Monday, May 30, 2016

Blacksmith: Figure 220 of 266

   Knowing that I would be short of painting time last week with my trip to Nashcon near Nashville, TN, this past weekend, I prepped one of the easy to paint figures from the Townsfolk II Set; the Blacksmith.
    I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.  I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue.
     I began by painting his skin with Americana "Shading Flesh".  I then painted his pants with Folk Art "Dapple Grey", and his apron with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige".
       Next, I painted his boots with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate", and then did the soles and the tops with Nicole's "Brown".  After that, I painted his arm guard with Americana "Terra Cotta".  I then worked on the stump, painting the interior wood with Americana "Khaki Tan", and the bark with Americana "Asphaltum".
     I then painted the metal pieces with Americana "Zinc", and the handle to hammer with Crafter's Edition "Spice Brown".  I thought I'd experiment with doing some arm hair on this guy, so I mixed some of the "Shading Flesh" with some Black and painted his arms and the backs of his hands with a series of short hashmark strokes.
    I next painted his tongs and hammer head wit Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey", and the anvil with Accent "Princely Pewter".   I let the figure dry for a while, and then I gave the entire model a heavy wash with GW "Badab Black" wash.  I wanted him to look real dirty and sooty.  When the wash was dry, I painted his hair black, and then highlighted it with  a mix of the "Zinc" and Ceramcoat "Denim Blue".  I then painted his eyes, and afterwards highlighted his skin with the base "Shading Flesh".  I realized I did things out of order, as I should have done the arm hair after I did the highlights.
     It was now time to finish up the rest of the highlighting.  I highlighted his pants first using the base "Dapple Grey".  I then highlighted his apron using Folk Art "Butter Pecan".  Next, I did his boots with Folk Art "Dark Brown", and the soles and tops with Americana "Sable Brown".  I also used the "Sable Brown" to highlight the hammer handle.  I decided the stump looked good as it was, so didn't add any highlights to it; and then wrapped up by doing highlights on the anvil, tongs, and hammer with the "Gunmetal Grey".  Lastly, I painted the white base with Ceramcoat "Walnut".
    After everything had dried overnight, I gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish" and, when dry, used some white glue on the base and sprinkled it with some fine gravel.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed him with Testor's Dullcote".
   I like how he tuned out, though he ended up appearing a little startled looking! :)


  1. I like the surprised look. His past as unexpectedly returned to haunt him.

    Or, "Of all the blacksmiths shops in all of the villages in chapter one of all of the fantasy novels in the world, you had to walk into this one?"

    1. Lol! Thanks! I really like your explanations for his expression.