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Posted by scottk on Friday, May 22, 2020 8:22 AM

Hi, I'm new to the forum, but I've been modling awhile.  Figures are always my downfall.  I was re-reading something from Shep Paine, and he said "make sure hands correcty grip an object", but he doesn't go into enough detail for me to get it right. I've tried several things, but it doesn"t look right.  Any suggestions? 

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Posted by fox on Friday, May 22, 2020 11:42 AM

Hi Scott! Welcome to the Forums! Glad to have you with us.

If you check out the "Figures" section of the Forum you will find the members who do Figures. They are very knowledgeable and ready to help out with any problems or questions. Sorry I couldn't help with your question but I'm definately not a figure person.

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, May 22, 2020 12:10 PM

scottk

Hi, I'm new to the forum, but I've been modling awhile.  Figures are always my downfall.  I was re-reading something from Shep Paine, and he said "make sure hands correcty grip an object", but he doesn't go into enough detail for me to get it right. I've tried several things, but it doesn"t look right.  Any suggestions?  

Welcome to the forum, Scott!

I'll second Jim's advice about posting your question in the Figures forum, but I can offer an answer, too. 

Shep was talking about how the hand looks when we grip an object, because how the hands are posed or sculpted might be something you'd want to fix on a figure before painting it.

For example, pick up a baseball bat, or a golf club, or a piece of pipe, and observe how your hand wraps around it.  Your fingers aren't aligned, because the top of the hand, where the fingers start, is angled or curved slightly, from a high point where the forefinger is attached, up slightly to the middle finger, then down to the pinky.

Or hold a pistol or something else with a pistol grip, and observe how your thumb is posed, how your forefinger looks as a trigger finger, and how your other three fingers wrap around the grip.

Palm a basketball, and observe it.

These are the kinds of things that a sculptor might not get quite right, and if you don't fix them, your finished figure will show it.

I just had to fix this on a figure of an 18th century grenadier, holding a tankard in his right hand.  The hand is sculpted to look like it's holding something-the grip of a tankard, the shaft of a spontoon, etc.  The fingers were aligned straight across the knuckles, without the natural angle.  So I had to cut them apart and bend them to a more natural shape.

Shep was a trained artist.  Besides painting, he sculpted, most notably for Valiant Miniatures.  His goal with his books, and with the "Tips for Building Diorama" sheets for Monogram, was to de-mystify techniques, make them available to the average modeler, and so to encourage them to build, paint, stretch their skills, and enjoy the hobby that much more.

Again, welcome to the forum!  I look forward to seeing what you're working on.

Best regards,

Brad

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, May 22, 2020 2:10 PM
Welcome aboard,do check out the Figures section for some good info

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, May 23, 2020 5:09 PM

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, May 24, 2020 7:43 AM

Hi;

    Although they are small, I give hands the same treatment that I use when I want to make a flat piece of plywood round. I cut relief grooves ( Carefully ) in them and bend them to the shape I need, and then Putty any remaining cracks, File and Sand and Paint.

    That and a Hearty Welcome is what you'll get from me today!

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Posted by BBorBust on Monday, May 25, 2020 4:14 PM

Welcome, a lot of knowledgable people here that will help you out I am sure.

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