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Dead Stretcher Bearer

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Dan Morton, Dec 25, 2006.

  1. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    This is a little Great War trench vignette based on the Gilbert Rogers painting of the same name hanging [I believe...] in the Imperial War Museum in London.

    Your comments and critique, as always, are very welcome!

    The Gilbert Rogers painting....
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    The vignette.....
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    I took the liberty of giving his uniform a (yellow) diamond insignia of the British 62nd Division in 1917. I hope I've done him justice.

    Kreston Peckham will be painting the vignette and we hope to have it done in time for MFCA in May next year.

    All the best,
    Dan
  2. renarts Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Very well done Dan. (after seeing this, I don't think you should worry about how well you'll do on "Good bye old man")

    A few comments, and this is just my aesthetic so take it for what its worth.
    The original painting has the stretcher suspended over the cesspool that was trenches. Though his foot is still in it. I think this was Rogers way of elevating and giving some dignity to his death yet connecting him to the foulness of the trenches.
    I like the blanket and feel its very intrinsic to this piece. The blanket over his body makes him anonymous so we feel more connected with everyone there as opposed to "that looks just like that young Brighton boy..." It could be anyones cousin, son, brother etc.
    I noticed that you left off the stretcher supports. The u-shaped legs attached to the carrying poles. A detail only and I think the piece works with or without.
    This is going to make one of those pieces that I think everyone will ask "did you see that piece?...wow"
    I look forward to it.
    Mike
  3. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Mike - Thanks for your most kind comments! I agree - the anonymity is part of the beauty of the piece. There's a reason why I do vignettes of classic paintings and illustrations. Those artists know a LOT more than oui!

    The stretcher supports are there, just buried in the pumice paste. The angles I took the photos from don't show them at all, but if you were here, you could see 'em. I got all four the same size by bending very firm putty over a paint brush - simple but effective.

    Again, thanks!! Will you be at MFCA??

    All the best,
    Dan
  4. rafaelega Active Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Excellent work Dan.!!!

    Rafa
  5. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Many thanks, Rafa! You are very kind!

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

    Country:
    Greece
    Good work Dan,a dramatic scene,paintings are always a great inspiration!
    best regards
    christos
  7. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Chris - Many thanks!! Hope Santa was good to you!

    All the best,
    Dan
  8. renarts Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Sorry Dan, should have known they were there....
    Won't be making it to MFCA but I'll be in Atlanta.
    There is alot of poignant art to come out of that era. Its nice to see paintings like these being very nicely reproduced in miniature.
  9. MAB Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Italy
    Hi Dan
    Good the sculpture, enough dramatic the image
    but much effective one.

    Salutes ;) MAB
  10. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Mike and Maurizio - Many thanks!!

    All the best,
    Dan
  11. georges64 Member

    Country:
    France
    Excellent work Dan.!!! i like it very much!!
    georges
  12. yeo_64 Active Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    GREAT WORK, Dan (y) (y) (y) !!!!! I do believe you may have a potential GOLD winner there, my friend. Keep it up !!!! Cheers !
    Kenneth.
  13. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Georges and Kenneth - Many thanks guys!!

    I really enjoyed making this one, Kenneth! You're absolutely right - the fun is in the process! A medal would be nice, but, frankly, if I never win another, I'd keep right on plowing along, hopefully learning a little more incrementally with each piece.

    I think I'm going to wait until after the SBS on horse sculpting is finished to attempt "Goodbye Old Man". I'd really like to do a "better than average" job on that one. I'd like to sculpt the horse mostly from scratch, if not entirely from scratch. I looked at all the 120mm resin kit horses I have and thought about conversions. They all would require a lot of adaptation. For one thing, the musculature would be totally wrong. A horse standing or walking vs. one laying down half on its side... Anybody would almost have to start from zero, wouldn't they? I know there are a couple kits with fallen horses, but I'm not aware of a good quality one that could be adapted. If anybody know one - let me know, please.

    In the meantime, it's back to the US 13th Cavalry mounted figure - Chasing Villa in 1916. M1912 cavalry trousers, M1902 (?) OD green shirt, a .45 automatic, a Springfield in the saddle holster. FUN!

    After that it's another commission. This time a British figure ca. Kut-al-Amara. I'm thinking about a stretcher-bearer a la one of Mike Chappell's illustrations in an Osprey on the WWI British Army - Eastern Theater book.

    All the best,
    Dan
  14. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Dan ,
    This is just great sculpting , very evocative of WW1 and the horrific losses , the way the blanket is covering is really vital to the overall effect and you have got it just right . Really looking forward to seeing this one painted ...regards and Happy New Year from all in the UK


    Regards Kev
  15. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Kev - Many thanks! I really appreciate the warm words of encouragement and I'm very pleased you [and everybody else it seems] like the vignette.

    What do you think about the stretcher-bearer? He's the one on the cover and page C-1 of The British Army in WWI (3) - The Eastern Fronts by Mike Chappell. There have been so many British soldiers done, but few of the "specialists" like stretcher-bearers, signalers, message runners, etc., etc. The uniform and equipment is a bit different, etc. Wolseley pith helmet with the lattice work neck and back cover. The different medical bags, the rolled-up stretcher - should be interesting. I may do two of them in different poses. One for the commission and another for a Doctor friend as a birthday gift.

    All the best,

    Dan
  16. Ulrich PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Germany
    Hi Dan

    I hope not to late, but I like your vignette, because it shows how senselessly wars are. It is not like the most scenes, which shows only the "fame" and "honour". It shows the reality.

    Many regards and a Happy New Year

    Ulrich
  17. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Never too late, Ulrich. Thanks so much for your kind words, sir! I appreciate your encouragement! I'm mailing the vignette to Kreston today.

    All the best,
    Dan
  18. Jeff Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Dan,

    You did a beautiful job on this piece. It is not easy to pull off a quiet piece like this. You have done a wonderful job, very poignant.

    Best
    Jeff
  19. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Dan ,
    Just had a look at the streacher bearer on the Mike Chappel book , certainly different and an area of the war not seen much in modelling , , on the theme of the medical services , what about the wounded Naval Div PO , would be interested seeing how you go with this one ...hint . Its in book 2 of the same series on the centre of the cover and plate G3 , what about plate G2 in book 1 (with the blinded guards sgt ) .
    Just something to have a look at ...as always look forward to any work you do on the planet ...always insprational .

    Regards Kev
  20. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Jeff and Kev,

    Many thanks for your kind words, gents. Cheers!

    Jeff - Always a pleasure to hear from you and get your approval. I appreciate all the excellent feedback and critique I've gotten from you in the past. Your observations are always spot on!

    Kev - I took a look at the two illustrations. Either one could be attractive pieces. Would love to do both, actually. So many figures, so little time. If I did either, it would have to wait a bit. Commissions first.

    All the best,
    Dan

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