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It's Christmas Time In The Trenches !

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by yeo_64, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. yeo_64 Active Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    Hi guys (and a special hello to Roc,my friend) ! Well,I just finished sculpting my latest creation,a WW1 Bosnian-Herzegovinian officer,inspired by a photo of such a person I saw on the Internet. The head is from Hornet,the ankle boots from Warriors and the hands from Michael-Roberts;all the rest is wire and putty(including the snowball !). The base that I intend to display the piece is from Fontegris Miniatures,an EXCELLENT piece of resin work,IMHO ! I just got the book by Burne Hogarth "Dynamic Wrinkles And Drapery" and I wanted to try out some of the new stuff that I'd learnt from reading it. I hope you all enjoy this whimsical piece from the Great War. Cheers !
    Kenneth :lol:

    The photo that inspired the piece:
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    The figure before I added the fur-coat:
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    The completed figure on the base (which still needs some more working-on):
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  2. LCoote New Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Well done Ken! this must be your best piece to date, looks like the hogarth book was worthwhile.
    One thing, to me the hands look a bit big compared to the head (even though he's wearing gloves) anyway good effort and a great subject. Well done!
  3. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Awesome.............absolutely awesome Kenneth. Your work gets better and better with each figure.
  4. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Kenneth, my friend, it looks fantastic; you did a great job in sculpting these figures.
    The faces are expressive and have lots of character.
    This is really an interesting little diorama, it tells a story, about my favorite time of the year.
    This has to be your best to date and one of my favorites. :thumb

    Keep up the good work. ;)

    Cheers

    Roc. :)
  5. Johan Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    ... Well, I like this one Kenneth - there's character in it ! Can't wait to see it painted and finished, you can clearly see this man has lots of fun throwing snowballs. (y)
  6. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Too cool, Kenneth! Great idea for a figure, pose, situation, etc.! And as usual great sculpting! And I agree with Johan - looks like he's having fun.

    The Bosnians, Czechs, Moravians, and every other nationality under the A-H empire in WWI are often forgotten. And most of them fought bravely and loyally although goodness knows they were given little reason. Nice of you to remember them...
  7. yeo_64 Active Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    Hi Leigh :lol: ! Thanks ever so much for the positive encouragement;I really appreciate it :) ! Yes,the Hogarth book was certainly a worthwhile investment;I just wish I'd heard about it sooner ! As for the hands,it's actually the angle of the photography that made it look so "odd" compared to the head. Cheers !
    Kenneth ;)
  8. yeo_64 Active Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    Thank you ever so much,Guy,for the encouragement :lol: ! Your opinion matters alot to me. Cheers !
    Kenneth :lol:
  9. yeo_64 Active Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    Roc,my dear friend,thank you very much for the (y) ;I really appreciate it ! Yes,Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year too,hence the "snow" theme to my vignette.Cheers !
    Kenneth :)
  10. yeo_64 Active Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    Hi Johan ! Thank you ever so much for the positive comment :lol: ! I'll definitely try to finish him before the Yuletide season arrives ;) .Cheers !
    Kenneth :)
  11. yeo_64 Active Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    Hey,Dan,thanks for the encouragement;I really appreciate it (y) ! Yes,the fact that the rest of the minority forces in the Austro-Hungarian are often forgotten is one of the reasons that I made such a vignette. The other reason is because I thought the fact that the original photo showed the 2 officers making snowballs would make a really unusual subject for a fun vignette. Cheers !
    Kenneth :lol:
  12. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Hey - I forgot to ask 2 questions.

    1. I think in an earlier post you said you were using a mix of Duro (Kneadatite) and something else. Anyway, what are you using? If it is a mix, what proportions?

    2. Where did you find the photo?

    Keep up the good work!

    All the best,

    Dan
  13. yeo_64 Active Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    Hi Dan ! To answer your 2 questions:
    1) The putty mixture which I use is Duro and Epo-putty,a locally manufactured 2-part epoxy putty under license from Alteco(Japan),in a ratio of 10-20% Duro to 90-80% Epo-putty. The Duro provides the "spring" necessary for rolling out thin sheets for clothing,headgear,belts,etc. The idea for this came from a very good friend of mine,Victor Wong,and has served me well so far.
    2) The website where I got the photo from is (http://www.austro-hungarian-army.co.uk),a site dedicated to the Austro-Hungarian forces of WW1.
    I hope this answers your questions,Dan. Cheers !
    Kenneth :lol:
  14. Alex Lopez Active Member

    Country:
    Mexico
    Kenneth, like your calm before... this one have SOUL too, I love your work my friend,
    Alex.
  15. yeo_64 Active Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    Thank you very much,Alex,for the encouraging comments;I really appreciate it alot :lol: ! Cheers !
    Kenneth :)
  16. yeo_64 Active Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    Hey guys :lol: Hope your Thanksgiving Day celebrations was a good one ! Well,I showed the photos of my latest creation to a dear friend of mine and she suggested adding an additional element to the vignette. Putting on my thinking cap,I decided on a little bird "eavesdropping" on the whole scene ;) .Here,then,is the base puttied-up to fill-in the gaps and the scratch-built bird added.In case you're wondering,the base for the bird is a cut-down chick from the Tamiya livestock set that I had in my modelling cupboard.Hope you chaps like it. Cheers !
    Kenneth :)

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  17. Jason W. Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Looks great Kenneth! Boy, that coat looks warm! Well done ;)
  18. yeo_64 Active Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    Thanks for the encouragement,Jason :lol: ,I really appreciate it ! I hope to get the guy ready for Christmas,if I can ;) .Cheers !
    Kenneth :)
  19. Edson Member

    Country:
    Mexico
    Hey buddy , as always a great subject and a great work, congrats for this one, I can`t wait for the Painting process!! :lol: :lol: all in white!!!! lol

    Cheers
    Ed ;)
  20. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hey Kenneth, the little bird livens up the vignette, nice touch.

    keep up the great sculpting.

    Cheers

    Roc.

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