I am taking one of Ken Farrar’s figures (Mil-Mart) and painting it using the tutorial by Penny Meyer in an earlier blog. I will post photos to show my progress (unless I make a real mess of things). I also want to correct a misimpression I left with the photos of Ken’s work posted earlier. They are much larger than the photos I included lead one to believe.

Step One: As you know, when working with resin, air holes are sometimes left on the surface of the figure. There were very few in this figure. I used Aves two-part epoxy putty to fill the holes. Not having much experience in this, I hope Aves works well.

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Step Two: The figure undercoated. I painted it white.

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I propped the figure upright with the light from my table shining down on the figure to help bring out the relief dimension of this figure. (Photos do not do justice to this figure. Ken did a great job sculpting.) And to give you some sense of the size, I put a bottle of Vallejo Model Color next to it. The figure is probably around 5 inches tall. I will, eventually, take photos of all the figures I received from Ken, prop them up with light shining from above and post them. I must say, I am amazed at how little Ken charges for these gems.

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Trust me when I say I am not posting my work as being anywhere on par with the work of other painters who have already contributed to this site. I am a novice and thought it might be interesting for others to see what an amateur does with the direction of those who know what they are doing. I am hoping it will encourage others to give it a go. Perhaps you will walk away saying, “If he can do it, so can I.” This site exists to inspire people to paint and to sculpt and to engrave, and to enjoy the journey.

Perhaps I can even get some of the experienced painters in the community to post advice on how I can improve what I am doing for the sake of the rest.

Step Three:

This next photo is of my attempt to grayscale the figure. It doesn’t look the way I think it should, but then again, I am not sure how it should look due to inexperience. After reading Chuck Smith’s write up on his technique for gray scaling flesh with an umber, I toyed with the flesh a bit.

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I tried very hard to make this stage look like the previous photo, looking constantly at the natural the highlights and shadows. Well, practice makes perfect. I’ll post more photos as I progress.

3 thoughts on “Current Project

  1. Kjeld responded to my request for advice on painting a relief:
    “Hi Steve, followed your progress on the Milmart figure, this is the critical procedure, I can understand your situation if you never painted one of these before, they are a mix of flats and a relief figure, even experienced painters will have a problem painting them, a few pointers, follow them if you like or dont (: they are meant in the best possible way.
    These are my exsperiences: To do such a figure and make it 3D its important to follow a few simple rules, decide where your lightsource is coming from, in one of the pictures you have moved the lighting, and actually showed you where to put the painting stages, think in shadows, midtones and highlights, toggether they will help you make it “round“. It all sounds easy but it’s not, I know, don’t give up, you have started an exciting journey, which I’m sure you will enjoy, the first one is always the worst one (:
    Keep the faith (:
    Regards”

    I appreciate Kjeld’s advice. I was especially glad to learn that it is not easy, because I am finding this very challenging. In learning to paint full figures, many said I should enter my works in shows where I can ask experienced painters to give me advice on my work. That has served me well. I assume it will help me improve here also.

  2. Well Steve!! have you got any more done? photos, we need photos hahaha

    1. Brian, I have set the figure aside for a while. I have never painted this scale before, and on top of all that, I am trying my hand at painting with oils. Perhaps I am trying to do too much that is new to me at the same time. I have not given up on it yet. But, man, that is a big figure compared to the 30mm flats I have been collecting and the 72 scale round figures I’ve tried painting over the past few years. Thanks for asking.

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