18 Jan Painted: KDM Pinup White Speaker
1 of 8 in the KDM Pinups of Death Collection: The White Speaker
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on, among other things, the Pinups of Death Collection during Adam Poot’s annual KDM Black Friday sale. The collection includes a whopping total of 8 hard plastic pinups from the Kingdom Death collection. Quite an awesome deal considering single 28mm models usually go for around $15-$25.
The White Speaker was the first model from the collection that I chose to do, and I think that it’s probably my favorite of the set, partially because of how well it was sculpted, but mostly because her face is covered.
I fucking hate painting faces.
After completing this model, I can say with confidence that this was the first time that I have fully painted something and have been able to look at it without an urge to immediately strip it. As such, this model is quite important to me and represents a large milestone in my journey through the miniature hobby:
I enjoy working with hard plastic, much more so than with resin. I’ve found that the KDM plastic models can take a bit more abuse than their resin counterparts, and the casts are much more consistent. In addition, it’s much easier to shave the flashing/nubs off the model, and being able to work with plastic glue means better joints and less stuck fingers.
This model in particular had minimal flash, and most of the prep time was spent sanding down the mold lines with 400 -> 800 grit sandpaper. Once that was done, I did a quick test fit to plan my approach. The surface area between joints on the White Speaker are decent, and I didn’t see a need to pin any of the appendages, so I glued together the torso, leg and head portion. I made the decision to paint the arms and the cape separately and attach them to the model at the very end, mostly due to the fact that they were extremely obtrusive, and would make painting portions of the torso difficult. Lastly, I filled in some small gaps between the joints with GW Liquid Green Stuff, and then gently sanded it down.
At this point in time I didn’t have my airbrush yet and used P3’s White Spray Primer to prime my models. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good can primer. I then base coated the entire model in Vallejo (VJ) Deck Tan thinned with distilled water, and couple of drops of VJ Glaze Medium to improve paint adhesion. Once the base coat was dried, I slowly glazed on the skin tone. Working first with a few very light and dilute glaze mixtures of VJ Light Flesh, VJ Salmon Rose, VJ Deck Tan, GW Kislev Flesh, and GW Pale Wych Flesh. I slowly worked up the color with increasing amount of Kislev Flesh over a few layers, before adding some Cadian Fleshtone into the mix. After a few more layers, I was satisfied with the base tone for the skin and started work on the highlights/shading.
For the highlights, I reused some of the lighter flesh tone mixes I worked with earlier and focused most heavily on the tops of her breasts and arms, but also added some mild highlights to select areas of her hips, thighs, torso, and the tops of her feet. For the shading, I used a GW Cadian Fleshtone heavy mix, with a very small amount of GW Reikland Fleshshade for the darkest of areas. Shading was focused most heavily on her neck area, under her breasts, underarms, back, and between her legs.
Clothing was pretty straightforward, but a bit tedious (a lot of narrow straps/strings). I painted her entire outfit with Wych Flesh and selectively washed it with 1:2 Water:Nuln Oil.
For the hair, I decided to make use of my newly acquired airbrush setup. I masked off the model using painter’s tape, then painted the hair with P3 Sanguine Base. I then applied very thin layers of P3 Umbral Umber and P3 Sanguine Highlight until I got a nice gradient.
Summary of Paints Used:
- Vallejo Deck Tan (Base Coat)
- Vallejo Salmon Rose (Skin)
- Vallejo Light Flesh (Skin)
- GW Cadian Fleshtone (Skin)
- GW Pale Wych Flesh (Skin, Clothing)
- GW Kislev Flesh (Skin)
- GW Reikland Fleshshade (Skin)
- GW Nuln Oil (Clothing, Accessories)
- P3 Umbral Umber (Hair)
- P3 Sanguine Base (Hair, Accessories)
- P3 Sanguine Highlight (Hair)
The next model that I will be working on in the series is The Architect!
Until next time.