Completed "Khukri, spice and all things nice" - Ghurka Infantry

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Gaudin, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. Gaudin A Fixture

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    WW2 Ghurka Infantry - Better to die than to live a coward!
    Bust 200mm - Sculpey, magic sculpt, green stuff.

    Special thanks to Kevin Peart for help with research, Andy Cairns for technical advice and to Lorenzo Nino Lorenzoni for inspiration to push on sculpting:)

    I hope you like it.

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  2. mick3272 A Fixture

    Looks very nice. I think it will come up smashing when painted.
    Mick
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  3. Nap A Fixture

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    Hi D,

    Looks good my friend pleasure to help ..looking forward to seeing it painted up

    For those that might wonder the wrist band was a method seen to display the rank badge

    Nap
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  4. Mark S Guest

    Beautiful piece Dimitry....not only a great example of an oft ignored subject matter but also a very dynamic bust.
    The energy in this piece is beautifully executed....well done mate.
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  5. MCPWilk A Fixture

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    Beautifully posed - are you offering a slouch hat as well?

    Mike
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  6. Nap A Fixture

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    D,

    Forgot to ask is this a one off are castings being done or is it commercial ?

    Nap
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  7. megroot A Fixture

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    very nice sculpt.

    marc
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  8. ellie A Fixture

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  9. bucsfan21 Active Member

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    Nicely done. Lots of action and energy! Think this one will paint up nicely. Thanks for Sharing!

    Terry Martin-Member of the Atlanta Miniature Figure Society
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  10. tomifune A Fixture

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    Always been fascinated with these guys since I was a kid and you really have brought this one to life. I have the 2 La Meridiana 1/35 figs they did and could never seem to get the green satisfactory on their uniforms.

    Bob
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  11. mick3272 A Fixture

    Would be nice if this was a commercial Bust it may kick start some more Indian Army figures/ busts.
    Although Jonny Ghurka was technically part of the British Army, was not until Indian independence did the Indian Army take control of five Regiments of Ghurka's

    Mick
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  12. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Not my period but a superb face, full of character. Good ole Jonny Ghurka in a classic action pose.
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  13. peedee A Fixture

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    Oh Wow!

    I would buy one of those in a heartbeat !

    Brilliant.

    Paul.
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  14. Helm A Fixture

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    I really like it all , except for the face, I can't place what it is but it's not a Ghurka face somehow. If that got altered it would be perfect and a fitting tribute to them, as said not enough of them about.
    Steve

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  15. Huw63 A Fixture

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    Wonderful. Typifies those incredible warriors.

    Cheers

    Huw
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  16. Gaudin A Fixture

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    Thank you, guys, I am glad you like it.
    Indeed, the these guys are undeservedly under-represented in miniature. I must mention a lovely Gurkha Engineer bust in parade uniform by Ken Farrar in 2010, but otherwise I don't know of any.

    It was considered, unfortunately helmet straps are very different and the way hat strap affects facial tissues it would mean two different heads. May be a later conversion option?

    It started as a spontaneous project after I met a blacksmith with an astounding collection of Khukris. As always - made with casting in mind and available.


    Thank you, Steve, you might be right, its hard to say. I have looked at many many pictures and chose this guy as a prototype, although I didn't stick rigidly to making his portrait. The target for me was to achieve a battle crazed amok expression. It may be possible to alter if producer would like to do so, but I worry "better" can be an enemy of "good" ;)

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  17. Grod A Fixture

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    Great subject, full of action.
    Gordon
  18. Adrian Cowdry Well-Known Member

    Gaudin

    please put me down for one.
  19. Martin64 A Fixture

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    Nice one Dimitry! Just not sure about the shoulder-elbow-position when delivering a blow with the kukri. I think that the arm / elbow swings a tad more to the outside.
    Different styles of kukri and faces....:)
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    Cheers, Martin
  20. Nap A Fixture

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    Not commercial as yet Adrian but I am sure Dimitry would let it go to a company .

    Certainly be nice to see how it looks cast up

    Nap

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