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Sjors Greut16/11/2017 20:16:29
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Thanks for the answer Peter!
After the Wrecker Im intended to do a figure, but im still undecided for which model to go, a ww2 from Dragon or a Hoplite from Miniart :-/
Luckey I still have some weeks to decide .

Now where did I left those oars....


Edited By Sjors Greut on 16/11/2017 20:17:32

Peter Day 117/11/2017 14:19:47
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Sjors - yes.

The figure is now more or less ready for painting:


Another Minart filler-fest!

The head fitted reasonably well, though I had to do a lot of work on the neck and shoulders to get it to sit properly. The greave on the left leg was embossed with a poorly sculpted gladiator figure, so I removed that and added the Medusa's head supplied for the helmet - I also embellished it with bosses made from sprue sections.The underside of the feet were left open and unfinished, so I made some boot soles from plastic sheet.

The amount of work required on these figures does compromise the finish somewhat, so I'll just have to see how it looks with paint on - all a bit of a shock after working on the series of superb busts.

Now, the net. The AFV camo net arrived from Germany (in under 48 hours), but I was somewhat perplexed when I opened the packet. I thought the actual net was missing, until I realised that it took the form of a large decal. These are the instructions:


As you can see, a complicated and difficult process to end up with this:


Hmmm... I don't think so. You'd need the touch of a brain surgeon to get this to work properly. I'll see how it looks when it's dry, but I will probably need to find something else.


Dave S 417/11/2017 15:42:34
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The offer still stands. If you want the netting that's been in my spares box for 25 yrs or more, let me know.

I won't be on here over the weekend, but will pick messages up later.



Peter Day 117/11/2017 15:57:52
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Thanks Dave - I didn't realise you actually had some, sorry.

Found this at FoG:



Peter Day 118/11/2017 13:23:42
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I've started painting:


It took me a while to get back into painting dark skin, but ultimately I do find it easier than European skin. This was done with mixes of Black Brown, Red Leather and Orange Brown. The Reedees head was really nice to paint - the eye slits were very narrow, but there is some white in there.

Rather than paint the padded armour a natural linen colour, I've decided to paint it as dyed green leather in order to contrast gently with the skin.

The cocktail sticks and camo net has arrived, so more later...


Edited By Peter Day 1 on 18/11/2017 13:25:37

Peter Day 118/11/2017 14:22:28
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I'm not sure about the green - I'll probably change it doe a natural, dark leather.

The net and trident:

One cocktail stirer Devil's fork (great idea Dave) two wooden cocktail sticks and a fastener from a clothing label. I've painted and stretched the camo net, which still looks very much like scrim, so I'm going to try and use the plastic garlic bag in the picture.


John Ballard19/11/2017 01:40:50
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I don't know if the camera has changed the colours much, but I think your darker tones are missing a little colour. I have seen dark skin appear almost purple in the darker tones. My personal view is that it looks a little unnatural as you have it. But as always don't let my comments put you off. He's yours to colour as you see it.


Peter Day 119/11/2017 07:03:35
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Cheers John

He is looking a bit redder than in reality, but I also think you'd only get purple tones if the skin was a lot darker. I chose this colour in order to emphasize the musculature. Africans have a wide range of skin colours and my inspiration was someone like this handsome chap:


(For discussion only).

The key will be getting the equipment and clothing right. I'm toying with doing the leather in black and the loincloth in blue.


John Race19/11/2017 09:11:31
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Thought the first photo of the net was of my old work jumpersurprise

Peter, the garlic net does look better, and I like the spear, looks in perfect scale , ( Said , as if I was some sort of spear expert ) face 20

John .

Tim Marlow19/11/2017 10:00:26
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Hi Peter

Looking good. I think John might be right though. Not sure if it's my iPad, but the hairline and temples of your reference picture have a purple tinge to them. Mind you, your guy doesn't have a hair line 😉 Nice work on the spear as well.



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