AKHENATONSteve Saleh has sculpted another very fine model in Akhenaton, based on the superb Jesse McGibney artwork. I hadn’t seen the picture when I started work on him, and was working from just the written description, which led to a several small mistakes on my part! But it was great to have the artwork to work from later on, as often I find with not-strictly historical models I am left wondering, just what colours do I use? Not that I’m saying Akhenaton wouldn’t look great in a purple lounge suit, but I went with the official illustration in, In HerMajesty’s Name.EYES & FLESH Akhenaton, has a wonderful face. With the great cheek bones and stern brow you would expect in any self- respecting crazed megalomaniac bent on world domination! I wanted the Egyptians to have a noticeably different tone their skin and planned my painting accordingly. The eyes are nicely realised too, so it really just a matter of painting what detail there is, well almost (this was my initial mistake; I painted his eyes white with brown pupils!). His eyes are of course yellow with black irises. I used the mistake of painting them white first to my advantage and left the white as an undercoat for the yellow, which isn’t the strongest of pigments and needs something to bolster it up a bit. I then dotted the irises in black over the brown mistakes, and no one will ever know… Also he does have a lot of eye makeup, for which you there is no real answer but to paint it like the picture in the book, or now copy what I have done here. I didn’t paint it on at this stage, because I was still debating whether to paint the eye make at all. I always find this kind of detail tricky, as it is more like proper artwork, and difficult to correct the final result if you make a mistake.