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Monday, May 19, 2014

Hasslefree Survivor Joe

Of late I have found myself attracted to sculpts that are less elaborate than the Fantasy figures I've previously painted.  I'm looking for stripped down sculpts with clean lines that give me an opportunity to focus on the basics of good painting.

The Hasslefree Modern Adventurers sculpted by Kev White have captured my attention.  This is a 25mm Survivor named Joe.  Kevin used his superior knowledge of human anatomy to make this figure regal, proud and blindingly handsome.

I sculpted the base myself from Super Sculpey.




The skin tone was of critical importance to me. I wanted something rich, something deep to emphasize the character of the figure.  But I didn't have any paints in my possession to accomplish what I pictured in my mind.  Therefor I had to create a custom mix that would give me what I wanted.

I began by basing with Reaper Suntan as my midtone. Then I worked my way down into the shadows with Reaper Sunburn.  This gave the skin a strong red bias that needed to be toned down.  So I applied a wash of Citadel Nulin Oil.  This cut the red and gave me depth of colour. I then brought the highlights back up by using Reaper Suntan, mixed with increasing amounts of Reaper Rosy Skin. After I'd reached the highest points, I watered down the Nulin Oil and applied two layers as a very thin glaze.  

After I'd photographed him I realized that I should have put some blood effects on the bat along with some pooled blood on the sidewalk as I'm fairly certain that Joe has bashed in more than a few zombie heads with that bat. 


84 comments:

  1. You've got to love a Kev White sculpt, great job Anne and I have to confess to liking the more muted palette. As for the lack of gore, perhaps this is the 'before' shot.

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    1. I'm really enjoying using these muted palettes. They also are a lot less work than the vibrants. In real life a muted colour reflects less light so you don't have to work up so many layers for highlights. Also the highlights are thinner.

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  2. Very very nice Anne. I think I prefer him without the blood effects it makes him more versatile. Maybe he wants to play Cricket, maybe he is affording protection or maybe he's a zombie hunter! The choice is yours.

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    1. Now you know they'd never let this guy play Cricket. I look at him as a zombie hunter.

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  3. Great work on this piece. Agreed that it could use some gore on the bat, but just make sure not to overdo it though. Less is more there.
    Also loving the backdrop for this guy! Really sets the mood with the piece also!

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    1. I've only tried blood effects once and I over did it by a lot. It's not an easy technique to learn, but I'm going to have to get the hang of it as I've a zombie to paint up.

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  4. Love it! Beautiful job, and great base!

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  5. What a lovely job you have done on the skintone, soft and subtle, and nice work on the base too. Overall a wonderful figure, very striking

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    1. I like this figure a lot and I'm totally into Kev's work. I'm going to buy some more later today and am having a hard time limiting the number to what is in my budget.

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  6. Stunning paintwork Anne! Love the base too! All the effort for the skin was well worth it for the results!

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    1. Thank you Rodger. I think Citadel Nulin Oil is my new favourite wash.

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  7. You've done a fantastic job on this figure Anne, especially the flesh and denim.

    Given the overall look of the figure, I'd probably have gone for red-brown Docs but the black with white toes works well.

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    1. I did them in the classic black and white as that's what I wear. A timeless classic.

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    2. My mistake - I thought they were Doctor Marten's boots

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  8. Beautiful work including the base cailin, did that come from Loik?

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    1. No, I made the base myself. I sculpted it out of Super Sculpey. I've been doing all my own like that lately, but I can't get my cobblestone to look like Andrews. I'll keep at it.

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  9. I really like the sneakers. Yes, I imagine he's kicked a few zombie butts.

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    1. I like them too. I've a pair and they are my favourites.

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    2. Dropping down here to comment as well on your latest post. You mentioned people in your sidebar so I looked. I thought I used to be listed, but I'm not anymore. Sorry if I did something to offend.

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  10. That is something special; the skin tones are great, and the texture of the clothing has been superbly rendered. Terrific work!

    One thing I've never understood about the post-apocalyptic world, though; food, water, clothing and ammo are always in short supply, but how come there's never a shortage of hair product?
    ; )

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    1. Thank you Evan.

      Can you imagine how much freeze gel it took to make that mowhawk stand up like that?

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  11. Great job: Nice modeling of the base, and great painting. The high-tops are super nice! And it is nice to see a survivor fresh and clean in the early morning just before going to work.

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    1. Thanks Jay! I love those hightops too.

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  12. Good work on the custom paint on the skin tone. It's a shame you didn't put any blood effects on but live and learn I guess.

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    1. I like how the skin turned out and I'll use that formula again in future.

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  13. Highlights on this pop like crazy, especially given the duller pallette. Nice work.

    FMB

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  14. This figure reminds me of the movie The Warriors. I always love your base work. I wonder if you could make a killing selling your bases? Anyway, now I have to go watch The Warriors.

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  15. They do have great sculpts....I have to get the girl with the cthulu doll....great work!

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    1. I like her and I like the bunny boiler girl too. Have you seen the Wizard of Oz figs they've come out with? I can't get them here, but I'm desperate for them. I'm going to try to find someone in the UK who will do a trade with me. I've got their juveniles and today I'm getting a few more.

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  16. what a handsome hunk he is, dahlink!

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    1. Finally someone made a figure for us. Loads of babe figures, but do they give us hunks? Nooooo they don't.

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    2. are there any gay people among the painters, dear?

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    3. Oh yes indeed. One of them is a good friend here on blogger.

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  17. Very nice, the figure and base work very well together!

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  18. Super! And the base is so totally on theme, it really enhances the figure.

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    1. Thanks Deb. I'm trying to sculpt all my own bases as it's so much cheaper than buying them.

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  19. Nice work Anne. Great looking paintjob on a great mini.

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  20. He is just so good at kicking butt that he doesn't even get blood on the bat, you can go with that. And wow, 2 posts back to back, you must be ready to have a heart attack. That is soooo many lol

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    1. Ya, I'm going to do another post this week. For me that's like breaking the light barrier in blogging. But then I'll be gone again for a while as the weather has warmed back up.

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  21. Good paintjob, Anne.
    Very well done.

    Cheers
    Stefan

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  22. Nice work on this one Anne; the clothing looks....real.....and VERY nice work on the sidewalk.....as for the zombie guts; perhaps since Joe is looking up somewhat, the confrontation has yet to take place !

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    1. It took me a couple tries to get the texture on the sidewalk right. Ya, I think Joe is going to be bashing in some zombie heads!

      I've been meaning to tell you that we have 3 kitties. They Hubby is owned by a Maine Coon named Hendrix. He was the runt of the litter and no one wanted him (he's still a huge kitty though). My daughter is owned by a teeny, tiny kitty named Spoodgins. She was a stry and adopted my daughter. And of course Kitty Fang is my Princess and I adore her.

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    2. Hendrix !!

      Next to Page; and a few others; one of THE best guitarists out there....

      you know if he's Maine Coon, typically they aren't "full grown" until age 5...he can top out at 25 pounds....

      the crew sends meowloz to your crew with a : ton oh trout filled kinda twoozday"

      thanx again for the compliment on our blog !!

      slainte ~~

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  23. Excellent brushwork, Anne. I understand your choice for having a say, broader canvas when painting minis. Sometimes the very elaborately sculpted ones tend not to allow much interesting brushwork - as this figure proves. Best, Dean

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    1. I'm also getting tired of oversized swords, axes, cloaks and such. That's what I started on and I think I missed the boat on getting a better handle on good old fashioned clean painting.

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  24. I think this may be one of my favorites that you've painted. Great paint work, great colors, and he's a very badass figure to begin with. And that base is fantastic. I can definitely picture him bashing skulls in the streets.

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    1. He's one of my favourite as well and it's one of those rare times that he turned out exactly the way I wanted him to.

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  25. Great work Anne and you have that basing cracked excellent work

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    1. I actually got a sidewalk to work. I'd like to figure out how to do a sidewalk with a grate on the street. And then I need to work out how to do manhole covers.

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  26. The figure's okay. It's almost really good, but there's something that is too static about it.
    However, your paint job is great! It's way better than the actual mini.

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    1. Myself and almost every single painter out there would disagree with your assessment of this sculpt. It is the work of a master sculptor of great renown. But you've got your own way of looking at things Andrew.

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  27. Love him Anne, he has to be a real cool dude to be able to keep that hairdo going

    Ian

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  28. Cracking stuff Anne. I like the muted colours. Seems very appropriate.

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  29. That's a great looking punk rock survivor.
    cheers

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    1. I certainly wouldn't want to run into him in a mosh pit!

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  30. Your skintone work is superb, as is everything else on the figure. You squeeze every bit from a small and earthy palette! I really like this change-up from fantasy.

    I think I saw this guy at Black Flag concert in Tucson in the 80s.

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    1. I was getting burned out on fantasy. After awhile it all looks alike. I'm getting into Pulp Sci-Fi pretty heavily right now as I like the classic 50's style. Right now I've got a 54mm fig on the table and I'm having a love affair with neutral tans. Whoulda thunk it.

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  31. I think I've been beaten to all the superlatives! It's a work of art :-)

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  32. I nominated you....Cheers
    http://dagamerstable.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/liebster-award-i-got-nominated.html

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  33. Hi Anne,

    I have to say that your 'less is more' technique works really well for this figure and he looks suitably brooding with latent ferocity (or the brute will to survive) lurking very closely alongside! I think blood on the bat would have been a bad call - especially as when it drys it changes colour anyway - a fact that has been missed on many such minis I have seen over the years where it has been depicted in a bright shade of red.

    An exquisite piece of work!

    All the best,

    DC

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    1. Thank you David. I'm really enjoying changing up my technique right now. I've a Pulp Noir figure to post tomorrow and I've done the same thing with him. Dark brown, black, grey and that's it.

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  34. And now that you mentioned Joe with a bloody bat, I need Joe with a bloody bat. He's still great, but blood!

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  35. That is a lovely painted model and a great base as well, very nicely sculpted.

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