THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN
Around 1799, Ichabod Crane, an eccentric but earnest constable,
is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate murders allegedly committed
by The Headless Horseman on a steed from the depths of Hades.
Here you have one of the newer releases from Polar Lights, this
is a 1999, and one of the first new models I've purchased.
To start things off, I just cemented the main parts
together and left it all unassembled for now. I did a good putty job
on this one, got most all the cracks and spaces, let dry over night,
and then a fine sanding work-out. Then I used a flat black "spray" Krylon
for a base primer and set in a box to dry, as you can see in the
Well here's the dirty part! I just kind of put myself back in the saddle
on this one, as cowboys often do. I know from experience, you put
a crazy wild horse, and an even wilder rider in a pumpkin patch, your
going to have mud and s**t everywhere! So I just took some flat brown
testers paint, and saturated a large #5 brush in some paint thinner and let
the color run all over, it's quite messy, so be careful. It turned out great
just like real mud. Then as you work to the tree and the signpost thicken
your paint as you go, then start your dry brushing and shading.
PUMPKINS & JACK-O-LANTERNS
With these guys, I simply did the pumpkins with several
mixes of red, and yellow to make orange, with a little green
dry brushing for the vine. The jack-o-lanterns, I cleaned
up alittle with a darker and glossier look. Then to blend the
pumpkins in better, a very lite tan wash to make them look
alittle dirty too.
THE HORSE & RIDER
The cape was pretty simple, just a coat or two of some
black and brown wash, and dry brushing for the outside.
On the inside of the cape, I used several different shades of red,
then a good black-red wash for contrast, turned out really cool,
to bad these pictures don't do it justice.
The rider I did in several stages, the jacket and gloves got a
lite wash of yellow and gray, while the pants and chaps got a
bit of red just to enough to compliment each other.
Then after that, I started in on the horse with a red
wash after doing a coat of gloss black on the saddle,
just to separate the two. The dark red highlights look great
against the shinny saddle.
Now for the finishing touches. First I took some silver
and did the sword, spurs, buckles, ax, bridle, and so on.
I also did a silver dry brush to the saddle and the rider, it
made everything jump right out, especially the chaps and the
breast strap on the saddle, but to take it one step further,
I took a can of gold spray paint, and sprayed alittle into
a paper cup, dipped my #5 brush in the gold and wiped it
off really well, to get all access paint off the brush, then
with a very light touch, I highlighted both rider and saddle,
WOW, what a cool effect!
Just for fun I took the ax and carved the hand off,
painted the handle with a light brown wash, and the blade
silver, then touched it up with some blood red paint on the
blade and handle for that gory effect.
I then took a hot knife from the stove, and cut a gash in the sign
post and glued the ax in the gash, letting some runny blood red paint
run off the blade onto the signpost, Sleepy Hollow.