Today i painted and photographed a step by step miniature tutorial of a western 28mm doctor..
The miniature i chose is a lovely characterful mini from an ebay company who produces buildings and civilian miniatures to occupy them.
Step one - skin/ hair and tache
as with all of miniatures i began with the visible skin on the piece. i begin with a "monster brown" (light leather color) base.
following this i give the skin a layer of light rouge flesh and then mix a little white into the pallet and highlight the cheekbones, nose, chin and forehead. this simple method allows for a sharp almost "foundry" style skin when complete.
The glasses are a simple method also, i use an ultramarine blue then highlight through light blue (ice) to a white edging.
The hair is a scorched brown base with a sandy brown highlight and a final drybrush of yellow brown.
scarf / waistcoat/ suit and bag
I chose to use a nice purple tone to contrast the intended beige of the suit. first i applied a dark purple base.
The suit got a bestial brown base layer (flat coat) which i repeated once to make sure to have a ncie coverage and the waistcoat and bag got a dark German camo grey undercoat.
to finish the neck scarf i applied just one layer of pink which is simply the purple mixed with some white.
this may look sketchy and rough but from the "humans eye view" the miniature looks sharp and most importantly contrasting. it is this sharp focus and contrast that allows me to charge for "pro table-top" quality. as opposed to "pro display". many bigger companies also use this sharp contrasting method to paint their display miniatures. it also photographs very easily.
The waistcoat next got a layer of mid grey and finally a "space wolves" grey highlight. after this i picked out the buttons and stopwatch chain with a basic mid hue silver.
Next i moved onto the suit. which i wanted to have a similarly light color, but i wanted to go through greys and browns to give a mixture of different finishes. Firstly i layered onto the creases and folds of this miniature a lighter brown color, in fact its the same color as i used for the base tone of the skin, although i could do this at the same time and effectively kill two birds with one stone, it makes more sense to work on them separately to help me focus individually on each part.
the second highlight is a beige or bone tone, this "cream" color helps to level out the browns before i go that step further to attempt tp achieve the "sun blushed" white i am aiming for.
finally a highlight of solid white is applied to the edges of the collars, lapels, pockets and tail of the coat.
The whites are given a light ink of army painters paint on ink to add that "grimey/ used" look and voila, the suit is finished.
the final touch
to add the finishing touch i painted the pipe a dark brown and carefully added lighter and lighter streaks of brown (by adding white as needed) until i was happy that it resembled a real pipe with its little intricacies and streaks.
with a touch of satin varnish and eventually a nice base we have the finished product. £6 of your good money and 2 hours of my time and we have your finished miniature, ready to post back for your gaming pleasure.
thanks for reading. i hope you enjoyed and i hope you have been enthused to try my services out for yourself, or that you have perhaps learned something you can put into PRACTICE on your own models.