Models' 54mm Woman of the 1st Empire in a Ball Gown
is available online from Squadron.com
This 54mm Metal Modeles
metal figure of a Woman of the 1st Empire in a Ball Gown (#0082) is
well cast - you have to carefully look for the mold seams. Once
found, a couple of passes with a sanding stick are all thats needed
to remove them.
kit includes a tile floor baste, a complete body, two arms, a plume,
and knot of hair for the back of her head. Everything fit together
well and with little or no filler.
I painted the figure using Andrea Acrylics. The gown was painted
white (tinted with blue-gray) to represent linen. Pure white was
used for the highlights. The bodice was painted blue with gunmetal
and silver trim. These colors were also used on the turban, plume,
and fan. The blue bodice and turban were overcoated with Humbrol
Satin-Cote to impart a slight sheen to the fabric.
This is my first female figure (I usually paint medieval or
Napoleonic soldiers); I found Andrea's Painting Girls in Miniature
to be very useful - along with some experimentation. I have no idea
what cosmetics were used in the Napoleonic era, so I left her face
largely untouched. I concentrated on applying smooth, pale skin
tones, lip color, and some eyeliner to her eyes to make them larger.
The base was painted cream and pink to represent marble tile, then
given a coat of Satin-Cote.