Sunday, April 26, 2009

Still Sculpting???

Yes, I am still sculpting. Right now, I have several new busts in progress for release in the near future. Unfortunately, all of the manufacturers have asked me to keep a lid on the subjects and no pics. Sorry! I'll post some pics once I get approval or release info.

On the new front, I started a 75mm sculpt this past week using some wire and extra putty to form the armature. This is not my first full figure sculpt, but it's something I've been wanting to try again so I thought I'd give it a go. I'm still working/refining the relaxed pose and haven't a clue what he'll become yet. I'll try to get some pictures up once I get the basic forms down a bit farther.

See ya!

Hernan Cortes

I'm really excited to start this first of a two figure set depicting Hernan Cortes and Montezuma II. Both figures are from Pegaso Models and are first rate. Here I've started the Cortes figure by painting the flag and base. The design on the flag was taken from the boxart. I managed to get a nice photo of the flag design (thanks Danilo) and have spent a few sessions getting it blocked in. Still work to do, but the basics are in place. The figure itself has had the first stage of the armor started. I polished all the metal and have started laying in washes of oil paint to tone it and emphasize it's shape and details. Much more to do on him so stay tuned for more updates....

Lucky Jack Update 4/26

Some additional work done on Jack. More work on the face and also I've started highlighting the lovely dark blue jacket. I've used Dark Prussian Blue, Black and Orange Brown for the base and added more Dark Prussian Blue for the first highlights and Prussian Blue for the next highlights. Shadows will be done by adding black to the base. Starting to highlight the hair as well. Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Lucky Jack (cont..)

Here the face painting has begun. I'm really enjoying this one. I altered my standard flesh mixture (if I have one-changes all the time) this time. I've added some Brown Leather to the mix and like the result. Still refining and blending to do, but it's coming along. You can go with either a warm flesh tone like I have or add blues for cooler tones. A man of service always chooses the lesser of two weevils. Ha! Sorry, but I love that line from the film.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Jack Aubrey Bust

Here's a new project I'm doing. It's the incredible sculpture of a Royal Navy Captain, 1806 from Young Miniatures. The bust depicts Russell Crowe from the film Master and Commander. Looking at the box art, the sculptor (Ahn Jun Sik) and painter (Lee Sang Eon) have created a great likeness of Russel Crowe. Once I opened the box and looked at the unpainted face and compaired it to photos of Crowe that I got form the internet, I noticed a few details that I thought I could modify to improve the great likeness already there. Well, a few details led to an eventual rework of all the main features including eyes, nose, mouth and even the jaw line, chin and brows. I think this gives me a more accurate starting off point for my painting to follow. No way I could have improved upon anything else on this great bust, so I'll be priming him up and painting him soon.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Completed...Monk Knight

Here are some pics of the completed Monk shown in progress earlier. This piece is still for sale if any interested collector is, well, interested. Email me for more details at: springermatt(at)