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Billy the kid

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by Jazz, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Jazz A Fixture

    As promised here is my latest completed 54mm figure. He was known by many names in the wild west, Henry McCarty, Wiĺliam Bonney, Kid Antrim, Brushy Bill, and most famously Billy the kid.

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    Billy was rumoured as having killed 21 men by his 21st birthday. He was allegedly shot and killed in Fort Sumner, New Mexico in 1881. There is a theory that he survived and lived to a good age as Brushy Bill Roberts but unfortunately this cannot yet be proven.

    The figure is of Billy posing for the famous full length photo taken of him in late 1879. The photo was a tintype and the original shows a mirror to the side of Billy used to reflect a better light on him. I tried this with the figure but it didn't work well so I replaced it with a chair using artistic licence. You will notice the figure looks opposite to the photo but in those days photos were printed as a reversed image. its also why he was known as a left handed gunfighter.

    This will be my last entry on here for a while as while on holiday in Spain I picked up a 1/10th scale Artesania Latina Concord American stage coach 1848. This will be constructed completely from various woods and is something I have always wanted to construct. I'm taking my time with this and envisage it taking several months. As its not a figure I don't think I can show it here so it may be a while before I'm back. I shall keep dipping in to see how everyone is and whats being produced so have a great year everyone and hope you like Billy.

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  2. arj A Fixture

    Nice figure, and I like the setting.
    Had a look at the Artesania Latina website. That's quite a kit you've got yourself.

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  3. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Nice painting and setting on this one, shame you cant get them any more.
    You are probably aware of the photo shown as it was the subject of a History Channel documentary.

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    Billy the Kid, playing croquet with his Regulators gang

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  4. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    Beautiful ,very nice paintwork

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  5. Jazz A Fixture

    Thanks for the kind remarks guys.
    Viking Bob, I've seen the photo you posted. Its a more recently released and now authenticated tintype of Billy. The photo my figure is based on is this older and also authenticated tintype..

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    From the left shows the original photo which is reverse imaged. The middle shows the correct view as Billy would have stood and the right photo is a coloured and enhanced version.

  6. Graham PlanetFigure Supporter

    Very nicely done and documented. I hope you can keep us updated on the stagecoach build in the ‘Lounge’ forum. I am sure I would not be the only one interested in seeing it.
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  7. Jazz A Fixture

    Thanks for the nice comments Graham, and yes, I hadn't thought about the Lounge forum. If people are interested I would like to do that. There's no figures though. They would have to be the size of an Action Man!
  8. phil_h A Fixture

    Nicely done John (y)
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