Saka Light Cavalry

Saka Light Cavalry

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

RAF Fighter Pilot by Ultracast

On my drive home last night I got a taste for some flesh. Indeed as I got closer to home and the wife it went from a taste to a hunger, even a NEED.

So with tea finished and the kids put to bed I switched on my twin tubes and cracked open a few flesh pots. I did not stick to just the Pilot, but I will leave the other four for future posts ;-)

I wanted to start this figure just so it's off the marks, Ultracast are a Canadian supplier but have stockists all over the world and after starting work on this resin kit I can see why. It's a 54mm eight piece kit that had little in the way of flash and fitted together fairly well and cost £15.75 plus postage and captures the young spirit of the pilots of the day.

I had a few concerns about the flesh and still not 100% sure of the finish but will wait till I have a few more colours on him before making any changes. The hair will be black, this is the colour hair of the person it is to be given to, I WAS hoping he was a boring brown haired bloke but no such luck.

I still have the last piece to add which is his scarf but I need to finish his life-jacket first. Talking of which I was really not looking forward to that as I expected to have fits over it but Vallejo Flat Yellow went on a treat. I then added some German Orange to work as the deep shade and then added to more flat yellow a little Light Yellow and worked both shades darker and lighter over the various parts of the jacket. I still need to do the canvas straps and rear body of the life-jacket. Then I will add the scarf and move along to the uniform which will be another challenge.

So you good painters out there any advice on the face? I want him to look tired if possible to show the strain and this guy will never be a pin up with a nose like that which suits fine. Make or break could be the eyebrows, will have to look into that. Advice throughout this process is eagerly sought.

5 comments:

  1. For the tiredness, do make sure to use some purple mixed in with flesh around the eye socket, particularly where it meets the nose. I assume you will be painting the eyes - a pink wash over the white should help simulate the bloodshot look.

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  2. That is a great start on a really nice looking figure!

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  3. He's got such a great face,very characterful, good luck!

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  4. You've got a wonderful start on him. I love his craggy face and windswept hair. I look forward to seeing the finished product.

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  5. @ Tamsin, hanks for the advice, I may try the purple tip but to worried about screwing up to try the bloodshot eyes.

    @ Jonathan, The figure is really nice, I can feel the desire to paint it mounting which obviously a good thing.

    @ Fran, I think so too, not a young face though.

    @ Curt, that hair is to be painted black!! I hope I can do that justice, I really like the windswept face

    Ian

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