MrBlack Publications published 24th Figure Modelling handbook again keeping his photo quality, substantial text content and adding new contributors habit. As usual, the book is in A4 format with a laminated cover and 52 pages.
The book offers 10 articles from Ancient times, Fantasy,World War I and II with tips and techniques on painting and weathering on Acrylic, Enamel, Oil paints and Printers’ ink. Besides a few 54 mm figures, this issue is focused on painting large scale figures and busts. A few articles are great references on painting Non- Metallic Metal technique.
Painting a Veteran Roman Soldier with AK-Interactive and Vallejo Model Color Acrylics : Book starts in Sergey Popovichenko’s step-by-step article of Alexandros Miniatures 54 mm figure Evocatus. After a short info about pre-painting process, he explains how he pained his figure giving color codes of acrylic paints. 37 photos in numeric sequence. The article describes painting a Roman shield very well. Sergey chose a lion symbol of XX Legion Gemina and shows how to draw and paint it in 8 photos.
Painting Non-Metallic Metal on a Large Scale Bust : Regular contributor Ernesto Reyes Stalhuth paints Young Miniatures 1/10 scale Roman Legionary bust. First he tells about painting of the face and clothing. Then he explains his NMM-Non Metallic Metal painting process for silver, gold and the shield. 14 photos for painting steps and 7 photos of the finished bust.
Painting a Large Scale Bust Using Acrylics and Vallejo Metal Airbrush Colours : A short article with 4 photos by Zacharias Andriopoulos. He paints Andrea Miniatures 180 mm Templar Sergeant bust giving Vallejo series color codes for fleshtones,clothing and metal parts.
How to Get Metal Effects on your Miniature Figures without Using Metallic Paints : A four-page article with 13 step by step and 4 final photos for Pegaso Models 75 mm Ambiorix, Chief of Eubones. Qianwei Shi tells about his paintwork and how he gets special metal effects without using metallic paints.
Painting a Female Fantasy Large Scale Bust using Acrylics Paints and Wet Palette : Christos Katselos paints Galapagos Miniatures 1/10 scale half figure Amaryne - Border protector, a female fantasy figure. Besides giving his color recipes, he describes his method of painting fleshtones in filters. 6 photos of his flesh mixtures and 4 of the finished award winning model.
Book continues in two large scale bust articles with final photos and color recipes.
Painting a Large Scale Fantasy Bust Using Acrylics and Printers’ Inks : Zacharias Andriopoulos paints MJ Miniatures 200 mm Old Dragon bust.
Painting a WWII German Naval Officer Using Acrylics : Christos Katselos paints Life Miniatures 180 mm bust Sea wolf – WW II U Boat Commander. A very life-like paintwork on a great sculpt.
Painting a 90mm Full Figure of a WWI German Stormtrooper with Acrylic Paints : A great article by David Hernanz Caldevilla. He paints Andrea Miniatures 90 mm German Stromtrooper 1918. No step by step photos but a very detailed text with color codes and techniques on acrylics and oils, 13 close-up photos, 3 full figure photos. He also shares how he made and weathered groundwork.
Painting a US Tank Commander based on a Movie Character with Acrylics : Christos Katselos paints Life Miniatures 120 mm full figure War Daddy, depicting legendary movie character of Fury acted by Brad Pitt. 4 photos of finished paintwork and color codes.
Painting a Large Scale Full Figure in Winter Uniform Using Tamiya Enamels : A great final for the book and in my opinion, the best article of this issue. Toshihiro Sano paints AC Models 120 mm figure German Fallschirmjäger with MG42, Russia 1943. 68 step-by-step photos, all supported in texts and 6 photos of the painted figure from all angles. He paints in Tamiya enamels and shares all details on how to paint a German soldier in winter gear.
So good to see MrBlack Publications keeps to release handy figure painting books with no interruption. As in former issues, the printing quality, explanatory texts with color codes and personal recipes , numeric sequence on photos, multiplicity on articles always made this one a worthy and high standard reference for all modelers. Articles on NMM technique are very helpful.
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