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My first figure - 54mm Viking
guitarlute101
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Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 03:41 AM UTC
Hi everyone,

This is my first posting here and my first try at painting a figure. I have a few resin and metal figures but have just recently found courage to put some paint on them. This is a 54mm Viking I've had for years. I started painting it around the middle of May and have just finished it. I've used mostly Windsor and Newton oils. I know my photography needs major improving. I'm hoping to get some additional pointers and advice from the forum members so I can improve my painting skills.








Thanks for looking in,

Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 03:46 AM UTC
very nice. A great little vignette and some great painting
mohammedcohen
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Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 04:09 AM UTC
For your FIRST figure in oils it's GREAT.....as for photography, short of constructing a light tent, or investing in a close-up set from Micro-Mark and a dedicated macro lens, it's very good...If you want to give the 'cloth' a matte finish, I'd suggest a product called "Dorlands Wax Medium"; you mix a small portion of it into your final mix of a particular color and it tones down the sheen that is common to oils, expecially reds and blues...the other alternative is to put the figure into a crockpot with the lid off and on the lowest heat setting to dry your finished product...I'd leave the oils wet until you were completely satisfied with the figure and only THEN put it in the Crockpot...but NEVER, NEVER use the was medium AND the heat together - it's one or the other...You've done well in the photography also - I notice no bright spots or washed out colors/details. Good Work for your first 54mm fig...my first 54mm fig was an old Imrie/Risley 54mm MiG Pilot painted with the old I/R paints...you fig looks beeter tha MY first attempt.

CB in FL
guitarlute101
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Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 04:12 AM UTC


Thanks Paul and Christopher. The "shiny" cloth is one thing that bothers me. I've considered giving the cloth areas a coat of Vallejo Matte or Satin. I'll give the Crock pot idea a try.

Mark
mohammedcohen
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Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 04:13 AM UTC
Is that viking fig part of the old Hinchliffe/Phoenix set of the raid on Lindisfarne??? If the viking looks like he shouldda had orthodontic treatment as a kid, it may be part of that set. sculpted by Tim Richards...famous for his 80,,Phoenix Follies Girls in 80mm.

Again,
CB in FL
guitarlute101
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Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 04:19 AM UTC


This particular figure was given to me by a friend years ago who had no interest in doing figures at the time. He gave it to me in a baggie but he did cut the front of the box off and put it in the baggie. It says it is a Warriors figure #54012, "Viking Raider 9th-11th Century" sculpted by Peter Morton.

Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 05:30 AM UTC
Hi Mark
Welcome, You have done a very nice start of this hobby with that Viking.Nice work.

//Larsa
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Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 07:55 AM UTC
Hello Mark and welcome to HF.

You did really good work. The only think you should do is to apply a coat of matt varnish to get rid off shine from clothes. Personaly I prefer Lifecolor matt varnish over the one from Vallejo.
As for pictures they are pretty good and show all details.

You can consider entering our figure contest. You have time until end of June.
Officiall thread is here
and rules you can find here .
If you have any question do not hesitate to contact me.
AJLaFleche
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Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 08:29 AM UTC
DO NOT CROCK POT this figure. It's resin and is not likely to withstand the heat. I hit all my figires with an airbrushed coat of Testor's Dullcote. Works great over any paint, even acrylics.
guitarlute101
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Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 10:24 AM UTC

Thanks Al and Lars!

Marcin- Thanks for the advice and heads up for the contest. I'll be sure to enter.

Mark
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Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 11:42 AM UTC
Al,
I use dullcote too and it works well, but as a footnote I regularly crockpot my
resin figures, and it's never been a problem. The trick is to put the crockpot on low and leave the lid half off. That way you get the heat to dry paint but it's never enough to melt anything. In about 4-6 hours any oil paint is completely dry and flat.
I did try it with a plastic figure and that figure DID die an awful death.