1. Copying kits is a crime that hurts original artists & producers. Help support your favorite artists by buying their original works. PlanetFigure will not tolerate any activities related to recasting, and will report recasters to authorities. Thank you for your support!

Charles Ewart 54mm

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Roy, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. Roy New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi guys..just thought you might be interested in seeing my version of this hero of Waterloo...it's been far too long since I posted anything here on my Vbench, so I apologise for that, please feel free to comment as you please.

    and many thanks for looking at my work.

    It's 54mm...and a first for me, as I've never sculpted a Napoleonic figure before...


    I was given the opportunity to sculpt this piece by Classicae, and basically the brief was to make something 'other' than a mounted Scots Grey taking an eagle from a Frenchman...

    I read a little about the event and found that Ewart was in his mid forties, around 6'5'' and built like the proverbial brick out-house at Hougomont...if there was one.

    Apparently, after taking the eagle and being slashed at towards his groin, he parried a lance that was thrown at him, and luckily avoided a musket ball that was shot at him, Ewart was instructed by Ponsonby to get the hell off the field and take the booty (eagle) to the rear and get himself a few wee drams...Obviously, the security of the eagle from that moment was paramount, and should be carefully preserved, along with the regiments new found hero until at least after the battle.

    Ewart reportedly followed these orders, although with 'extreme reluctance' and was seen to stand, overlooking the field of battle where he witnessed he's regimental comrades in arms get a severe lashing, eventually loosing around 600 mounted cavalrymen from the approximately 1000 fielded that day.

    This was all approached in a very soldierly fashion after travelling for 2 days to arrive at the field, late at night before the battle commenced the following day...

    With the above setting in mind (reluctantly and maybe regretfully over-looking the field)...I started work on the pose...I was asked if he could have his sabre drawn and also hold something in he's left hand..a natural item would be the captured eagle...so ...to get the pose I wanted, I used a 3D program..this enables me to get an all round look at the piece before I break out the putty...

    See the image below...

    [IMG]

    using the above image as a guide, a simple wire armature was made and some Magic Sculp was applied with the basic proportions, although this was left rather rough to aid the adhesion of the Super Sculpey Grey.

    [IMG]

    In the picture above you'll notice work beginning on the trousers.
    The cross-hatching on the unfinished leg is done with a scalpel to ensure good adhesion of the Super Sculpey Grey. It's also very important to ensure that no air is trapped as you apply the SS as it will come back to haunt you when the piece is heated to effect a cure. Any trapped air will find a way to the surface, and more often than not ruin your work with a swelling or bubble which will need to be repaired. fortunately, some care in initial application can avoid the majority of these accidents.

    [IMG]

    In the above pic, the basic work on the front of the trousers is complete, although the SS is still soft and workable, so changes can be made if needed.

    [IMG]

    Above is a quick look at the rear of the trousers. The SS is now cured using heat and some detail work can commence.

    In the next few pictures you can see the seams and buttons added to the sides of the trousers. These details are applied with Magic Sculp once the Super Sculpey Grey has been cured...

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    The following is a close-up of the trouser damage, which I thought would be a plausible idea to include, just to show how close Charlie came to loosing his family jewels that day...

    [IMG]


    [IMG]

    More to come in the next post...

    Attached Files:

  2. Great work Roy ... and great concept of a hero, nice to put a story behind a sculptor. By chance what 3D programme you use it is very interesting!

    Ivan
    www.ipmsmalta.com
  3. Roy New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Ivan, hope you are doing well, many thanks for taking a look...I've been using the software Daz3D for a couple of years now..you can find it here http://www.daz3d.com/ and the great thing is, it's free...

    It really is a great help for setting up a pose and be able to look from all angles and check your work...it doesn't stop me from making mistakes, but it hopefully makes them less likely.
  4. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Fantastic sculpting Roy.
  5. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Roy,
    Excellent sculpting and a novel idea.
    Cheers
    John
  6. jjgurk Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Superb as always Roy. Always inspirational to see your 'art in miniature'. Looking forward to the continued sbs and completion of the figure.

    John
  7. Roy New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Many thanks Guy, John B and John G...for taking an interest in this sculpt, your comments are much appreciated...you can of course see the finished article elswhere, here on the Planet, but hopefully, in this thread, I'll be able to show some more of the steps taken to complete it in a little more detail, and it helps to keep my vBench more up to date.

    Roy.
  8. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    That's one I'll probably pick up, I love the attitude, nice work!
  9. slaj Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Malta
    Hey Roy, that's looking very good buddy. Keep us posted.

    Stephen Mallia
  10. dinovision79 Active Member

    Country:
    Hungary
    Hi Roy,

    interesting to see your process, I like the finished figure too.
    Thanks for posting the sbs!

    Denes
  11. vergilius New Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    excellent start
    and good to have you back
  12. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    G'day Roy,

    I love the story behind your figure and I look forward to seeing your progress with it. You've made a very promising start.

    I was also intrigued by the 3D software you use, and I've downloaded the free program to try it for myself. Thanks for the tip, and keep up the great work.

    Cheers
  13. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Well Roy,
    This is another great sculpt out of your talented hands.
    Thanks for the link.

    Marc
  14. Hi Roy ... thanks for the tip buddy! I have always been amused with 3D graphics and this surely will be an additional toy ... will try it out! Keep the good work ... always like your little gems!

    Ivan
  15. Bad91Fellow Member

    Country:
    Germany
    Nice start!
    family jewels...it's funny how similar the german and english language sometimes are!
  16. Roy New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Many thanks for taking a look guys, and of course for taking the time to leave a comment, they are all appreciated.

    Really glad that some of you are intrigued enough to take a look at the 3D program, I'm sure you'll have some fun with it, as it's very useable...it's great for checking ideas for poses, and quick to implement changes.

    I'll get some more pictures up here as soon as I find the time.

    Thanks again.

    Roy.
  17. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Great work Roy.The 3D site is very helpful.
    Brian
  18. Roy New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Cheers Brian, good to hear from you mate.

    Here's another few pics, this time, of the work on the jacket.
    I've also roughed in the girdle, although there is no detail as yet.

    [IMG]

    [IMG]

    And a shot from the rear
    [IMG]

    Many thanks for taking a look.
  19. Roy New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Here are another couple of pics. The first showing the girdle.

    [IMG]

    Here is some further work on the front of the figures jacket, adding the lace and the strap for the haversack.

    [IMG]

    Below you can see the haversack added, and the work on the turn-backs.

    [IMG]

    Many thanks foir taking a look.
  20. frank h Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    Great stuff Roy

    Frank

Share This Page

planetFigure Links

Reviews & Open Box
Buy. Sell & trade
Articles
Link Directory
Events
Advertising

Popular Sections

Figure & Minis News
vBench - Works in Progress
Painting Talk
Sculpting Talk
Digital Sculpting Talk
The Lounge
Report Piracy

Who we are

planetFigure is a community built around miniature painters, sculptors and collectors, We are here to exchange support, Information & Resources.

© planetFigure 2003 - 2019.