Here we go. I have a small stock of un-started resin busts. These are something that I have always enjoyed doing. I might not be the best but I make a good fist of any one I make. I was especially proud of my Desert War Panzer Officer and my 71st Highlander Officer from 1854. I thought it would be good to do another Highlander - especially as I had cracked the tartan on the hat, or so I thought.
It all started out well and I went through my usual paint red, paint white, touch up white, touch up red and so on. I finally got the main part of the bust completed. I then tackled the face. I had three goes at this. I tend to make my faces too dark. Eventually, I overpainted it all and gave him a slightly pink tinge which, in fact, works very well. This left me with the tartan band on the hat.
I thought I could remember how to do it. The important thing is to have the vertical stripes really vertical. I found that the best way to do this was to calculate how many stripes there were and work out their width. This turned out to be 3mm. Firstly, I painted the band white. I cut lots of masking take and filled the whole hat band with vertical stripes of masking tape. I then removed every other one. Painting the result red, I then removed the masking tape - wrong, I was left not being able to define the green squares properly. 2nd go - I did it all over again but this time left the vertical tape in place whilst I masked off the top and bottom to leave a clear stripe around the middle. I painted this green. On removing the tape, I found that, somehow, I had some of the red stripes with green squares along with some of the white ones! I am not sure how this happened. I removed all the tape and took the paint off again. This was the second time I had to do this. Using my Dremel with a sanding disc - I very gently took all the paint off and did no damage. On the third go, I finally got it right!
I gave everything a few coats of Klear. The haversack was coated with gloss varnish as this would have been polished. I then gave the busby and the rolled up blanket a few coats of matt varnish and the rest a coat of satin. I then touched the hollows of the face with matt varnish and finally it looked alright.
Using Adobe Illustrator, I made up a name plate on some glossy photo paper. I still have a couple of nice polished bases from the old SBX days so one of them came out of the treasure box.