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1/7 Gurkha Rifles Falklands Conversion.

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by callmehobbes, Mar 14, 2021.

  1. callmehobbes Active Member

    Country:
    England
    Using Mitches Military Models excellent Falklands bust as a starting point, I swapped heads with another MMM figure, (Hero of the Soviet Union) that I bought second hand and am converting it to a Gurkha wearing the ubiquitous cold weather hat. I'm relying on pics on the internet for reference but think i have a basic idea. I cut off the Russian hat, added a dollop of putty for the top part and scribed in the six panels. I then added the lower side/back piece and added a little texture to show the pile lining. I also added the lower front piece with a little texture showing. Tomorrow Ill add the big ear flaps in the down position and then the big front flap in the raised up position.
    Im not sure the face needs any re-modelling; Im hoping it will look ethnically correct as it is. Im experimenting as I go so may change things.as I go along.
    Obviously things look pretty rough at this point but I hope you can see what Im aiming for and please let me know if there are any errors. Cheers. WP_20210314_16_14_50_Pro.jpg WP_20210314_16_15_45_Pro.jpg WP_20210314_16_30_19_Pro.jpg
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  2. callmehobbes Active Member

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    England
    The putty dried faster than expected so added extended ear flaps and front with stitching. Still a fair bit to do but the basic shapes are there. The sides may need to be thicker . WP_20210314_20_34_56_Pro.jpg WP_20210314_20_35_02_Pro.jpg WP_20210314_20_35_09_Pro.jpg
  3. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

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    United-Kingdom
    Great work on the cap and a lovely idea all round.
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  4. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Hi there

    Great idea for a conversion , CW cap is coming along nicely

    Have yiu or will you alter the face ?

    We see a painted camo torso in the background as well ......SBS piece or another conversion perhaps awaiting head ?

    Following with interest

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  5. callmehobbes Active Member

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    England
    Not touched the face -not sure if I'll need to. The bust in the background is the one from Mookies (really nice btw) that I'm currently painting.
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  6. callmehobbes Active Member

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    England
    Awful pic but shows Ive done a bit more. WP_20210315_20_12_02_Pro (2).jpg
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  7. callmehobbes Active Member

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    England
    Better pic I hope. The face is 90% done. Does it look sufficiently Gurkha? WP_20210315_21_58_45_Pro (2).jpg
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  8. callmehobbes Active Member

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    England
    Wow -that looks a lot rougher up close than it does to my eyes. Lets call the face 75% done instead!
  9. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Obviously that's not the scale size for normal vision !

    I like the colour tones you've got , a little bit more to do and with the teeth painted you will have that grin seen in pics of these troops from 1982

    Look forward to more updates

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  10. callmehobbes Active Member

    Country:
    England
    Given it a once over to soften/blend a bit better. I will add a tiny bit of putty on the upper eye lids to match the lines painted.
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  11. callmehobbes Active Member

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    England
    getting there. WP_20210316_16_33_26_Pro (2).jpg
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  12. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    You certainly are getting there !

    Great conversion idea ...be nice if it's possible to add the kukhri on the base ...just an idea !

    Thanks for update

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  13. callmehobbes Active Member

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    England
    Using a different shade of brown (AV Leather Brown) for the CW hat. Just the basic lines blocked in. I'm now already thinking of what Ill do for the Welsh Guards to complete a 5 Brigade trio. WP_20210316_19_29_40_Pro (2).jpg
  14. callmehobbes Active Member

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    England
    and first blacks added: WP_20210316_20_46_17_Pro (2).jpg WP_20210316_20_46_25_Pro (2).jpg
  15. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Hi there

    Looks good , not sure how you do pics but on my iPad the last 3 aren't showing

    Nap
  16. callmehobbes Active Member

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    England
    Not sure -they're showing here.
  17. Babelfish A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Looking good so far Paul. Great to see that head being put to good use instead of languishing unloved in my stash!

    I think you can get away with the face ethnicity-wise.

    Keep up the good work!

    - Steve
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  18. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

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    United-Kingdom
    Looking very good indeed.
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  19. Nap A Fixture

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    England

    Memo to self ......getting pics now ...new iPad looms !!

    Looking good on the cap ...agree ref Steves comment about face

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  20. callmehobbes Active Member

    Country:
    England
    Cheers guys. I think he has the Gurkha smile. On my desk, the flesh looks a softer brown than the pics. I was a quite surprised how dark he looked on the screen but the tones still fit well enough. Id like to do the eyes but after a little experiment earlier, I think Id better leave the sculpting to the sculptors.
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