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creating"5 O'clock shadow" 1/16th
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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 02:08 AM UTC
Hi all,
im painting my first 1/16th figure and i dont know how to create the 3 or 4 day unshaven look. any advise is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 02:25 AM UTC
Hi Gary,

First of all, I believe there was a directive in the German Wehrmacht that soldiers had to be clean shaven. And directives were followed by all German soldiers no matter where they served. I would suspect a high ranking German officer you are painting here is no exemption... so I would hesitate in depicting any kind of unshaven look.

If you decide to go for it, here's a tutorial on painting faces with oils: link

and enamels: link

Both these articles have a paragraph on creating 5 o'clock shadow.

Hope it helps,
Mario

PS The figure looks great so far. Please show us some more pictures!
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Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 02:28 AM UTC
I just lightly stipple (stabbing action with a short-haired stiff brush!) using dark grey paint whilst the face colours are still wet or just dry. Black or dark brown are too strong for this, the intention is to create an extra shadow in the area of the chin, lower cheeks and throat.


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Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 05:07 AM UTC
Thank you gentlemen for your responce.

Mario - i didnt realize that about the german directives. thanks man! ill remember that.

Gary
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Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 10:24 AM UTC
I guess this guy didn't get the memo:

Or this guy:

I will, however, agree with higher ranking officers being clean shaven for the most part
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Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 01:14 PM UTC
Hi Gary. As somebody said already, pure black or dark brown gives too much contrast and can end up looking too stark. But if you mix black into your normal flesh colour, you get a nice warm grey colour going brown (depends on the amount of flesh colour added). This is perfect for adding stubble or 5 o clock shadow. If you build up your pallet as normal, youŽll even have flesh to tidy up afterwrds or touch up if needed. The good thing with oils is that you stipple in the colour, rub off to just leave a stain or remove them completly. Try to not have a perfect line between stubble and face flesh ... stippling takes care of this nicely.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 01:16 PM UTC
Hi Gary. Two examples of where I used the method mentioned above; one heavier than the other.




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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 06:59 AM UTC
Wow! Frank these two figures are awesome! what scale are they? oils? Hand brushed or air? Very nice indeed.
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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 09:30 AM UTC
Thanks Dave. The first one is Tamiya 1/16 and the second is Dragon 1/16. Both are primed with tamiya acrylics using the airbrush and then hand painted with Humbrol enamels and mixed with some oils for skin tones and leather effects.
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Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 04:15 AM UTC
You've already gotten lots of great responses, but I'd like to offer mine too. I imagine the idea of officers needing to maintain a polished appearance makes sense, but having a hint of shadow is also credible. After all, some European men have very dark hair, and appear to need a shave only hours after shaving.
If they are in the colder regions for extended lengths of time, I would imagine they would be more pale than, for instance, a soldier in northern Africa. The paleness of his skin, along with his very dark hair would make having a little shadow realistic. I'm including a photo of my Verlinden German officer: Eastern front. I went for this look, and considering he's in very cold climate I added a touch of blush to his nose and cheeks. Yours looks fantastic. Please share some photos of your finished piece.