WIP Oniria Miniatures 28mm U.S. Cavalry in the plains

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by KenBoyle, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    At age 71 28mm may be a stretch, but what the heck I've got a head mounted Optivisor ready to go.

    Since my favorite period is the American West of the 1800's, I couldn't resist Oniria's US Cavalry kit. It's a beautiful little grouping that's hard to resist.

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    I've cleaned and primed the three figures without any changes. The proportions on all the figures including the horse are just right.

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    On the horse I cut away the cast on reins as they were too bulky, and replaced them with new ones made from lead foil. More recent mounted figure kits from Oniria appear to come without cast on reins which, for me, makes things that much easier.

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    Finally, I created the ground work for the figures, minus the vegetation, which I will add later. This is simply Magic Sculpt with pieces of slate and pebbles added. There is an indentation for the horse's cast on base, as I couldn't remove the base without damaging the legs. I will cover the outline of the horse's base with a little glued on dirt and vegetation afterwards. I wanted to be able to paint the majority of the ground work without the horse getting in the way.

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    That's all for now. Wish me (and my eyes) luck.

    Thanks,
    Ken
  2. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Looking forward to more progress.
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  3. marco55 Active Member

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    I have this set and the painter did a nice job.There are suppose to be more sets if this one sells well.Here's hoping.
    Mark
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  4. marco55 Active Member

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    Here's a 28mm figure I have to get painted.Custer but in civil War uniform.I hope Oniria does him for their plains War range.
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  5. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Mark,
    Is this a WIP figure from Oniria that they might release? It looks great. I have their "Wild Bunch" figures and love their "Desert Centaur" pair of mounted figures which are based on John Wayne and companion from "The Searchers".

    I wish they were available from someone in the states. The overseas postage and delivery can be a killer.

    Thanks,
    Ken
  6. PoorPainter New Member

    I buy a lot from overseas miniatures vendors and individuals and have really not found the postage to be too far out of line. UK seems to be one of the worst but considering my stuff usually come by air (automatically) I find it reasonable. Just make sure that you aren't charged the VAT on any orders.
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  7. marco55 Active Member

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    This wasn't made by Oniria but was painted by him.I got this from the group that does the PaintingWar magazine.I bought the magazine and the figure came with it but the figure ran out real fast but that was a while back .They were suppose to make the figure available seperately but I don't know if they have.You could check with them. http://breakingwar.com/store/en/4-paintingwar
    Mark
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  8. marco55 Active Member

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    This figure was painted by Oniria but not done by him.I bought the PaintingWar magazine and it came with it.I heard they ran out of the figure but that was awhile back.They were suppose to make the figure available to be sold seperately but I don't know if they have.You could check with them. http://breakingwar.com/store/en/4-paintingwar
    Mark
  9. marco55 Active Member

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    I have their Searchers vignette too.I think (hope) they will make some Comanches to go with it.
    Mark
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  10. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Mark for the response.
    I'll take a look.
    Ken
  11. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Well, the officer is done although I'm not happy with the boots/spurs. The sculpting is a little rough on the feet as compared to the rest of the figure. I probably should have used a file to clean up the spurs area a little before painting. However,I'll probably let it go at this point as the ground work vegetation will hide it somewhat if placed right. ;) I can see doing a WIP instead of a COMPLETED figure thread has it's disadvantages. You get to see some of the sneaky stuff I try to get away with. :) But I guess that's part of what's good about viewing a WIP.

    On to the civilian scout next. I'll tackle the mounted figure last. Right now I need to let my eyes uncross first.o_O

    Thanks,
    Ken

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  12. oniria PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Hi all.
    Ken: I look forward to see your progress with the vignette. Looking very good so far. I feel you pain with the postage expenses, but unfortunately no USA distributor so far.. :/
    The Custer figure Mark has posted will be available separately shortly.
    And yes, we will soon release another US cavalry vignette (no integrated reins ;)) and if everthing goes as planned we will be also doing Custer (7th cavalry period)
    Thank you all for your support.
    SAludetes
    Angel
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  13. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Angel,
    Thanks for the kind words.

    I love that you are releasing collector's quality small dioramas / vignettes in 28mm (and 40mm). With space limitations an issue for me, doing the same stuff in 54mm or 75mm, as much as I would like them, becomes too much. And the subject matter is irresistible.

    I'm looking forward to the Custer figure and any other old west/7th Cavalry items you release. Between the Desert Centaurs, Custer and others, I may easily hit the free postage cost. :)

    Thanks,
    Ken
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  14. marco55 Active Member

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    I am also looking forward to Plains Wars figures.
    Mark
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  15. phil_h A Fixture

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    Looking good Ken - the blues look especially nice (y)
    Phil
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  16. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Phil, comments much appreciated.

    I always seem to struggle with Blues for some reason. Since I love US cavalry figures in all scales, this can be a challenge. :)

    Ken
  17. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Ok, Ken's new personal rule. Never post a figure the minute it's completed at the end of a long day, and always take photographs, review, fix, take more photos, etc. prior to posting. :)

    I just wasn't totally happy with the Officer figure after reviewing the photos I posted. Therefore, I touched up some items, especially the boots and spurs. The changes are subtle and I'm still not totally satisfied, but I've reached a point of diminishing returns. ;) Again, the pitfalls of doing a WIP.

    Now on to the Scout. (Really, this time!)

    Ken

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  18. marco55 Active Member

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    Looks good to me Ken.
    Mark
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  19. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Scouts done.

    Minor rant coming. :) I think the thing that is frustrating me a little with the 28mm figures is photographing them. I enjoy painting them but when they are blown up to 3 to 5 times their size in a photograph every little blending quirk is quite visible. I think I'm trying to be too much of a perfectionist (relative to my talent level) for this small a scale. On a 54mm figure the minor blending issues are barely noticeable, if at all, in the photo. When I view the 28mm figure in person from 6 inches away they look much better than the photo. Ok, end of rant.

    Nevertheless , I am enjoying this and plan on doing others in this scale just for a change of pace. Moving on to the mounted figure. Horse first then cavalryman next.

    Thanks,
    Ken

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  20. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Horse has been completed and here is the vignette minus the mounted cavalryman and base/groundwork. I will work on hopefully finishing everything this weekend assuming no personal surprises pop up.

    Thanks for looking,
    Ken

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