English Civil War bust

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Mongo Mel, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. Mongo Mel Active Member

    Hello all,
    Just wanted to post pictures of a new subject I'm starting.
    It's an English Civil War bust by United Empire Miniatures.
    The primered area is where the casting plug was removed from the hat. Only problem was that it destroyed some of the texture that is molded into the hat. But it was pretty easy to restore it by bouncing a round cutting burr (mounted in my Dremel) on the surface. The hat is cast seperate from the body and is just stuck on here with sticky putty.

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  2. Mongo Mel Active Member

    Back view

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  3. D.Lesko Member

    Mongo , I just finished this piece, its very well done isnt it? Its a fun figure to paint, i cant wait to see your version. You can see mine here:

  4. megroot A Fixture

    Craig ,

    I really love this bust. It's been a several times here on the planet and i am very curious about you finish it.

  5. Mongo Mel Active Member

    Hi guys,
    Dave, I agree, it's very well done. Thanks for the link to your copy of this piece.
    I like your choice of green for the sleeves and I really like the job you did on the lace. I'd like to ask, how did you handle the casting plug on the hat. Looks like you might have removed the texture completely.
    Once I get the chain mail done on my William Wallace bust I'll shoot them both with primer and get started with the painting.
  6. MattS Active Member

    Hi, guys. Glad you like the bust. I thought I'd chime in that the texture was applied after sculpting by stippling on a mixture of magic sculpt and water with a short haired, wide brush. You want the putty/water mixture fairly thick so that the stippling action of the brush creates the texture. I think I applied 2 or 3 layers on the hat and vest originally so you may have to build it up in stages adding the next layer once the first one sets. You could use this same technique to cover the casting plug area on the hat if you wanted. I look forward to seeing the painting progress.

  7. Mongo Mel Active Member

    Hi Matt,
    Took me a second but I figured it out..you sculpted this piece!
    Thanks for looking in on it and then posting here too. I've had a couple of sculptors chime in on my posts of their pieces now and it's really great to get the chance to talk directly with you like this.
    Thanks too for the tip on how you did the texture. If my approach doesn't look good after spraying it with primer from the airbrush I'll go back and try what you did.
    I definitely like this piece and think you did a great job on it. And it's nice to have it cast by John at UEM. I have 5 or 6 pieces from his line and the casting has always been top notch.
  8. MattS Active Member


    I quite agree. John (UEM) is one of the best resin casters going.

    I get a kick out of seeing someone else paint a figure I've sculpted. I'm always interested to see another person's interpretation. Please post more pics as you progress.

    I'm thinking about doing another bust soon. Unsure of the subject matter, but I'm leaning toward a medieval subject.

  9. Mongo Mel Active Member

    Hi Matt,
    I'll be sure to post more pictures as I progress. I managed to shoot the hat with grey primer tonight and the front area looks good. The Dremel bounce trick seems to have worked out well.
    So you're thinking of sculpting another bust you say....:)
    How about looking at this link for me...
    I made my suggestion there that seems to have gone over pretty well. It's not a medieval subject though. Just my 2 cents :)
    Thanks again for posting here.
    Any chance you're going to the figure show in Washington D.C. next weekend? If so, maybe we can get a chance to meet in person.

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