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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Casualty round success

So once again I was able to pull it out and get my bonus round submitted to Curt's competition. I made a conscious decision to go very basic with the techniques because I didn't want to mess anything up. I probably should have used some of the Tamiya Clear Red I bought, but I was afraid of over doing it. Here are some bonus fancy pictures I took, that I did not submit to Curt. If you'd care to leave you thoughts about the pictures, all critiques are appreciated.



I also took these with a larger depth of field, but I like the softening of the background and edges for a vignette.

Here is what I wrote to Curt:

"I am proud to submit my entry into the casualty round this week. Not because of the skill displayed, but because I knuckled down and did it in two days after procrastinating like all get out. Most of you can pump out figures without breaking a sweat, I am well known for never finishing anything.

These three figures are 28mm scale and come from two manufacturers. The two on the ground come from the Conquest Norman infantry set that I won from Mike at Trouble at T'Mill. The standing fellow with the arrow in his chest I can't remember what he was but I bought him in the early 90's with some equally accoutered crossbowmen. His slotta tab says OUCH!


The paint scheme was yellow and blue, I used a burnt umber ink wash and then drybrushing of the base color. Again not winning any awards but serviceable. We're going for completion here. The standing figure is on a 20mm square plastic slotta base, while the two ground casualties are on custom plywood bases with angles that would make Cthulhu proud. If you ever need a 40mm x 39mm base, I'm your man. The groundwork was my normal airdry clay, texture gel and sand. The only modification to the process was the application of a bead of glue near the edges of the plywood. This helped to keep the clay from lifting up from the edges as it dried.


I'll finish with a little about this weeks photography. While I did continue to use the Aperture priority setting at f16, I altered my normal protocol. I used a tripod and infrared remote and set up next to a window with decent natural light. I also used my new flash diffuser, but in the end went with the straight daylight shots. The flash tends to highlight the flaws and the daylight ones seem to show how they look in person better.



Thanks for looking."

Although I cleared up my usual mistakes and omissions with my submission I did forget to mention that the shield was hand painted. To me it was obvious, what with the shaky lines and all.

Just to compare, here is the first picture with all the same settings, just using the flash with diffuser.


I like the boldness of the colors but I felt that the flaws showed more and there was still a bit of shininess off the matte varnish from the flash. What do you think?

Since I could not identify the metal figure, here he is without paint.


I tried looking it up on Stuff of Legends but if my initial assumption about the range is wrong, I'm not sure how to track him down.

I should have some more stuff to show you soon. I didn't paint as much as I'd like yesterday, but I'm making steady progress.

I'd like to finish today's post with a big thank you to Edwin King of The Depressive Diplomatist. After seeing my son's painting efforts he contacted me about sending him some plastic figures. The Mantic skeletons and orcs are just up his alley and "Woohoo" and "Jackpot" were uttered. This thank you should really be its own post, but I just wanted to acknowledge Edwin's generosity before something flew by and caught my attention. I hope to have progress reports of my son's painting before long. I'm going to try and let him do what he wants with these and just support him, rather than micro manage him.

16 comments:

  1. Well done, I love those unfortunate knights and the backdrop shots are very nice. Casualties models don't require much attention and you've done more than the job with those.

    Thumbs up

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    1. Thanks Asslessman. I appreciate the thumbs up.

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  2. Great work on these, will look great on the table top

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    1. Thanks Neil, I think they will look nice on the table. Now all I have to do is paint up the other 40+ that I have. Hopefully it wont take me another 20 years.

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  3. Nothing basic about these, great job Sean.

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    1. Hi Michael, I'm glad you think so. I really need to work on my technique, but right now I'm falling back on what I know just to get the job done.

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  4. These are very nice.

    The photos here show a lot less of the 'shineyness' we detected in the others - still there with the flash. Some purists might think a background detracts from the figures themselves, but I actually feel that they lift them a bit.

    Glad the lad was happy - what did he think of the Hand of Glory?!

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    1. Thanks Edwin, the shine is less with the diffuser but still there. I have some other varnish products, but didn't try them out yet. I also tried a few things to see if I could get the varnish on in a thinner coat. I still need to work on it. I don't recall what his reaction to the hand was. I read the card to him and tried to talk about it, but he was fairly locked in to the figures.

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  5. Excellent work Sean, beautiful colors!

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    1. Hi Phil, thanks. The blue and yellow just called to me. The yellow is an old citadel bright yellow, sorry no label on it. The blue is Delta Ceramcoat Navy Blue.Their paint is quite nice, albeit a tad thick.

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  6. Good figures and some excellent experiments with the photography. As far as red paint on casualties goes, I also prefer subtlety. I don't think these models need large amounts of gore to be effective!

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    1. Hi Hugh, thanks. I had great fears that my inner twelve year old would just douse them in red. Some one else did the prone figures with a spot of red where the hand touches the side that I thought looked good. I forget whose entry it was.

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  7. Great work, Sean! They are lovely.

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. Thanks Prufrock, I'm glad you think so. I also enjoy your figures.

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