25 September 2017

The Joker "TwE" - Prepwork IV: Finishing the Face

For the first time, I am all-but-convinced that the end is truly in sight. This evening, I concluded work on three areas that were less than I had envisioned: the eyebrows; the cheekbones, and the left masseter muscle. The corrections were less anatomical in nature than artistic: the face, in my eyes, was simply off-balance/asymmetrical. 

There is still the final finishing to be done, but hopefully the putty-work is done--or nearly so. . . 

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

24 September 2017

Lady Stoneheart -- Painting - Basing

In anticipation of the imminent transfer, I prepared the display base to receive the bust yesterday. And now the bust is permanently mounted upon its final resting place.

This is the fourth bust/figure that I have transferred with a significant amount of work remaining. While it requires a more comprehensive "masking" of the base to protect its relatively delicate finish, the perspective it affords is well-worth the additional effort.

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

Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors

Yesterday, I received four colors (of a 175+-color line) by this manufacturer, and I am VERY im- pressed--and pleased!

Originally out of Brooklyn--and still based in NY state--Williamsburg Oil Colors have a diverse range of competitively-priced colors--especially tertiary--whose texture and consistency suit the miniaturist to a T! I wish I had discovered them earlier in my journey!!

As a sidebar note, the two major garments of the current project--gown and cloak--will be painted with Williamsburg colors.

Definitely worth a look-see. . . 

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

Lady Stoneheart -- Painting (II) - The Chemise and Gown: Day 2

Phase 1 of the gown--the base hue--has been completed. The gown will be a 3(4?)-step process, with measured weathering of each of the "layers"--full-strength 'glazing', if you will. 

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

23 September 2017

Lady Stoneheart -- Painting (II) - The Chemise and Gown: Day 1

Phase 1 of the chemise is completed. The bust is now in the oven (low heat) to accelerate the "settling" of the colours.

FOLLOW-UP. . . The chemise is DONE!

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

22 September 2017

Lady Stoneheart -- Painting (I) - Head and Face: Day 3

The face is now all-but-done. I say a-b-d because there will most likely be a few more tweaks, "markers", etc. to be added - or modified - once the visible hair and the hood are finalized, and the collar of the chemise is finished. 

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

21 September 2017

Lady Stoneheart -- Painting (I) - Head and Face: Intermezzo, pt. 2

As anticipated, the hood has been permanently attached--the bust is now fully assembled. I will spend the next few days working on the face--and the lighting. I will probably try to get the che- mise done by the end of the weekend. Then all that will be left to do is the gown and the hooded cloak. . . 

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

18 September 2017

The Hempen Jig -- Ouverture

As I am now full tilt into "The Hangwoman", I thought I would post an image of one of my all-time favourite pieces, "A Date with Jack Ketch". . . 


This is a rather extensive conversion of John Rosengrant's 1/9 scale Pirate Captain bust (Warriors), finished at the eleventh hour of 2007.

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

Lady Stoneheart -- Painting (I) - Head and Face: Intermezzo

As my bench-time is severely limited this evening, what was done hardly merits the coverage of a full "step". . .

Before moving on to Phase II of the face, it would be best to frame the ravaged flesh with what hair there is and/or would be visible. Thus the hair was base/undercoated with Vallejo Silver-Grey.

Tomorrow (hopefully; or Thursday, depending on the volume at work), I intend to apply the oils to the inside of the hood. Once that is dry, I will complete assembly of the bust, and finish the paint- ing of the face and hair.

Stay tuned!

UPDATE 19.09.2017. . . The inside of the hood is now painted. As is the basecoat of oils of the hair. The latter is truly a basecoat that will primarily integrate the hair into the shadows of the hood, and allow me to selectively highlight the visible portions to maximum effect. With any luck at all, the hood will be permanently attached before 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

17 September 2017

Jon Snow - Painting: Wrapping-up

I am delighted to report that this project is now definitely on the home stretch. . .

  • Snow has been applied to hair and collar.
  • Eyes painted on Longclaw's wolf's-head pommel.
  • Final distressing of leather finsihed.
  • Final outlining finished.
  • The "Brother of the Night's Watch" is DONE!

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

16 September 2017

Jon Snow - Painting: Wrapping-up--Longclaw

Longclaw's handle has been finished and primed--in white (nb: Tamiya), of course. If all goes as planned, I intend to have it permanently mounted on the bust by this time tomorrow. . .

FOLLOW-UP. . . Or not. Things obviously didn't go "as planned". The resin used on the handle appears not to have been mixed thoroughly, which resulted in 'the sweats' and localized delami- nation while the primer was curing. The handle is now in the purple bath to remove the primer and the remaining uncured resin.

More to follow. . .

UPDATE 17.09.2017. . . The handle is now in the oven to check the repairs and to cure the Sty- nylrez primer. While I am thoroughly convinced that the cause of the unpleasant detour was im- properly mixed resin, I cannot discount the possibility of an adverse reaction with a "hot" primer... so I went with an acrylic the second go-round. Assuming all checks out in the next hour or so, I should be back on track by lunch. . . 

FOLLOW-UP. . . Longclaw's handle is now permanently mounted, and the bust is completely assembled! All that remains to be done on the handle are the black eyes of the pommel.

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

Lady Stoneheart -- Painting (I) - Head and Face: Day 2

Phase I of the face/flesh and the wound is now done! As is the left eye!! A very encouraging--and disturbing!--launch of the paint portion of the project!!

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

Jon Snow - Painting: Finishing+

I usually have a very distinct 'Finishing' step and concluding 'Wrap-Up' step; but as we have seen, this project has been anything but conventional. . .

I just finished Phase I oils of the hair, and, save for the painting and attachment of Longclaw's hilt, this project can be deemed completed! I am hoping that it will be completely done within the fort- night, but that will entirely depend on disposable time and how the oils settle. The work that re- mains will be addressed in a 'Wrapping-Up' entry.

Until then. . . 

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

15 September 2017

Jon Snow - Painting: The Collar

You might recall that a significant portion of the prepwork was spent reworking the stock wolf-skin collar which Jon Snow only wore during his "apprenticeship" in the Night's Watch, to the post-induction black kyloe collar, which he wore through this season.

This evening, I basecoated the collar in warm dark/medium grey acrylics. The collar will be a multi-media item with the shading executed in black-ish oils; the midtones in acrylics, and the highlights in oils and acrylics. This will provide the greatest depth and vibrancy to an item that 
is essentially achromatic.

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

12 September 2017

Jon Snow - Painting: The Pedestal

The storm is finally beyond us! Save for some very light rain and the occasional waning gust, Atlanta has ably survived its first tropical storm in recorded meteorological history. Heartfelt thanks to those who reached out to express their concerns and well-wishes.

Now comes the "fun" part! The post-storm clean-up. Kudos to the metro Atlanta power and road crews who have outdone themselves in clearing the major hazards--namely downed trees and power lines. They have also restored about 40% of lost power in highly unenviable--dangerous!-- conditions.

My building was not one of those enjoying power, so I am back home dealing with the intermit- tent power outages and beginning to clean-up the scattered jetsam. And in the interims, I deci- ded to proceed with the chromatic "sketching" of the pedestal. As you might recall, the pedestal was of a thematic nature, representing "The Wall". Nearly all renditions--the boxart a notable ex- ception!--are primarily dark grey/black. . . the wall is mostly ice! So I am beginning to counter- shade, if you will, the bust in acrylics, with the support significantly lighter than the bust it is supporting.

FOLLOW-UP. . . With the acrylic base/undercoat done, I decided to take the watershed step of all projects: permanently mounting the subject on its display base. Much remains to be done--on the bust itself, as well as the pedestal; but the remainder of the work will benefit from the 'display perspective'.  

More to follow!

UPDATE 13.09.2017. . . The pedestal received its targeted application of oils today--Titanium White, Mars Black, UM Blue and Raw Umber. Actually, I could leave it as is, and deem the pe- destal done! But it is only about half-way home. . . Hopefully the oils will be dry by this week- end, so that I can proceed with the final step: Tamiya's Diorama Texture Paint Snow and Pow- dered Snow Effect with Reality-in-Scale's Snow-in-a-Pot!

UPDATE 14.09.2017. . . I apparently very lightly drybrushed the distal edges of the pedestal--the perimeter in contact with the display base--'cause it was bone dry to the touch by the time I got home! Thus, I got a jumpstart on the weekend and the base layer of accumulated snow is now drying! I used Tamiya's Diorama Texture Paint Snow (Snow, not Powdered Snow), which, as you might surmise, is coarser than the Powdered Snow. As I am a "newbie" using this product, I have no idea what it is going to look like once it is dry; but rest assured, regardless of the outcome, you will read abut it here!

UPDATE 15.09.2017. . . The pedestal is now effectively done! And I've become a HUGE fan of the Tamiya DTPs--Diorama Texture Paints. It really couldn't be any easier (read: controllable), and the results are spectacular! Yesterday, I "anchored" the pedestal to the display base with a rela- tively coarse ring of Snow; today I completed "The Wall" with a mix of both Snow and Powdered Snow, reduced as required and/or to taste with MiG's Acrylic Thinner. I fully expect to revisit the pedestal for tweaks to enhance the flow and balance of the piece, but these will be nothing more than touch-ups to achieve a given result.  

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