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Gordon meets the Mahdi

Posted by Santi Pérez on 23 Jan 2018, 22:38

Hello everybody.

Finally I have managed to finish the diorama. :sweatdrop:

I've got already the painted figures before Christmas, but I spent my holidays in mounting them onto the base and adding the landscape elements. And I haven't found enough spare time for taking pictures till now.

But here you have the result. These two first pictures are an advance of the many more that will follow.

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But I must go step by step...and the first step will be for the figures.

To be continued. :winky:

Santi.
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Posted by Wiking on 23 Jan 2018, 22:45

Painting style is clearly Santi.

Very clean build.

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Posted by Ben90 on 23 Jan 2018, 23:16

I agree. Your style is very clean an top notch! Only the white and the fur of the camel need some shading and highlighting.
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Posted by Mr. Andrea on 23 Jan 2018, 23:28

I am not sure white and camel fur require shading. I mean, it would stop being your painting style. I like as it is: Santi's style. And this one remind me of Tin-Tin comics. I like it a lot
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Posted by Carlos on 23 Jan 2018, 23:33

Very prolix (prolijo) work.
I like the style, in a real view, at "raw eyes" in 1/72, the effect use to be wonderful cause each small detail is clear.
Gordon is my favourite in that group. :yeah:
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Posted by Ben90 on 24 Jan 2018, 03:13

Mr. Andrea wrote:I am not sure white and camel fur require shading. I mean, it would stop being your painting style. I like as it is: Santi's style. And this one remind me of Tin-Tin comics. I like it a lot


I would not say so. I like his style very much, that is why I only suggested to work a bit on the fur and the white. The rest looks nice without too much highligting but white needs something to "break it up" when painted in big surfaces. I think it would improve the style...
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Posted by Susofrick on 24 Jan 2018, 09:31

I like a lot! The problem for me (which is no problem at all) is that the ESCI-figures look like Hat-figures! Like both companies. Very nice work!
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Posted by Kostis Ornerakis on 24 Jan 2018, 09:44

Very very nice!! :thumbup: :-D
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Posted by Santi Pérez on 24 Jan 2018, 19:30

Thank you very much for your comments, praises and criticisms, dear friends Wiking, Ben90, Mr.Andrea, Carlos, Susofrick and Kostis. :-)

Ben90 wrote:
"Only the white and the fur of the camel need some shading and highlighting."


I take note of your advice, Ben90. I have tried that on white sometimes in the past but I didn't get the expected results. This is the reason of why I decided to use a light grey undercoat, covering it with several layers of white (less layers on the depressions and more on the reliefs).

Mr.Andrea wrote:
"I like as it is: Santi's style. And this one remind me of Tin-Tin comics. I like it a lot."


Thank you, Mr.Andrea. I'm very proud of my own style, developed throughout more than 40 years. I also think that it's very distinctive from me and makes it different from others'. ;-)

Well, as promised, now it's the time for the painted figures. First of all, let's remember how my project began and how it looks now, once finished:

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And let's remember also how the white-primed figures looked in my last post in the "Work in Progress" section, and how they look once painted, front and back all together:

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In the next post I will go on with more detailed pictures of individual figures.

Thanks for watching. :-)
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Posted by Marvin on 24 Jan 2018, 22:18

Great scene, Santi! I like the end product very much. Reminds me of the scene in the film featuring Charlton Heston. :-D

And I'm proud to use the same bottle tops as you for my painting...
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Posted by Mr. Andrea on 25 Jan 2018, 10:01

One question Santi: which white paint do you use?
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Posted by Santi Pérez on 25 Jan 2018, 20:37

Marvin wrote:
"Reminds me of the scene in the film featuring Charlton Heston."


That was also my inspiration when I projected this diorama for the first time, Marvin. And don't forget the splendid role played also by Laurence Olivier as the Mahdi. Fortunately the Waterloo 1815 figure is a faithful portrait of Gordon/Heston. ;-)

Marvin wrote:
"And I'm proud to use the same bottle tops as you for my painting..."


I think they are ideal for this purpose...and I have to give some use to all the Coca-Cola bottles I drink (now only the zero caffeine/zero calories version due to stomach and weight problems :( ).

Mr.Andrea wrote:
"Which white paint do you use?"


I always use Vallejo Model Color acrylics except for metallics, which are from Citadel/Games Workshop. This white colour in particular is the reference "70.951 - White".

Thank you, fellows. Best regards. :-)

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Posted by Beano Boy on 26 Jan 2018, 03:31

Very good to see your work in this scale again Santi. Splendid Stuff! BB
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Posted by Santi Pérez on 26 Jan 2018, 20:40

Beano Boy wrote:
"Very good to see your work in this scale again Santi. Splendid Stuff!"


Thank you, BB, this is my favourite scale. ;-)

And now more detailed pictures of the individual figures (before and after the painting).

Gordon Pasha:

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Gordon's camel:

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The Mahdi:

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Bannerbearer (I looked for the banner in the web and printed it):

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First Dervish warrior:

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Second Dervish warrior:

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Third Dervish warrior:

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I hope you like them. In the next post I will begin with the complete diorama pictures. ;-)

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Posted by Kostis Ornerakis on 26 Jan 2018, 22:34

I admire your ability to paint a color exactly where you want!
I also love the work you do before you start painting. :yeah: :-D
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Posted by Santi Pérez on 27 Jan 2018, 20:54

Kostis wrote:
"I admire your ability to paint a color exactly where you want! I also love the work you do before you start painting."


Thank you, Kostis. But I must confess that it's not as easy as it seems. When you see in a finished figure two adjacent areas in different colours separated by a straight and clear line, this is usually the result of applicating several layers of paint in both sides of the line covering each time the excess of paint from the opposite side. Fortunately the final effect justifies the effort applicated. :shock:

Another confession: I enjoy more the previous stage of preparing and converting the figures tan the last step of painting them. ;-)

Best regards, my admired friend Kostis. :notworthy:

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Posted by Santi Pérez on 29 Jan 2018, 20:53

Here are more images, they are now general views of the complete diorama. I took the pictures with two different cameras and two different lights, so you can choose which of them look better. ;-)

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Next will come more detailed pictures. Thank you for watching. :-)

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Posted by Santi Pérez on 08 Feb 2018, 18:12

I finally found some free time to put some detailed pictures of the diorama. As previous ones, these were taken with two different cameras and lights in order to achieve the best results (although I don't know which are the best ones :shock: ).

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I'll put more pictures when I again find free time to put them. :(

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Posted by Santi Pérez on 17 Feb 2018, 23:18

As I don't want to bore you anymore, these are the last pictures that I post. :wink:
They are again detailed views of it. The last ones are dedicated to the vegetation used: all are real dried plants collected in the streets and parks of my city.

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I hope you have enjoyed and thank you very much for your patience. :-D

Best wishes to all of you.

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Posted by Beano Boy on 18 Feb 2018, 04:35

Wonderful outcome Santi.
The plants look well and are a nice added touch to employ. Greetings BB
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