WIP 1/9th Marechal Jean Lannes

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Geoff Charman, May 1, 2018.

  1. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    One of my recent purchases this time from ElGreco.

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    It's a bust of one of the many Marechals on Napoleon's staff, and one I hadn't heard of as he was not at Waterloo having died on 22nd May 1809 at the age of 40 in Austria.
    Text taken from Wiki.
    "during a lull in the second day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling, Marshal Lannes went and sat down at the edge of a ditch, his hand over his eyes and his legs crossed. As he sat there, plunged in gloomy meditation on having seen his friend, General de Brigade Pouzet, decapitated mid-conversation by a cannonball, a second cannonball fired from a gun at Enzersdorf ricocheted and struck him just where his legs crossed. The knee-pan of one was smashed, and the back sinews of the other torn."
    He died from these injures after one leg had to be amputated. Napoleon stated that "he found Lannes a pygmy, and left him a giant"

    The bust came in two parts, head and torso and with a resin plaque to attach to your own base.

    After the usual cleaning up and washing I primed him in Halfords white car primer from a rattle can.

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    I started with the head as is my norm, and had to create quite a smooth skin due to his age and not the rugged weather beaten look of previous busts. This was painted in Artist's oils but with the eyes painted with Vallejo Acrylics.
    The hair has just had a base coat and I shall return to this later.

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    Now for the body, all done in Vallejo Acrylics but with docraft Pearl medium added to give a metallic effect as required and Citadel brown, black and flesh washes where necessary.
    Colours blocked in, the shoulder belt given an intial coat of light grey mixed with pearl medium to give the silky material look. the ochre colour is the base to the golden braiding, this with then be given a wash of Citadel brown wash then over that an ochre and pearl medium mix to highlight the braid, I shall do the same with the epaulettes but use the flesh Citadel wash and a lighter ochre paint/ pearl medium mix to give a slightly different gold colour , but I am getting ahead of myself, so here is a couple of pics as we now stand.

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    The blue does look slightly darker "in the flesh" but I think I shall need to give it a slightly darker go over with a wash.

    So that's it for now.
    TBC

    Geoff



  2. mick3272 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Geoff.
    Welcome back from the M T Section.
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  3. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Thanks Mick, I have kept a semi-silent watch on here while working on the Firefly ;)

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  4. phil_h A Fixture

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    Very nice progress so far (y)
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  5. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Following with a lot of interest in this one Geoff.
    All that lace too.
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  6. Graham PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Off to a great start Geoff. Can I as exactly what is the ‘pearl medium’ please?
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  7. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Many Thanks Phil.
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  8. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Nice to have you along Bob, yes there is a lot but getting the light at the right angle helps to show it up.
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  9. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Thanks Graham, it's a stiff paste or thick liquid that has a silvery sheen to it and if paint is added it gives a shiny silky metallic look. I am trying to stop using metallic paint and I do like the look of it, my bust of the Royal Horse Guard had all the metalwork done this way and I liked the finish, I'm still learning how to use it.
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  10. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    I will have to look it out.
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  11. JonH Active Member

    Geoff.He looks gorgeous.Quite a character Lannes seems to have been.
    Jon.
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  12. Graham PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Geoff, that will be on my next order to Jacksons Art Supplies or trip to Hobbycraft whichever comes first (y)
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  13. Huw63 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Great start Geoff.

    An aside - Lannes was one of Napoleon's most capable Marshals and a close friend and one of the few staff who could call Napoleon Du and not Sire. Checkout Colin Frazer's version as Colin provide some more background and also some reasearch suggesting that Lannes' hair was greying from a comparitively young age.

    Cherrs

    Huw
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  14. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    No prob mate, it is from docraft Artiste and in 2oz /59ml bottles, they do pearl medium and a slightly darker mother of pearl, I like the basic pearl medium.
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  15. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    No prob mate, it is from docraft Artiste and in 2oz /59ml bottles, they do pearl medium and a slightly darker mother of pearl, I like the basic pearl medium.
  16. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Many thanks for the additional info I shall add some grey to his hair when I do it.
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  17. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    Thank you Jon, he was certainly in the thick of the action and well liked by Boney.
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