Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Hasbro Princess Leia [WIP - Hair Buns]

Just a quick update on my Hasbro 3.75" Princess Leia action figure repaint project; her famous hair buns are done. For an action figure, Leia's hair was surprisingly well sculpted and that aided me in painting in the necessary details in order to achieve volume and depth to the hair.   

Hasbro Princess Leia action figure repaint work-in-progress: Hair buns

In terms of colour scheme, Leia's hair buns had a tinge of reddish brown in them on top of a black brown base. Laying on streaks of bright highlight on a dark foundation gave the illusion of volume to the hair. Of course, this was aided by the fantastic details found on Hasbro Leia's head of hair.

Leia's hair colour comprised reddish brown highlights ...
... on a black brown base to accentuate volume

Finding an exact screen-accurate colour of Princess Leia's hair was never going to be possible. At times her hair took on a reddish orange tinge while in others it became golden brown. Differences were likely due to studio lighting as well as ambient stage lights. In the end, I saw more of the former in A New Hope so I went with a reddish brown colour scheme. In later movies, especially Empire Strikes Back, Leia's hair looked a more soft golden brown. As for Return of the Jedi, Leia's slave outfit was too garish and loud making her hair less noticeable ... all said tongue in cheek of course. 

Top view of Hasbro Leia's iconic hair buns
Main photographic reference used for the painting of Hasbro Leia's hair buns

As I post this short update on Hasbro Leia's hair buns, I'm actually very near to completing the painting of her general skin tone. After that it will be the most important part of the whole project i.e. the painting of her eyes, cheek blush, faint hint of eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. In short, the part that will either make or break the whole project. But I'm getting ahead of myself. There's the general skin tone to finish first. And I'm nearly there as I said. Until then, be well and be happy!

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16 comments:

  1. So close to the model, excellent job!

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    1. Thank you Phil. I hope she will turn out well in the end.

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  2. wonderful! i can't wait to see more!

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    1. I hope you won't be disappointed. Thanks Luca!

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  3. Nice bums... Erhm, I mean buns!
    Seriously killer work on the hair, top notch!!

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    1. You're so kind to say so Suber. Thank you!

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  4. Great work on the hair ! I'm looking forward to the finished model.
    Greetings

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  5. Excellent start on Leia. The hair looks superb. :)

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  6. Looking pretty good already. At first I was wondering if you should maybe go a tad brighter but when looking at the photo I'd say you're spot on.

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    1. Thank you Moiterei. It's hard to get the hair colour spot on and I must admit I can't claim to have done so. But close is perhaps close enough for me. :)

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