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1812 Campaign of Russia

Posted by ADM on 15 Jul 2017, 21:01

The uniform by itself is done but there's still plenty of details to paint ! (bags, weapons and so on). When working on hundreds of figures I have to find the good balance between speed and quality to get the best possible result in the shortest time. it's clearly not realistic to compete for the best figure ever paint with thousands to do but all the details must be visible at some distance with naked eyes and without extra lights, otherwise it could be a waste of time to paint them, and the black underlining help a lot. It explain my way of painting like this.

I've added a white line around the cuffs (by brush), and a red line on the queue of the coat (V shape) by a red ink pen (Pilot Frixion point 0,3mm). 0,3 is still big (compared to a 5/0 brush) but it was the smallest tip available, I've discovered a range of pen able to be used, from 0,3mm to 0,7mm (Mitsubichi pens with valuable metals colors, it's acrylic paints !!! I've painted the drums with it). Sometime the brush is better and sometime it's the pen who give the best and fastest job.

Collars and shoulder pads (by brush only) :

Voltigeurs :
- Yellow collar (Vallejo 70953) with a red line (Vellejo70909)
- Green shoulder pads (Vallejo 70968) with a yellow line (Vallejo 70953)

Grenadiers and Fusiliers :
- Red collar (Vallejo 70909) with a white line
- Blue shoulder straps with a red line (Fusiliers only)
- Red shoulder straps (Grenadiers only)

Some officers have a Voltigeur collar and some others a Grenadiers/Fusiliers collar, while some collars are left with the blue uniform, everything is accurate.

The chevrons of the drummers are yellow (Vallejo 70953)
The metal color of the drum is the mitsubishi pen UM 153 bronze (Pigment ink), the rope is Vallejo 70984 flat brown with a white part, the blue around the drum is Vallejo 70809 Royal Blue and black underlining is an ink pen (G-TEC-C - 0,4mm Pilot).

Drum sticks are Vallejo 70984 flat brown with a laiton part (Vallejo 70801).
Every updates take months but it's the price to pay for this huge project. I've also improved my way of cutting and enlarging photos to better see the smallest details.

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Posted by Wiking on 16 Jul 2017, 01:16

Nice work with these pen. Bring details to your still "frozen" soldiers.
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Posted by ADM on 25 Aug 2017, 00:19

Thank you Viking ! :-D

No updates yet to show but I'm doing serious work on those figures ;-)

On August 24, 2017 was the celebration of the liberation of Cannes in France (1944) where I live, so I made photos and videos, I'm sure it will be useful for plenty of modelers ! :D

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The videos on youtube :

part 1 :
https://youtu.be/0qhtZpgeXxw

part 2 :
https://youtu.be/rvSV1FooUv0

part 3 :
https://youtu.be/Bl5MHWNL4uI

part 4 :
https://youtu.be/spXkJTRls-c

part 5 :
https://youtu.be/yRD9smr8YjI

part 6 :
https://youtu.be/rX0JsCJA1kM

part 7 :
https://youtu.be/7mbqyL9P9r4
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Posted by Susofrick on 25 Aug 2017, 07:33

Great work with those pens! And the brushes! And, as usual with your threads, we'll get a little more! Very nice touch!
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Posted by Xantippos on 26 Aug 2017, 06:39

They look very nice, very detailed job. It seems you had a very good parade! some vehicles were quite unusual and rare to see.

I am most intrigued by your use of ink pens to paint fine details, so they are water resistant? you have to paint white first, or you can apply it over any colour? do they rub off with wear or they last like normal acrylic paint?
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Posted by sansovino on 27 Aug 2017, 08:48

Thanks a lot for all photos and videos - they are really very useful for us. I would appreciate only to put the material in a own new topic that they are more obvious for the forum-participants. Some won´t find them because they are positioned in your topic Russia 1812.
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Posted by stenfalk on 31 Aug 2017, 19:55

You are so photogenic! :camera: :camera: :camera: :wink:
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Posted by ADM on 12 Oct 2017, 20:28

Thank you my friends !
Susofrick, if you're afraid of the ink pen quality you can cover the result with Vallejo mat varnish, it's easy and fast and this is what I've done on the backpack in this step but the reason was only to secure the use of a pencil. :-D the ink pens are as great and secure as Vallejo colors !

This step is all about painting equipment of the soldier, there's 3 kind of water bottle and 3 different painting :

-- Type 1 : Vallejo 70864 Natural Steel
-- Type 2 : Vallejo 70846 brown Acajou (+ wash and drybrush)
-- Type 3 : Vallejo 70875 beige brown (+ wash and drybrush)

The blade of the sword (officers) is Citadel Color 61-55 Mithril silver

The cartridge pouch on the back is black, with a gold insigna (Vallejo 70801 laiton) for Voltigeurs and another different one for Grenadiers of the same color, fusiliers don't have any insigna.

The backpack is Vallejo 70940 Saddle brown, with some touch of Vallejo 70876 brown sand, the whole is covered by a black wash. Straps of this bag are white, surrounded with a black line made by a pencil

Above the bakpack is a rolled greatcoat painted in Vallejo 70989 grey + black wash, drybrush and white straps, like the step above.

And below the backpack is the bayonet and saber, in Black with gold tip (The saber only : Vallejo 70801 laiton) and white strap

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Posted by Susofrick on 13 Oct 2017, 07:40

Great to see you are at it again! Bought a couple of pens recently and I am quite happy with them!
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Posted by huib on 13 Oct 2017, 16:23

Nice work, ADM. The problem with Napoleonic mass armies is, they demand a lot of repetetive paintwork. Keep going!
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Posted by Konrad on 13 Oct 2017, 18:18

You're a fig fanatic. :shock:
Or crazy. :-D
Or what ever. ;-)
:notworthy:I am deeply impressed!! :notworthy:
Hope to see more of your stunning work soon.
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Posted by davbenbak on 18 Oct 2017, 12:06

Thanks for the tip on outlining the vests and straps with a fine tip "ink" pen. I bought a 005 Prismacolor premier black ink pen at my local craft hobby store and really like the results. I'm working of these same Hat figures myself and am at about the same stage of painting as you are (although my results are not as good as yours). Can't wait to start using this on Austrians as well! Gives me a good reason to update my own floundering WIP thread.
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Posted by Peter on 15 Nov 2017, 19:11

Excellent work so far! And I'm pleased to see that the project is still going on! :thumbup:
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Posted by ADM on 23 Dec 2017, 02:17

Thank you my friends for all you comments and support ! :-D

Another round of painted details with these figures !

After many test I've tried one more different method to paint the faces and it will be this method for all the figures of this big project because the result give me satisfaction. Of course you can paint them in a different way and get a great result too, there's not only one answer to this problem.

THE FACE

- base : Vallejo 70860 medium fleshtone
- Wash : Vallejo 70875 beige brown (mixed with 90% of water)
- Drybrush : Vallejo 70955 flat flesh (with a flat brush)

a touch of white Vallejo for the eyes, the black dot and the mouth is made by a Rotring pencil (0.35) It's so easy and fast like this, when you consider how difficult it is to obtain a perfect black dot with a brush... a real nightmare and time consuming.

HAIRS (and mustache, mostly for the Grenadiers with fur hat) come in 4 colors :

- Vallejo black 70950
- Vallejo Burnt Umber 70941 (the most common color)
- Vallejo Black brown 70822
- Vallejo Beige 70917 (for blond people)

I've added a black wash only on the Beige, and a drybrush only for the others colors, completed with a touch of mat varnish on the pencil work, it's not really necessary, but like this the result won't move for sure, it's fixed for ever !!!

THE RIFLE

wood : Vallejo 70846 brown (or Prince August 846 Marron acajou, it's the same)
Metal : Citadel color 61-55 Mithril Silver (or vallejo 70864 natural steel)
The details are underlined in black, no wash and no drybrush for this step.

Right now I'm starting to paint hands with vallejo 70860 medium fleshtone, and it will be completed like the face with a wash and drybrush. It's better to paint hands after painting the rifle.

And after that there's the hat with all the details and the base of the figure to paint to finish this batch of soldiers !

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY !!! :merrychristmas:

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Posted by Kekso on 25 Dec 2017, 12:45

Oh goody, I thought we won't be seeing a sequel soon.
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Posted by Wiking on 25 Dec 2017, 18:37

OK.
I count.
This year till today I paint, Oh! 72 ( :-D ) 1/72 figures.

ADM`s rate of fire -ah, figure painting is ...
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Posted by Peter on 28 Dec 2017, 12:21

Wiking wrote:ADM`s rate of fire -ah, figure painting is ...

Don't know, but I like the outcome! Can't wait to see the next episode in this project! ;-) :thumbup:
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Posted by ADM on 30 Dec 2017, 02:34

May 2018 bring you all the figures you would like to paint !!! I've made a small video to wish everybody a happy new year ! ;-) :mrgreen: :-D

https://youtu.be/P7AX61pehgI


And thank you again for your comments ! :yeah:
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 30 Dec 2017, 07:34

ADM wrote:May 2018 bring you all the figures you would like to paint !!! I've made a small video to wish everybody a happy new year ! ;-) :mrgreen: :-D

https://youtu.be/P7AX61pehgI


And thank you again for your comments ! :yeah:


Happy New Year to you as well, ADM.
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Posted by Peter on 01 Jan 2018, 20:19

And also from me a Happy New Year, Thierry! :thumbup:
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