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WIP Cheyenne Raid, 1862-65 - Master Box Indian War Series Kits 1/35 Plastic

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by KenBoyle, Mar 27, 2021.

  1. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Well I can't seem to get enough of American Indians or Master Box kits, so on to my next project.

    I decided to combine two Master Box kits, "Remote Shot" and Raid", from their Indian War series to create my 4 figure vignette, which I have titled "Cheyenne Raid". Currently I have partially assembled the four figures and added my own details, although they are still a little rough in spots. A few small pieces have been left off for painting purposes and don't show in the initial photos.

    My personal challenge for these kits is that assembly is complex enough primarily due to the squatting and crouching positions and including my own modifications, that I can't put them together after painting without screwing things up. Therefore 90% of the figure is assembled before painting. Obviously this can make painting somewhat more of a challenge.

    Here are some pictures of the assembled figures ready to be primed. Again, a few pieces are missing and will be added later.

    Assembly steps.

    1. Clean up mold lines

    2. Assemble basic figures without equipment as much as possible

    3. Use a Hot Knife (actually an electric Wood Burning tool that accepts an Exacto blade) to enhance all fringe on clothing and hair. I also used it to make some small sculpting changes.

    4. Add accessories and equipment that need to be added at this point and include Belts, cords, Bow string, etc. as necessary.

    5. Finally, I printed out some pictures of feathers, found on the internet, and inserted them in a word doc and then scaled them down to the correct size. On the paper, I then glued thin pieces of wire to each feather for a more 3D look. Once the glue dried, I cut them out and attached them to the figures. They will be painted over but the image helps me with the painting.

    Thanks for looking
    Ken
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  2. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Here is a photo of my initial groundwork concept. The pieces of slate will eventually be placed in a bed of Magic Sculpt and everything integrated together. I have placed the figures on the base to see if it all works. As usual, I will now go ahead and work on the base constantly checking the figure placement until I finish the base.

    Ken

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  3. arj A Fixture

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    Looks like another little gem coming from your talented fingers Ken.
    Looking forward to watching this develop.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
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  4. DaddyO A Fixture

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    Liking this Ken
    I'm also a big fan of the Native american figures at the moment and I'm so nicking the idea you've used for feathers:D
    Not sure about the placement on the base as shown - they look a bit evenly distributed IMO, but knowing your work I'm sure you've got it covered. (y)
    Looking forward to more updates and seeing how it all comes together
    Paul
  5. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks Andrew! I'm enjoying this one. :)
  6. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Paul! By trying to keep my bases as small in size as reasonably possible (limited display case area), grouping can be an issue. The two warriors in the back on higher ground have rifles and are providing cover fire for the other two in the foreground to sneak in and go hand to hand. It just so happens they match the box art closely for each set. I'll be playing around with this concept as I work on the base and try to minimize the even distribution as much as possible. We'll see. :)
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  7. Banjer Well-Known Member

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    Following with interest, I do like your Master Box creations. I can see Pauls point about the spacing of the composition, perhaps an inch longer plinth? This will give you more leeway with placing.

    Cheers

    Bill
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  8. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Another Ken Boyle mini-masterpiece taking shape! I like the concept and the combination of the two kits. I am reminded of a Native American painting called "The Long Shot" which may have been by Frank McCarthy. I guess Master Box had it in mind too.
    I look forward to progress on this one Ken(y)

    Phil
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  9. clrsgt A Fixture

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    Good idea Ken and well reasoned although I tend to agree with the spacing comments. Some thing about even numbers always bothers me. Something I picked up from Shep Paine I think.
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  10. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Good idea Bill! Need to see what I have available. Thanks! :)
  11. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Phil! Much appreciated.
  12. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Mike! I do remember Shep mentioning that. At the time I was doing mostly single figures so it didn't sink in. :) I don't want to change the number of figures at this point, three is to few and five is to many, however, I think varying the heights via groundwork changes and staggering the figures so the box appearance goes away may work out ok. ;)
  13. Wayneb A Fixture

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    Impressive looking start Ken. I am intrigued by the looks of the detail but am not familiar at all with these kits. They look like finely detailed figures but maybe a bit brittle. Keep up the good work.

    Wayne
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  14. misfit151 A Fixture

    Looking great Ken with the additional detail and liking the grouping. (y) Mike
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  15. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    The makings of another fine diorama, looking good and nice to see the planning stage.
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  16. fogie A Fixture

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    Exciting stuff....looking forward:)

    Mike
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  17. custer760 Well-Known Member

    Your attention to detail and eye for enhancing these little gems is your speciality and I know I will enjoy this project.
    Really looking forward to this...your work is Excellent.
    Regards
    Pete
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  18. DioramaArt A Fixture

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    They look great Ken, can’t wait to see this come together. I’ve made a few of the MB Native Indians and agree they are great. Love their ACW range and the new additions to their Indian war series are great as well, lots of potential to create some interesting figure dioramas. ICM have also made a couple of ACW series that look quite similar to MB, looks like they may have a bit of collaboration going on.
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  19. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Wayne! The kit is similar to other Plastic kits and the number of pieces can make them seem less solid than resin or metal. From a durability standpoint, I dropped one of the completed figure twice on a wood floor and it just bounced without any damage. The Indian Wars series figures are more delicate looking than others as there is less clothing and more bare skin, hence thinner pieces.

    Check the vBench WIP in my profile for other Master Box kits I've done. Maybe that will provide additional information.

    Ken
  20. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks guys! I really appreciate the comments. :)
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