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WIP La Garde Recule - Waterloo 1815

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

  1. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

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    Canada
    Love this Smudger. But I would be very careful of composition. Your grouping shown above puts me in mind of a very small rallying group (e.g. these guys only) because some are facing backward and I can't really see an Old Guard eagle being in such a small group based on what I know of the end of the battle. Have you considered facing them all more forward to show a small portion of a larger battalion square? Just one guy's opinion so feel free to ignore it.

    Colin
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  2. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks Alan,I don't want the base to be overwhelming so I really need to think this through now,I want to have it sorted before the painting process begins
  3. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    United-Kingdom
    Hi colin,I have tried many different compositions for this piece,I understand your point but to have them all facing forward means a larger base and I really need to keep the base size to a minimum,it's still in the planning stage yet so this is by no means the final setting for the piece.
    I'm glad your enjoying it and thanks for your comments,much appriciated
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  4. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

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    Thanks for taking it in the spirit it was meant. It will look just fine as you show it. I am a bit of a Waterloo realism freak. :)

    Can't wait for the paint to start landing on these guys.

    Colin
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  5. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Hi colin,the base thing will be important as I need to consider transportation to shows as well,that's why I'm trying to work out different options,glad you liked it anyway
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  6. tonydawe A Fixture

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    Australia
    Brian,

    I really like the idea of having all the busts facing outwards as if they are the last remnant of a larger force and have rallied around the Eagle for a final stand.

    It may not be entirely realistic to the history of the battle, but if you think about it, most of the men fighting at Waterloo had legs, so realism isn't really the issue here.;)

    Keep them close together on a small base and the impact of the piece is enhanced and the drama becomes more easily understood.(y)
  7. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    I love that about the legs :),it's going to be a case of trial and error,but I have the sort of final scene I want to portray in my mind,thanks for your comments mate
  8. kagemusha A Fixture

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    Whilst I can see what Colin is saying regards 'realism'....for me personally...the outward facing aspect...allows the viewer to see the drama from any angle....and increases the enjoyment value of the whole piece.
    As you say Brian....the final composition is yet to be set....and I look forward to it....but first comes the paint....and I can't wait for it to begin.....
    You have realised a superb undertaking mate....even in the primer....a stunning piece to behold....bravo mate.

    Ron
  9. megroot A Fixture

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    Netherlands
    I like how it is. I Imagine that the Eagle is in the middle of the caree and therefore the faces are not all into the same direction.
    For me it make sense, and you can go to the painting proces. :D

    Marc
  10. OldTaff PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    Get on with it, Brian! Can't you see we're all waiting?.........:LOL: No pressure,then........

    Alan
  11. swralph A Fixture

    Superb work,coming along really well.
    Ralph.
  12. yoshi Well-Known Member

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    Netherlands
    Very challencing project. The painting of all these figures will be a challenge too. ;)
  13. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks Ron,I thought about it again today and I just don't like all the busts facing forward,it just doesn't work for me,I'm trying to capture something like this image
    image.jpg
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  14. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    It's coming Alan,just started to prime 2 busts today,be patient mate
  15. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Many thanks for your kind comments Ralph,much appriciated mate
  16. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    United-Kingdom
    Many thanks Yoshi,it will be a big challenge and I'm confident I can pull it off
  17. kagemusha A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    That is a superb image....and supports your interpretation well Brian.....a very dramatic piece.....the very essence of what you are working towards mate (y)
  18. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    United-Kingdom
    Many thanks mate,I know the image doesn't show the eagle,but it was this sort of scene I wanted to capture
  19. BarrieHynd Well-Known Member

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    Scotland
    Brian, this is looking sweet with them all rallied around the colour. Really looking forward to the paint now.
    As for the basing issue, have you thought about a round one with a slight slope to the front.

    Barrie.
  20. yoshi Well-Known Member

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    Netherlands
    IMG_0321.JPG

    I just finished this buste. Maybe you can use it :happy:

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