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"Can we keep him, Sarge?" 22 Nov 2019 09:10 #13

I was able to smooth out the flaws in the putty work, but then in these photos I see how the paint is glopping up. Before painting I prepared a new piece of palette paper and made sure the sponge was properly hydrated for hours of painting fun. However, when I was painting I found that my paint was drying too fast even for acrylics and that the palette paper was even drying out. WTF? Then I heard the heater come on and realized that was probably the reason why. I looked up and sure enough, there was the vent just behind my chair to my desk and the louvers for the vent all point towards the desk. Dammit!

I think the color placement and shading and highlighting is good, just that the texture sucks. To the naked eye and even under the lower magnification of my magnifying lamp, I couldn't tell that it is as bad as depicted in the photos. All that time spent thinking this figure was going to look good somewhat wasted.

Since it does look pretty decent when viewing at 1/35th scale size, I am going to continue on with the vignette. I am just disappointed in how this face turned out in regard to it not being as smooth as I would like.



























Instead of cropping to resize the photos off of my phone, I need to figure out how to resize the original image so it can be downloaded on this site.

Since these photos were taken, I started painting the left and right forearms. I will try to finish those up tonight and then tackle the boots and weathering on Saturday or Sunday to finish this figure.

Thanks for looking.
Cheers,
James
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"Can we keep him, Sarge?" 22 Nov 2019 09:16 #14

When I use irfanview, I make the width 1024 and it magically resizes the height too. I've never had any issue with that size when I post.

A lot of folks would be tickled pink to get that result on a figure, carry on! :thumbsup
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"Can we keep him, Sarge?" 22 Nov 2019 10:14 #15

JamesOLeary wrote:
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Neat stuff! Too bad the cat is getting better billing tho'

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Well, I'm a cat person, so the cat gets the better billing. :)

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"Can we keep him, Sarge?" 22 Nov 2019 14:23 #16

Not sure what sort of phone you use James, but for my Android I use a free app Photo and Picture Resizer that lets me resize to 800x600 at one click, no cropping.

As far as the paint drying, I just saw a video on using a wet pallette...seemed useful and might slow down your drying paint.
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"Can we keep him, Sarge?" 23 Nov 2019 02:22 #17

Love watching you work!
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"Can we keep him, Sarge?" 26 Nov 2019 10:19 #18

Iron Mike wrote:
When I use irfanview, I make the width 1024 and it magically resizes the height too. I've never had any issue with that size when I post.

A lot of folks would be tickled pink to get that result on a figure, carry on! :thumbsup

I will have to try that this weekend. Thanks.

Cheers,
James
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"Can we keep him, Sarge?" 26 Nov 2019 10:21 #19

centaur567 wrote:
JamesOLeary wrote:
iambrb wrote:
Neat stuff! Too bad the cat is getting better billing tho'

h0cf718a.jpg

Well, I'm a cat person, so the cat gets the better billing. :)

Cheers,
James

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"Can we keep him, Sarge?" 26 Nov 2019 10:24 #20

Jeeves wrote:
Not sure what sort of phone you use James, but for my Android I use a free app Photo and Picture Resizer that lets me resize to 800x600 at one click, no cropping.

As far as the paint drying, I just saw a video on using a wet pallette...seemed useful and might slow down your drying paint.

My phone has the Android operating system. I will have to try that app.

I do use a wet palette and usually it works pretty good at keeping my paint wet, but being under the vent with the heat on negated the way the sponge and special paper work together. Once I replaced the lid, the paper uncurled and rewet itself. With the other figures for this vignette I will either close off the vent or move to a folding table while painting.

Cheers,
James
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"Can we keep him, Sarge?" 26 Nov 2019 10:25 #21

Skinny_Mike wrote:
Love watching you work!
:popcorn

Thanks, Mike.
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"Can we keep him, Sarge?" 26 Nov 2019 10:35 #22

Despite it's flaws, I am calling this figure done so I can move on to the other two and hopefully have the vignette done by New Years.

I wasn't able to resize the photos the way I would like with the programs on my home and work computers and I hadn't tried the app that Jeeves suggested, so just stand back from the screen until the pictures of the figure match the size of a 1/35 scale figure... :)

Anyway, here he is with the 9th Infantry Division patch, name tag, US Army tape, and CIB on his shirt. The back is covered with sweat. His trousers are a slightly different shade and are a bit dirty. His arms show the scratches made by wait-a-minute vines he encountered on multiple patrols. His notepad contains information he needs to pass on to his squad from the meeting he just came back from. His boots are scuffed up from many weeks in the bush.



































Thanks for looking. Hope to have more pictures to post of the other two figures soon.

Cheers,
James
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"Can we keep him, Sarge?" 26 Nov 2019 10:57 #23

Man you got a critical eye, I can't see any flaws, he' looks great. :popcorn
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"Can we keep him, Sarge?" 26 Nov 2019 10:58 #24



I noticed the dirt on the guy's rear end, would never have thought of that. Makes a lot of sense being out in the boonies that there would be stuff caked all over the uniform.
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