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120mm Spartan Warrior
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 12:31 AM UTC
It must be that time of year when I go mad and try something I wouldn't normally .
After watching the film 300, about the Spartans last stand at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C, ( a good film if you ignore history ), and deciding then and there I WANT to paint a Spartan figure, off I trotted to Modelzone and bought Verlindens resin 120mm Spartan Warrior.

So far I have built and primed the figure. I have left his shield off at the moment as I think it will be easier to paint unconnected.
The plaster of Paris stand is pretty much finished, just need to add a wash.
I shall be using Vallejo acrylics to paint the figure.
Comments and suggestions are welcome, as I haven't got a clue what I'm doing .


Andy
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 06:17 AM UTC

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Comments and suggestions are welcome, as I haven't got a clue what I'm doing
Nothing new there then Andy


I spend my life wondering what I'm doing .
Thanks for the tips Derek. I have also found a great article ( via Historicus Forma) about using Vallejo paints and coupled with the only book I have on figure painting I should it up in no time .
Seriously though, I have started blending different skin tones and am quite pleased with the results so far.
I think I could get into this figure painting malarkey .
Andy
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 08:06 AM UTC
I'm surprised it's not finished yet Andy, are you on a go slow??
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 08:30 AM UTC

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I'm surprised it's not finished yet Andy, are you on a go slow??


. Well building it only took a couple of hours with cleaning up the resin parts. I also haven't got all the paints yet, and won't be able to pick up the rest until Friday.
Still experimenting with skin tones at the moment.
Andy
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 11:13 AM UTC
Update
The skin tones are pretty much done. I am rather happy with the result. The Verlinden figure has no muscle definition moulded into it, so I basically had to paint them in.
I am now working on the "skirt" and plume.
Does look better in the flesh so to speak.
Comments and suggestions as always are welcome.
Andy
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 09:40 PM UTC
Andy - It is looking good mate. The bug will bite. Painting figures is very addictive.

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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 03:05 AM UTC
Looking great Andy.
Yep,,your mad,,,but only as mad as the rest of us,,LOL.
Looking forward to seeing this finished.Maybe it will give me the motivation to finish my Luftwaffe pilot?,,well,,if I stop signing up for all these campaign builds it might,,
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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 09:05 AM UTC

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The bug will bite. Painting figures is very addictive


Got to agree with you there Ross, figures are addictive, I'm having loads of fun painting this.
I have already bought another figure, a Druid model of a Macedonian Officer.
I think the main reason I'm enjoying this is that its pure painting.

Nige if you took your pilot on tour with you, you might get it finished
Andy
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Posted: Friday, June 15, 2007 - 01:47 AM UTC
Update
The main figure is near enough finished, apart from a few touch ups here and there. I am now working on the shield and scabbard.
I also need to scratch build a leather sling for the scabbard, to go from his right shoulder down to the waist. I was thinking of using tinfoil, but if anyone has a better suggestion, I'm all ears.
Andy

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Posted: Friday, June 15, 2007 - 08:22 AM UTC
Andy,
Looks very good.
An idea for the sling, maybe rubbish, but in this scale would it be feasible to use real cloth? cut finely enough perhaps from some toys clothing if you have any which kids may not miss a bit of??

Just a thought.

Sam
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Posted: Friday, June 15, 2007 - 09:48 AM UTC

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Andy,
Looks very good.
An idea for the sling, maybe rubbish, but in this scale would it be feasible to use real cloth? cut finely enough perhaps from some toys clothing if you have any which kids may not miss a bit of??

Just a thought.

Sam


Sam your a genius.
The kids wouldn't let me ransack their dolls clothes, so the Beloved donated an old bikini (no its not a teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini ) to the cause.
Andy
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Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2007 - 07:00 AM UTC
Finished
Well here it is my first finished figure.
I learn't alot about shading and highlighting (even if I haven't got it right yet ), and most importantly enjoyed myself painting it.
Andy




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Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2007 - 07:11 AM UTC
Congratulations Andy.
Looks great mate,bringing him to Aeroventure?
Another one on the way as well,cool!
But mate,,,,,,,,,,,3 days!!!,,,,,do you ever sleep ferrgawdsake?
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Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 04:23 AM UTC
Sorry Andy I missed this while I was skiving

Very nicely done, I intend to get back into figure painting, I just hope that I can do as well as you have

A bit late I know, but insulation tape, cut into thin strips and removing the tacky with isopropynol, makes for a very good scale leather. Black for black leather, of cours, but if you want brown leather it can be painted. Either use the black or yellow tape is easier to colour
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