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1/6th Natal Native officer sculpted bust

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by stoffy01, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. stoffy01 A Fixture

    Hello Pfer's,

    Just posting a little project I recently started of an approx 1/6th scale bust based on an illustration I believe to be from an Osprey books Zulu war reference.

    It started with me trying out a larger size head sculpt roughly around the size of barbie dolls (not mine) and I'm thinking this would be around the 1/6th scale? I used a thicker course of armature wire with some Das as a filler and then added the sculpey polymer clay over the top. I've really been enjoying using this clay knowing I'm not racing against the clock to try and and it completed before it sets.

    After I was reasonably happy with it I then decided I'd make a bust and thought the Natal officer was a good start. Not to complicated and I was really kooking forward to making a nicely shaped foriegn service helmet, hopefully it'll all work out.

    So this is where I'm at, the light green pattern is made of the same mix of milliput and Greenstuff I used for the 'Les Grumbler' sculpt I recently posted.

    Cheers
    Chris[IMG][IMG][IMG]

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  2. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Chris,
    this is a superb start, like what your doing. Not too many figures made with the blue patrol jacket.
    Regards
  3. Nap Forum Moderator

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    Hi Chris

    Very nice start like the subject as VB says not many in patrol jacket ...

    Q.....when you do the lace ....is it basic shape then detail up ?

    Q2 ...why is the front a different colour under the lacework ...sorry bit thick !

    Following ..well I would its a bust ..Ye Hah !!

    Nap
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  4. misfit151 A Fixture

    Looks great already Chris.....following with interest...(y). Mike
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  5. clrsgt A Fixture

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    Impressive start and great subject.
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  6. stoffy01 A Fixture

    Hi Bob,

    Thank you, agree about there not being many, usually it's the red when it comes to the Zulu conflict.

    Cheers
    Chris.

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  7. stoffy01 A Fixture

    Hi Nap,

    Thanks for the comments and questions,

    With the lace pattern I used the mix of milliput and Greenstuff. Basically rolled it very thin with my fingers and stretched it out a little. Can be fiddly on occasion and a little hit and miss but you get into the swing of thing's. Used toothpicks and silicone brush tool as well as finger to smooth and shape it.

    The reason for the differing colours of grey is I have been using black and white sculpey and have been mixing it together to give me a grey colour to work with, that's it. So sometimes more black than white and sometimes more white than black.

    Regards
    Chris.

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  8. stoffy01 A Fixture

    Many thanks Mike!

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  9. stoffy01 A Fixture

    Thanks clrsgt, hopefully this will turn out alright.

    Cheers
    Chris.

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  10. Mookie Active Member

    Hi Chris.
    Superb job me think.I know nothing about Zulu war apart from the films.Im always envious and admire what sculptors can create.
    Good work indeed.
    Richard
  11. stoffy01 A Fixture

    Hi Richard,

    Thank you so much for your comment, I wouldn't consider myself a 'sculptor' though. That sounds like someone whose accomplished in this field. The zulu films are a great start and now with the internet there's plenty of info for enthusiasts.

    Kind Regards
    Chris.

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  12. Richie A Fixture

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    Hi Chris,
    Nice to see you pushing the putty about again mate.(y) I would change the snake belt buckle and not try to sculpt it as it looks a bit flat. I would make it from a suitable gauge of wire, this will give you a much better definition in this scale for the detail and you can get the loops in also for the snake. It's much easier than trying to sculpt it.

    Following with interest and agree there are so many possibilities for getting away from the scarlet tunic. Keep up the good work mate.
    cheers
    Richie
  13. stoffy01 A Fixture

    Hi Richie,
    Nice to hear from you, thought you'd be sniffing around upon reading Zulu on the post ;). Thanks for the tips on the belt, I'll post a better pic of the snake buckle, but you're probably right I'll have a look around for some wire or something suitable and look at some more detail.

    Cheers
    Chris.

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  14. stoffy01 A Fixture

    I would change the snake belt buckle and not try to sculpt it as it looks a bit flat. I would make it from a suitable gauge of wire, this will give you a much better definition in this scale for the detail and you can get the loops in also for the snake. It's much easier than trying to sculpt it.
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    Gotcha, leave it with me ;)

    Richie[/quote]



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  15. stoffy01 A Fixture

    Hi Pfer's,

    Just an update of the 'S' buckle, made it with copper pressed into mix of GS/Mput. [IMG]

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  16. stoffy01 A Fixture

    And a strap and buckle....[IMG]

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  17. Richie A Fixture

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    Hi Chris,
    Don't forget to add the loops otherwise the snake looks like it is floating, much better by the way.
    cheers
    Richie
  18. Nap Forum Moderator

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    Looking better with every update , personally I would angle the lower arms edges towards the torso ....just my preference .

    All credit to you for doing this

    Looking forward to more

    Thanks for sharing

    Nap
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  19. stoffy01 A Fixture

    Some progress to my 1/6th Natal Native officer. Helmet will need some more shaping and detail added, but hopefully not too far from finished.
    Cheers
    Chris.[IMG][IMG][IMG][IMG][IMG][IMG][IMG]

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  20. Nap Forum Moderator

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    Hi Chris

    Good to see this is still going and coming along very nicely , helmet certainly looks good , nice texture on the beard as well

    Looking forward to more and then the painting

    Nap
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