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WIP French Poilu from Model Cellar

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by MattMcK., Oct 8, 2022.

  1. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    I have no idea of its origin, but the helmet has a nasty V shaped gouge in it that was banged back into place at some point. I hope no one was wearing it at the time. I found it on eBay from a guy parting with his grandfather’s collection.
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  2. Warren SMITH A Fixture

    Excellent work.. a Piece to be proud of..
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  3. Steve Ski PlanetFigure Supporter

    Na, you got this in the bag, great work!
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  4. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    Adding some water…
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  5. Nap Moderator

    Hi Matt

    As Steve says " You've got this in the bag "

    Water effects look really good .....a peaceful moment among the horrors of war

    The figure looks so right in the setting

    Thanks for sharing

    Looking forward to seeing more

    Happy benchtime

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  6. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    My wife says more dirt and grit on and around the sandbags. Any other suggestions?

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  7. JasonB Moderator

    I agree with your wife. I am in the midst of a 1/9 figure in a trench section with sandbags, and I made sure to put some dirt between and on top of the bags to set them into the landscape. I just pushed some magic sculpt in the cracks and stippled it with a stiff bristle brush and painted it when set. For dirt on top, I just used some baking soda mixed with acrylic paint to make it chunky and muddy, and gobbed it on. Once it was dry I added various mud colors to make it a combo of wet and dry and blend a bit into theSandbag.
    Brilliant vignette BTW!
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  8. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Phenomenal scene Matt & within the Poilu helmet adds extra poignancy to him. He doesn’t look happy at all!
    Agreed with sandbags, more gunge - I like pastel mixed paint to soil up the bags.
    Would also recommend adding muddied prints where his feet have wandered about given the pool of water snaking through the trench line. Inspiring example which would have all us WW1 modellers calling ModelCellar for our copy of Kaz’s figure.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  9. NigelR A Fixture

    This is looking fantastic, a very clever and evocative setting. Agree with your wife and the comments above, just a bit more gunge and debris to tie the sandbags into the scene better, and maybe a bit between the wood of the trench supports.
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  10. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    Completed! The finished work is posted over in the "Completed" forum. Thanks all for the support and advice!
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