30 April 2017

Mista' J - Painting I: UCing

The iconic purple/violet evening suit is now curing in the oven. . .

The trousers were painted in Andrea Violet. The tailcoat was painted in Polly-S Eyestalk Violet, a lighter and cooler tint of the Andrea Violet. 

I primed the face in white, so in theory the undercoating is already done.

All that remains to be done--at this time--is the shirt and the vest. Hopefully these will be com- pleted before day's end. . .  DONE The vest is in gold (Polly-S Kirin Yellow/Gold and Bugbear Fur, mixed to taste); and the shirt is black. Fortunately, the canon is rather flexible. . .

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

Mista' J - Painting: Benchnotes

To belabour the obvious, at some point in every project, there is the matter of palette selection. Some select as they go along; others take a break at some point in the early stages--or late during prep--to pull their palette. 

I prefer to do it just before priming. But in this case, given the three distinct sub-asssemblies, I waited until all the primed pieces were before me. While my palette is comprised of the usual trimumvirate--Reaper, Vallejo, and Andrea, they were joined by three stalwart colours from the long-defunct Polly-S Fantasy range: Kirin Yellow/Gold, Bugbear Fur, and Eyestalk Violet

For those of you not familiar with Polly-S, they were the first mainstream hobby acrylics. Back in the day, some still undercoated with enamels, but the impermeability of acrylics and the satura- tion of pigment made them the medium of choice as the UC for oils. Polly-S was manufactured by the Floquil Polly-S Color Corp.

Floquil/Polly-S was acquired by Testor's, if memory serves, sometime around the turn of the century: that was the beginning of the end. In 2013, the re-formulated Floquil/Polly-S lines were dropped from Testor's product line, and an era had come to an unequivocal end. . . 

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

29 April 2017

Mista' J - Painting 0: Priming

The Clown Prince of Crime is now primed!

By way of full disclosure, this piece will be painted in sub-assemblies. I have primed the head, torso and legs--each piece is on its own workbase; the arms and Miss Harley (the latter is comprised of 3 pieces) will be primed at a later date. Please note that given the prepwork undertaken, I do not foresee having to tweak or adjust any piece in the course of assembly: simply paint and attach!

Let the fun begin!!! 

FOLLOW-UP. . . The left arm is primed.

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

26 April 2017

Mista' J - Prepwork: Intermezzo 2

In all haste, a quick note. . . 

I am VERY glad that I pre-primed the sub-assemblies for a final once-over! While this should come as no surprise given the manufacturer, pre-priming IS A MUST!!! Unless of course you want to spend considerable additional time correcting all the surface flaws on the primed castings. . . 

It's not as bad as I have seen on other castings by KM. That being said, it's entirely unaccepta- ble as a canvas for a "show-quality" figure. . . hell, ANY figure!

And I thought that I had addressed all the finish issues during the prep! Word to the wise. . . 

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

23 April 2017

Mista' J - Prepwork V: Finishing

The time has come! With other projects on either bench approaching the final lap, it is time to start getting the Joker ready for priming. 

The legs are just about done. I have the inner seams to scribe DONE; but otherwise, I think the lower half of the body should be primed by this time next weekend. 

The torso is a little more involved; but this is offset by the reduced area to cover. Depending on the amount of refinishing remaining to be done, this could conceivably be ready for priming next weekend as well. 

Stay tuned!

UPDATE 25.04.17. . . The main components of the figure are ready for priming! The only areas remaining to be addressed are the seams of the tailcoat's sleeves. Barring any unforeseen developments, the figure should be on the painting bench by the end of the weekend!

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

22 April 2017

Hptm. Walther Karjus--Painting: Intermezzo - Basing

With the steady progress being made, I thought it was time to take a break, reassess, and start planning for the finish. . . 

First of all, the base. This is a rather difficult figure to base, given the amount of dead space generated by the pose. Fortunately, I had a round, walnut pedestal that should do quite nicely. The base has been tapped to accept the pegs and is now ready for the groundwork when the time comes.

As to what form the groundwork will take, that will require some thought. Even though the dead space has been minimized, the figure's open stance does not help. In short, presentation does not appear to have been a factor in the figure's design. If not for the flight-centred left forearm, I would seriously consider an urban setting; but overall setting is suggestive of a "scramble". . .

More to follow. . . 

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

Hptm. Walther Karjus--Painting II: The Left Forearm

As those of you who have been following this project--or have the figure--know, the left forearm is a separate piece comprised of the gauntlet and flight helmet. This is the sole remaining piece to be attached to an otherwise assembled figure.

But first, the painting of the item! I decided at the outset that I would paint the bowl of the helmet as bare metal, a not-so-subtle allusion to the subject's nickname. I did this using a basecoat of GS Mr.Metal Iron over "polished" flat back, with highlights picked-out in Stainless Steel.

The balance of the helmet--and the piece!--will be done in varying tones of dyed and stained "leather". Once the cuff of the gauntlet and the left ear piece are done, I intend to permanently attach the piece to the figure, thus concluding assembly. 

Stay tuned!

UPDATE 23.04.17. . . The left forearm has been permanently attached. Figure assembly is now complete!

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

Hptm. Walther Karjus--Painting II: Metallics, pt.2

This is more of an intermediary step to set the "tone" (pun intended)  for what is to follow. . . 

The metallics have now been "anodized" with Pthalo Blue and Dioxazine Purple. This will provide the foundation for the subsequent application of metallics (i.e., inks) and weathering.

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

21 April 2017

Negan - Prepwork: Intermezzo III (cont.)

Not much to report, actually. By way of advancing to the finishing stages, I have reworked the bottom edge of the jacket, and all-but-completed the pistol belt. While the detailing has barely commenced, it is time to start the finishing phase of the respective articles of clothing:
  • Right Leg
  • Left Leg
  • Right Boot
  • Left Boot
  • Jacket

Once I am satisfied with the overall finish, I can then begin to focus on the myriad of buckles, snaps, zippers, and stitched seams that will bring this figure to life. . .

Back to the bench!

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

20 April 2017

Hptm. Walther Karjus--Painting II: Coat

With the uniform "settling down" nicely, it was time to move on. . . Rather than lose momentum with the left "forearm" as originally planned, I went straight for the flight coat--and Phase I is essentially done!

This was fun to do. I went for a warm light grey woolen effect that would be framed nicely by the black wool lining to follow. After blocking in my highlights and shadows, I then stippled the mid- tones with raw umber, and brought-up the highlights by stippling zinc white and Parchment--quite effective and convincing!

I will proceed with Phase II once the base application is dry-to-the-touch.

Stay tuned!

UPDATE 22.04.17. . . Phase II is now DONE!!! The remainder of the outer coat will be addressed during final finishing. . . In the meantime, I will begin to focus my attention on the "framing ele- ments" of the coat: the wool lining and the fur collar. To this end, I have basecoated the lining with successive washes of Van Dyke Brown.

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

18 April 2017

Hptm. Walther Karjus--Painting II: Tunic

Taking advantage of the PG base mix I used to paint the breeches, I tackled the tunic this after- noon. I decided to paint the tunic in my favorite tint of Feldgrau: that with a distinct green bias. Not the WWII green undertone, but more at a dark-ish grigio-verde

My target hue was easily achieved adding Chrome Green Oxide to the PG base mix, and "level- ing" out the colour with Liquitex Parchment. While the tunic is now essentially done, this is definitely a Phase I application: I will punch-up the shadows, highlights, and details once the foundation is dry.

I intend to let the oils settle for the next few days while I play catch-up with the left "forearm": gauntlet and flight helmet. But, before closing, the leggings (see here) are now done!

Movin' right along. . .  

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

17 April 2017

Hptm. Walther Karjus--Painting II: Breeches

While I wait for the leggings to dry another day (or two), I thought I'd work my way up and tackle the breeches. . . 

Feldgrau is not exactly the most exciting colour to paint--anymore than khaki is. But I think a lot of the "dullness" is due to the literally formulaic approach. Feldgrau is an umbrella term for a wide variety of colours, with virtually endless variability depending on the dyes, the dyeing process, the quality of the fabric, and the exposure to the elements. Most painters begin with Payne's Grey (PG) for any permutation of grey: I haven't used PG save as a targeted convenience since I can't remember when! Instead, I will revert to the original formulation of PG (Prussian Blue + Yellow Ochre + a "crimson") and modify accordingly. In this instance, I added Viridian Green to the mix! 

Your modifiers will largely be determined by the colours your Feldgrau will have to play off, and the chromatic flow you want to achieve. Formulae are irrelevant: knowledge of colour and your vision of the finished piece will determine your palette!

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

16 April 2017

Negan - Prepwork: Intermezzo III

This intermezzo has been dedicated to finalizing form--and detailing. To date, I have roughed-in 2 of the 6 buckles to be redone; added the passants; roughed-in all (4) lapels; and added the pistol belt. . .  

Until next time. . . 

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

Hptm. Walther Karjus--Painting II: Leggings

Planning for the steps to come, next in my sights will be the leather leggings. I had UCed the leggings in a blackish brown, but it was too 'cool' for what I had envisioned. I want to depict a rather scuffed and worn set of leggings; i.e., a warmish black with the underlying leather showing, to varying degrees, throughout. Hence, I lightly basecoated the leggings--in oils!--with a Raw Sienna and Raw Umber Light mix, spot shading with a Raw and Burnt Umber mix. Once that is completely dry, I will lightly glaze with Mars Black and/or a proprietary mix of black.

More to follow!

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

Hptm. Walther Karjus--Painting II: Decorations

Phase I of the ribbon bar, the EK1, and the Luftstreitkräfte Pilot's Badge has been completed using primarily Ivory Black. I will probably repeat this step once the first application is dry, before proceeding with Phase II.

Stay tuned!
 
When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003

Hptm. Walther Karjus--Painting II: Flesh

Phase I of the flesh areas of the figure (i.e., the face) are now done. 

As with Natalya, given the scale, I approached the eyes "old school": no distinct chromatic iris, and simple outlining. The face itself was executed using controlled layering (read: glazing) of a limited palette using minimal amounts linseed oil as my primary medium. A couple of more sessions to selectively "highlight" details ought to just about do it. . . 

Finally, I blocked-in (read: UCed) the hair with Raw Umber Light. . . 

When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003