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Thanks, everyone.  And ShadowRaven, my sincerest apologies.  :;):

 

After fixing a few minor issues (stray shadow under the right side of his jaw, some more highlighting on his right lapel) I worked on the gold uniform details.  Since this is gold thread I wanted a metallic effect but not as strong as normal metal.  So I mixed my dark, medium, and light metallic paints with Imperial Purple, Chestnut Gold, and Buckskin pale using about 50/50 metallic to matte paint.  Next time I might try something closer to 75/25 for a more metallic look (definitely don't want to redo it here though).

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I used a lot of parallel strokes to try and create a textured effect.  It's a lot easier to do on a big 75mm figure like this one than a 54 or 28mm one.  You can see if better in this close up image.

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You sure have done a good job evoking the texture of that gold braid. I don't know how the soldiers could stand wearing the stuff, it was so scratchy and fragile.

 

How are you going to do the knees down? At the moment there's a bit of bathos there.

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Thanks, Pingo.  The knees down to the boots will be the same as the rest of the pants.  I haven't mounted him to the base yet so I've been handling him by the lower legs and feet a lot.  I don't want to rub the paint off so I've avoided doing anything there yet.  Only reason I did the top half of the pants first was so I could attach the hand and sword.  It obscures a bit of the waist and gold details, so I wanted to get those down first.  Not the most efficient way to do things but it let me keep moving the figure forward.

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They tend to take a while.  I do a lot of 54mm scale figures and it usually takes about a month to finish.  If there's nothing 'tricky' about them then maybe 3 weeks.  That translates to roughly 40 hours of painting time to do a 54mm scale.  This one is 75mm, so even though he's been moving pretty quickly I'd estimate it's a 50+ hour project.

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I finally got back to working on this Napoleonic figure.  I extended the red down the rest of the pants, painted the base, and then did my best to get a shiny black look for the boots.  I'd left the scabbard off as it would get in the way while painting the boots and base.  So with those finished I attached that piece and painted it.  Just a few small details and the hat left to do now.

 

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