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Colonial Drummer boy--finished 02-18

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  • From: Hatboro, PA
Colonial Drummer boy--finished 02-18
Posted by Justinryan215 on Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:46 AM

Hey guys!  This is the `Valley Forge Militia, Drummer Boy` figure from Modelcellar.com.  It is 75mm, resin kit...I am using Vallejo acrylics and craft store acrylics over a base of Tamiya fine surface primer.  I am also using various oil based washes and stains from Testors and MIG for effect.

 

 Colonial Drummer Boy by Justin Ryan, on Flickr

 

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Saturday, January 13, 2018 11:36 AM

I started off with the drum....

 Colonial Drummer Boy by Justin Ryan, on Flickr

 Colonial Drummer Boy by Justin Ryan, on Flickr

 Colonial Drummer Boy by Justin Ryan, on Flickr

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Saturday, January 13, 2018 11:42 AM

I then assembled the drummer boy, and started painting.  Modelcellar.com's resin figures, so far, are outstanding, with almost no clean up.

 Colonial Drummer Boy by Justin Ryan, on Flickr

 

  Colonial Drummer Boy by Justin Ryan, on Flickr

 

  Colonial Drummer Boy by Justin Ryan, on Flickr

 

 Colonial Drummer Boy by Justin Ryan, on Flickr

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, January 15, 2018 7:37 AM

Very cool! Looking forward to more! Yes

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, January 15, 2018 11:48 AM

I like how you're coming along with his face, especially!  The blue on the barrel of the drum looks a little translucent; are you building up layers of color?

I also wanted to ask if you use a wet palette.  A buddy of mine introduced me to the tool and technique last year, and I love using it with my water-based acrylics.

I'm looking forward to your next update!

 

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Monday, January 15, 2018 8:09 PM

Gamera....it might be a bit, we are coming into the pinewood derby racing season with the cub scouts, and I am crew chief to the "pit crew", and I am also building a car, assisting my son with his (although he says he doesn't want it, so...) and helping my wife and daughter with their car too...last year, I made a woody surf wagon , complete with hand carved wooden surfboards on the roof and a candy paintjob....this year, I am making my car into the speeder bike from return of the jedi....

 

the Baron

I like how you're coming along with his face, especially!  The blue on the barrel of the drum looks a little translucent; are you building up layers of color?

I also wanted to ask if you use a wet palette.  A buddy of mine introduced me to the tool and technique last year, and I love using it with my water-based acrylics.

I'm looking forward to your next update!

 

 

 

I've seen the term "wet pallette" used, but never knew what exactly it was....so I looked it up, that's seems like a lot of work!  Lol!  Actually, I guess I am a fairly quick painter because I haven't neededicated to mix more paint mid session...

My idea of the drum is to look old and worn, and I think I have it....but  yes, I am using translucent layers of paint, and washes.

I did basecoat his pants white, but nothing spectacular to show yet...

I might get some time this weekend, I may be ably to do a bit more on the little guy.

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, January 15, 2018 10:15 PM

Great subject and coming along nicely.   I havent done a figure in a while but I do enjoy the artistry

Thanks,

John

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 2:41 PM

Justinryan215

I've seen the term "wet pallette" used, but never knew what exactly it was....so I looked it up, that's seems like a lot of work!  Lol!  Actually, I guess I am a fairly quick painter because I haven't neededicated to mix more paint mid session...

Actually, it's really not too much effort.  I made my own, instead of buying one, using a takeout container and a kitchen sponge.  For the palette paper, I tried a couple of substitutes for the purpose made product, eg, Masterson's Sta-Wet product.  I tried kitchen parchment paper, though that didn't work so well, because my parchment was treated with silicone to make it more non-stick.  That also made it less porous, which the paper needs to be.  I also tried paper from a lunch bag, but that was too porous.  I settled on brown package wrapping paper, which works pretty well.  I have also used the Masterson paper, and I may just switch to it, because a pack of 30 sheets is relatively inexpensive.  And since I would cut the sheets in half, to fit my palette, it's even cheaper.

I like working with the wet palette with acrylics, compared to my ceramic palette, because it's easier for me to blend colors, and because I can save the paint from one session to the next, over a reasonably short period of time, of course.

For everyone else following along, if you're not familiar with what Justin and I are talking about, here is a video (from Vallejo), demonstrating using a wet palette to paint with acrylics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMPn5po5-m0&list=PL0B7CF79F83F95D2C&index=14

 One step missing from the video, is the use of a piece of paper towel, to control the amount of moisture in the paint on the brush, before applying it to the piece.  That is, you pick up the color from the palette, then touch it to a piece of paper towel and draw off excess water, then apply it to the piece.

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 2:45 PM

I should add, we don't use the palette just for blending colors, but also, for keeping the acrylics wet and thinned, whether it's a blended color or just the color out of the bottle.  That lets us put down really thin amounts of color and build them up, which is how to blend highlights and shadows with acrylics, in contrast to blending when using oils.  We build up layers, almost like glazing, until we get the result we want.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 4:04 PM

I' just about finished with the figure, next up is working on the display base, which is a 2 inch cube of quilted maple with spalting....

 Colonial Drummer boy by Justin Ryan, on Flickr

 

 Colonial Drummer boy by Justin Ryan, on Flickr

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, February 01, 2018 5:06 PM

Holy cow, Justin!  I just realized that you're also in the LVSM, too.  Heh, heh!  Duh!

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Thursday, February 01, 2018 8:12 PM

the Baron

Holy cow, Justin!  I just realized that you're also in the LVSM, too.  Heh, heh!  Duh!

 

 

Which one of them are you? Lol!  

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, February 02, 2018 8:23 AM

Neat! Nice work! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by the Baron on Saturday, February 03, 2018 10:15 AM

Justinryan215
 
the Baron

Holy cow, Justin!  I just realized that you're also in the LVSM, too.  Heh, heh!  Duh!

 

Which one of them are you? Lol!  

 
I'm Brad.  I hosted the meetup at my place in Bethlehem back in August.
 
That's funny!  It's through Finescale that I met John in the first place, and we jumpstarted a local group that had met from time to time at the HobbyTown in Whitehall.  We're coming up now on the first anniversary of forming our club.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Sunday, February 04, 2018 11:18 AM

That's Awesome!  I'm from just outside of philly, so joining in on those meetings would be a hike for me, but I like following what you guys are up to...

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

  • Member since
    November, 2008
  • From: Hatboro, PA
Posted by Justinryan215 on Sunday, February 18, 2018 7:48 PM

Here he is, all finished and mounted, ready to be donated to my son's elementary school 

 Colonial Drummer Boy by Modelcellar.com by Justin Ryan, on Flickr

 Colonial Drummer Boy by Modelcellar.com by Justin Ryan, on Flickr

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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