|Hasbro Princess Leia 3.75" action figure repaint project [Completed]|
|Reds of Leia's lips are vivid and bright mimicking the lipstick used by Fischer in A New Hope|
|Ironically though, I chose a more subtle eyebrow effect as seen in Empire Strikes Back|
I am not, however, under the impression that I have done all I can do in improving my techniques in painting the eye. Unfortunately the very things I believe I can improve on - the painting of a black pupil within a coloured iris (or at least the optical illusion of one) and the painting of eyelashes - can only be done using some form of magnification. Some Japanese painters I admire use what looks like telescopic visors to magnify the miniatures. I can't find those yet and my naked eyes can't quite cut it.
|Hasbro Leia scale comparison when viewed next to a paperclip and a five sen coin|
|Hasbro Leia before she was repainted (left) and then after the repaint job (right)|
While the size of the Hasbro Princess Leia isn't as small as some of the miniatures I'm used to working with, it's still small enough to make painting a challenge, especially her facial features. Her diplomatic gown is fairly straightforward and was painted with strong contrasts between the shadows on the folds/creases and the highlights of exposed fabric - all done in the style of comic book art.
|Hasbro Princess Leia 3.75" action figure repaint project [Completed; full view]|
|Pose results from the gluing together of both Leia's legs and some putty to smoothen out the joints|
|Hasbro Princess Leia repainted and viewed from her right side|
To differentiate Leia's white diplomatic gown, I had actually painted her belt and boots in ivory (as seen in the photographic references of the book Star Wars Costumes). But because the whites were a combination of beige, grey, ivory and white, the contrast achieved between her gown and belt/boots turned out to be too subtle and insignificant as to be unnoticeable in the photos shown here.
|Contrast between shadows and highlights on Leia's diplomatic gown were high, in the style of a comic book|
|Leia's diplomatic gown had a lot of folds and creases on the back hence more shadows|
|Leia's hair was painted a dark reddish brown, made to look a lot darker by the black background|
For a first attempt at repainting an action figure, I find myself pretty happy with the overall result. Sure I could've done better transitions on her gown; gotten more detail on her eyes; etc, etc, etc. [Breaks into song ... Gettin' to know you, Gettin' to know all about you. Gettin' to like you, Gettin' to hope you like me ... but I digress. And unless you like musicals you won't know what just happened]. But I'm still proud of this little repaint job of Princess Leia. She now awaits Han Solo to join her.
|Hasbro Princess Leia repainted and viewed from her left side|
|Subtle difference exists between the whites of Leia's gown and the ivory of her belt and shoes|
Before the two action figure lovebirds can get together on my display shelf, there are some Bandai droid projects I need to complete first. One of them is for the missus and the other is of the allegedly primary point-of-view character or story narrator in all the Star Wars movies. More on the cute duo in my upcoming blogs. Until then, I wish you a happy and productive week ahead.