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WIP Critique Base idea for 200mm 82nd

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by kagemusha, May 7, 2011.

  1. kagemusha A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Been playing around with an idea for the base for Maurice Cory's 200mm 82nd m/c gunner.
    Apart from the figure, was looking to add ammo boxes etc. What do you guys think?????
    Cheers, Ron.

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  2. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hello Ron:

    I think you're off to a great start, and the size and volume of that tree
    trunk going out of the composition off to the left does indeed attract a lot
    of attention. And I really like what you're doing so far.

    But you understand the following is just an opinion from one model builder.
    My comments are not necessarily what you should do. Hopefully, others will
    chime in here and give you their opinions.

    I would paint the figure and get it near completion before considering where
    on that base you're going to put him. As to where he is positioned in the
    photos you've included, in my view, he is too far too the right. That makes
    that big tree trunk pointing off too the left, carry the viewers eye off the
    composition to the left, and away from the figure, which you want to be
    central.

    I would not remove that tree trunk. However, I would move the figure more
    so to the center of that base, to "my" left, as I look at your photos, I mean.
    And I think that will counteract the thrust of that big trunk pointing to the
    left. It is one of those kinda things where you try a position, and then look
    at it for a while, and eventually, you come up with a good solution.

    But all in all, a very nice base, and I'm sure the figure will be to the same
    quality. Have fun, as that is the most important thing.

    Ricardo Jayhawker
  3. kagemusha A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Thanks Ricardo, makes a lot of sense. Helps when someone else views a composition with fresh eyes. Nice one mate.
  4. unknown01 New Member

    Country:
    Japan
    Hello! Ron.
    Great start.
    An amazing ground work.
    I'm looking forward to completion.

        Mitsutaka.
  5. kagemusha A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Thanks Mitsutaka. This one is a long term project as there is so much work to do the figure justice. Will post progress tho.
    Regards, Ron
  6. rheath Active Member

    Country:
    South-Africa
    Ground work is very good here old friend - although I don't entirely agree with Jay, I think in MHO that the 2 should harmonize once you have firstly completed the ground work at least to a greater %, then complete the figure and add to the center as Jay also pointed out or a little closer to the tree than further away - this has helped me "fit" the ground work much better on my projects and you van weather in his skin tones and uniform/weapons as well to suit. Keep us up to speed.Again a little build up pre - planning always goes a long way to get to your mental picture of how it should look.;)
  7. kagemusha A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Kool, thanks Rob. Sound advice mate. Cheers, Ron.
  8. Harry New Member

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Just interested. Is this how you normally approach a project? Do you always build the base and groundwork before starting the figure?
  9. kagemusha A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Harry, the base is always a primary part of the work up for me mate.
    Regards, Ron
  10. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Looking promising Ron. Some Fred Rex ferns would help to tie the tree to the groundwork more.
    Still very convincing,
    Carl.
  11. kagemusha A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Like that idea mate. Nice one for that. Cheers
  12. jcichon Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I am currently painting this figure myself for a comission and am struggling with what kind of base and groundwork to do myself. I was thinking about going very simple for the basework so it doesnt detract from the figure. It is a fantastic sculpt. One of the best I have seen!
  13. kagemusha A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Jason, it is difficult to decide but, what helped me, was the quality of the figure itself. My other idea was to use the natural "lean" of the figures stance against a road sign at a crossroads or a more upright tree. This would leave the choice between undergrowth or road, (muddy track etc.). Hope this helps you out.
    Regards, Ron

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