Step by step working with 1/700 figures by Ramir Durá

Tutorial by Luis Albendin Valenzuela

1) In this first photo, we see the presentation box of the figures, in rigid cardboard, with the label indicating the different poses that we are going to find inside it.

2) Here we see and appreciate the protection of the figures with foam and the figures, in the form of combs or individual staples, which will greatly facilitate their extraction.

3) The combs or staples of the figures already out of their box. Simply with the help of tweezers we will remove them without problem from the foam protectors. To cut the shapes of your combs, I recommend using a new, well-sharpened razor blade. The figures come off easily. I recommend cutting first by the staple that grips the head and later, the one that grips the body, leaving in the latter a small margin of staple that we will eliminate later, on this occasion, with a normal modeling blade or even with the same blade shaving

4) Here we see the figures already reviewed and ready to be placed on a support for their subsequent painting work.

5) In this case, the figures have been placed on a clothespin, to which a piece of double-sided adhesive tape has been glued. Normally I usually prime the figures beforehand to improve the grip of the paint and for this I use in particular Vallejo’s primer, slightly diluted with its usual thinner.

6) Once the primer dries, in this case I paint the figures in white with an airbrush. The reason for choosing this color is because I want to simulate the tropical uniformity of the Royal Navy, since its objective will be to decorate the decks of the battle cruiser HMS Repulse, as it was anchored in the port of Singapore the day before leave for what would be his last mission with the battleship HMS Prince of Wales. The colors for uniformity in this case will be a shirt, long white pants and black shoes. The officers dressed the same.

7) We will apply the paint in a slightly diluted way so that it does not form thick on the figures. We will start with the base color of the meat (faces, arms and legs). For this work, I use a # 3/0 Vallejo Kolinsky Sable sable hair brush. Later we will paint the socks and shoes.

8) To accentuate the brightness of the paintings, we will apply a very diluted Raw Umber oil wash, which will help us to mark the shadows somewhat.

9) At the end, in order to protect the paint job done on our figures, we will apply a coat of Vallejo matt varnish.