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Continental marine

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by garyjd, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    This is an old piece I did a while back and thought I'd post it. This figure was done for commercial production but was never produced. It depicts a Marine from Captain Robert Mullan's Company of Continental Marines, c.1779. I used a Company of Military Historian Plate as the main reference for the figure.

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  2. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    The figure was mostly made from A&B putty and some magicsculpt.

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  3. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    This back view shoes the cartridge box which was nade from plastic and magicsculpt.

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  4. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    The figure viewed from the left side, showing the bayonet/frog and scabbard.

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  5. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    Front view of the torso and head. I typically will use plastic strip stock for the belts, but used A&B here instead.

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  6. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    Detail shot of the hand and musket which is a resin copy of the "Brown Bess" I built.

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  7. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    The arms are separate pieces, as is the musket which has the left hand attached.

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  8. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    The head and roundhat with cockade are separate pieces also. This is one of the few heads I have ever made with putty. it's a time consuming process, although I prefer to do them in Sculpey.

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  9. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    Here I used a plastic for the pin that plugs into torso.

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  10. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    The tails of the coat were done after adding the waistcoat with the torso and legs put together. The tails were then added while the two halves were joined.

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  11. Sambaman Well-Known Member

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    Gary,
    nice stuff! I like the scale also. Is someone going to pick this one up? If not they should! I can tell you I've not seen many figures in 120 from this time period!

    Jay H.
    OKC
  12. Kisifer Well-Known Member

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    Excellent stuff Gary. Thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful figure with us. How come and it didn't make it to the market?

    Xenofon
  13. Dan Morton A Fixture

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    Great work, Gary! Some manufacturer missed a good bet! Super smooth uniform and equipment - a treat to paint, I'd imagine! As Jay said, there's just about zip in 120mm for this period and I would think it would be a 'niche market' shoo in.

    All the best,
    Dan
  14. Christos Well-Known Member

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    Great sculping Gary!Great figure.I'm looking forward to see it painted.
  15. Calvin Member

    Hey Gary is a very clean piece, seeing the pics it's impossible to say that it is composed by separate parts. Breaking up a figure for production is one of the most difficul things.
  16. Figure Mad Well-Known Member

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    Hi Gary

    Superb figure love that look, shame it never got to reach the commercial world

    Dave
  17. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    Jay, thanks. I can only guess that with the expolsion and popularity of acrylic painting 120mm figures became a dinosaur that has but all that died. I remember when 120's became big, well now 54's are the in thing. My favorites are larger figures but they take longer to sculpt. then again anything takes me a while to sculpt.~Gary
  18. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    In short, the original design (pose) did not match that which I had proposed to the manufacturer. I took it upon myself to think it would not be that big a deal...

    Unfortunately the other maker got out of the figure market.

    While the business end of the figure business is not my favorite part, the manufacturer in at least some cases is taking a chance on the figure at least selling enough to break even and hopefully even turn a profit. I've only sold work to a few manufacturers and feel communication for the most part has been very good and I have a lot of respect for them buying my work.~Gary
  19. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    Dan, Thanks a lot. It's really hard to gauge what will and won't sell. sometimes a very unlikely "masterpiece" comes along and floors us all.~Gary
  20. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    Chris, Thank you. If it ever sees paint it will in all liklihood NOT be me.~Gary

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