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#1 Posted : 25 July 2015 00:14:20

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Hello and welcome to the second of three figure diaries I have planned.

This Vignette depicts a Welsh defender of the 1st battalion, 24th Foot at the famous mission station at Rorkes Drift. The figure is stood on the top of the mealie bags which suggests the moment in time is after the first wave of Zulu attack lead by Prince Dabulamanzi kaMapande. This defensive wall would later be abounded with the setting fire of the hospital and the small force of mainly Welsh regulars and Natal iregulars numbering just 139 men regrouped behind the biscuit box line and held fast at a redoubt.

This defence is famous for its stand against overwhelming odds with an estimated 4500 Zulus now armed with the equily famous Martini–Henry breech-loading single-shot lever-actuated rifle, as well as the numerous resulting awards of distinguished Conduct medals and Victoria Crosses. what is less know is the effect of the defence on the soldiers that participated. It seems likely that a number of the defenders of Rorke’s Drift subsequently suffered from what is now classified as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Corporal Schiess fell “on hard times” and died in 1884 aged 28 years; Pte John Fielding’s hair is said to have turned white shortly after the battle; William Jones in old age suffered from nightmares that the Zulus were about to attack; Robert Jones shot himself in 1896.

Shamefully Sir Garnet Wolseley, taking over as Commander-in-Chief from Lord Chelmsford, was unimpressed with the awards made to the defenders of Rorke’s Drift, saying “it is monstrous making heroes of those who shut up in buildings at Rorke’s Drift, could not bolt, and fought like rats for their lives which they could not otherwise save.”

The kit is made by the Spanish company Beneito Minatures. This manufacturer specialise in white metal figures of a very high standard. this particular kit also includes resin parts.




The base is constructed of four parts. A resin base with Zulu shield at the foot of the resin wall depicting a mix of ammunition crates and Mealie bags. The third and fourth items being a white metal cart wheel and Zulu spear.





The detail is very good on the figure with some fine texturing and not to much clean up for white metal. The head is is excellent capturing the exhausted look of battle perfectly.





The separate arms and ammo pouches are equally well crafted as is the Martini–Henry



Jase
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Another great looking figure I look forward to seeing come together.... [cool] [cool] .. Nice choice of kit Jase.....[cool]

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[biggrin] Nice looking figure and one I would go for too will look forward to your progress[cool]
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Another interesting looking figure subject that really like the look of. I always admire the skill people demonstrate with figures getting them to look so life like.
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Looks like another fine model Jase and a great subject as well, I'm sure you'll do the kit the justice that it deserves. It'll be a great looking vignette when completed!! [drool] [cool]

Great to see another figure build started up on the forum too - well done, I'll be watching with interest!! [cool] [thumbup]


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Many thanks everybody for the interest in this build[biggrin]

So I thought I would begin with some thoughts on tools...

Obviously when it comes to figures the focus is on the painted finish so your most important tool is your brush and air brush. Now I consider myself OK and painting figures and improving all the time. and novice with an airbrush so i tend to keep to brush painting figures (although i will be attempting to airbrush my next figure[mellow]).
Now when it comes to brushes over the years I have concluded that buying cheap brushes is not cost effective and that the model manufacturers brushes such as Humrol and Tamiya are not the best. I tend to limit the use of cheaper brushes to activities such as dry brushing weathering etc, activities that ruin a brush anyway[laugh]
I tend to use artists brushes as they are better quality and will give a better finish and if you look after them they will last a lot longer.
When it comes to painting figures the very best brushes that money can by, in my opinion, are the Windsor & newton series 7 brush. These brushes are designed with watercolour painting in mind, but are perfect for acrylic model paints. They are not cheap at around £12 each but you will see the difference.


Obviously if your going to invest good money in a quality brush then you want to keep it clean. I know may people use solvents such as thinner or even washing up liquid but I have moved away from both of these methods.
The best tip i can give if you want to keep your brush in good order for a long time is to not abuse it in the first place. Don't overload the bristles, as in don't have paint the full length of the bristles just dip the tip into the paint to prevent paint clogging at the feral and forcing the bristles to spread. Also don't let paint dry on the bristles, acrylic paint will dry quickly, even morse so under the heat of a lamp. Keep rinsing the brush in water and keep changing the water. I use a brush cleaning pot for this job as you can give your brush a good swish in the water and hang it to dry. I don't use distilled water as many modellers would advise, however I don't use water straight from the tap as there is all sorts of chemicals in it as well as chalk and limescale that can effect the brush and paint. I rune my water through a Britas water filter, does the same job cost effectively.


When it comes to cleaning brushes my product of choice is the masters brush cleaner and preserver. I can best describe it as like shaving soap. its a fantastic product that will even restore brushes that have not been well looked after, I won't use anything else now. openly available on the net in art websites and not expensive. My last tip for cleaning brushes is missed by so many modellers. For many once a brush has been cleaned the temptation is to but them in a pot or holder handle down to protect the bristles, but this is the wrong thing to do. you should let your brush air dry bristles facing down so that any residue left behind does not settle at the feral end. if you don't have a pot like mine simply blue-tak your brush to something.



Other than brushes what other tools do I use?
a good size hands free magnifying glass is a must


A mini vice/part holder and a painters rotating plinth are also very handy


A good size pallet is a must, its almost impossible to have enough pallet space when working as your mixing paint to change shade. Also some clean water and a puppet for thinning. Also a lint free cloth dab drying the brush.


Finally I will tend to keep a piece of card on my desk for colour checking and shade matching if i have to touch up. I prime the card with the same primer on the model so i know I am getting the same match as i will see on the model. Doing this avoids touching up to find you have used lighter or darker paint[crying]


When it comes to paint everybody has their fave brands. I still love oils but increasingly use acrylics with Vallego being my favourite brand. for this kit however I will also be using Andrea paint as well which is new to me so interested to see how that goes.


Jase
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Excellent advice there Jase and all of it spot on, that's going to be very helpful to anyone who wants to tackle figures for the first time or indeed modelling in general - well done!! [cool] [thumbup]

I'll be interested to see how you get on with the Andrea range of paints as I've never tried them either and they look rather good just by looking at the bottle? Andrea also make their own range of figures as you will very well know and therefore the paints will be manufactured to be perfect for painting them too?

Great stuff Jase, thanks for posting!! [thumbup]


Kev [biggrin]
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Fantastic advide there Jase about the brushes, I am one of those that is guilty of putting the brush back in the pot handle first after cleaning. I will of course now be changing my ways [biggrin] might have to give that cleaner and restorer a go too [cool]
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ModelMania wrote:
Excellent advice there Jase and all of it spot on, that's going to be very helpful to anyone who wants to tackle figures for the first time or indeed modelling in general - well done!! [cool] [thumbup]

I'll be interested to see how you get on with the Andrea range of paints as I've never tried them either and they look rather good just by looking at the bottle? Andrea also make their own range of figures as you will very well know and therefore the paints will be manufactured to be perfect for painting them too?

Great stuff Jase, thanks for posting!! [thumbup]


Kev [biggrin]


I will let you know what i think of the paint as it is new to me too. they have a set of black paints which may be worth investing in if I like the quality.

Jase
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davetwin wrote:
Fantastic advide there Jase about the brushes, I am one of those that is guilty of putting the brush back in the pot handle first after cleaning. I will of course now be changing my ways [biggrin] might have to give that cleaner and restorer a go too [cool]



Here is a link to where I get mine from, but may be worth checking eBay? and a link to how to use it.
https://www.artsupplies....eaner-and-preserver.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRXoZ9asJTk

Jase[biggrin]
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Fabulous tips Jase, I try to look after my more expensive brushes but am still guilty of being rather careless with them at times.... I will be taking your tips on board and now looking to fabricate some kind of brush rack...... [cool] [cool] .. Thanks for sharing....

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Gandale wrote:
Fabulous tips Jase, I try to look after my more expensive brushes but am still guilty of being rather careless with them at times.... I will be taking your tips on board and now looking to fabricate some kind of brush rack...... [cool] [cool] .. Thanks for sharing....

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Hi Alan,

Here is an interesting idea!!

http://www.lifehacker.co...hes-properly-wet-or-dry/
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ModelMania wrote:
Excellent advice there Jase and all of it spot on, that's going to be very helpful to anyone who wants to tackle figures for the first time or indeed modelling in general - well done!! [cool] [thumbup]

I'll be interested to see how you get on with the Andrea range of paints as I've never tried them either and they look rather good just by looking at the bottle? Andrea also make their own range of figures as you will very well know and therefore the paints will be manufactured to be perfect for painting them too?

Great stuff Jase, thanks for posting!! [thumbup]


Kev [biggrin]


I will let you know what i think of the paint as it is new to me too. they have a set of black paints which may be worth investing in if I like the quality.

Jase


Thanks for that Jase, I'll look forward to hearing your views, much appreciated. Love that link to the pipe insulation brush rack too, a cracking idea and so, so simple - definitely be using that one, thanks for posting it!! [cool] [thumbup]


Kev [biggrin]



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jase wrote:
[quote=Gandale]Fabulous tips Jase, I try to look after my more expensive brushes but am still guilty of being rather careless with them at times.... I will be taking your tips on board and now looking to fabricate some kind of brush rack...... [cool] [cool] .. Thanks for sharing....

Regards

Alan



Hi Alan,

Here is an interesting idea!!

http://www.lifehacker.co...es-properly-wet-or-dry/[/quote]

Thanks Jase, what a fabulously simple and inexpensive ides.... DIY store for me this weekend.....[cool] [cool] . Thanks again...

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Can't wait to see this one, always watch zulu whenever its on telly .The red paint system looks a good purchase. Red being notoriously hard to highlight without it ending up orange or pink.
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Can't wait to see this one, always watch zulu whenever its on telly .The red paint system looks a good purchase. Red being notoriously hard to highlight without it ending up orange or pink.



Totally agree with you, which is why i may be interested in the black set also

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The Base.

Three parts make up the base. the resin base with Zulu shield. The resin wall comprising mealie bags and creates and a white metal wagon wheel.

First job was to clean up the resin parts. seams scraped off, and a bit of wet sanding needed but not much clean up on the whole.

After priming the shield was painted using a mix of off white with a dab of buff. The Brown pattern was initially picked out in chocolate brown. the remainder of the base was painted in a mix of chocolate brown, hull red and Khaki.



The white on the shield was toned down by a yellow/brown filter. I used a redrawn wash on the brown pattern. The shield top was painted in Khaki and then given a darkened wash. the stitching? was picked out in black.



The textured base was then dry brushed in Tamiya flat green and then in IJN cockpit green. The base will be finished in pastels at a later date to blend the and tone the harsh contrasts.




Moving to the defensive wall. First of all the bags were picked out in a base coat 50/50 Khaki and light grey. The wooden crate where given a base of buff and then a dark wash intended for wooden decks . To add some contrast and interest to the wall I have painted one of the crates black, this was the common ammunition box colour of the time. the biscuit boxes famously used as a defensive wall wood have been better quality wood than is depicted here.





The bags were marked up with red and blue stripes as per the originals, adding some animation too.





I then used a light buff to pick out some of the raised detail on the crates, not dry brushing. I wanted the black box to look aged, scuffed and to clearly be a painted wooden box. I picked out some detail on blue grey as scuffs and wear to the paint and then picked out some of those grey scuffs in light buff. the bags were given a filter of light grey. There is more to be done yet, adding shadow to the bags and some more highlighting and detailing to do.



Thats it for now. all comments welcome

Jase
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Looking great Jase, some real nice work there.....[drool] [drool]

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Stop teasing Jase where is he, I can see the red in the background. [biggrin] .Seriously though.nice start,very realistic.
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