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Historically correct.

Discussion in 'General Figure Talk' started by Roc, Sep 10, 2006.


when you pick a figure to paint, do you make sure the figure is sculpted historically and do you st

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  1. thegoodsgt Active Member

    Let's talk about abortion next!
  2. Uruk-Hai PlanetFigure Supporter

    And Iraq, hockey and allied versus axis subjects released by modelcomapnys. :lol:

    However I think its important every now and then to vent some of this issues as long its done with respect towards other modellers view on the subject.

    As no one can tell anyone what to do and feel about this subject, nor whats right or wrong, we can merely explain why we see it that way and how we reason.

  3. billyturnip A Fixture

    Ok my turn.
    As some of you might have gathered my preferred subject matter is the Great War and it is important to me to get the figures I paint as historically correct as I possibly can. I also enjoy doing the research, it is as much a part of my hobby as painting. I also like to know what battles etc.my figures served in.
    However this is how I like to do my hobby and what anyone else does is entirely up to them.
    A well painted figure if not historically correct is still a well painted figure. Some of Lady Butler's paintings are proof of this. Wasn't she mentioned earlier in this thread :lol:

  4. Wlas Member

    '....the mantel of artist...." actually while we are painting/sculpting all of us are 'artists'. Some of us are very good at it and some are very bad at it. Good or bad while in the act of 'creating' we are 'artists'. It's not that hot of a 'mantel'. Howard Stern made a rare non-sexually explicit observation on art once: " Art.....you know where Art is? It's in the Un-Employment Line! "
    Now, of course, when we're not creating we then are something else. Retail salesman, plumbers, bankers, maintenance men/women, cops, soldiers...butchers, bakers and candlestick makers et al.
    Historical accuracy. If this is your preference and you enjoy the additional research necessary to remain true to the field, then you're a Historical Miniaturist regardless of how good a painter or sculpter you are. If you like to take 'artistic license' as a given right ( and it is ), then you're a Miniaturist regardless of your artistic abilities. You're simply not a Historical Miniaturist regardless of your pretensions.
    I personally love historical accuracy in a miniature when data is available. I don't mind 'artistic license' if it remains true to the Period. Sometimes assumptions are all we have left.
    I salute the Historical Miniaturist who goes the extra mile in search of truth, and if that HM is a superb painter,sculpter who adds drama to his work...I am simply in awe of him.
    If a Miniaturist uses 'artistic license' for effect and tosses accuracy ( when available ) out the window...I can acknowledge his abilities ( good or bad ) but not his laziness.
    When I say 'Miniaturists' I'm not including the Fantasy world which, of course, has nothing to do with this thread.

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