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WIP From Hell (jack the ripper)

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by smudger1960, May 13, 2013.

  1. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    I decided to keep with the Victorian theme following on from my Bill Sikes,for this project I decided on the Scale 75 figure of Jack the Ripper SCN-003,i purchased the kit at Euro last year but hadn't decided on a presentation until now, the kit is cast in white metal and comes in 11x parts which also includes the wall / lamp / cobblestone section, the kit assembly didn't provide any difficulty as all the parts fitted together really well with minimal amount of filler required.
    This is a subject which has always fascinated me and now over 100years later its still fascinating people, I suppose its the unknown which is the fascinating part, I went on the ripper tour in 2005 and its one of the most atmospheric things I've ever experienced, according to my guide even now parts of Whitechapel are very dangerous during the hours of darkness so I could imagine what it was like back in 1888,some of the places really have a feel about them.
    Following on from Sikes I felt I wanted to do more with the figure and create yet another little scene to set it off, again I referenced the background to the subject and decided on a scene which would incorporate a passageway with an upper room above attached to a straight wall leading to a corner, I will attempt again as I did with Sikes to show light and shadow based on his standing position, some of the planet members may feel the passageway is too low for the figures height, this was deliberate on my part as even now the alleyways and passageways in and around Whitechapel are very low and some only just cleared my height and I'm 6ft,so please bear this in mind when viewing the photo's.
    The assembly of the scene was exactly the same as the Sikes post with the same materials used,Milliput was again used for the cobblestone section.
    I would just like to point out to the members that the wall section supplied with the kit is a very good one and its only my personnel preference why I do my own backdrops.
    The pose is a strange one regarding this subject as the figure is waiting to strike beyond a corner, however as most crime historians and my tour guide pointed out The Ripper most definitely knew his victims and interacted with them before killing them most likely acting as a customer, however I do understand that this would be difficult in terms of producing a figure, although not historically accurate its the only way the sculptor could carry it off.
    One thing which was common place back then would be crates and barrels which would line the outer buildings and alleyways along with rubbish and rats, so I included a barrel within the scene just to add interest into that dark corner.
    I added a small street nameplate which states 'Mitre Square', during the ripper campaign the 2 passageways leading into mitre square where open and not enclosed but for artistic purposes I added it into my scene, the reason why I chose mitre square was it was the most atmospheric place for me on the tour,although dramatically changed today it still has an eerie feeling to it.
    I have attached photo's off the assembled figure within the unpainted scene and also I've included the photo's of the scene painted up, unfortunately the painted scene doesn't include the figure yet as I'm only halfway through the painting of it, I will post again with the scene complete.
    Paintings of the building were exactly the same as the Sikes posting.
    I hope you like the photo's, again I must apologise as before, my photographic skills are very basic.

    As the history books state this man gave birth to the 20th century, I don't think there's any doubting that.

    Brian jack the ripper 2 001.JPG jack the ripper 2 002.JPG jack the ripper 2 003.JPG jack the ripper 2 004.JPG jack the ripper 2 005.JPG jack 3 002.JPG jack 3 003.JPG jack 3 004.JPG jack 3 005.JPG jack 3 006.JPG jack 3 007.JPG jack 3 008.JPG jack 3 009.JPG jack 3 012.JPG jack 3 014.JPG
    David Hernanz, Edward, NickM and 15 others like this.
  2. megroot A Fixture

    Looks absolutely great.

  3. housecarl A Fixture

    You're becoming the man for Victorian buildings.
  4. DEL A Fixture

    What can I say Brian? other than that you have joined Brian (Snaddon) and Roger (Billy Turnip) as a complete embarrasment to the rest of us.
    Like them, not only are you producing the highest quality painted figures you are producing them at a rate of knots that is just breathtaking.
    Fantastic work.....transports the viewer right there.
    Sturm Grenadier and BarrieHynd like this.
  5. CAT of BORDO Member

    Very Nice Job ! Like A movie ! This is real world between History of England, Modeling and the Cinema !
  6. Mirofsoft A Fixture

    Like that very much
    Waiting the figure on it
  7. Aveleira A Fixture

    You really love to do these vignettes!!! This one looks even better in my opinion!! I want to see the end result soon, I'm sure it will looks great!!

    Best Regards
  8. Don Well-Known Member

    "man gave birth to the 20th century, I don't think there's any doubting that".

    Smudger I dont think he gave birth to the 20th. century, more like shortened the life of quite a few!!!
    It looks wonderful now, much better than the photos you sent. Think its stunning now and the buildings look almost real. Its stunning mate

  9. Iguazzu A Fixture

    Woah!!! Really amazing!! I painted the boxart of that miniature but I think that your version is absolutely stunnig!!!
  10. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks marc, really appreciate the comments
  11. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks carl,i really enjoying doing these little scenes, it something I'm going to be doing a lot of
  12. BarrieHynd Well-Known Member

    Stunning work Brian, really enjoy looking at your work m8. Those scenes of yours for the figures are really outstanding pieces of work. Looking forwrd to this one.
  13. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Del,you're very kind and generous with your coments,I'm glad you like it mate, I told Brian on my sikes posting that it was his sikes that really inspired me and for you to compare my works to Brian's is very rewarding for me
  14. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks my friend
  15. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks for your comments
  16. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks pedro,I'm really enjoying these little scenes, thanks for your kind comments
  17. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thanks Don for your kind comments, it really is a fascinating subject, things always seem better once the paint starts to go on, glad you like it mate and thanks for your views earlier in the project
  18. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks my dear friend for your kind comments, if my figure turns out half as good as your box art ill be a happy man
  19. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks Barrie for your kind comments and continued support with my work, its very much appreciated and i'm glad you liked it mate
  20. Johan Kees Active Member

    Great scene you have created here. Many thanks for the added info on the project too. It is always nice to know how and why things got conceived the way they did.


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