Hello all, quick show report on OrangeCon 2019. I had a great time and enjoyed my day at this show. Orange County IPMS did a great job and the show was a success. I have placed a few images below of the models that I really enjoyed. Again great show and super fun for all.
The last three images are of a 1/32 Zero Trainer, the back seat was completely scratch built and so beautiful (notice the foot pegs are out to allow pilots to access the cockpit). It won Best 1/32 aircraft and overall best aviation model, not sure but I believe it also won Best Of Show.
I also took home a 2nd and 3rd for a few of my kits.
Great painting tutorial ‘The Clansman’ by Marc Masclans
I still remember the first time I painted a historical figure. It was the Northumbrian Warrior from Latorre Models, sculpted by Raúl García Latorre himself. Back in 2008 I had not painted anything other than Fantasy pieces from Games Workshop. I remember the experience very well because it was a kind of sculpture to which I was not accustomed, it basically painted itself. The quality of sculpted materials and textures made me look like a better painter wihtout much effort. I think this is something that is common to all Latorre sculpts.
I had seen all of Latorre’s works and they always turned out to be a great source of inspiration, although I never thought that I would end up painting some of the most emblematic pieces of the historical miniature world. I am very happy that FeR Miniatures counted on me to repaint these models, as part of the re-edition of Elite classics.
When I received the documentation for the piece, and we agreed to look for an approximation to the original work, the truth is that I felt a burst of respect and responsibility. I’m not used to these jobs where you have to be methodical, which requires a more classical and artesan type of painting. This model required proper planning and preparation of steps to follow in order to stay true to the original.
Luckily there is an article that Raúl wrote years ago about the process he followed to paint the drawing of the tartan. I followed it very closely and it helped me a lot during the whole process.
The first part of the work, was to prepare the model by parts, the right arms separately and the sheath of the sword.
I primed the model black and then I gave it a layer of light flesh with airbrush to brighten especially areas like the shirt. Esentially, black primer helps me to achieve a solid basecoat on the model, but I always try to start painting on a gray base applied with airbrush. This works as a general grisaille to guide the light work.
I started painting the face of the model. Normally I don’t. I usually work large surfaces first but in this case I especially felt like starting in that area.
The colours used are similar to those Raul described in his article, the classic mix of Vermillion, English Uniform and Golden Flesh, to which I added a drop of black to desaturate. The lights are progressively Golden Flesh and Vermillion and then Ivory. As shadows, I use Model Air colors like Mahogany and red. For the deeper shadows I added some black to the mix.
For the hat I used a base of Enchanted Blue (Citadel) and black and I added light blues from Scale 75 that have a thicker grain to stipple the texture of the material.
For the shirt I used Pale Gray, from a set of Nocturna Models paints. I used it as a base and then I played with Matt Flesh and Ivory for the lights, always trying to keep it in a fairly gray balance. The shadows have black and English Uniform and later I added variations to combine with the rest of the elements of the piece.
As there is already an article on this model, I will not explain something that I have practically copied from it. I will explain a little more my experience when it comes to framing the tartan and in the socks.
The first thing I painted, to get the gand of it, were the socks, and I must confess that I almost lost the game there. I did not plan the procedure correctly and I was overwhelmed. In fact, I repainted the socks up to three times. Finally, thanks to the help of Jaume Ortiz and Fernando Ruiz, I planned the drawing of the diamonds, drawing two vertical lines in the sock, divided into sections. The first of the front, in a descending line, had to join with the third of the rear. From here I drew parallel lines, taking into account that as we got closer to the foot, the closer the diamonds would be. Then I did the same procedure in reverse, resulting in a symmetrical pattern.
In the end it was easier than it seemed, but until they gave me the key to solve, it was a nightmare for me.
Regarding the main drawing of the tartan, I realized that you have to go very slowly and be very systematic to get the most out of it. It is important to follow a series of steps and be organized so that the drawing does not lose proportions. The complicated thing in the end was to frame the drawing over irregular fabrics. We have to do the exercise of guessing and follow physical logic to properly follow the wrinkles of the fabric. A true challenge.
In any case, the important thing is to know that small mistakes can be covered, especially when drawing the finest lines. Throughout the painting process, I had to correct several times. In this sense I recommend to always work carefully making sure that we will be able to make proper lines. It is good and useful to practice on paper, but for me the important thing is to hold the model properly and have a good grip of the brush to comfortably draw with precision.
Once the trunk was finished, I glued the sheath of the sword, and the arms that I had previously painted on the basecoat in order to have better access.
For the NMM of the shield, the idea was to paint first in general, without differentiating the rivets with Vermin Brown (Citadel) and a series of brown shades simulating the texture. Later I worked on a series of washes with black, purple and red inks from Liquitex and Chesnut ink from Citadel. Once the leather is complete, for the rivets I used light brown drawing a highlight above and below the rivet, a kind of O-shaped line, being wider at the top to represent the ‘bling’. Then I added small light spots with a mixture of Golden Flesh and Ivory.
The dirt in the model was represented using “Smoke” and working with Model Air’s inks and browns as well as some varnish for the ‘blings’.
It has been a great experience to paint this model, something I recommend to all painters who like challenges. I want to use this opportunity to thank my friend Raúl García Latorre, who has helped me throughout the whole process, guiding and councelling as always. Thank you very much!
Link to article http://volomir.com/en/clansman-painting-tutorial-marc-masclans/?fbclid=IwAR2km-CCZt7UAKxPmHNp963iM49V5_V7eTtAzKE8D8UJVixbkSxGi9nIPJge
Last night I was able to find some time to work on my Das Werk 103/38. I’m really starting to enjoy this build, I completed Part two of this build which focuses on the main pedestal housing of the gun. Overall the build is going quick and really had no issues with the second part of this project. I hope to complete the build this weekend and get some paint on it soon. I have also placed a few images of the really gun to give you references.
As I wait for my decals to finish my VW project, I thought I would tackle my 1/35 scale DAS WERT 3cm Flackvierling 103/38 . I have never done a build review before, so I thought it’s time to give it a try. As I am working on this part time this review will be is stages. The kit is very interesting, and I truly have a soft spot for short range air defense guns.
I received the second part of Luciano ‘s fantastic Star Wars legion Speeder bike Build. Today he goes over the updates to the build he completed in the Part 1. I hope you enjoy as much as I do and again thank you Luciano for allowing me to show your work.
Still working on my Normandy diorama base. Added texture and pigments and hope this ties everything together. Primed the VW and will try and get some paint on it tomorrow.
Hello everyone, I have received a great honor from Luciano Rodriguez this week. He has asked me to post a few images of his new work and hold on it’s “Star Wars”!!!! Yes the master has taken on Star Wars Legion 74-Z Speeder Bikes and to say I’m happy is a understatement. Please enjoy the following images and captions from Luciano and stay turned for more in the future.
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This Speeder Bikes unit expansion set brings encloses –aside war-gaming tokens and cards- two beautifully reproduced Imperial Scout troopers and Speeder Bikes in plastic. In the image you have all parts to assemble one Speeder Bike. The simplification corresponds to the nature of a sturdy war-gaming piece but does not concern me at all for making this kit.
The Speeder bike goes together in a breeze. The kit is produced in hard ABS plastic which can be glued with MEK and likely with some other liquid cements I suspect.
The riders are two very beautiful Scout Troopers, also designed for a quick assembly. The figures are made in a hard mix of polystyrene associated to traditional soft plastic figures. As you can see bike controls are incorporated to the figure arms to prevent assembly becomes a concern for the war-gamer
The second Scout comes in a very dynamic pose for a bike rider and features separated head. The box does not specify any scale but my guessing is those are about 1/45th scale.
Here you have the first Scout in a dry fit test. The figures are well designed and have a tight fit. Parts in this image are still unglued.
And here you have the second Scout trooper. This is just a brief presentation of what comes in the box but the final result can be slightly improved with a bit of work I will describe soon.
Luciano has finished the assembly already but could not take pics yet. Hopefully he will have time for that tonight or tomorrow, so expect the second chapter coming up in a few days. Again I would like to tank Luciano for letting me post there images for him and I cant wait to see more soon.