I enjoyed painting Kingpin, leader of the Criminal Syndicate, and I think he’s turned out pretty good, but I can’t take all the credit myself you know. For starters, he’s one of Yasmin’s roster and she decided on the version of Kingpin she wanted painting, which basically came down to her wanting him to have purple trousers (it is her favourite colour after all!).
After casting a look around the web, I came across Sorastro’s version, showed this to her, and so that’s what I followed. I say followed, I copied his colour scheme for the trousers and shirt, though I didn’t use the exact same colours as he did. The flesh and his jacket were all my own ideas, judge that as you will!
The trousers I painted following the zenithal highlights from the priming. I used Heavy Violet mixed with a desaturated Dark Fleshtone. This gave a nice deep dark purple, which I’ll try to remember when I come to paint the colour again. I used ScaleColour’s Sunset Purple for the mid-tones, mixed with the above, and then used various fleshtones added to it to highlight.
I came across using fleshtones for mixers on Vince Venturella’s YouTube channel. He talks about universal highlighters, which involves mixing Caucasian flesh tones into the paint to create sympathetic highlights. It’s well worth a watch and it’s something I’ve started experimenting with it with good results.
The shirt was highlighted in a way I wouldn’t have normally done, as I usually go grey, but after following Soratsro’s scheme I think I’ll use the method again, as I really like how it came out – the blue ties in nicely with the purple and I decided to go with that when it came to his jacket…
Ah, yes, the jacket!
I had a few, self-made issues here. I decided to wet blend, but rather than do it how I’d normally do it – bit by bit, constantly toing and froing from one colour to the next – I decided to try something different. I applied some retarding medium to the actual area of the jacket I was going to paint, painted on the highlight, and then blended with the shade. I’ve seen it done before and works quite well, but I couldn’t get on with it, as I found it hard to judge when the paint was starting to dry and ended up leaving brush marks. In the end, I resorted back to my own, tried, and tested method but the finish isn’t as smooth as I’d like.
Something I’ve been trying to improve on is getting a smoother finish. I know my problem and that’s I’m always in too much of a hurry, I need to slow down, apply thinner coats and don’t be too quick in recoating.
For the colours of the jacket, I used blue greys to tie in with the other main colours, with only a final highlight in white.
Back to Kingpin and what else is worth a mention?
Well, all the metal areas, small though they be, I painted using NMM. Okay, they are small – rings, cane top, buttons, and cufflinks, but hey, it’s a start!
I spent a fair bit of time on his face, wet blending and glazing, and only actually used two colours, Pale Flesh, and Tan. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, though I should have pushed the highlighting on the top of his head, given him a real shine, lol!
So, that’s Kingpin. Next up, as far as MCP is concerned is Sin and Viper. I’ve nearly finished Sin, but I want to go back and work on her flesh, as it isn’t pale enough for a red head! I’ve already completed a few Mansions figures and I’ll be posting these next(ish). Bolt Action is coming along, with a few vehicles assembled and, wait for it, six Soviet soldiers! Man, these things take some getting used to in terms of assembly, what with trying to line their arms up to accept the weapons… I mean, I’m an Aircraft Leckie and used to handling very small bits in places where you really don’t want to drop them, but these pieces are so tiny, I find them constantly pinging out from between my nails and landing on the grey bit of carpet under my desk. Yep, and they’re grey plastic too, so you can guess what I spend most of my time doing, can’t you?
Only final thing. How do the images look to you? I transfer then from my camera onto our Mac, as it’s got better software on there, and the pictures look bright and well colour balanced. But when I look at them on my laptop they look too dark. I’m sure I adjusted the Mac a while back, when I was more into photography, to give a truer representation of the image, but I do wonder how everyone else sees the images, because they also look great an my iPhone and iPad. I wonder, is it an Apple vs Microsoft thing, or just how the display interprets the colours?