“Mistress by the Dork”

Well nobody even got close to guessing what my greenstuff head from last week was destined to become, though to be honest I would have been shocked if they had (though the guesses didn’t exactly infuse me with confidence when it came to the next stages!)

Women are difficult, I mean sculpting wise not in general (though they are!), well they are for me anyway, you see if you sculpt a man, and he’s no “looker” then he’s just an ugly man, monsters are even better as they are by definition “monstrous!”, women on the other hand we tend to see as attractive in general, so you have to get the eyes straight, chin level, nose not to big etc.. or it’s more noticeable. To use a rather non PC saying…”You can put a pig in a dress, but it’s still a pig!” This is why I tend to avoid sculpting women from scratch, and why I decided to have a go at making one now as a bit of a challenge. Now a while back during my conversation with Luke (IRO) he mentioned that he’d heard it was easier to sculpt things that were bigger, to which I tentatively agreed, and a couple of weeks back he commented on my “D’Mona figure that I should paint up “Elvira”, sooo…I thought I’d combine both of these and sculpt a slightly “Chibi’ish*” version of the “Mistress of the Dark”, so to this end I created the “Alien” looking head (right).

So next day I started to add the facial details, women’s “chibi” faces generally have large almond eyes so eyelids were built up around these, then the cheekbones were added and a small nose running up into a high forehead, the chin is small and pointed and wide lips were added between this and the nose, almost like a “baby’s” face (albeit an alien baby!), much smoothing later and it was as good as I was going to get it (left).

Next day’s job was to block out the body, this as you can see was only done very roughly just to give me an idea of where her shoulders, waist, bottom and legs would go and their relative sizes (right).

I added her leg next, you will only see the one as the other will be covered by her dress. So a couple of small sausages of putty were rolled out (the lower one tapered to a point where her ankle would be) and then applied to the right hand lower area about where the leg would be. These were then blended together and smoothed to shape, before I added another small triangular piece to the bottom of this and shaped it into her foot and shoe, another one of these was added on the left as you should be able to see the toe of her left foot poking out from under her dress later on (left).

Now there were still and couple of things missing (I meant her arms and dress, you filthy lot!), but next I thought I’d add her somewhat “ample assets”, so a couple of small balls of putty were mixed up and stuck on her chest area, I thought that perhaps I’d gone to large, but in the end decided that it is a “caricature” version so I left them as was. More blending ensued mainly on the inner edges as the outer ones will be covered by her drees again. At this point she looks like a “fevered adolescent’s wet dream” (which I suppose in a way she is!), (right).  

Next I thought I’d better get some clothes on the poor girl, so all of her dress (apart from the arms) was added in “one fell swoop”, this meant it was easier to blend all of the different areas together. So starting with two small sausages of putty these were draped over her chest and down to her navel. Then thinned and pushed back and around her torso, adding slight creases as I went (nothing too major as it’s supposed to be quite tight here). Then longer rectangles of putty were added around the leg area and after smoothing and blending with the upper part thin “strings” of putty were added running up the skirt and again blended in to form the waves in this, again as it is a “pencil” style garment these were only small. Then taking some more putty I rolled out another thin sausage which was tapered to a point at each end, these pointed ends were then cut off to about 3mm lengths, then the process war repeated until I had seven of these and then they were added at the bottom of each “pleat” running out and away from the base of the dress in a pointed “S” shape. Lastly today I added a couple of “blob’s” on her shoulders and pushed a “divot” into each as a guide for drilling into her shoulders to add the wire for her arms (left).  

This was the next job, so small holes were drilled in her shoulders and another pair were drilled into her waist. Then two small lengths of florist wire with a right angle in the middle were pushed and glued into these holes (right).

Once dry I mixed up a small amount of putty and the upper sleeves were added, this just consisted of pushing a small blob around the wire, blending the join and adding some slight waves to the fabric, again it’s quite tight so only small ripples were needed. Then turning to her hands, these are on her hips so I had a good solid base to work on (remember if you are doing a hand held out away from the body try to add a thin flat base to work on first and let this dry!). Anyway I began by adding two small balls of putty just in front of the where the wire ran into her hips, then secured these around the wire by dragging the putty around the wire, next I flattened out the balls into ovals (for those of you of a certain age, and British, think of the hands the characters had in “Trumpton”). Once I was happy with the size of these I gently pushed the gaps between the fingers in with the blade of a small scalpel, starting with the middle one, then the two outer ones (don’t worry about the thumb yet), then taking a sharp “probe” I gently widened these gaps and shaped the fingers and hand. Next two tiny (and I do mean tiny!) sausages of putty were rolled out (gently under one finger) and these were added on top of the hands to form the thumbs. These were then blended in to the rest of the hands. With the rest of the putty I had left I began adding her “fringe”, these were just more small points of putty stuck across her forehead and then the hair was “tapped” in with a knife (left).

Finally this week I added the “strands hanging from her sleeves, this was done by once again rolling out some tapered sausages and cutting the points off of the ends and then attaching them to the undersides of her forearms, I will build the cuffs of her dress up over these next. I also added a roll of putty across the top of her head that her hair will built over. I had hoped to get her finished, but she’s taken longer than I expected, typical woman they always take forever to get ready!

As well as all that I have also finished a three more bases (or Warbands) for my “Hott” army, I gave a couple of them checked trousers to be different, like the others they still need basing and “Quickshading”, but I hope to do all that at the end if there’s time. I won’t go into details as this post has been long enough as it is!

So till next time, stay safe.

Cheers Roger.

  • For those of you not in the know, a “Chibi” is a comic style figure usually with an oversized head, a bit like a “Pop Vinyl” figure.
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“Back In’t Ouse”

Well here we go again, the eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that my “lockdown” header has reappeared up at the top of my blog once again, this is not something I ever thought I’d be posting again to be honest, but as of Thursday before last I have been told to “Shield” once again till the 2nd of December. This means apart from going out for exercise (walking the dogs!) I am not supposed to leave the house, not even to go to work! (That came as a bit of a shock for them as the government didn’t inform me by Email till 8.00pm the night before! Good old Boris on the ball as always! 🙄).

This has however given me no excuse not to take part in Dave Stones “Unity” challenge, this basically consists of painting one (or more) units of figures in any scale before the months end (and we all go back to normal for Christmas…yeah right!). To this end I plan on…you guessed it, trying (again) to finish those “bloody” 15mm Barbarian figures that make up my Cimmerian (Conan) Hott army, that I oh so spectacularly failed to complete in September.

So I started by digging them back out (well they didn’t take a lot of “digging” to be honest as they were still sitting on my painting desk staring balefully at me!), and I set to work on both the one small unit of Archers, and a three man Warband (well and a couple of others but I just started them), luckily I still had all the paint I’d used on the command stands out so had a good idea of what colours to use. I used just about all my different shades of flesh, to try and add a little variation, highlighted with lighter versions of the same, the trousers (those that had them) were done in coffee and cream and then had stripes of either royal blue of dark red added and the shields were done in much the same way. And that was about it (give or take a colour or two). I have five more “Warband” bases to complete, and if I get around to it one base of cavalry, though those aren’t even undercoated as the horses need a little “tweaking” before they get to that stage. So a slow start they are at least moving in the right direction now.

I have also been inspired to dig out the greenstuff again and have tentatively started work on a figure inspired by something my “Aussie” mate Luke (that’s IRO to you lot!) said, I’ll have more on that next time (hopefully), but I’ll leave you with this somewhat cryptic picture of the slightly oversized head I have sculpted  so far….(oh and it’s not going to be a grey alien, or Spiderman well not unless I cock it up anyway!),  Though guesses at to what it will end up as are of course welcome  😉 (Just don’t say a waste of greenstuff!)      

So till next time, stay safe.

Cheers Roger.

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“D’Mona the Vampire”

Well last time I mentioned that I intended to paint up a Vampire in honour of our fallen comrade Bryan “Vampifan” Scott, and if anyone else fancied doing something similar to let me know. Well the response great and as it stands seven of us have been painting/ gaming and generally toiling away in memory of the great man that I am aware of, if you know of any others please let me know. I’ve added a list of links at the bottom of the page so please go and look/comment on their sterling work.

Turning to my submission “D’Mona” remember her? (right) I began by giving the casting a quick clean-up (and I do mean quick, as this was one of the nicest flash free casting I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with), she did however “lean back” a little on her base so I added one piece of card under her base to lift her up slightly and another smaller one at the rear of her base to tilt her forward, then glued her to a two pence piece. A slapping of “Tetrion” filler blended her base into the coins edge and she was ready for undercoat.  

As I thought it bit excessive to spray undercoat on one figure I brushed on a couple of coats of matt black before dry-brushing her massive sword with chainmail (I hope Vampires have magical strength as she’ll need it to wield this!), I wanted another of my “pallid and sickly” looking undead figures so I started by mixing some stone green and light blue and used this to form the undercoat on her flesh, but rather than highlighting this now I started on her costume next as it has lots of thin “strappy” bits and I just knew I was going to catch the “fleshy bits” with my “sausage fingers”. So I took some dark red and mixed in a small amount of black to darken it further, and all her clothing was painted with this, then once dry this was heavily highlighted with just dark red. I added her eyes next in cream and black (I nearly went for red pupils but decided against this in the end), after this I went around her eyes with some plum, and while doing this I thought I add some highlights to the lower areas of her clothes with the same, this seemed to come out quite well. Next I added the undercoat to all the bits that would end up gold, such as the hilt of her sword and shoulder pads in copper. Another lot of highlights were then added to her clothing, the upper parts with pink burgundy and the lower with lupin, these were blended together where they met in the middle, and shinning gold was highlighted over the copper (are you keeping up because I’m a bit all over the place here aren’t I!).

After adding the jewel on her sword hint in metallic red, I highlighted her flesh in pale flesh. The strapping on her sword a dagger hilts were added next in chocolate brown with leather highlights and her lips which came next were added in more dark red.

Detail time and I started by adding her teeth in cream, then touched up her hair with more black, before highlighting it, her boots and gloves with dark grey, I also added another highlight to her gold bits with some gold leaf (that’s the name of an old Tamiya paint, not actual gold leaf!). I then decided to go back and add yet more highlights to her clothes, so I mixed up some lupin with some lilac to lighten it and drew this up from the bottom of the various drapes of her costume in upward pointing spikes, then did the same with just lilac, pleased with this I then took some bright red (I was going to use ruby red, but thought as a nod to “Vampirella” Bryan’s all-time favourite Vamp I’d go with bright version) and repeated the process going down, the paint was a bit thick so I mixed in some water on a pallet and ended up with a wash or glaze, this worked wonderfully well giving just the effect I was after. Then after a lot of touching up here and there (sometimes you just have to call it a day, and walk away otherwise I’d still be there now touching up this or that!), I added another highlight to her hair in mid grey and she was done.

I went back and forth over whether to “Quickshade” her or not, in the end I used my tin of “Soft tone”, before basing her in my usual fashion, and spraying her with some matt varnish. I’m quite pleased with the end result, I hope Bryan would have been too, though he was too nice a fellow to say if he didn’t like her! As I said at the start of this post, here are some links to other people marking Bryans passing…..

Dave/  https://wargamesculptorsblog.blogspot.com/2020/10/uprising.html

Keith/  http://angrypiper.com/?p=3943

John/  https://vagabondswargamingblog.blogspot.com/2020/10/for-vampifan-atz-faith-hope-and-charity.html?showComment=1603215412617#c4235858237981950894   

Matt/  https://pmpainting.blogspot.com/2020/10/a-vamp-for-vampifan.html

Simon/  https://www.fantoricalwargaming.com/post/i-can-destroy-this-planet-or-become-its-master

So till next time, stay safe and have fun, he did.

Cheers Roger.

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“A Vamp for Vampifan”

As you may or may not know back in March of this year we lost one of the titans of the “Wargames Bloggosphere” and a true gentleman in all senses of the word when Bryan “Vampifan” Scott sadly died, the sheer number of comments to his final post gives a good insight into the number of people he touched just via his wonderful blog here….

https://vampifansworldoftheundead.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-end.html

Anyway, a chance comment over on Simon Moore blog “Fantorical” saying that this would be the first year of “Zombtober” without Bryan casting his oh so knowledgeable eye over proceedings would be greatly missed (He never actually took part citing that every month was “Zombie” painting month in his house, and in truth it was!). Added to this Simon was also on the process of painting a rather attractive female Vampire (see link bottom of the page*) another of Bryans passions, and this got me thinking that perhaps it would be nice if a few of his online friends marked this occasion in a manner I think he would have approved of by painting up either a Vampire, Zombie, or Hunter/Survivor in honour of the great man himself.

Last Christmas I did send him this figure (right) as a token of my appreciation of his friendship as he had mentioned his admiration for it during a previous Zomtober, though I don’t know if he ever saw it due to his ill health. I like to think he did and the card detailing my thanks for his support over the years.   

But turning back to the matter at hand a Vampire figure, as I didn’t have a suitable figure to hand I ordered one from “Reaper Miniatures UK” (left) She is a “Female Vampire Warrior called D’Mona” if you’re interested, and I hope to have it painted before the end of the month, I’d say I hope he would have approved of my choice but to be honest he would probably have said that he already had one of these in his collection!

If anyone else out there would like to join in you will be more than welcome, this isn’t going to be one of our usual community painting/modelling projects but it might be nice to be able to add some links to show any other people’s figures.

So till next time, stay safe and cheers Roger.

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