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sgtbob
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Posted - 07/18/2016 :  11:50:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
This is the last example. In this case we have a stock metal figure of the Dancing Girl, painted,
scratch built orange crates, and three WWII American sailors converted from 1/35 scale US Army
figures. With the girl, the oranges, and the sailors, needless to say the title of this piece
was "NAVAL MANEUVERS 1943".



NEXT, ON TO model railroad figures


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sgtbob
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Posted - 07/18/2016 :  12:02:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks KP, I always appreciate your comments.
Well, back to model railroad figures. As you might have noticed, if you apply all the figure painting techniques
to model railroad figures you would have no time for any other part of the
hobby, they are not practical. Due to both my advancing age and the need to make model RR
figure painting more timely, I looked for a short-cut method. This is where I run into a
problem. I authored an article of this subject that appeared in the October 2006 issue of
Garden Railways magazine. They also offer it as a download PDF on their web site. Therefor I
do not think it is ethical for me to write it all out here for free. Give me a little time and
I will gather some pointers on figures and maybe a new one on horse painting.

Bob


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Ensign
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Posted - 07/18/2016 :  12:18:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob, you never cease to amaze! Those figures & your work done on them is incredible!
You turned Hi HO Silver into Hi Ho Gold!

Greg Shinnie



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sgtbob
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Posted - 07/18/2016 :  1:37:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Greg.

Notes for painting realistic horses for model railroads.
Horses have a soft sheen. Either use oil paints or mix in some gloss to have that sheen.

1.Paint the entire horse it's main color (brown, black, tan, etc.)
2.Paint a darker version of that color into the creases around muscles (blend in)
3.Add a lighter color as highlights on upper body and outstanding muscles (blend in)
4. paint the eyes, brown with a black iris, no white should show unless the horse is stressed.
5. Black or very dark gray in the mouth and nostrils.
6.Mix a light gray using white, black, and brown to a mousy color (sometime a little pinkish
looks good). This represents the horses skin where it's hair is short. Blend it in along the
belly, a little at the top inside of the legs, inside the ears, on the muzzle, and sometimes
around the eyes. Dry brush it around the muzzle and nostrils to make them pop out.
7. Paint the hooves. Look at photos, these are sometime a very light gray but often they sort
of match the hair color but with some gloss.
8. Mix black and silver for the iron shoes.
9. Add any markings such as spots or dappling
10. Add white socks to the legs and a blaze down the forehead and nose as required.
11. Paint the mane, forelock,and tail.
12.Paint all horse furniture.

That should produce a very nice horse.




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Guff
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Posted - 07/18/2016 :  2:26:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Holy cow Bob, You never cease to amaze me. The figures are fantastic!! No wonder you got the award!
Someday I will try to paint a horse with your suggestions but, I think it will be a lot less than WOW!
Dave



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Ray Dunakin
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Posted - 07/19/2016 :  01:35:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ray Dunakin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Holy cow! Or maybe I should say, Heavenly Horse! :) Absolutely phenomenal artistry, Bob!


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Carl B
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Posted - 07/19/2016 :  07:01:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wow! Excellent Bob!


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Bill Gill
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Posted - 07/19/2016 :  09:42:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob, Great figure (painting)!
And great timing! At some point in the near future, when the kit gets here, I'm going to try to kit bash a Jordan horse drawn wagon for a scene on the NEB&W. Because the piece will be close to the front of the layout, I have been fretting about how to paint the horse so that it looks right. Your directions will help a lot!



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sgtbob
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Posted - 07/19/2016 :  12:30:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Dave, Ray, Carl, and Bill, thanks for the great posts, much appreciated.

Greg, There it is, the horseshoe over the doorway. I'm not a superstitious person but I am
told that you must hang it with the points up so that the good luck does not fall out. I hear
there is another camp who believe it should be points down but I forget the reason.

Doggone camera just pointed out that I have a couple of bricks misaligned on that arch. Never
noticed that before but it is an easy fix.

Bob




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Ensign
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Posted - 07/19/2016 :  12:43:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob, the horseshoe looks perfect to me.
BTW here is a link about the history of hanging a horseshoe over one`s door, up or down if you are interested in such things.
http://psychiclibrary.com/beyondBooks/horseshoe-superstition/

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quartergauger48
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Posted - 07/19/2016 :  8:32:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
WOW!* FANTASTIC MASTER MODELING'.

I'v seen models like your marvelous works of art for sale for very big bucks. And were not even close in detail or finish like yours are Bob'..

Thanks for how to paint a horse'....I will follow
those instructions'...



Ted

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Jeff G
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Posted - 07/20/2016 :  05:57:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sgtbob

Thanks KP, I always appreciate your comments.
Well, back to model railroad figures. As you might have noticed, if you apply all the figure painting techniques
to model railroad figures you would have no time for any other part of the
hobby, they are not practical. Due to both my advancing age and the need to make model RR
figure painting more timely, I looked for a short-cut method. This is where I run into a
problem. I authored an article of this subject that appeared in the October 2006 issue of
Garden Railways magazine. They also offer it as a download PDF on their web site. Therefor I
do not think it is ethical for me to write it all out here for free. Give me a little time and
I will gather some pointers on figures and maybe a new one on horse painting.

Bob




Truly superb! Makes me think of Luther Billis, Stew Pot, Bloody Mary and "South Pacific."



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sgtbob
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Posted - 07/20/2016 :  07:08:48 AM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Greg, Ted, and Jeff, thanks for your posts.

One more PLUS for using the self stick vinyl. I was able to easily pull that errant brick loose
with a pair of tweezers, reposition it, and press it back in place. Problem fixed in no time.

Bob


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sgtbob
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Posted - 07/20/2016 :  07:46:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I keep trying to come up with some figure painting instructions without infringing on that
article I wrote and I am finding it impossible. Here are a couple of tips that might make your
figure painting easier.

1. Do not try to paint eyes on a small figure. Look at your friends, especially outside, we all
squint a bit and from a very short distance out you CANNOT see eyes. If you simply use a short
dark brown line instead of painting eyes your figures will look much more realistic and not
like frogs.

2. Paint from the skin out. By that I mean:

paint all flesh areas, you will most likely get some paint on clothing.

Paint next piece of clothing moving outward, like maybe a man's T shirt at the neck. you
might get some paint on the shirt.

Then paint the shirt not worrying about getting paint on the jacket

Paint the jacket and then touch up any details such as pocket, buttons, etc.

That makes things a lot easier and results much better.

3.As you paint each piece of clothing, use a darker shade of each color as a shadow in all
the grooves, blend it in. You can usually make the figure pop out if you then make a fine line
of the shadow color along the edge where the piece of clothing is overlapped by the next
layer of clothing. You can make pockets and seams stand out by outlining them in the shadow color.

You can also add a few highlights of a lighter shade of each color on the top of folds in the clothing.


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jefbar
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Posted - 07/20/2016 :  5:59:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob, I stumbled upon your LP & N Vol 3 a couple days ago. Had seen it before but I don't guess I ever thought to open it. Darn you sir, I have now lost almost 2 days going back to Vol 1 and 2. After finishing with Shinnies Antiques build, I had to come here and give you my applause. What wonderful things you can accomplish. I have been lurking here for a while, and have been mildly working on some kits, but just haven't yet gotten the inspiration to get deep into the doing. You may have just cracked me. Just want to say splendid craftsmanship! Looking forward to the rest of your posts including catching up to the recent activity. Thanks! Jeff


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