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Japanese Ronin 90mm sculpt

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Roy, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. Robin Active Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Looking kewl matey, can't wait to see this at Euro. Is he gonna be avaliable commercially?


    Robin
  2. Roy New Member

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    Phil many thanks for your very positive comments...I only wish I could approach Mike's consistently excellent pieces...but it's something for me to work towards for the future...I still have some work to do on the face....and I'm glad you like the drapery...I'm getting a little more observant as the years go by..I think that's half the battle...and you're spot on mate...there's a ton of talent on the planet...every time I see how much effort these guys put into their figures (sculpting or painting)..it just makes me try a little harder.
    Looking forward to seeing you at Folkestone mate.

    Robin...Hello mate...he should be available as the first of a range of 90mm figures...I hope he turns out as well as I hope...keep your fingers crossed.

    All the best guys...

    Roy.
  3. Blind Pew A Fixture

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    Dear Roy, keep up the good work mate. It's seems you have a growing fan base!

    very richly deserved it is as well, bearing in mind the photos don't do your stuff justice, something I have noticed about photography of models in general actually.

    all the best.
  4. Joe Hudson Well-Known Member

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    Roy,

    So sorry for this late reply but was away when you started, man you have done a really nice job and I think it is going to be a really nice figure when you are done. I really like the steps that you have added, these help me when I try to sculpt.

    All the best,

    Joe
  5. Roy New Member

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    Thanks Anthony....I really do need to sharpen up my photography though.

    Joe...thanks for looking in on my sculpt...I will update with some new pics soon...I was side-tracked with some other work...really glad you like him...it's always good to see how others work...I get lots of inspiration and ideas from looking at other sculptors threads...it's great to see all the different approaches we take to achieve a figure.

    All the best.

    Roy.
  6. mahross New Member

    Roy - I just noticed this one, what can I say but whoa!! Just superb. Reading through the SBS has been great. I only wish I could sculpt, heck even converting stuff would be a start! I look forward to seeing it finished.

    Hope all is well.

    Ross :)
  7. Roy New Member

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    Ross..many thanks for the positive comments...

    Sorry for the lack of updates guys...but I was side-tracked by some other work.
    Anyway...I've took a few castings of the upper torso to enable me to try some different hair types without working on the master....I'd be very, very grateful for your opinions on which, if any suit this guy...

    Many thanks for taking the trouble to look..

    All the best.

    Roy.

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  8. Robin Active Member

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    looking kewl matey, looking forward to seeing this one at Euro

    Robin
  9. Pete Wenman Member

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    Roy hi

    Well I like them all, and I have to say your photo is a perfect
    example of how hair (or the lack of it) changes the shape and
    character of the figure.

    My thoughts, like the bald guy, who seems the eldest, maybe
    a few more wrinkles round the eyes to emphasis this.

    As for the other two, think I prefer the right hand option, but either
    way love the top knot, and the more youthful look it gives. If I could have only
    one option it would be from these two.

    maybe offer two options.

    Not sure I'm helping here :lol:
  10. btavis Active Member

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    Roy, looking really good. I like the center version.
  11. Guy A Fixture

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    Center version has my vote Roy.........beautiful work.
  12. MSzwarc New Member

    Roy,

    I've been buried at work for the last 6-7 months, and have only recently found the time to visit the planet again. What a treat to find these posts on your ronin! Personally, I like the middle head the best, but I agree with Pete-- it's amazing how the hair can change the character of the face.

    Mike
  13. quang Active Member

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    Belgium
    Hello Roy,

    It's a great idea to make a cast of the sculpt prior to adding the 'hairy work' as it would have a tremendous influence on the final character (like some of the members have already observed).

    The problem is that they look more Chinese than Japanese to me. Accordingly to the available iconography (woodcuts and films), Japanese rarely wore their facial hair (moustache and beard) long and flowing contrary to the Chinese who considered it a sign of knowledge and wisdom. The character on the right with the big top knot and flowing hair also look Chinese (cf the Chinese 'sword opera' films like the recent Hero and House of Flying Daggers).

    If I had to choose, my vote would go to the one on the left (the less Chinese-looking of the lot) and make a simple change to his facial hair (bristling and unkempt).

    Having said that, whatever your choice, looks like we have here an exceptional figure in the making.

    (y)

    Q.

    Here's a picture of the archetypical Seven Samurai. HTH

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  14. Figure Mad Well-Known Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Hi Roy

    Either the Left or middle one seems to be the best of the three, I will try and get the other links for you tomorrow as I have them in my favourites at work.

    Dave
  15. Figure Mad Well-Known Member

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    Hi Roy

    Either the Left or middle one seems to be the best of the three, I will try and get the other links for you tomorrow as I have them in my favourites at work.

    Dave
  16. neill Active Member

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    United-States
    All of them are excellent and each give a differeet character to the figure. To answer your questions though, I perfer the third one without facial hair and with the hair

    This one most effectively conveys the emotion and image of the wandering Ronin... the hair gives himm the look of a thoguht filled, comtemplative man... who could far too easily get into trouble.

    the far left seem older and though age does not destroy a warrior it does tend to mellow them...

    the middle one is excellent also, but a bit to stereotypical of the Japanese Ronin image... might be the most commerically appealing though...

    Just my thoughts,

    John

    PS. I enjoy and respect your work, I am curroius as to the casting material you use, both moldes and cast? You may have posted earlier or in another topic, but I would appreciate any info you have time to share or a link to any previous entries...
  17. gordy Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    incredible work Roy (y)
    the drapery and strapping is spectacular

    I noticed on your website using clear film for a means to serparate working areas for kit pieces have you ever tried using Bare Metal Foil?
  18. Roy New Member

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    Very many thanks to all you guys taking the trouble to post your preferences...I had a feeling that the one with the beard may be popular...although he does remind me of a more Mandarin type character...
    Quang I appreciate your reference to the seven samurai..they are such great characters and I have many screenshots that help to inspire me...and yes...the one on the right, I think looks a little too clean cut..and bears some definate resemblance (although not facial) to one of the major players in house of flying daggers...due to his top knot....what to do..?...I like 'em all for different reasons...and as for being an exceptional figure in the making...I thank you for that...from a sculptor with your great talent and diversity, that's a compliment indeed.
    Gordy...many thanks for your kind comments on the drapery...and thanks for looking in. I use that cling film because it enables me to get a good fit between parts as it can be stretched so well and takes a little heat while curing the MS...but I've never used bare metal foil.
    Mike...I took a look at your website..you've done some great stuff with those old tamiya figures...thanks for looking....your comments are more than welcome.
    John..thanks for commenting on the heads...the more opinions the better. I'm using silicone rubber molds and resin for casting...if you want specific details of the type I use...(although I think it's very much the same as what is commonly available), just pm me and I'll be happy to send any info I can.

    You've all been very helpful...thank you.

    All the best.

    Roy.
  19. Roy New Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Here is an update on the figure..I still haven't come to a decision on which hairstyle to do yet...I'm still looking forward to your views on that if you would care to comment...
    I've done some work on the no-dachi and his walking cane (also a useful weapon) and included the short sword in the pictures.

    Your comments and suggestions are always very welcome.

    Thanks for checking this guy out.

    Roy.

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  20. Roy New Member

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    Here is a closer shot of the detail on the No-dachi

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