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C17th Cossack Bust

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Peter Day, Mar 18, 2021.

  1. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Shenanigans time again!

    I recently got hold of Young Miniatures' Zaprozhian Cossack bust, which is based on a character in a painting by Ilya Repin of the said Cossacks sending a none too polite reply to a request to surrender by the Ottoman Sultan:


    Unfortunately, the head had a lot of moulding debris in the right eye, and when I tried to clean it up, the whole lower lid disintegrated and ruined the face. I initially threw the whole thing away in disgust (at my clumsiness), but then decided to see if I could find an alternative.

    Once again, Reedees came to the rescue, and after a bit of chopping I came up with the item above. The original neck was very thick and occupied a lot of space, so I resorted to giving him a scarf as a secure base for the new head. That was made from Milliput, which also provided the hair and whiskers, and I gave him an earing made from wire.

    He's no longer the figure in the painting (though he could, I suppose, be a younger version of the same man), but I think it will still have some character, especially as he'll be smoking a pipe.

    These are the rest of the parts; belt, pistol, pipe and knife;


    Hey ho.......
    1969, KenBoyle, Martin64 and 11 others like this.
  2. Graham PlanetFigure Supporter

    Nice conversion Peter, look forward to seeing it painted.
  3. Sven Well-Known Member

    Lovely. Great rescue.
  4. mil-mart A Fixture

    Nice, look forward to following.
  5. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Peter

    A good bust originally but as Sven says " great rescue "

    Following with interest

    Happy benchtime

  6. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Nice work Peter. Now you have a unique piece.

  7. clrsgt A Fixture

    Well done. A great save and a nice conversion.
  8. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter

    Chair pulled up with a nice mug of tea (Yorkshire of course)
  9. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thanks for looking in people, and for your favourable responses - I'll try not to muck it up. Having said that:

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    Not over-enamoured so far. It took long session to get to this stage and was quite a struggle. I need to step away from it for a while and come back to it with fresh eyes.
  10. callmehobbes Active Member

    I really like the face. I have the set of reedees 1/9 heads and not used them yet. Based on this, I can see them finally getting a lick of paint.
  11. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Paul. I've used Steve Readdie's heads, both 1/9 and 1/16 numerous times. They've saved may a build Always very nice to work on and very adaptable.
  12. callmehobbes Active Member

    I love his 1/16 heads. Ive used them a few times.
    Peter Day likes this.
  13. Stephen Hutchinson PlanetFigure Supporter

    Morning Peter

    Looks like Reedee's does it again!

    Great milliput work on the hair, moustache and scarf too.

    The face looks as good as all your previous work this year!

    Perhaps the failed eye surgery and head swap have tainted your perception of the head?

    It certainly looks the part from here.

    Have a good day with the body and don't forget the census form too.


    Steve H
  14. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

    Morning Steve

    Actually, I've decided to shelve this one. There's something about it that I can't get right, and which had already relegated it to the back of the cabinet. Not wasted time though, as I enjoyed the conversion and got in some good Milliput practice. Next.........
    KenBoyle and Nap like this.
  15. Nap A Fixture


    A shame but you've enjoyed the putty practice

    Look forward to next

    Happy benchtime

  16. callmehobbes Active Member

    90% of all my models get put to the back of the shelf for another day. For what it's worth I thought it was coming on well.
    Nap likes this.
  17. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

    Nap and Paul - Thanks for looking in.

    I find I have occasional spells where nothing seems to go right, and the last three projects I've started have either been stripped-down or binned. Probably a case of my ambition outweighing my abilities. Hey, Ho......
  18. callmehobbes Active Member

    I know what you mean -we're always our own harshest critics. But never bin stuff! Ive remodelled/modified stuff hundreds of times :)

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