base shade. On the right, I've gone in and shaded all of those elements. And here are some more images of the figure as it currently stands. Still need to do the braided details on his shoulders and around his right arm, then the gloves, helmet, boots, and sword/scabbard (yet to be attached). One challenge with this piece was trying to get the dark green coat to look right. If you've ever tried to do a dark green or a dark blue, you may find that as you start to highlight all of a sudden that dark color turns into a medium or even a light shade of the color. To help stop this, I used medium or even a light grey mixed in with the dark green to create my highlights. This desaturates the highlights and helps the piece retain the dark color look even with high contrast. Of course it also helps to limit the area in which the highlights are applied.
  2. This is a resin flat from Arcabuz Miniatures in Spain. As a sculpted piece it's a bit less flat than the traditional engraved-in-slate metal flat, but more flat than Reaper's demi-ronde Sophie Christmas ornament. The actual size is about 3" tall. This is followed by a pair of 45mm traditional metal flats of Napoleonic Pinup Girls based on the artwork of Bartek Drejewicz: The pieces are available from 2D Figurines in the UK. There is an Austro-Hungarian Infantry Grenadier and a British Cavalry ...um, person. All figures painted with Reaper's MSPs. Qs and Cs welcomed. Happy New Year everyone! Glen
  3. Here's something a bit different, a 75mm Napoleonic figure from the campaigns in Egypt. I've been wanting to do some more large scale projects because I think they make really nice display pieces. And figures from the Napoleonic era are a great topic because they've got such detailed and colorful uniforms. I made a good deal of progress this past weekend. I'm pretty happy with the colors, so here are my mixes. I'm listing just the main colors but there were many intermediate mixes between each paint listed to get smooth blends. The skin was Mahogany Brown + Rosy Shadow (3 to 1), Chestnut Brown + Rosy Shadow (3 to 1), Rosy Shadow, Fair Skin, Fair Highlight. Following that I applied some red, blue, and purple glazes for a bit more color. Red to the cheeks, nose tip, and ears. Blue on the jaw to create the stubble. And purple in the deeper shadows of the cheeks and around the eyes. The green on the coat was a dark green mixed with Burgundy Wine to darken it even more and provide more depth to the shadows. Gradually reducing the Burgundy Wine, at about 2 parts dark green to 1 part Burgundy Wine I started to mix in Rainy Grey. This allowed me to create some desaturated highlights so I could retain that dark green look even with bright highlights. A medium or light green on the other hand would have turned the coat into a lighter shade of green. The red again started off with Burgundy Wine, then into Violet Red, Fire Red, and finally just a bit of Fair Skin mixed into the Fire Red for some extra highlights. The remaining details on the coat are a gold lace, though I'm still decided what my mixes will be for that.
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