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Verlinden 120mm Zouave

Another recycling project

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Peter Day 121/04/2017 08:21:52
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Dirk - It's not primer as such, just Vallejo matt black, I prefer a black base when working with blues and greens.

John - As you know I use Daler Rowney, but it can go off in the bottle. The other problem is that it can remove paint in the deep recesses where it gathers.

Mike - I don't have an airbrush, but I know that's what a lot of people do.


Peter Day 121/04/2017 13:41:41
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The next stage:


Today, I panted his lower half, then added the equipment that covered location holes. In real life, the packs and pouches were a combination of leather and pitch-covered canvas, which I've tried to show with a bit of wear. I don't know what happened to the original base (must have re-used it already), so this is the one from the failed Spartan figure.

Next, just the hands, musket and blanket roll to do.


Peter Day 121/04/2017 16:07:07
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After letting it dry for a few hours, I finally had to admit that it needed some matt varnish. So out came the Daler Rowney Soluble:


And it went OK, phew! The last time I used it on blue it just made it shinier - must have gone off that time.

Relieved, we carry on.....


Allen Dewire21/04/2017 16:22:12
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Wow Peter,

There is no keeping up with you Sir. I do admit that I really do like how you've done the facial expressions on the Zuoave. I don't quite see the difference in the blue after the varnish coat though. Could just be me. He didn't look shiny in any of the pics before...

Being an old Civil War re-enactor, this figure brings back a lot of memories of those times. There was a group of Zuoaves that always set up an encampment just like the 1860's, right down to the food they ate. Hardtack and beans were the mainstay.



Tim Marlow21/04/2017 18:33:25
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Hi Peter

Looking stunning as always. This is one of the best you have done I think.



Richard Pearce 121/04/2017 19:45:23
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Hiya Peter.
Usual high standards buddy.Keeping the figure fans flag firmly flying.
Peter Day 121/04/2017 20:07:45
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Thanks for looking in chaps.

Allen - There was quite a bit of shine interfering with the folds on the upper surfaces.

So, you were an ACW re-enactor - which regiment were you in?

Tim - A great compliment coming from such a fine figure painter.

Richard - Thanks mate. I'm feeling a bit unenamoured with my efforts at the moment and can feel a bit of obsessionality (is that a word?) coming on. Better finish this quick before I do something drastic to it.


John Race21/04/2017 20:14:51
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Evening Peter.

Nice looking worn materials, like that. The base is good, grass esp. Such a journey. wink


Peter Day 121/04/2017 20:30:35
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Evening John

The Journey, the Journey, that's what it's all aboutface 20.


PS Shushing too, I Hate shushing - 'shtretch the budget'. 'exshtreme sports', seriously shtrong', and my real favourite, Schpock! Aaaarghhh!

Edited By Peter Day 1 on 21/04/2017 20:33:07

John Race21/04/2017 20:41:39
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Lessons will be learnt angry you hear every time a cock up is made., drives me mad.

Glad you got it laugh


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