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WIP Algerian Tirailleur from Albu Miniatures

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Nap, May 9, 2020.

  1. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi everyone

    Following on from my look at this from ALBU MINIATÙRES here

    https://www.planetfigure.com/threads/algerian-zouave-from-albu-miniatures.236882/

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    In it I put this reference which the sculptor used as a reference which shows 3 medals

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    These are the medals of course

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    Medal Militaire , Italian Campaign , Crimean ( the subject has 3 bars on his medal )


    As in the review there are 2 medals

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    ...nothing wrong with that of course ....but ......

    ...you might get the idea I quite like pushing a little bit of putty for details .....so I decided to add the missing medal ...keeping to the same layout as above ref

    So taking a deep breath and hoping for the sculptor Alain's blessing ...out came the Dremel

    Removing all the current medals which also removed lacework ..

    Iffyvision pics ...click on for larger images

    So started the lace

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    Bit more

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    Added the basic shape of the ribbons

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    Bit by bit the medals and details were added

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    Final result ...

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    UPDATE.....Now added the what will be blue ring in the centre and redone the head again ...fiddly !!!

    Now on a base and primed ...will leave for a day or so to fully dry before basecoating

    Thanks for looking in

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap

    PS Also found the Pilipili Chasseur d'Afrique bust in the GA as well ..Mmmmmm
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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Folks

    Quick iffypicture with the reworked Medal Militaire centre and before primer !...painting will ...hopefully make the reworking "zing"

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    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap
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  3. Richard Baxter Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Scotland
    Nice work, Kev. This chap looks a little narrow across the shoulders to me. Maybe it's the photo?
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  4. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Cheers Richard , possibly a little narrow but were not all built the same ..lol

    Thanks for looking in

    Stay safe

    Nap
  5. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-States
    Impressive Nap! You are the king of medal making and the extra personalization is one of the reasons your busts are always amazing. Keep it up sir! (y)(y)(y):)

    Cheers,
    Ken
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  6. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Hi Ken

    Thank you your too kind ...this was a challenge as I didn't want to ruin the original piece !!

    Pleased with the result ...will get some basecoats on him very soon ...after I have finished prepping 2 Pilipili bust ( Chasseur d'Afrique and a Tirallier Sengalese -1914 ..the latter has 1 medal.., the other none......atm!! )

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap
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  7. Albu New Member

    Country:
    France
    Good evening Nap and all.
    Now I am aware that this medal is missing!
    Thank you Nap and you had all my blessing to make this change.
    It's a very nice job that you did there! Well done.

    * Richard, yes it is true that the shoulders are not very wide, it is a good remark and I hope that it is not too embarrassing! But I like when there are these differences, like in life.
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  8. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi everyone

    Couple of pics with the basecoats on ...the 3 medals are just primed but will paint up nicely

    As I said just basecoats !!...the challenge here is the very dark skintones so lots of reference confirmation on the way

    Click on pics for larger images if you wish

    Thanks for looking in

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap

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  9. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Guys

    Bit of a verbal update ...now on the bench

    ....working on the fleshwork first .....Be happy to get suggestions on the flesh

    Below is a close up of Alain's painting in oils currently mine is darker

    then it will be the hair , medals and uniform

    Hopefully I can do the piece credit

    Happy benchtime

    Nap

    PS Nice to see Geoff Charman liked my last post ..RIP mate

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  10. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Looking at the picture reference

    There's an lighter band of flesh under his hairline ...a newly worked hairstyle cut ?

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    Nap
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  11. Henkm Active Member

    The other fellows in your review also have that lighter band of skin. Seeing how sharply delineated and straight it is, I have the idea that it might be because they're wearing a headdress when out in the sun?
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  12. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Very true ...possibly a fez ? .....I have painted to represent the lighter band but not overdoing it ..hopefully !m

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  13. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi everyone

    Quick picture of where I am at the moment with this piece , flesh all done , working on medal ribbons now , hair needs to be done as well

    Must admit I am enjoying this painting , the lighter part under the hair is there as well ...hope to get some more done later

    Happy benchtime

    Nap

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  14. santi fernandez Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Spain
    I like how the bust goes and good work on the medals.
    Santi.
  15. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Thanks Santi ..it goes well ..a nice one to paint ....finished all the ribbons now ...actual medals next

    Probably then do hair then uniform

    Thanks for commenting

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
  16. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi folks

    Never really noticed this but in the picture he is wearing a sash with a leather belt over it .....

    Think I might add this ....but wondering what colour the sash and belt might be ....blue sash and black or brown belt ....Mmmm

    Need to dig further ...any thoughts welcome

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    Painting progressing well ...working on the uniform highs etc , making the shirt a slightly different colour blue ...hopefully

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
  17. Dr Bison Active Member

    Country:
    Germany
  18. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Thanks

    So its the same blue as uniform then even though this is Algerian ?

    Thank you ..putty coming out in morning

    Nap
  19. Dr Bison Active Member

    Country:
    Germany
    Hi Nap,

    I've just realised that this can't be a zouave, as their short jackets were dark blue - and the photo this bust is modelled on clearly shows a light jacket.
    It has to be, therefore, a tirailleur algérien (Algerian Rifle) in a light blue jacket; his sash would then have to be carmine red! The belt is still black, though...

    Here are some images from the new 1870/71 book (I'll do a review of it soon-ish):
    Zouave:
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    Tirailleur:
    IMG_5990.jpg IMG_5991.jpg IMG_5992.jpg

    Sorry for the confusion - I hope you haven't mixed your blue sash colour yet...

    Cheers
    Karl
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  20. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Hi Karl

    You are STAR

    Just starting putting sash in place

    Carmine will make a nice colour addition

    Appreciate your references

    Happy benchtime

    Nap

    PS ..I so want that book ! thanks for link ?
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