RootsOne of many things I remember from my early childhood is playing „Cowboys and Indians” with other kids from my preschool and later from my class. In that time Polish national television (there was no other television here then) used to run Western movies almost every Sunday afternoon so it was difficult not to know stories about Indians, cowboys, gunslingers, sheriffs and cabaret dancers. After some time of Western fascination other literature and movies drawn my mind away from Wild West for a few years.
Then came year 1991 bringing Desert Storm, the internet in Poland, new album by Metallica, “Terminator 2”, dissolution of Soviet Union and “Dances with Wolves”.
This movie was something completely different from all Western movies I had seen before. I really loved the way Wild West was shown in this movie. Music, scenery, and the story told were great but what I liked the most was the way Sioux and Pawnee Indians where shown in this movie. Fact that they were using their own language (and not crippled English I remembered from some other movies) and that movie shown their live in the nature’s cycle which was actually disturbed and even destroyed by incoming settlers made this movie really worth watching.
When my wife gave me 75mm figure of Pawnee Warrior from Pegaso for my last birthday I was very happy to see that this figure is based on “Toughest Pawnee” from Dances with Wolves.
FigureFigure of Pawnee Warrior was perfect for “Sunset Ridge: Wild West Campaign” here on Historicus Forma. It shows great resemblance to Wes Studi – actor playing the Toughest Pawnee in the movie.
Assembly was quite easy – a little sanding here, a little seam line cleaning there. Parts fitted well but I decided to leave few pieces not attached to the figure to make painting easier. Heaving quiver and shield waiting their turn I started to paint the main figure.
I’m still learning to paint with Vallejo acrylics and it was the first time I painted figure using skin tones other than Caucasian so I spent some time researching to find the best matching colors. After a few trials I decided that I have right colors to paint with.
I’m not a big fan of painting in base color/highlights/shadows order. I prefer painting from bottom to top which usually means painting from darkest to lightest color. First layer is the darkest and every other layer brings up areas less shaded. Direct light is helpful – you can easily see which areas are more lit then other by changing the angle of light from horizontal to vertical – areas lit while light is exactly above the figure should be painted with lightest color (you can change it if you want to simulate artificial light from different direction - just pick your angle and observe the shadows on the figure).