Modelling and Painting Figures (Osprey Modelling Manuals 8)
Chapter 1 pages 6 gives a description of basic tools to have when you start building models.
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The author describes a number of different kinds of hobby knives that one can purchase along with recommendations for their safe use. The next item recommended is a cutting mat along with an inexpensive tray or drawing board to use as a work surface. Glues and model fillers are discussed next with their pluses and minuses along with warnings for their safe use.
Paints are discussed next describing the differences between acrylics and enamels. Not many more tools are mentioned in this chapter, just enough to assemble the kit in chapter 2. As the manual goes on and the projects become more complex the tools used to finish those kits get more specialized. To say I was impressed would be an understatement. Usually in model building guides such as this the first model built is something simple, but to start with a complex kit like Dragon's Tiger I is impressive.
The first recommendation is to study the instructions! This kit can be built three different ways and studying the instructions is a must so no mistakes are made. Pictures show techniques described in the text for removing parts from the parts trees, filling ejector pin marks and gluing the parts together. The text skips forward to techniques used in painting the various sub-assemblies that include the interior, periscopes and road wheels. The individual link tracks are assembled next and mounted on the tank.
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External details are added and mention is made now to decide whether to use plastic part or their metal equivalents that are provided in the kit. A separate colored panel describes a way to paint and detail the exhausts to replicate a heat rusted exhaust. Not much is covered with painting the entire vehicle, just description of painting more of the smaller details. Next we go to applying decals on this vehicle and applying some light washes to weather the tank. Chapter 3 pages 32 - 47 gives descriptions of other finishing techniques that include using stencils, dry transfers, chipped paint, scale color, base coats and undercoats.
Also included in this chapter are adding figures to your model. Denis Allaire describes altering the position of a head on a figure. Mark Bannerman demonstrates painting a Hornet Italian tanker figure using enamel and oil paints. Chapter 4 pages 48 - 59 gives you the "basics of bases".
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A simple countryside base is detailed first. The author doesn't say who the manufacturer is but it's expanded polystyrene with a hard skin. Various earth-toned colors are used to paint it along with Woodland Scenics materials to detail it. A Verlinden resin townscape base is up next. Besides painting the base, matchsticks are used for replicating interior woodwork visible in a wrecked building. Chapter 5 pages 60 - 73 describes working with etched metal.
As I wrote earlier specialized tools for shaping etch parts with either an Etch-Mate or Brass-Assist. Chapter 6 pages 74 - 91 deals with resin and white metal parts. Also in this chapter an Accurate Armour Deacon is built. Sheperd Paine.
Painting Wargaming Figures. From the Publisher A perfect combination of easy-to-follow text combined with comprehensive step-by-step photography make Osprey Modelling Manuals indispensable reference guides for modellers of all standards and abilities. Read more. Tell the Publisher! I'd like to read this book on Kindle Don't have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 9 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.
Modelling the Tiger I
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. This book focused on building figures from scatch, adjusting poses on existing kit figures, assembly, and painting.
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I was most interested in the subject of painting but I found that the information was too little and of insufficient detail to be of any real help. Great book.
Mostly for sculpting neither for painting figures. Perfect condition. Thanks a lot! I have been very pleased with and impressed with the quality of Osprey publications. The Compendium Modelling Manuals series is focused on military modeling. Modelling and Painting Figures Osprey Modelling Manuals Volume 8 provides information on step-by-step modeling and painting of military figures from ancient to modern times.
The manual provides instructions on adapting figures, illustrations on proportions of the human body and deportment and natural movement and step-by-step instructions, figure modeling and professional modeling with sections on painting figures and animals.
US Infantry Citadel Contrast Painting Guide
This is intermediate to advanced modelling manual which contains many illustrations about each step of the modeling process. One person found this helpful. Format: Paperback. Don't waste your money. There are good modelling books out there. This is just not one of them. The approach is too varied. The figure is grotesquely proportioned and the scale and topic chosen does not sit well with the other historical themes which then proceed to take over the entire book. This is then followed by another modelling exercise based on modifying plastic commercial parts to make a WWI pilot.
I swear that the left foot on the finished figure is longer than the right foot. Towards the end of the book, there is an extended sequence on painting a figure with acrylics. Between these three chapters, there are a few proportional charts showing scale reductions of the human figure and some nice pictures of commericially available figures. That's it! The coverage on real modelling is just not there - this book appears to be just an excuse to showcase some commercial European figures suitable for painting.
Overall the book is pretty good - a bit surprising considering its small size. The book focuses on modeling figures, with less space devoted to painting. Converting and building from scratch is covered, in various scales and using different materials. Text is accompanied by many pictures - small, but clear and helpful. Painting is described using acrylics, mixed from generic colors.
Each time color variations are shown, giving a good idea of how to mix intermediate hues. Lack of reference to premixed colors by any paint manufacturer is good - makes it easy to apply for everyone. The book suffers a bit because of small size - photos are smallish and there is relatively little text.
I personally found text a bit too short in places, esp. But overall it's a very decent effort, covering a lot of ground, and doing it well. I have used this for years, tried all the materials, even used the scale sheets to make armatures. I recommend it to any beginner.
This book is a very good read for both figure modellers and painters. The writer writes in a clear style and lays out the subject matter in an easy to follow manner.