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A Steampunk Challenge

A Steampunk Challenge

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A challenge to paint a 75mm figures

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Trousers and Boots

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I’m not as happy with the trousers as I am the rest of the model, they were fine until I tried to put blue stripes on them.  I tried using masking tape to get a nice edge, well it didn’t work out the paint leaked underneath and whilst I have tried to tidy it up I’ve not done as good a job as I wanted.

I have highlighted the blue up, but not sure it shows well.  The pale base colour was started with P3 Menoth White Base and shadows added with AP Soft Tone, highlights with P3 Menoth White Base and P3 Menoth White Highlight mixes.

The boots started off with Vallejo German Grey and then received a wash of AP Dark Tone, I tried to use some of the leather technniques with successive lighter shades of grey, making short strokes with the tip of the brush to provide some highlight.

Trousers and Boots

Hawk

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Progress has been made on the hawk that sits on Jessica’s left arm.  The guide book had different schemes at different places in the book so I decided to mix this one myself.  I thought I’d go with a dark grey look, perhaps using a dark blue to bring the highlight.  I started with Vallejo German Grey and then dryrbushed AP Necromancer Cloak and P3 Greatcoat Grey.  At this point I wasn’t happy as the grey drybrushes had completely disappeared and I wasn’t getting anywhere.  So a re-think was in order.  One of the pictures in the book comes out with more of a brown tint that a blue tint so I decided to switch it round.  Rather than repaint what I had done I decided to go wth a dark brown and use the German Grey base that I had.  So I started with AP Oak Brown and then Vallejo Cam. Pale Brown.  This has given enough brown on the wing that I am happy, I’m not sure the photograph below really shows it though.

The front edge of the wings has a gold strut system attached and I approached this the same way I did for the gold on the left arm.  The Hawk also has a hood with lenses (see the scheme used below).  The beak was painted in Monster Brown and then I lightened Monster Brown with P3 Menoth White Highlight.  The photograph only shows the top.

Hawk

Lenses and hair

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So I spent some time working on the lenses for the goggle and the hair.

For the strap of the goggles I used the same colours as for the light leather.  The lenses are so small and the guide is so detailed that I skipped a few steps as I can’t get on with trying to look at what I’m doing through a magnifying glass.  So I took the lenses back to a primer, in this case GW Wraith Bone (I have the pot as well as the rattle can).  I then painted the over this with Vallejo Ultramarine Blue all over.  I tried to put a line of this same blue with a slight mix of white to lighten it at the bottom, before putting a dot of white at the top.

Her hair was based with AP Necromancer Cloak, which is a dark grey.  I then washed it with AP Dark Tone.  I then went in with Vallejo German Grey (even darker and nearly black) to pick out more of the shaded points and then used the edge of my brush to bring the highlights in from Necromancer Cloak, through to Uniform Grey.

Lenses and hair
Lenses and hair

Base

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I took a few moments to work on the base for this model, thought I’d try to keep it simple.  The metal base included is already shaped so I went with a base coat of Army Paint Desert Yellow, then an all over wash of AP Soft Tone.  I then hit it with a heavy drybrush of Desert Yellow again and then a lighter drybrush of Vallejo Dark Sand.  A little bit of dried up grass next to the large rock to finish the base off and it is ready for her to be attached (when she’s finished).

Base

Right arm

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I’ve been working on the right arm whilst working on the main body.  This arm is metallic and holding her revolver.

Nothing too complex here, I considered non-metallic metal, but decided to stick to metallic metal for this.  Copper is Vallejo Air Copper, Gold is Miniature Paints Old Gold and the Gun started as Vallejo Chainmail Silver.  All the metal areas were given a wash of AP Soft Tone and then I used Vallejo Air Steel to lighten each of the colours and then act as a final highlight.

Right arm

Cloth and Light Leather

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I had started the cloth in the last post, but last night I got to make more progress.  Using  the base colour P3 Menoth White Base and P3 Menoth White Highlight I worked my way up.  A touch of AP Soft Tone (the wash not the dip) was used for some shading.

On the leather the book has a mix of colours and I ended up trying to replicate this as closely as I could, I ended up with Vallejo Green Brown, Vallejo Pale Flesh and a touch of AP Oak Brown as I felt I was missing out on the Brown tone needed.  I then washed this with AP Soft Tone to build up the  shadows and add a touch more brown to the colour.  The highlights were built up with fine brush strokes using P3 Menoth White Highlight to lighten the base colour and the shades with AP Oak Brown mixed in.  A touch of soft tone to the area between the highlight and the shade to blend it a little.

As you can see I’ve started on the dark leath which is currently Vallejo Dark Camoflague Brown.

Cloth and Light Leather

Eyes

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I attacked the eyes following the techniques set out in the book – although they paint the eyes before the skin.  As such I went back in and did the whites of the eyes with P3 Menoth White Highlight.  I then painted the eye with Fenrisian Grey, as this was a 75mm miniature I picked out the iris with a dot of black and then put a thin black line across the top of the eye.  Personally these are the best eyes I’ve ever painted (but then they are 3 times bigger than anything else).

Whilst I was at it I put a bit of AP Vampire Red on the lips and you can note that I’ve started on the cloth, with what I think from memory is P3 Menoth White Base.

Eyes

Skin

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I managed to crack on with the skin yesterday and today, I think I’m happy with it (although my wife described it as fake tan).

I don’t have any Scale 75 paints so I have had to make adjustments to the scheme, the paint rack app on my phone does a good job of suggesting alternatives, but sometimes they are a little wierd (it suggests metallics sometimes for non-metallic colours!).  So having undercoated in grey I decided to use GW Kislev Flesh as the base colour I gave this a wash of Reikland Fleshshade.  I then went back in with the base colour and then added a little white in for two more watered down highlight layers.  I tried a little of blending to cut the edges down.

Having painted the upper areas of skin I realised that I had missed the small amount of skin round the waist, which I have just started in this picture.  The lighting isn’t brilliant the spotlight needs to be more diffuse.

Next up will be the eyes.

Skin

Priming

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I had hoped to have more time last week to crack on with this project, but my family ended up in isolation (not me!) and so it was put on one side.  Anyway having got the sub-assmeblies done I have been out and primed it with Halford Grey primer.

Priming

A Challenge

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I backed a recent kickstart by Scale 75 and got a copy of their book on how to paint steampunk. Having looked at it I decided that I would challenge myself to paint one of their 75mm figures. Fortunately, Black Friday came round and I purchsed Jessica Thunderhawk.

The figure arrived this week and I’ve just got round to opening the box to look at the parts and start cleaning up for assembly.  The figure comes in 11 parts, head, torso, legs, left arm, right, arm, two under-shoulder pistols, hawk body hawk left wing and hawk right wing.  There is also a white-metal base which look well designed to maintain the balance of the model.  There was some flashing apparent on the miniature, but not too much and it cleaned up easily.

I dry fitted the parts and I am a little concerned with the connection between the hawks legs (on the left arm) and it’s body so I might try to put a pin in there.  I’m going to paint it in several parts so have assembled the head, torso and leg as well as the hawk.

The pre-assembled partsThe pre-assembled parts

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