Spotting a miniature Fred on the Duncan Models stand last weekend, I though it would be great fun to have him on Clayhanger Yard and see how many people spot him.
The figure is supplied as an unpainted whitemetal casting. There's no flash or mould lines to deal with so it's straight on with a spray of primer - Humbrol No1 in this case as I had a can within reach.
Looking at pictures of the man, the closest match I could find to the clothes the model is wearing is a dark blue jacket over a black waistcoat. The later isn't the same black as his trousers - I suspect the waistcoat is a felt material which reflects the light differently. His cap is a similar black.
Colours used are:
- Skin tones - Humbrol 61(Flesh) dry brushed with Revel flesh, although Humbrols version with a touch of white mixed in would be OK.
- Pale blue shirt - Humbrol 68
- Jacket - Humbrol 25
- Trousers - Humbrol 33 (Matt Black)
- Waistcoat and cap - Railmatch Weathered Black
- Eyes - Satin white with Matt black pupils
- Glasses - Humbrol 66
That list ought to be helpful for anyone who fancies painting the same figure. The colour matches look pretty accurate to me. Application was my first serious use of the Humbrol Detail Brushes. These worked well. The triangular handles take a little getting used too but they do provide a good grip. The only problem was that working under a magnifying glass, they were a bit long and hit the lens until I got the hang of it. If this was a bit problem then lopping a few cm off then end wouldn't be a problem.
In the raw whitmetal, Fred looked like an excellent likeness. Painted, the chin is perhaps a bit Desperate Dan but that's probably due to my crudeness with spectacle painting. I suspect a specialist figure painter would do a better job. Not to worry, once he's on the layout, with that paving slab he stands on buried in the dirt, I think he'll look the part.
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