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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

54mm Gladiators: Charon

And here is Charon! This is my first 54mm figure ever. In terms of gameplay, he'll have nothing to do but to stand around and look good, so I guess that makes him my first ever piece of 54mm terrain.

This was an easy figure to paint. It only took about an hour and a half (though I did spend about 20 minutes painting the face last night- so 2 hours for the figure.) I was so excited to finish it, that I didn't let the ink wash dry before taking the pics, so it might look a bit shiny here and there. Believe me you, it looks better in person. But you have to get your own :)

Just a minor thing I noticed is that at this size, the sand scales better.


  1. Looks great! I especially like the flesh and the wood grain. Can't wait to see more!

  2. The flesh tones are GREAT! What paints did you use?

  3. I'm actually using a straight 5-part combination of two different manufacturers: (from base to highlight) Foundry Flesh 5A, Games Workshop Dwarf flesh, Foundry Flesh 5B, GW Elf flesh, and Foundry Flesh 5C as the final highlight. Then I use GW Tanned flesh for nipples and lips.
    The last figure I did (hoplomachus) I mixed an extra layer between Foundry 5A and Dwarf flesh.
    I also do a GW sepia ink washes around the top of the loin cloth and where arms and legs insert into armor.

  4. ...I would like to pick up and try Foundry's new 6-part expert flesh set, by the way.

    Another note: Since gladiators were as diverse in nationality as they in fighting styles, this will give me a chance to try a few different shades of flesh. Most of my armies are diverse anyway.

  5. Looking great!

    Regarding sand you're absolutely right. I found that sand looks like small rocks or at least thick gravel when used on smaller models, and much better when scale is bigger.

    I noticed that using baking flour mixed with glue and even some paint and applied on the base looks good when you give it a matt finish. It's fine enough to look like fine sand in scale.

    Alternatively you can use modelling pumice - like what Vallejo sells. It's gelly and I sometimes mix it with paint or dry pigments to achieve nice texture on bases of my gaming models.