Have you ever noticed when you look at a photograph of a model railway, and there is a figure in it, the figure will nearly always give the game away! The figures look flat and artificial. The painting technique that I have come up with creates, in a way, false shadows giving the illusion of the missing third dimension. Whilst I model in British 0 scale (1:43 compared with North American 0 at 1:48) I have used the technique on scales from N to G with equal success.
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Rosie the Riveter on the left is painted in the usual way, and her twin on the right is painted my way. I hope you can see a difference and agree that the one on the right looks more realistic. The same holds for the pair below. Click on either image to find out more about it.
To learn about my theory of shadows and how I paint figures visit the other pages in this section. I suggest you start at "Shadows Theory" and work on from there if you are new to the site.