Viking, 12th Century
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April 3, 2007
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Here he is, my latest project. I bought this model at the Houston
contest, so I completed him in less than ten days. The scale is 120mm,
or 1/16, like the other larger figures I've done. He was made entirely
of resin, but the base is ceramic (base was included in kit).
I stuck totally to the stock figure, adding nothing of my own. I even
painted him to resemble the box art.
Paint was entirely enamels, with only a bit of oil wash used for areas
like the recesses of his chain mail.
His pieces consisted of lower torso, two boots, upper torso, two
arms/hands, head, dagger (two pieces), sword (two pieces), spear (three
pieces), shield, rock with helmet (molded as one piece), and finally
base. 17 parts in all.
Sculpting was great, especially his face. I worked long and hard to
create a subtle yet credible multi-toned color for his face. Playing
around with blending base colors has paid off.
This shot was taken to show off his shield details. Everything you see
is molded into it...a testament to the fine casting. The wood was
pretty easy to "weather", and I used black oil wash around the silver
trim to provide a little depth.
Officially this figure is called "Eastern European Viking, 12th
Century". I was drawn to him as being quite different from the usual
military figures I do, and the colors, while somewhat basic, still
provided a challenge to paint.
In fact, to achieve smoothness for the white of his pants, I resorted
to spray paint. A few coats of flat white gave me a good base to paint
the shadows in light grey.
That's about all. I hope you enjoy him, and best wishes.