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!

WIP Confederate

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Nap, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Guys ,

    Just a couple of very early shots of what started out as the great ACW bust from El Greco , after cornering my mate Jimbo he put an arm on plus made a flag (more in a moment!!) to do a colour bearer of the Texas Brigade ............

    However after looking through my books for many an hour its now going to hold a artillery sponge and curly thing and have some badge on the kepi as well ......

    That sound of sobbing recently was Jim when I "suggested" this amendment [IMG]...and yes he is still speaking to me !!!!!

    The flesh work is having more highs , (just done the main pace ..still neck and ears,hands etc) , the beard started out as a "ginger went to dark brown base ..now I think I am going to put it back to ginger !!!!

    The "uniform" colour has gone through various stages of gray , currently a dirty colour , still highlighting as work has been done since these pictures

    ....then again might just change it all to a butternut colour which would contrast nicely with the red rank stripes and star above (cheers James[IMG])
    ......
    If anyone has suggested mixes (acrylics preferred but oils also then feel free to suggest)!!!!

    The blanket roll is going to be patterned ..still to find references for this !!!!

    The pistol is a cracking find that I got from El Greco also , currently secured in by my sculpting mate ...might take it off to make painting easier .....yes Jim I know you suggested this originally!!!

    Anyway here's the pictures ........

    Nap

    Attached Files:

  2. Jazz A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Re: ACW Artilleryman

    Great start Kev. Can I ask..is that a technical term, sponge and curly thing?? :lol:
  3. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Re: ACW Artilleryman

    Hi John ,

    Thanks as for technical term ..it was early so a "curley thing" it was early mate !!!!
    , I believe that its correctly called a "worm"...my reference is P294/5 of Arms and Equiptment of the Confederacy , a book in the Time Life series "Echoes of Glory"

    Nap
  4. Jimbo A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Re: ACW Artilleryman

    Still speaking!....Just!....:whistle:

    Jimbo
  5. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Re: ACW Artilleryman

    Hi Guys ,

    Here's a couple of pictures of Guns and crews plus a cap badge (curtesy of Jimbo ..thanks mate) and also a couple of wargaming guns and crew .

    Off to paint the bigger version !!!!

    Nap

    Attached Files:

  6. Steve Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Re: ACW Artilleryman

    I imagine it is too late to do anything about it but this guy is not a gunner. The bedroll and pistol are just impediments to his working the piece. If he is on the march they would be stored in the caisson or limber. Also that first photo is of commanders and not gunners. I know historical accuracy has become a dirty word, just sayin. The final bust will be beautiful of course!
  7. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Re: ACW Artilleryman

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for the comments , I see what you are saying but my story is that he has seen most of the gun crew killed and has grabbed the rammer to help in the heat of battle !!!!!

    The pistol he picked up on the battlefield , his blanket roll is so precious no one is getting it !!!! I agree not normally worn on the guns as it was hot work .

    Historical accuracy is what we all strive for but I have'nt seen one ACW soldier looking/wearing the same .

    Like you say it will be a great bust when painted he currently has red cheverons with work being done on the gray of the coat ..I still have the colour the Jimbo did .........mmmmmmmmmmm

    Nap
    Steve likes this.
  8. chippy Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Re: ACW Artilleryman

    Just bought a nice old plastic kit (about 40years old ) on Ebay of a ACW cannon , just like the one in the picture Kev . It fits 120mm figures perfectly . So what with the 54mm diorama that's 2 Civil War diorams on the go now . I could bring a couple of my books along to Bugle Call on Sunday , see if there's more informatiom for you .
    chippy
  9. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Re: ACW Artilleryman

    Hi Chippy ,

    Another bargain from e bay then , please bring along the books for Bugle Call ...hopefully I can sit down for a coupleof minutes!!!!!!

    10mm projects eh ..interesting for sure .

    Nap
  10. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Guys ,

    Just a little update , worked on the jacket , for a gray colour initially , his has now changed to a more "confedrate" looking browny gray and dirty , also been working on the beard ...currently in the shading mode on this .........

    Next up is the shirt ..not sure what colour to do this is in ..perhaps a bit of contrast ....red or checked perhaps ..its hidden behind the pistol .......

    ..then the blanket roll !!!!

    Stop Press : It will now be an Infantryman ...with a bowie knife in his right hand ..

    Hope to do more pictures soon and will post


    All comments ,thought/idea's are welcome of course

    Nap

    Attached Files:

  11. Johan Kees Active Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    Re: ACW Artilleryman

    Kevin

    Amazing project considering the multiple shiftings of direction this has taken already! So I am curious which version will finally prevail - might end up as a Roman soldier eventually :).

    I like the adding of the blanket roll because it is making the subject a bit bulkier as I find the original sculpt rather 'slim'. I can see why you added that beautiful revolver too but to me it looks kind of large compared with the size of the bust - just IMHO of course and it might be due to photographical distorsion.

    Still I am sure you will finish this as a nice piece.

    Johan
  12. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Johan ,
    Thanks for the post ..yes many directions but only in one definate one ..Infantryman with bowie (my mate Jimbo has done the knife for me) and I will post pics with it pinned in place but not painted maybe on Friday ...hopefully!!!

    Now a lot happier with the coat colour , the stripes are only based as is the straps , still thinking about a shirt colour ..tempted to do a red !!!!!..then of course its the blanket ....

    Been working on the black leather crossbelt tonight ...still WIP!!!!!

    Still not a Roman though !!!!

    I agree about your comments ref the original figure , although it is a great sculpt by Matt Grech .


    All comments welcome of course

    Nap

    Attached Files:

    Steve likes this.
  13. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Guys ,

    Thought I would post a couple of pictures before I start painting !!!

    Shirt now done , working on the bedroll , going to be a truely home grown version , then of course its the pistol and the bowie knife , then the stripes .

    You will see I have added a heart to the top of the cap (still WIP!!) this denotes he is from the "Laurel Brigade" these were often given by sweethearts to their menfolk ....yes stitching will be added to this and the bedroll.

    Cheers (again!!!) to my long suffering mate Jimbo for doing such a great job on the bowie knife .


    More to follow

    All thoughts/comments/idea's are very welcome

    Nap

    Attached Files:

  14. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Guys ,

    Update (picture will follow!!!) ....blanket roll nearly finished , trousers and belt undercoated ..will probably revist the blanket again !!!!.

    Looking at redoing the beard as well ....making him distinguished with gray hairs!!!

    Then its the stripes , trousers, belt and weapons , found some good references to the Colt pistol

    Still enjoying it ..lots !!!!(y)

    Nap

    Attached Files:

  15. megroot PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Perfect work so far

    Marc
  16. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi to one and all ,

    Been working a little more on this , finished the blanket roll (just the ties to do !!!) , I have done a bit more on the shirt , the trousers and belt are also now nearly done since taking these shots .

    The stripes have been dulled down a lot (Cheers Jimbo for mentioning this)

    Next up is the pistol ......NMM probably with a metalic wash ..crazy I know but this was suggested by a NMM specialist (Mark Taylor - Gold medal winner at Euro and Golden demon) ...so I blame him !!!.

    All comments welcome .

    Nap

    Attached Files:

  17. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Guys ,

    Just a quick update (pictures to follow ..work calls!!!!) ...the torso is now all complete , belt, trousers, blanket roll and of course the Colt Navy pistol ...pleased the way this has come out ......added finer details like screws , and reworked the revolving chamber as well etc as in the reference pictures .

    To do ..the neck/ears , still toying with the beard at the moment ...possibly putting some gray in ...and then there is the cap with the Laurel Brigade patch , the hand (all bandaged) and of course the bowie knife , then base it up (should all be finished by Christmas ) ........and breath again (y)

    Think the next one I bring to the bench is going to be a little more colourful !!!!!! ...possibly a ECW bust ...Cavalier or perhaps something with medals ...maybe:unsure:


    Happy days eh (y)(y)

    Nap
  18. Jazz A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi to Nap & Jimbo. This is now looking really good. I have seen this bust in the flesh and the photos dont really do it justice. The combination of colours and shades all done in acrylic (IMO not the easiest medium to work in) look fantastic. The Bowie knife is sculpted beautifully and I would think it was professionally made if I didnt know better. When I have read history books about the ACW the Confederate forces rarely wore the same uniform and took what they could, when they could. Unlike the Union Army they did not have the luxury of a good Ordnance to ensure the correct uniforms were issued so I think that with a Confederate figure one can get away with a lot more than a Union figure. So I think that you have done a really good job with this and I look forward to seeing the finished bust. (y)
  19. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    This is Shaping up nicely Nap, I like the dull colours, in keeping with the times.
    not so sure about the size of the colt thou, does look a bit large, but what do i know about this weapon! apart from playing with one as a child," a tough place Glasgow and some strange toys' :rolleyes::lol::lol:
  20. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Guys ,

    Thanks for the comments , always appreciated .

    Jazz,

    You are a smooth talker aren't you ..hopefully I will get pictures done very soon....this has been a labour of love with much help from Jimbo (y)(his pc is broken so can't see this yet!!!) .

    The many books I have all have uniforms ranging from rags to brand new stuff in an array of colours ..so it gives you the leeway a bit .

    Bowie knife is great as you have seen and will look even better once I get my act together and swirl the kolinsky around !!!!

    Ron ,
    Thnaks also for the comments ....appreciated , I must admit the colt concerned me a little but it is spot on in scale with the piece it seems to have reduced afterI had painted it ..eerie that .

    ........ these "beasts" were rather big and packed a punch ..bit like Glasgow on a Saturday night I think ;)

    All comments welcome

    Nap (y)

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 - 2012.