Friday, 3 April 2009

Young Miniatures - US Marine, Iwo Jima 1945

Well, here it is after a week of refinements to Young Miniature's study of an US Marine Leatherneck from the epic battle of Iwo Jima; immortalised by the iconic flag raising at Mount Suribachi. Truly it was an enjoyable experience painting this fine sculpt. Rendered almost fully in acrylics, enamel-based metallic and oils were employed on features depicting metal and leather surfaces respectively. It is a deftly crafted and engineered kit that's bursting with character. Obvious challenges to the painting would be that of the "Duck Hunter" camouflage pattern and the vertical stroked lines of the herringbone uniform. All of which would not only require the proper technique but also a high level of concentration, focus and the all important discipline to complete.
That is why there are no real secrets to painting; only passionate hard/heart work.As with each veil of paint, every feature and detail comes alive, revealing a soul beyond its material core to resonate with our humanity....
Ok..before I digress into a load BS, do enjoy the pictures of completed work. Avaliable are more pictures HERE.