Thursday, July 24, 2014

Belladonna 54mm W.I.P.

Normally I do not post W.I.P.'s . However as this is my first 54mm figure and I felt I could use some input from my fellow painters in order to fine tune the work.

She is from Reaper Miniatures and was sculpted by James Van Schaik.



The chief difference I found between a 54mm and a 25mm is in the photography.  In order to get the entire figure in frame, I had to shoot the mini from a greater difference than normal. What I found is that the highlights have to be pushed much higher to gain sufficient contrast. She is going to stand on a very large base, so the final pictures will be shot farther from even farther away.

There are several things that I believe need worked on in order to bring her up to snuff. The highlighting on the skin needs to come up. The lining between the face and the hair needs to be stronger. The shading on her trousers needs to be deeper. Contrast on her boots really needs ratcheting up.I am trying to paint her hair as a strawberry blonde. Some of that shows on the back, but very little on the front. Clearly I need to strengthen the red undertones.

Any input regarding the need for further improvements would be greatly appreciated.




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  1. Looks good to me. The skin to me looks like there should be an extra layer in between the two that you can see sort of blended the two tones a bit more.

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    1. You're definitely right about that. I need to glaze that back down and soften the transitions between layers. Thank you Simon!

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  2. I have not painted any 54mm figures in a very long time if at all. So I will keep any advice simple and abstract. Work on it how you think best and enjoy doing so!

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    1. This is my first and I really enjoyed the scale. I'd like to do some more, but they are sooo expensive. I've loads of time to get her done so I'm working on her, painting some space ships, then going back to her.

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  3. The biggest issue with larger pieces is that there is more details, and thus more that you need to do on them. And as Simon pointed out, the blending can be done more here also. I would focus on all the areas that you have done so far, and glaze in your bascoat layer to smooth out the transitions between the current layers. Soften them up a bit. Then you can begin to push the contrast more as well with additional glazes up and down on the color spectrum..

    That said.. am loving the direction you took with it, and it is look ace! Looking forward to seeing it completed!

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    1. I'll go back and do some additional glazing in order to get better blends. That green on her sleeve is really bugging me as the transition is too abrupt and looks a bit sloppy. I haven't put a tremendous amount of time on her yet and needed to get away from her for a while. I'll finish her after I've completed the rocket rider I'm working on now. Thank you!!

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  4. We begin to do more 54 mm models , cool Anne . Great look , always i love your colors .
    Slainte!

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    1. There is a nice looking soldier in 54mm that I'd like to pick up one day. I am enjoying this scale!

      Slainte!

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  5. Now that is a cool figure. Will let the experts offer suggestions, but she looks good to me.

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  6. I really like what you have done Anne. As I have not painted a 54mm fig for at least 30 years I am not going to be much help. In fact, looking at this lass, you should be giving me pointers!

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    1. She's a pretty cool figure and I like the attitude in the sculpt. I'd looked at her for over a year before buying her as I'm a bit scared of 54mm. But if you don't try, you'll never know!

      Thank you Rodger!

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  7. Not sure I would know where to start on something like this, best I stick to 28mm! I suppose the larger the piece the more care needed with blending the colours and what looks acceptable with the smaller scale, takes on a more Impressionistic look at 54mm. That said you've done a cracking job so far, so I'll leave the advice to the more qualified in this field.

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    1. One thing I did find interesting about her is that there is less fine detail. On 25-32mm all the elaborate detail is crammed together in such a small space. This seems more like a large canvas so it does require a more painterly approach, which is something I haven't grasped yet. Also air brushing would be nice on this large scale.

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  8. Hola Amiga
    Buena esa pintura,y para ser tu primer 54mm,bien definidos los colores,lo único y no se si cuando termines el terreno,son las botas y cueros,para mi gusto le faltan desgastes,pero eso es para gusto personal claro..
    UN SALUDO

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    1. You're right about her boots. They need scuffing up to show the wear and tear of battle. I probably should have gone with a deep brown rather than a black on those. I'll do some stippling to add worn texture to them.

      Slainte!

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  9. I wish I could give you constructive criticism, but I think it looks good. There's a lot of detail on the butt, not from you and your painting, but from the sculptor. If I was Belladonna, I'd pick that wedgie before going into battle.

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    1. Actually there is a lot more detail on the belt than there is on her bottom. Also those straps have lots of tiny detail, but I'm not good enough to get those to pop at that distance.

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  10. Love how you are mixing the old style with the new and your colours really work with each other

    Ian

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    1. I did rely pretty heavily on techniques I'm used to using when painting females. But I have toned that palette down a bit!

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  11. Smashing work so far Anne. Its trial and error girl. You will know what works once you get the feel for the larger scale.

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    1. I have found that it's easier to go up in scale than down in scale. The first 15mm I did made me want to gnaw my leg off!

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  12. She is insanely small, I don't know how you manage to paint such small figurines, dear.
    Belladonna is a type of poisonous herb, methinks :)
    Did you bathe the hubs too, dahlink? :)

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    1. She's actually over twice the size of what I usually paint. Next time I'll include a 25-28mm figure to show scale.

      Ya, it's Deadly Nightshade. There are three vines of it growing through and around my wrought iron fence. It's a gorgeous plant and the flowers turn into pretty red berries. A family of with three small children moved in next door, so I'm having to eradicate it. Just a couple of berries can kill a child.

      Oh yeah, The Hubby got his scrub down after I got mine :)

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    2. Oooh, so excited about the new neigbhours! Are they nice? Friendly? Are the kids nice?

      Glad to hear about the hubby hubs being all fresh and shiny :) Is everything fixed with the plumbings now?

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    3. They are a very nice family. They've got a little boy named Johnny and he is so funny. He says "Hey neighbor, watcha doin?" When I go out. He's so cute.

      Yeah, we're fully functional again. I did four loads of laundry last night and have 2 more to go to get caught up. I've bleached almost every surface in the house because I can picture the germs that grew over 5 hot days and it's freaking me out.

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    4. that is so lovely, dear, some lil' kids around you will do you good, methinks. And you can always turn them into your garden minions :)

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    5. This little guy is so funny and he's three older sisters who won't play with him, so he's got no one. The other day he started talking to me about zombies. It was hysterical. He asked me "In a fight between zombies and dinosaurs who do you think would win?" My answer was zombie dinosaurs.

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    6. imagine what fun he would have if you would show him your figurines, dear, you'd be his Irish superhero :)

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    7. You know, it's interesting that he's the only one round here who doesn't have problems with the Irish accent. He understands perfectly what I'm saying. I think it's because he's so young that his ear isn't fully tuned to just his own countries accent.

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    8. yes, dear, and as you know the more languages you speak to a small kid, the more he will learn. That is why you have bi, three and multilingual people who were exposed to different languages while learning to speak or in their very early childhood. We have a lot of kids here who speak both Hungarian and Serbian as their first language.

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    9. I'm trllingual now. I can speak Irish, proper English and American English! I still can't pronounce third as anything but turd, but I'm trying :0)

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    10. OMG I have more comments left here than places 5 to 10 combined together :)
      I've recently checked out the number of comments that people left at my place over the years, and the number will soon be 60,000! Can you believe it

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    11. You loves me darling and moi knows it. I'm not at all surprised that you have that many comments as you is so adorable :0)

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  13. Unfortunately I'm not going to be much help, but she's looking good so far.

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  14. Very nicely done so far! Thread lightly while highlighting the skin though, I would advise taking the last applied layer of paint you used and adding a small amount of broken white (like the old GW bleached bone or the current Valejo Pale Sand) to that paint and apply it to the mini. Hope that helps...

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    1. Up close the skin looked okay, but when I got way back with the camera I could see it wasn't quite there. I'll do my final highlights by adding an off white to the lightest tone. The camera is a mini's worst enemy at times!

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  15. The cat would just say dump paint on her, best advice he got lol but awesome figure and mighty big guns and buns lol

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  16. I don't have any input, but I could offer you a slice of
    egg and dairy-free chocolate cake. With tea.

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  17. Excellent brushwork on this 54mm beauty, Anne.

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  18. Anne; can't offer any advise as a fellow painter though maybe a wee tint of ...yellow....to achieve the strawberry blonde effect ??

    but as a fellow blogger I can say she kicks ass...

    oh and yes I got the joke....I am fortunate enough to have made it to 57.... though I swear to God some days I think I was present when the wheel was invented... then we all said.... well now what the hell do we do with it

    sláinte

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    1. I've got a very, very pale yellow that I'm going to hit the top of the strand of hair with at the end. It's getting that balance of red right that I'm having trouble with. Too much red and it swamps the camera, too little and it won't pick up.

      My ideas of America were shaped largely by the Vietnam War, the Nixon era, the writings of Hunter Thompson and the music of that period. I'm in my 50's as well and tell the children "I was alive when dinosaurs roamed the earth" I think they believe me :)

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  19. I may not be an expert on painting or minis, but I am an expert in asses and in guns, and both of those look top notch.

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  20. I see nothing nothing I don't like so far, cracking work Anne especially the hair!

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  21. Damn fine painting, Anne! Very brave of you to scale up to such a large figure. My input is that she is rockin' it and ready to rumble. Not very helpful but I do love what you've done here!

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    1. I looked at her for almost a year before I bought her. She's to be part of a Sci-Fi Challenge at Reaper forums. It's being hosted by a forum member who is giving away his own mini's as prizes, which is a wonderfully nice thing to do. It looks like he's going to have a nice turn out and there's even a pro painter from Ninja Studios who is taking part. I can't wait to see what that guy turns in!

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    2. That is too cool! A challenge really tests one's metal, or so they say. I've never done one myself.

      Now I need to head over to Reaper.

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    3. Not many people have posted their entries yet. The final date is September 7th and most folks wait until that last week to post. No one wants the competition to know what they've up their sleeve!

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  22. Nice work, Anne - I'm not what you'd call experienced in larger-scale work, so my input must necessarily be motivational.

    So kick on with this, you're on the right track!

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    1. I'll take all the motivation I can get. The base that she sits on is HUGE and I've got to take test photo's of it as well.

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  23. Top work Anne, I can't see anyway to improve what you've already done, keep it up!!!

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    1. Thanks Ray! Have fun at your game on Saturday!

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  24. Every time I see something like this I want to try my hand at larger scales. Lovely work Anne!

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    1. I've seen some gorgeous 54mm historicals that I'd love to do. But they're expensive and I've not the right colours to do the uniforms. One day, one day...

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  25. It looks like it's coming together very nicely so far Anne.

    Christopher

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  26. Excellent work Anne, it has been years since I did a 54mm and I could learn a lot from what you have done already so could not offer any advice

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  27. Great job! I really love the outcome.

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