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Historical Miniatures: Pax Romana
All subjects regarding Roman civilization or those they fought.
Roman Tribune Bust completed
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Puchong, Malaysia
Member Since: September 04, 2005
entire network: 92 Posts
KitMaker Network: 5 Posts
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 06:41 PM UTC
Hi all,

Here's my painted Roman Tribune Bust. I've use a mix media of Humbrol, Tamiya Acrylic and water-base poster color. (WIP here

Yes, U hear me right, water-base poster color (water color to be exact BUNCHO brand local manufactured)... similar to those use by kids in the school.

The main reason I'm using poster color is merely because I've run out of Humbrol color such as red and flesh and I wanted to test new (cheap) media.

Overall the bust was coated with Humrol paint. Then a thin coat of Tamiya acrylic (2 paint : 8 water). The acrylic coat is just to make the kit's surface matt or "rough" so it can take water color on it.

The face and cloak was painted with poster color but the armor plate and helmet were base coat with humbrol gloss black, then coats of Humbrol polished aluminium repeating strokes with brush to produce the chrome effects... lastly oil black and Humbrol polished metal to add shades.

The face and cloak were painted with poster color. I've to say that blending shaes using water-base poster color (water color) is totally different from using acrylic or oil-base paint (Humbrol)... Oil-base paint I'm using "stabbing" motion to blend different hilight and shaeds, acrylic I apply layers and layers to create these... But with water color, I just simply apply several strokes in between the 2 colors with wet brush... the 2 colors will blend by itself (being water-base).

Conclusion: I'm quite happy with the effect of the water-based poster color although the pigment are rough and not as tiny as commercial acrylic. But to me it works well for painting large area such as cloak or face of bust. I'll surely explore them further on 120mm figures.

Since the beginning of this year till now, I've been having fun painting and sculpting several subjects on my free choice. I enjoy them very much. After painting this Roman Bust, I presume I should "settle down" for some "proper" stuff which relates to our local modelling activities such as the "Merdeka group build 2008 show" (Malaysia Independant celebration" which is conduct by our local modelling club.

Will keep u guys posting.

Note the chrome effect on the helmet

Side view

Top view shows the fold of the cloak

The face

The armor and the sculpted lion head... Note the tessels wer painted matt due to they're not supposed to be metal.

As usual, comment and critics are welcome.

Happy modelling,
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
Member Since: June 29, 2004
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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 07:36 PM UTC
Amazing piece of work CPTan. Everything comes together really really well.
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Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Member Since: January 17, 2006
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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 11:39 PM UTC
fantastic work!!
love it!
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Gerona, Spain / España
Member Since: April 15, 2008
entire network: 1,180 Posts
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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 11:42 PM UTC
Excellent conversion and paintwork, my compliments!
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Ankara, Turkey / Türkçe
Member Since: January 16, 2006
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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 11:57 PM UTC
Good work CP tan. I lıke it.
Thanks for sharing.............................
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England - East Midlands, United Kingdom
Member Since: December 16, 2005
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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 07:20 AM UTC
Good to see the final result and you have done an exellent job on it.