This is an old 90mm figurine from Andrea Miniatures that portraits "Edward the Black Prince" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_the_Black_Prince) The surcoat has a nice heraldry (fleur de lis) bass-relief, so they are easier to paint. As there is a wide surface area which is metallic, I decided to leverage on the real metal and painted the lights/shadows using the oil colours. The white band around the waist is a bit controversial, as I have not been able to find any illustration about it in the historical sources, but removing it would have been a nightmare, so I kept it. [ngg src="galleries" ids="13" display="pro_blog_gallery" border_color="#dd9933"]
Completed paint works categorised by historical period.
This is my first 90mm scale figurine and it's been definitely challenging! The biggest challenges have been the blue color over wide areas and the heraldry which is all hand made. The outcome is not optimal, but it's my first time painting this stuff! Also the flag is hand made, built out of a think sheet of while metal. [ngg src="galleries" ids="22" display="masonry"]
This is another "tutorial figurine" I decide to paint to make practice. This miniature is part of the Metal Modeles introductory package available here http://www.metal-modeles.com/en/metal-models-soldiers-of-lead/coffret-initiation-a-la-figurine/coffret-initiation-a-la-figurine-detail This package is quite nice as it includes some tools to clean up the model parts as well as the colours and paint brushes to paint the figurine. I am not very happy with the final results, but the way to learn is quite long... [ngg src="galleries" ids="23" display="pro_mosaic"]
Another big bust. This is a 1:8 scale (slightly bigger than the typical 1:9) and created by Andra Miniatures. To continue the learning process, I chose this bust as it is sold in a nice box that includes a nice DVD with the video tutorial that shows most of the painting process. I still have a lot to learn of course, but I am very proud of the outcome as I think I started learning doing the glazings. Doing glazes is, in principle, a simple thing, but in practice it is not at all as this requires controlling the amount of water/paint mix. What I learnt is the "the less, the better! [ngg src="galleries" ids="21" display="pro_film" frame_size="2" border_color="#dd9933" frame_color="#dd9933" order_by="filename"]
My first "big bust", that is a bust with a scale about 1:9 (200mm). This is not exactly the typical "military miniature character" and similarly to the previous pieces, I decided to paint this due to the availability of an outstanding and extremely detailed video tutorial by Ben Komets. I strongly suggest you to give a look at the whole series available here https://www.youtube.com/user/paintingbuddha/ This series includes many other tutorials, although most of them are about fantasy miniatures. Learning by watching is an extremely effective way of learning, and in this case I really learnt a lot, so... kudos to Ben to provide such good explanations. And if you want to know more about Ben's painting style, I also suggest…
This is my very first figurine! This is not a famous one as it was manufactured by a now dead Spanish company name Ttfxmedia. The reason I started with this model is that the kit was accompanied with a CDROM with the painting process videos and some explanations. This figurine is also one of the very first kits I bought, several years ago. [ngg src="galleries" ids="6" display="pro_mosaic"]