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WIP La Garde Recule - Waterloo 1815

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by smudger1960, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Just want to start by wishing all my fellow planeteers a happy and prosperous new year :D:LOL:

    The subject of The battle of Waterloo and the 100 day campaign has always held a fascination for me right from a young lad through to adulthood and being the 200th anniversary this year I wanted to focus on doing some waterloo subjects.
    I've visited the battlefield many times now and visited most of the major sites,however its always been the final defeat of the Imperial Guard that's interested me,how a superior force like the Guard could just collapse at the most critical time in the battle.
    Since my historex modelling days I've always wanted to try and replicate this critical moment in time,however I just never got round to it until now.
    As some of you will know I do paint a lot of busts and I decided a few months ago to create a scene depicting part of the Guards retreat /rout during the final hours of this climatic struggle.
    I chose on a 6 part busterama which will involve 6 busts all sculpted by the talented Carl reid,the main focal point of the scene will be the defence of the Imperial colour and for this the obvious choice was going to be Graham Scollicks - Imp Guard Eagle Bearer (CGS),the only alteration to this bust was going to be the knapsack,i removed the rolled greatcoat from the top as the bust is already depicted wearing the greatcoat,after removal I added magic sculpt to the area to reinstate the material of the knap sack.i just need to add the loops which would have held the greatcoat in place,the busts left hand will be added at a later date.
    For the 2nd bust I was going to use Carl's Heavy Dragoon (SK miniatures)
    For this I was going to keep the head but remove bicorne and replace this with some spares which I acquired from Graham at CGS,most of the original uniform details were removed with a sanding disc and replaced with magic sculp to replicate the greatcoat details,this is my first major venture into conversion work so I hope you'll bear with me,i had to work in various sessions because I didn't want to damage any areas I had previously sculpted,again the knapsack (CGS) had the greatcoat removed and details replaced with magic sculp.
    I then added crossbelts and knapsack straps plus the epaulettes which were also sculpted from magic sculp.
    I also added a cartridge box to the right hip area.i plan to add the insignia from historex spare parts,i also added a moustache and hair followed by the ponytail at the back.
    Buttons were added from magic sculp as well.

    The musket has a lot more to be added before its completed,but I added it for the purpose of these photos,the musket again is from Graham (CGS) from his french dragoon bust,the musket is virtually the same as a Guard musket except the Guard musket only has one stock ring so I removed the original one by sanding it down and smoothing it out.
    I kept the dragoons orginal right hand and removed the left one,i kept the heavy dragoons left hand and adapted it to hold the musket
    old gaurd 001.JPG old gaurd 003.JPG old gaurd 005.JPG old gaurd 005.JPG old gaurd 007.JPG old gaurd 008.JPG old gaurd 023.JPG old gaurd 011.JPG old gaurd 010.JPG old gaurd 020.JPG old gaurd 016.JPG old gaurd 015.JPG
    Tor the 3rd bust I chose Carl's 26th Continental Army bust (Frank miniatures),I really liked the threating pose on this and I decided to convert this exactly the same way as I did with bust 2,the bust still has quite a lot to be done but as I said I need drying times between sessions as I'm not a prolific sculptor.
    Again I kept the dragoons right hand and kept the continentals left hand adapted to hold the musket.
    iphone stuff 281.JPG la garde recule 003.JPG la garde recule 005.JPG la garde recule 006.JPG la garde recule 007.JPG

    I would like to thank Graham at CGS for all his help and to my friend Gary Higgins who inspired me to try some conversion work.
    Also thanks to Carl for his increadible talent for turning out these masterpieces.

    Imp Guard Bearer - CGS miniatures
    26th Continental Army - Frank Miniatures
    Heavy Dragoon - SK miniatures
    Magic sculp - Elgreco miniatures

  2. Tonton Well-Known Member

    This is looking good. Will follow with great interest.

  3. BarrieHynd Well-Known Member

    Excellent work so far Brian, another busterama in the making. Following for sure mate.

  4. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks Jeff for your comments mate (y)
  5. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks Barrie,its coming along mate,slowly but surely (y)
  6. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    The 6x busts will incorporate:

    Eagle bearer
    4x grenadiers

    Just some more pictures to add ;)

    la garde recule 034.JPG la garde recule 032.JPG la garde recule 031.JPG la garde recule 030.JPG la garde recule 027.JPG la garde recule 026.JPG la garde recule 024.JPG la garde recule 023.JPG la garde recule 015.JPG

    I added these photos of the three present 3 busts grouped together to give me a feel of what I want in the finished piece,the busts wont be this far apart from each other in the final assembly as they will be grouped tighter.
    la garde recule 022.JPG la garde recule 020.JPG la garde recule 021.JPG

    Thanks for looking,Brian
  7. Aveleira A Fixture

    Brave man, Brian!! I believe you're gonna achieve a great work :)
    So far, the convertions look great!

  8. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    many thanks pedro,glad you like it so far (y)
  9. Nap Moderator

    Brian ,

    This is going to be another great set piece ...great use of the already well sculpted pieces ...shows the skill you have in seeing past the original concept .

    Following with much interest

  10. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    cheers kev (y),progress is a little slow but I'm getting there mate (y)
  11. Jimbo A Fixture

    Good work Brian, I like where your going with this, nice one mate(y)
  12. Ventress Well-Known Member

    Great concept and very brave, no doubt will look superb on completion! Following with interest.
  13. arj A Fixture

    Wow, that is an ambitious project; but having seen your other superb renditions of busts, the result will be worth waiting for.
    Looking forward to the next step.
  14. Claude Portsmouth Active Member

    Brilliant idea Brian, you are so good at getting the creative juices going mate, nothing is ever going to stay the same when you get hold of it...LOL

    Really looking forward to seeing this progress,

    Claude (The Troll) Portsmouth
  15. Funky50 Guest

    Great concept.....look forward to seeing this progress......Kevin
  16. carl reid A Fixture

    This is gonna look awesome Brian!

  17. Tarracus A Fixture

    I won't wait to see this finished!
    Let's get back into the deLorean!
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  18. Gra30 PlanetFigure Supporter

    This is going to be one hell of a piece, a true vision. Probably for me the most anticipated piece of the year and that I cannot wait to see. Excellent work Brian :)
    All the best
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  19. MCPWilk A Fixture

    Excellent progress. I use lead/pewter sheet and plasticard as well as Milliput for detailing.

    Good luck,

  20. kagemusha A Fixture

    Can't think of anyone else who would attempt this.....let alone carry it off.....respect mate (y)
    Wings5797 likes this.

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