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Black Sheep BS120/3 Brit Para, Arnham WIP

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by gothicgeek, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi everyone, i'm back :p

    At Euro this year i was very pleased to buy this lovely figure from the Black Sheep Miniatures stall :)

    after clean-up and undercoating I went back over the fig and tidied it up and filled the eye holes as i want to paint eyes on this chap!

    i've never painted a Dennison smock so any comments and help will be appreciated...

    also this is my 23 figure using Acrylics, which i tried for the first time one year ago! I gotta say the transition from enamels and oil was suprisingly painless and i like how acrylics perform.

    anyhoo here's a pic of our fellow before i primed.

    tommorow i will start the eyes and head, with that bowler to follow


    :_|

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  2. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Dennison

    Mark you have probably found these already, I have just painted the Para Officer from Stormtroopers. Exactly the same as yours less battle bowler and brolly.
    Carl.

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  3. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    thanks Carl!

    it was the bowler and brolly that just made this figure for me :)

    Mark
  4. mil-mart A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Mark, looking forward to following this thread, great figure.
    How about removing the gun and painting him as a modern day Banker sneaking off to work and he's so ashamed he tells everyone he works on a building site:D
    Cheers Ken
  5. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Replace the grenade with a lump hammer, and the pistol with a trowel.
    Sorted,
    Carl.
  6. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    What a unique figure Mark. Presumably it is inspired by that memorable scene of the Para officer on Arnhem Bridge in "A Bridge Too Far"?? Was that based on an actual event or just a bit of Hollywood make believe?

    You're off to a good start. I'll be following your progress with interest.
  7. Rob Brown Member

    Country:
    United-States
    cool figure Mark, love the bowler hat
  8. rheath Active Member

    Country:
    South-Africa
    Thanks Carl this is much needed by me as I have the 1/16 Black Watch Sniper
    to paint and the heads up will do me a lot of good as reference. RobH. :D
  9. Chris Oldfield A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Re: Arnhem Para Officer

    The officer with the brolly did actually exist, he wasn't just a character created for the film. His name was Major Digby Tatham-Warter, & he gets quite a few mentions in Cornelius Ryan's "A Bridge Too Far" on which the film was based - this was the classic account of Arnhem until more recent books like "It Never Snows in September" by Robert Kershaw provided more recently-researched information.
    A photo of Tatham-Warter appears in "A Bridge Too Far" & his exploits are described in detail; it's a long time since I last read the book, but IIRC he didn't wear a bowler hat. He certainly carried the brolly during the battle though, as stated in the film it was a personal recognition sign so his troops would be able to identify him. A great British eccentric!:cool:

    Cheers,
    Chris
  10. Barke02 Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Mark,

    What a great figure, is the sculptor Stuart Hale?

    Chris is right, the character in the film was meant to be Major Digby Tatham-Warter, but what you see in the film is only the half of it! You can read a short biography of him on the Pegasus Archive here:

    http://www.pegasusarchive.org/arnhem/tatham_warter.htm

    ...of particular note is the way he disabled an armoured car with his umbrella by thrusting it through the vision slit and incapacitating the driver! And although for most of the battle he wore his red beret, he did indeed find and wear a bowler hat!

    Cheers,
    Jon.
  11. stu A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi everybody,
    Glad you like the figure and that the link is there to show that he did wear the bowler hat.
    Once I read the article all other projects were stopped and full steam ahead for its euro release,under the black sheep range it is only available at shows.

    cheers
    stuart
  12. Brent Fordham New Member

    Country:
    Canada
    What a great looking figure! Looking forward to seeing the progress.
  13. engeee Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Okay...I want one!

    Who can tell me how or where to get one of these figures?

    Thanks,
    Steve

    engeee@aol.com
  14. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
  15. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Ken .... cheers :) banker indeed ;)

    Carl .... :D

    Tony ... many thanks, and see the other replies as to our fellow :)

    Rob ... thanks :) and it was the bowler that decided me on this figure.

    Chris ... cheers for the info :)

    Jon. ... thanks for more info :)

    Stuart ... thanks for sculpting him :D

    Brent ... many thanks :)

    Steve ... see carls post :)

    Carl ... hello again ;)

    thanks for all the comments and input everyone :)




    so i've got the face about 2/3 of the way to finished and it's blu tacked on to check context and general look, with the neck stretched out like that it was hard to tell if it was ok.

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  16. Marcel Active Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Mark,
    Great start on this funny looking figure!

    Cheers,
    Marcel.
  17. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Looking good so far Mark,
    Carl.
  18. Jeff Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    The figure is looking good. What an an amazing man. His story would make a wonderful film.
  19. engeee Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Did I misunderstand?

    Carl,
    It was my understanding that this version included the Brolley and Battle Bowler???
    I've seen the "Para" version available many places, but no where with the alt. details.

    Did I misunderstand? Was this a conversion done by the one and only "gothicgeek" or is it available in kit form with the hat and umbrella?

    Now I'm really confused...

    Steve
  20. Chris Oldfield A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Re: Arnhem Para Officer

    Mark,

    Great work so far, you've captured the face of a man who'd spent a few too many days at John Frost Bridge so well! One other detail on the figure I like a lot - just noticed the shell dressing hanging from his left epaulette, you see this in many Arnhem photos. Superb figure, let's see more!:)

    Cheers,
    Chris;)

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