McFarlane Toys did an awesome job with their Geralt of Rivia figure but it lacked a few details, which could use a retouch and repaint.

These were mostly with the swords and scabbards and a few others that keen eyed collectors can spot. In this article, we’ll talk about the steps I made and point out areas in the figure that needed some touch up to fix these details by the makers. Check out my review of McFarlane Toys Geralt of Rivia if you missed it.

Before we continue, I will only be discussing the parts I painted and what paints I used on these. I will not be discussing in detail the techniques I used. Results from my work and yours will vary on technique and paints used. For your convenience, I will be encircling in red parts in the figure that were overlooked by McFarlane for you to paint.

McFarlane Toys Geralt of Rivia The Witcher III Retouched Showcase

Not 100% masterfully retouched, but I’m happy with it.

My Paint List and Mixes

First things first, let’s list the paints I used for this figure. My stash had Tamiya and Mr. Hobby paints, and no I did not mix the two brands. They really don’t play well together due to being different brands. If you have all Tamiya or all Mr. Hobby paints then that’s just fine. I used Studio 1 Prime’s 1:4 scale Geralt of Rivia resin statue as my reference.

McFarlane Toys Geralt of Rivia The Witcher III Retouched Paints

A combination of Tamiya and Mr. Hobby paints, home brew wash, and paint brushes to make Geralt more detailed.

My Paints:

A combo of Tamiya and Mr. Hobby paints. You can paint over one of these paint brands, but don’t try to mix them together in a jar, otherwise you’d end up with a very viscous paint mix.

  • Tamiya X-1 Black: used for mixing colors for the leather straps on the boots and steel sword scabbard (if you have the XF-1 Black then better, I used this one since I ran out of the XF-1 Black).
  • Tamiya XF-10 Brown: For the brown parts and used for mixing colors for the leather straps on the boots and steel sword scabbard.
  • Tamiya XF-17 Sea Blue: For the laces and correcting manufacturer paint bleed on the body armor.
  • Tamiya XF-52 Flat Earth: For the scabbard and weathering effects on the boots and as well as on the steel sword scabbard leather straps.
  • Tamiya XF-78 Wooden Deck Tan: For the wraps on the silver sword scabbard.
  • Mr. Hobby Aqueous H8 Silver: For the swords, scabbards, buckles, rivets, chain mail, and spurs on the boots.
  • Mr. Hobby Aqueous H9 Gold: For the aglets (tips on the laces).

My Wash:

I made my own paint wash from my Tamiya acrylics. If you want more details on how to make them, check out Pit KARGES’ video.

  • Black wash: Used to bring out details and texture from Geralt’s hair, beard, swords, and scabbards. I also used it to bring out details on other parts, especially on metal parts like buckles.
  • Brown wash: Used to add more effect on the boots and bring out details on the sleeves on Geralt.

The Paint mix:

I had to mix paint for Geralt’s upper boot strap to be darker. I mixed 7-parts Tamiya XF-10 Brown and 20-parts Tamiya X-1 Black. Don’t mix too much paint on this since the are you’ll be painting will be a small area.

Retouching the Head

I applied the black wash on Geralt’s hair and beard. A small bit bled to his lower mouth and surprisingly created a good morning shadow effect after I cleaned it up. The wash brought out the clumps of hair and gave his face more depth.  Another effect is a grungy look on the hair, befitting of a Witcher who’s been out in the wild doing his job.

McFarlane Toys Geralt of Rivia The Witcher III Hair and Beard Washed

A grungy looking Witcher, is a good Witcher.

Retouching the Torso

This torso of Gerald was treated with a repainting of buckles and laces. Some points in the chainmail were retouched as well for those areas where the chains were not fully painted.

McFarlane Toys Geralt of Rivia The Witcher III Torso front detailing

Be careful to paint the laces that are in a knot and there’s only FOUR of those hanging from his torso.

The front area had buckles and rivets on the leather strap running across the chest that needed repainting or painting. The metal parts were treated with silver and washed with black. Lifting the strap a bit will reveal another one molded on to the torso that has the unpainted buckle. The laces, both front and back, were all recolored with sea blue and the tips with gold.

McFarlane Toys Geralt of Rivia The Witcher III Torso rear and side detailing

All the small details count in my book!

The sides had straps and buckles molded into the torso that were unpainted. I painted that with brown, and the buckles with silver, and then topped it of with black wash. As for the rear, the metal ring and rivet on the same strap from the front that runs across the torso were unpainted and needed some attention (even if the scabbards will cover it, but I’m a stickler for details so I went and painted that).

I finished off the detailing on the torso by covering up the paint bleed from the manufacturer or painting the areas on the chain mail that were overlooked and unpainted.

Retouching the Arms

Geralt’s arms, like the torso, had small details that needed to be painted over and retouched. the leather straps molded into the upper arm were only surface painted and it’s sides left uncolored. The dull gray cloth looked more plastic than cloth and the gloves needed a bit of detailing with the knuckles needing some retouch.

McFarlane Toys Geralt of Rivia The Witcher III Right Pauldron detailing

I mean, how did they overlook that part? Not like it was hidden or anything.

Starting off with the right shoulder, McFarlane forgot to paint the rivets on the blue leather on that pauldron. A dash of silver paint was all it needed.

McFarlane Toys Geralt of Rivia The Witcher III arms brown wash

Come on, who marches in and out of the woods and your clothes looking clean and pristine? You need some brown wash!

The dull gray cloth was treated with brown wash to bring out the details and to make it more grungy. This reflects the fact that Geralt is always out there fighting monsters. Hence the dirt, blood, and rain clinging to those porous surfaces of his body and of course, not make that part look like plastic.

McFarlane Toys Geralt of Rivia The Witcher III upper arms detailing

Your steady hands and patience will really get tested at the straps. Don’t forget the buckles too; they’re not that easy to spot the first time.

Moving on to the leather straps that’s supposed to be holding the pauldrons. The straps on this part only had the surface going around the arm painted, I took the liberty of continuing that to painstaking detail on the side with brown and the buckles with silver.

McFarlane Toys Geralt of Rivia The Witcher III arms Glove detailing

Word of advice, shine a flash light when you work on this area. The dark color of the glove made it difficult to see if I was painting the right sections.

Going down to the gloves and going to the back, you can see embossed laces and what seems to be stitching that’s keeping the cuff together. These needed painting.

The lace, like the torso’s was colored with sea blue and the aglets (the tips) with gold. The stitching were colored with brown. If you own a Geralt figure and want to do some retouching, you can start on the metal knuckles with silver (mine needed the retouch as the paint was rather faded).

Like with the torso, I finished detailing the arms with working on the areas on the chain mail of the pauldrons that were unpainted.

Retouching the Boots

The thigh area did not need any attention, thankfully so let’s head down to the boots. While I appreciated the way McFarlane did the leather boots with adding weathering, there were still some details that needed to be added.

McFarlane Toys Geralt of Rivia The Witcher III boots detailing

The boots needed more wash than the other parts to give it that effect of being stomped around with a lot.

Starting with the leather strap  by the mouth of his boots, I had that repainted with the mix I mentioned earlier. Moving around back, you will notice a pair of embossed X representing stitches which I recolored with brown. I then proceeded to add weathering effects to the strap and the back and side of the boots by dry brushing flat earth to simulate the weathering of leather and dirt. I finalized that with applying 4 alternating layers of brown and black wash.

The metal buckles and the metal spurs were treated with silver and overlaid with black wash followed by brown wash to make it look like it had been stained with mud and blood. The metal spurs in particular had a more layers of alternating black and brown wash until I was satisfied with the resulting effect.

Retouching the Swords and Scabbards

Repainting and retouching the swords and scabbards were much more fun than with the figure of Geralt. Bringing that much needed life to the swords was the first thing I had in mind when I got the figure.

McFarlane Toys Geralt of Rivia The Witcher III Sword and Scabbards Detailing

No longer plastic looking!

The sword was wholly repainted from the pommel to the point, end to end to give it a better appearance. The brown areas with brown and the plastic gray parts with silver. I then proceeded to apply black wash on it to have an amazing effect show up after doing the touch up. The engraved and embossed details popped up more, the runes on the silver sword was much more visible, and the scratches on the steel sword more noticeable. It looked more of a sword now than the original plastic looking thing it was when I first got Geralt.

McFarlane Toys Geralt of Rivia The Witcher III scabbards detailing

Well…it looks less empty at least.

The joined scabbards were not wholly repainted but more retouched with the other side needing more painting since it was all just gray plastic. Flat earth was used on the steel sword scabbard (top) body and the straps with the mix I made. The straps were then dry brushed with flat earth as well to make it look weathered and used. The silver sword scabbard (bottom) was detailed with brown and the crisscrossing straps with deck tan. The plastic gray parts were painted with silver.

The final touches was application of black wash to bring out the details, with extra more layers of wash on the crisscrossing straps on the silver sword scabbard to make emphasis on weathering and aging. Like with the swords, the beautiful pattern on the scabbards are more noticeable.

Before and After

Comparing it to before I did the touch ups, OOB Geralt looked dull and more plastic like and really needed more detailing than McFarlane did. Don’t get me wrong, the figure is good the first time, I just added more of my touches to make him look much better.

You can probably add more weathering effects on him better than I did and make more dexterous paint job that I can only dream of. Oh by the way, don’t forget to add clear coating to protect the painted details…or not, all up to you.

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Did you get a chance to grab one of McFarlane Toys Geralt of Rivia yet? Did you make a retouch as well? I hope you enjoyed this article of me going through the retouch of my Geralt action figure.

If you like this retouching and repainting of my McFarlane Toys Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher 3, check out my upcoming article of Ciri when she gets released!

 

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