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WIP Critique Australian SAS Vietnam bust, Naked Army 1/6 scale conversion

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Tony Dawe, Aug 19, 2020.

  1. Tony Dawe PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi guys,

    I’ve been keen to do another version of this imposing 1/6th scale Naked Army bust, combining Tiger Stripe camouflage and an M203 grenade launcher. The challenge with this project is to convert the bust by repositioning the right arm, add a new right hand and sculpt the grenade pouches that are worn on the front webbing straps.

    I’ve also changed the cut of the pockets on the front of the shirt and added buttons. There are a few more additions to the shirt to go on before I prime the bust.

    It’s already taken me 3 weeks to get this far and there’s a long way to go. I’ve sculpted a very rough right hand out of Sculpey so I can see what the final pose will look like and ensure there’s enough space for the grenade pouches.

    I added a beard and moustache to the face to reflect the fact that SAS would go unshaven for several days before going out on patrol and wouldn’t shave while on patrol for several weeks. My sincere thanks to Chris Roberts, (Chrisr) who has been a wonderful source of first-hand reference on the look and feel of this bust.

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  2. Mookie PlanetFigure Supporter

    Got me chair pulled up for this Tony.My 1.10th version will be reworked a.s.a.p.
    Great so far.
    Rich.
  3. Tony Dawe PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
    Cheers Rich, I’ve abandoned plans to sculpt the right hand due to an appalling lack of talent and skill. Instead I’ve opted to replace the right hand with a plastic hand from a battle barbie ordered from Monkey Depot. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of your 1/10th scale busts.
  4. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Tony

    Sat right next to Rich on this one

    All credit to you for the work you've done so far

    Look forward to more updates

    Happy benchtime and putty pushing

    Nap

    PS ...love the Ziggy Stardust picture
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  5. Jimmy S Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Tony what happened to the original hand? I had a look in my cupboard and pulled out this on the go project. The original hand fits around an M16 hope you havent lost it....[IMG]
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  6. Tony Dawe PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
    Gday Jim, no I haven’t lost the hand mate. It’s still attached to the SLR. The M203 is relatively light compared to the SLR, so I thought it would be OK to show him holding it aloft in one hand, rather than resting it on an ammo pouch. I wanted to replicate the pose of the Young Miniatures bust below, with the hand on the pistol grip.

    There’s now quite a few versions of the magnificent bust around and each of them shows off a slightly different aspect of the subject, and reflecting the skills of the modellers. I didn’t want to do a copy of anyone else’s version, so I opted to make a few subtle changes to make my version unique. I like the changes you’ve made the your version. Hopefully you’ll post a few more pics soon.

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  7. Jimmy S Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Ahh that makes sense. I must have carved it off from the SLR, which I always replace with the 1/6th ones. I also took the sweat rag off while I figured out how to make the Aussie one which as you know is very distinctive. The cut down bush hat is my homage to The Odd Angry Shot.....
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  8. Tony Dawe PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
    While I wait for a replacement right hand to come through the post, I’m going to crack on with this bust.
    First step was to get out my airbrush and spray Vallejo black primer over the bust. I’ll let the primer set for 24 hours before I start on the base coating the flesh areas. The right hand and weapon will be fixed in place later and I will then be able to fit the grenade pouches onto the right hand side of the webbing straps.
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  9. Tony Dawe PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
    Definitely a WIP pic. Just spent hours mixing various green colours to capture the right shade of sage green as the base colour for the shirt. No highlighting or shading done on the shirt yet. The face and eyes are still very basic and the skin tones lack variation. I’m happy with my progress so far.
    The real challenge will come when I start work on the Tiger stripe camouflage pattern, which is so complex and detailed.
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  10. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Tony

    Very cleanly applied primer and a good colour base for the shirt .....even now the character of the sculpt is coming through

    Thanks for updates

    Looking forward to the next steps ...presumably the highs and shadows on the shirt

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
  11. Chrisr PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi Tony,

    This is coming along nicely. Just want to let you know by this time on patrol our faces were quite dirty from layers of cam cream and dirt. We looked down right scruffy - and we smelt awful.:wtf:

    Cheers
    Chris
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  12. Tony Dawe PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks Nap, your constant support and encouragement is most appreciated mate.

    Hi Chris, thanks for insights on the face cam. Rest assured, by the time he’s finished he’ll be a scruffy, smelly beast with layers of grime, dirt, sweat and filth. I’m planning to present him as if he’s just come back from a long patrol.
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  13. Tony Dawe PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
    The right hand arrived in the post today, so I whipped out the Dremel tool and ground out the area under the right arm to position the M203. A bit more fettling required to make the hand fit into the sleeve and then I can crack on with the Tiger stripe.
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  14. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Tony

    Always good to see your benchtime , nice work on the hand

    Following as always ...bring on that camo ..lol

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
  15. Tony Dawe PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
    Scored this XXL sized Tiger stripe shirt at markets in Fremantle today. My references are sorted.

    After 2 weeks in the jungle the face is covered in layers of camouflage cream, dirt and smeared by sweat.

    I want the eyes to have a 1000 yard stare look, as if he’s looking through you, not at you.

    I’m also considering how to present this bust in a way that hasn’t been done with such a large scale.

    Next step is to lay in the black tiger stripes.
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  16. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Tony

    WOW!!!! ....that is a great bit of painting .....IMO looks spot on ....dirty, sweaty, tired, and the eyes just so piercing into the distance

    Great ref with the clothing as well ........I have a book on Tiger stripes if needed but you can't get much better than actual clothing

    Great time at the bench mate

    If I may , it's possibly the light reflection in pic but knock back the sweat a little at the side of neck

    Interested in how your ideas on presenting the piece as well

    As always following

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
  17. Mookie PlanetFigure Supporter

    Looking great Tony.Never tackled Tiger stripes before.I guess as they were originalky made in Vietnam the sizes would be suited to slight built guys.
    Rich
  18. Tony Dawe PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Australia
    Sneak peek. Collar only.
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  19. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Just had chance to join here Tony.
    He’s cracking along & neat seeing him with a 203 - good option - is this a Battle Barbie one?
    Keep em coming mate!
    MikeTheKiwi
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  20. MrBMB A Fixture

    Very nice work going on here mate!!

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