“The D.A. and the Dame”

OK late again, I seem to have been living at work over the last few weeks, so my hobby time has been somewhat truncated. I am however pleased to of gotten finished the other two figures I bought from “Phalanx” a few weeks back (this may seem rather sad, as I only bought the five figures, but I’m working on the principle now that I paint up any new stuff before I allow myself to buy more). So what I have for your “delectation and delight” this week is these two rather nice figures from “Statuesque Miniatures”, that truth be told I only bought because I wanted the one figure (bet you can guess which one). Anyway I have no immediate gaming plans for these two (I do have a very vague plan in mind, but that may never happen) so these fall very much into the “I really want to paint that miniature” category. So after they were based up (you might think my choice of basing a little odd especially on the lady, but as I said I have a vague plan in mind, so trust me) and given a coat of matt black, the painting could commence.

DA Denton (Pulp alley official name), as usual I began by dry-brushing his gun with some chainmail, then undercoated his shoes, hat, the grips on his gun and waistcoat in chocolate brown, the waistcoat and hat were then highlighted in more of the same mixed with a touch of butternut, and the grips and shoes with leather brown. Then I mixed some dark blue with a touch of black and painted in his jacket and trousers before adding the stripes in blue grey and highlighting/ touching up in more dark blue. His shirt I added in cream with white highlights and his tie was more dark blue with porcelain blue spots. Flesh next European flesh first with the same mixed with pale flesh as the highlight after his eyes were added. His overcoat was first painted mid grey and then highlighted in the same with a touch of white added. That left just his hat band to add and some more butternut took care of that.

Jessica Scarlet (not official Pulp alley name, I came up with that), my “Dame to die for” was begun in the same manner as Denton above with a dry-brush of chainmail over her revolver, I then undercoated her dress in dark red before re-painting it metallic red (Jessica Rabbit has a lot to answer for!). Her exposed leg I wanted to do a stocking effect on, so going back to a technique I used many years ago I began by painting the leg in mid grey, then after mixing up a thin black wash (black paint and water), painted this over the grey, the wash settles in the curves and recesses giving just the effect I was after, I was rather pleased with this. I added her stiletto shoe next in pink burgundy with bright red highlights, and the grip on her pistol with chocolate brown and leather brown. Her long gloves were done in cream with white highlights and then her flesh was added in the same manner as Denton’s, European flesh with pale flesh added to it for the highlights. I did add some more details around her eyes, lining over the tops of them in dark blue and under them in black to make them bigger, I also added her lips in bright red (the hussy!). Hair next, and as a scarlet lady she had to be a red head! So chestnut was used for the basecoat and orange for the highlights. I then decided to do a bit of an experiment, I thought I’d try and highlight her dress, now I’ve never highlighted a metallic area before so I thought a trial run might be in order. I mixed some of the metallic red with white, some more with silver and a third blob with some pink, then painted them out and left them to dry, all three gave the lightened effect I was after but the silver had the most metallic shimmer to it, so that was the winner for me. I mixed up a bit more of this and highlighted her dress accordingly. That just left her jewelry, so necklace, bracelet and earring (you can only see the one) were undercoated in bronze and a highlight of shinning gold was then added to these areas.

Both figures were then coated in Quickshade, Denton in “Strong tone” and Jessica in “Light tone”, originally I wasn’t going to shade her leg so worked around it, before thinking “what the hell, go for it!”, I think it looks alright still myself. Anyway once this was dry I based them up in my usual fashion (see early on in this post as to why), and a final “blow over” with the matt varnish finished them off. I’m pretty happy with the end results, now this is more my idea of what a “sexy” lady should look like Bryan, slightly less turquoise! 😉

Cheers Roger.

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28 Responses to “The D.A. and the Dame”

  1. Dave Stone says:

    Both figures look great Roger, nice attention to detail with the pin stripes on the suit. Another way to paint tights on a model, is paint in normal skin tones, then cover in a black glaze, repeat to get the sheer tone your looking for.
    With metallic colours, you can highlight with pure silver, then cover in a glaze in the case of the dress red.

    • Thanks Dave, never used glazes, or inks for that matter, I rather conservative when it comes to painting, I know what works for me and I stick to it really. I should be more adventurous I know but it would mean spending out on paints I might never use.

      Cheers Roger.

      • Dave Stone says:

        understandable Roger as it can get very costly, you can make washes and glazes out of normal paint just by adding water, more water for a glaze than a wash, as this is adding a pigment rather than pooling in recesses like a wash

      • Ah so that’s what a glaze is, if it’s thinner than a wash why doesn’t it pool though? (sorry a bit thick here). Thanks for the help.

        Cheers Roger.

      • Dave Stone says:

        You still get some pooling with a glaze, but because it has less pigment in the solution it is less noticeable, you can also use a glaze to blend the transitions on your highlights

      • Thanks Dave, that makes more sense now, I might have to give it a go, I’ve always done my blending in one go “wet into wet”, as it were.

        Cheers Roger.

  2. Staggering stuff, Roger, really great painting imho, and two stunning miniatures as a result. What a fine pair of additions to any Pulp era tabletop 🙂

    • Mnay thanks Simon, I know they are both CAD figures and normally that would have put me off (the shoulders on Denton are a little bit “off” tbh), but the female fig (the Red Queen, is her official tritle), was just so nice I had to have her.

      Cheers Roger.

  3. Bryan Scott says:

    Hi, Roger. I can fully understand why you “HAD” to have her. Jessica is a stunning lady, as is her namesake, Jessica Rabbit, whom you probably won’t be surprised to hear is my all-time favourite cartoon character. “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way!” has to be one of the greatest movie quotes ever. It’s funny how you’ve just painted a couple of Statuesque Miniatures as I have ten of them on painting table getting done right now (Hong Kong Killer Fembots, in case you’re wondering). I do like their sculpts. Great work on both figures, my friend!

    • Thanks Bryan, I nearly called this post “I’m not bad, I’m just badly painted!” 🙂

      I seem to think Simon Quinton is also painting some Statuesque mini’s at the moment, but sadly his is another of those blogs I just can’t seem to be able to comment on at the moment!

      I’ve seen those Fembots on the Statuesque site, really nice fig’s and right up your street, I can see then appearing in your WOIN campaign!

      Cheers Roger.

      • Bryan Scott says:

        Good guess, Roger! That is EXACTLY why I bought the Killer Fembots. Oh, and I’m glad you didn’t go with your original idea of what to call this post because both figures are VERY well painted. 🙂

      • Ha ha, as they used to say in the old Post Office advert “I saw these and thought of you!”.

        😉 Cheers Roger.

  4. Both extremely well painted Roger, love the character of both but yes, Jessica does win hands down

  5. What a great pair these make Roger, lovely work.

  6. Carrion Crow says:

    A lovely pair…of figures. And very nicely painted. Another way to do tights or stockings is to used watered down ink, as this tends to show the base colour beneath – so painting the leg flesh first, then a thinned brown ink will give the look of standard tights, whilst black will give your sheer black stockings. But if you haven’t got these in your paints, then your technique works just as well.

  7. Roger (not Rabbit) nice work on both. Very cool pulp figures. I was not as aware of glazes and ink usage when I returned to the hobby nearly four years ago, bit there are many creative uses especially for retro sci fi stuff. Glad that I spent some time on some YouTube videos as I’ve gained some tools in my painting armamentarium. Still, yours here are fabulous.

  8. angrypiper says:

    I learn a lot about painting from your blog, Roger, from both the comments left by others and from the techniques you use. I would never think to use a metallic paint on something so obviously non-metallic as a dress, but the shimmer effect it creates is pretty cool. Well done! Great work on DA Denton, too; those pinstripes are great!

    • Thanks Keith, I don’t think anyone has ever learnt a thing from me before!! Except perhaps how not to do something… The metallic dress did come out rather well didn’t it, that is the first time I’ve ever tried mixing metallic to get a different shade though. I do have a “silk shade” paint in turquoise that I picked up from “Colour Party Paints” years ago, that does give a silk material finish, a bit like a metallic only finer,

      I hate doing stripes, but it’s one of those things like riding the pirate ship at the funfair, I hate those things so always get on it as a personal challenge thing (if that makes any sense), perhaps I’m a secret masochist 😉

      Oh, and at least her bits were covered up this week!

      Cheers Roger.

  9. Very well done Rog. Jessica would have to be a stand out but then again I’ve alsways had a thing for her hehe. Great work all round though man

  10. gisby says:

    Great work as always, puts my Pulp work to shame. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks’ Gisby, they are a great pair of figures, and the colour choices almost picked themselves, it’s so much easier to paint when that happens.

      ” puts my Pulp work to shame”, I’ve seen your work, so I doubt this very much! but I appreciate the sentiment. 🙂

      Cheers Roger.

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