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90MM Carabinier, 1812 campaign. Bonaparte Miniatures 2 years 4 months ago #1

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So.. something completely different, for me and for the forum I guess!

I should give a little background.. I have painted literally thousands of figures in my life, mainly fantasy and historical wargames scale stuff, up to GW scales from 6mm (this was a job many years ago, and loved every day of it). Also painted a ton of stuff like racing drivers in 1/43 scale. Always painted in either enamels or acrylics.

What I have never ever done is painted in oils, or painted large scale figures. This is a huge learning curve. My partner bought me this figure (resin with white metal accessories) and a set of oils and I have been trying to get it started for some time.. finally plucked up courage!

Here is the figure primed up..

And with the first patches of colour.. as always working outwards in layers, the first ones are things with nothing beneath them. blended base colours with shadow/highlight mixes, all blended while wet. Seems to take a week or so for the oil to dry in this cold weather! The blue on the left arm is rough as guts, seems I didnt get the prime smooth there. I will probably need to sand it and paint more when dry.

And finally for now the first stab at the face.. he has a scar on the right cheek which is why it is rough there, that will get a little refinement.


Be gentle, this is new and scary lol.
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90MM Carabinier, 1812 campaign. Bonaparte Miniatures 2 years 4 months ago #2

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This will be interesting to see come together :)

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Touch more on the face.. refining the surface while still wet
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Looking GOOD.

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cool stuff shaun - i imagine creating light and shade and a sense of form is a big part of this process. as well as nice gradation between hues e.g. on the face. id like to have a go at a figure too sometime 1/20 or bigger. what are you thinning the paint with? and cleaning the brushes with?

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Nice Shaun, that's a fantastic looking character too

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Thanks

The thinner is daler and rowney oil thinners.. paints are generic artists oils, and not really thinned as such, though a little thinner is being used to keep the brush moist and to help blend.

There is a lot of shading and highlighting on the colours, the face if very obvious but it is just as much in the other colours.. I will look to do some better photos in good light when I am a bit further on. all trying to emphasise what the sculptor put in (or sometimes what he didnt).

I love the way the oils blend, and the fact that colours combine nicely rather than tending to go muddy as acrylics and enamels so often do.

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I've got to learn how to use the oils properly. I started to use them for weathering, but haven't got the hang of it yet. THIS FIGURE ROCKS BIG TIME!!!

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90MM Carabinier, 1812 campaign. Bonaparte Miniatures 2 years 4 months ago #9

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Gotta agree, your figure rocks! Great to see "something different" too.
I'm another person who can use lots of inspiration regards painting figures.

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Nice, very "old school" way of painting figures but in my opinion still the best. I used to paint figures using oils, and you've done a nice job there.
One thing I will say is that it looks like you might of gone a bit thick with the paint, it could just be a trick of the light. If you want to work longer and have the paint go on in nice thin layers use English distilled turpentine (it's the yellowish coloured stuff) just a drop will thin the paints to a beautifully thin consistency but will still cover well. If you want to speed up the drying process, use white mineral turps or white spirit.
I think using oils is becoming a lost art in figure painting, I've moved almost exclusively to acrylics myself, mainly because of the drying times.

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90MM Carabinier, 1812 campaign. Bonaparte Miniatures 2 years 4 months ago #11

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It is mainly a trick of the bad and zoomed in photos under artificial light.. looks much better in person!

I have been very sparing of the paint, some time I should give the distilled turpentine a try though, Ill pick some up next time in gordon harris. I notice that the artists thinners are a lot better than normal turps and such.. Quality in the artist world seems rather higher!

The drying times are a challenge, but the fact I can go in and play around a bit even the next day is quite refreshing.

Whether I will take to oils over acrylics for other than special-interest projects I dont know, but it is a nice change of pace. I could see me using oils for faces even on 1/35 figures otherwise painted in acrylics though.

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This is looking great! I went and brought some oil paints a little while ago to paint faces etc, as I found these instructions online, and that's what he used, and it was very very thinned down. I haven't dared try it yet, will be looking at trying with the figures for my BoB build, and I have some 1/35 figures to test out on first.

Keep the updates coming :)

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90MM Carabinier, 1812 campaign. Bonaparte Miniatures 2 years 2 months ago #13

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So.. Im back at the bench with this fellow, after leaving it aside out of frustration and busyness,

I took off that awful left arm, sanded it back and used tamiya surface primer to smooth it, then repainted the blue and re-attached it. I have also touched up a couple of other things, painted the basis of the 'hood' he is wearing and the grey underpinnings of the white collar and cuffs.

The main change is I purchased some very good (german brand from gordon harris) rapid medium.. serves the dual purpose of smoothing the paint flow and speeding drying. made a huge difference to how enjoyable to paint, how smooth a finish and gives overnight drying instead of several days! Only downside is the result is rather shiney, but thats what varnish is for I guess.

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Very nice. Such crisp details on this and very nice work of yours on the arm

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Lots more work on this.. mostly tidying up, then white trim and layering on the cuffs and collar and belt (which will eventually be a goldish yellow), an initial bit of base colour on some of the metal.

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Enjoying seeing the progress Shaun. Not that I can offer much constructive advice, but it looks good to me :cheer:

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I'm blown away by the level of detail in the painting. Looking fantastic! B)

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More progress.. some improvements and finishing on trims, belt painted and base colour on some more buttons

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And a little more progress, gloves and some tidying

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3 paint sessions over 3 days to get the boots painted..



really want to see this with a flat coat over it, but so much to paint first and them need to let it really cure.
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Looks good man B) Not really my genre at all, but admiring your work so far

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Not really mine either (as in never painted a figure bigger than 54mm other than dragons and monsters in 25mm fantasy and never painted oils heh) but I like to try something new!

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Another day another layer. I decided the enterprising chap has cut up some looted Russian uniform to wrap around his cold feet..actually I just didnt want the wraps AND the cloak to be grey.

Im loving painting oils with a medium but hating the gloss finish it gives so much. Must. Resist. Matte. Varnish. Until the colourwork is all done anyway... Got the cloak to do, plus a few details and the black undercoat for the metal, then I can seal and matte the whole thing, prior to doing the metals last of all.

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Okay got the major colour on the cloak blocked in and shaded (shininess hides a lot of that) and put some black primer on the metals.. just need to get the oils on the plume and it will be put somewhere warm to cure for a week I guess.

At this stage it looks kind of messy but I do have faith in the end result honest



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Looking good. I see what you mean about the gloss finish. Patience is key I guess. :P

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Yeah I'm not great on patience either, I am used to getting right into it with models and making rapid progress. multi-day drying times are not something I am used to!

put stuff so far together which actually makes me feel a bit better about the progress!

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Wow mate thats bloomin nice! Not at all my genre but certainly can appreciate the effort gone into this!

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Okay went ahead and got some details done, lots of little bits, painted the helmet comb and did some finer shading work to emphasise shapes and edges.

NOW it is starting look something like I expect!

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Really is looking quite good mate, well worth the waiting times

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Great detail

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