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Great start!!

Posted by Giovanni on lunedì 22 novembre 2010 , under , , , | commenti (0)

Ciao a tutti,

This post is not for me or any of my works, is for my very first pupil and sweethart.

She always look at me when I work on my figures and make comments on my pieces, she's also a great photographer of minis as well!

A couple of days ago, she asked me if I can teach her how to paint a figure, after looking at the video tutorial I made.

I'm so proud to show you the outcome of her very first miniature, so far she has painted the face, but I think she's incredibly talented, the figure is not an easy one as well!

Let me know what you think!



oldies but goldies volume 1

Posted by Giovanni on giovedì 18 novembre 2010 , under , , , , , , | commenti (0)

Hi all,

I'm extremely busy with work lately, modelling has been quite slow..

I've dig in my old computer and found few pics of previous figures I've modelled, which have been painted by great artists.

This first lot is the English civil war display who won the BoS in St.Vincent in 2001painted by the mighty Danilo Cartacci, one of the greatest model painter and, more important, person I know.

Let me know what you think.



Dubat completed

Posted by Giovanni on giovedì 11 novembre 2010 , under , , , , , , , | commenti (0)

Ciao a tutti,

I've completed this Dubat figure from La Meridiana, a really nice figure to paint if you are lucky with the casting!

I decided to add the rifle strap, and I could have added the "billao" the typical Somalian small dagger these warriors use to wear.

I've attached at the end a picture of the Billao and a photo from the period.

Also, so you know if you want to paint it, these warriors used to wear different pattern for their futa (the long skirt) sometimes checks, stripes or even tartan patterns, what was always white was the turban, again check the photos at the end of the table.

Keep in mind that after 1935 the "futa" became khaki and not white anymore.

Hope this help; let me know what you think!



WIP Dubat

Posted by Giovanni on lunedì 8 novembre 2010 , under , , , , , , | commenti (0)

Ciao a tutti,

I've taken a small break from the French lieutenant, I'm waiting for the new iMac to arrive, so I'll be able to make video quicker, without having to restart my computer all the times!!

I've decided to paint a really nice piece from La Meridiana, the Dubat, in my case the Chief (you can say that by the colour of the red rope) black was for the sub chief and green for the Chief Commander.

The piece has been sculpted by Nino Pizzichemi and is part of the Italian colonial subject from this firm.

I've to say that the cast is very, very poor, so poor, I wanted to bin it, then I decided to use putty and fix it.

I do know for sure that mine has been an isolated case, everyone I've talk to tell me La Meridiana pieces are really well casted usually, I've just been really unlucky this time.

Anyway, have a look at these pics, flesh has been finished, white clothes, red rope and leathers need some touch ups, rifle and metal parts have only basecoat.

Any comment is more than welcome.



Video Tutorial 2

Posted by Giovanni on martedì 2 novembre 2010 , under , , , , | commenti (12)

Ciao a tutti,

I'm being good with updates, I posted my last one 8 days ago!

This is the second part of the painting process, painting the face with oils over the acrylic base.

Let me know what you think, and please do ask questions and comment!