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WIP Lakota Sioux mounted bust - Bonapartes

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by mwthompson, Jan 25, 2021.

  1. mwthompson Active Member

    Almost finished the horse and blanket.

    The horse pattern was inspired by a bronze piece by Western sculptor Dave McGary.

    As you can see I removed the large pedestal base that was attached to the piece and replaced it with a steel rod, I did this to make the completed figure slightly shorter and so I could use one of my wooden bases.

    I also added a different bridle that I have not completed.

    I will add some Native American decorations to the bridle when finished.

    I have not yet painted the saddle which is a beautiful piece by itself. Too bad most of it will not be seen once the blanket and rider are mounted.

    I still have some touch up work on the horse.

    So far it has been fun. 2A9897A9-A730-4FFC-B3F5-82B28B59E2A4.jpeg 0CF7EA67-BBD8-4266-B58E-0CF8555D8AFD.jpeg 27B1D10A-8764-4836-A05C-FC85121A762C.jpeg 0D972E9E-E5C8-452E-BB86-94C705EEF0F5.jpeg 342DA9BC-E19C-4276-8E8A-1568DEAF640C.jpeg
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  2. Scott Sheltz Well-Known Member

    Off to a great start!
  3. Nap A Fixture

  4. Wayneb A Fixture

    Great start on a very challenging piece......love McGarys bronze work...

  5. mwthompson Active Member

    Completed the painting of the horse and saddle. All I have to add are the reins and decorative feathers which will not be put on until the figure is almost complete. Also added fringe to the bottom of the legs and the bow case. I am also making moccasins as I did not like the figure having no feet. C09A648B-7898-4E65-9A09-8EE58706337C.jpeg 28B62AC0-494D-4E35-A2B0-0795B3F194A4.jpeg 98D33000-8CAD-484F-9964-9AD7B8CDB994.jpeg AF61E65E-A5A3-422B-AFCE-44D33F92F77B.jpeg
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  6. Redcap A Fixture

    A good painting representation of a very difficult horse marking scheme to pull off (do they call it a 'piebald' or something similar) ?

    Just one thing, is it the photo angle or is the horse's muzzle/face flat more like a bulldog's than a horse as the face just looks weird in the photos and in side profile.?

  7. Stephan PlanetFigure Supporter

    Looking very good so far. thanks for showing.
  8. mwthompson Active Member

    I agree that the horse’s muzzle is a little more squared off than it should be, but that is how the sculptor did it.
    thanks for looking.
  9. mwthompson Active Member

    Here is my latest progress.

    Body has been partially painted.

    The detail is very demanding to paint but fun also.

    My only regret is that there is so much detail in the figure that will never be seen once the figure is assembled.

    The shield is complete except for adding the feathers.

    There are forty-two individual feathers not including those on the headdress and lance.

    I reshaped the knife sheath and added fringe.

    The bow and arrow sheaths are finished, I added fringe here also.

    The face is finished but still a lot of work left to do on the headdress.

    I have made the moccasins but they are not yet painted.

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  11. Moonraker Active Member

    Looking good. Huge amount of work in that one....
    Mitakuye Oyasin.
  12. Stephan PlanetFigure Supporter

    yes Agree, very good work so far.
  13. mwthompson Active Member

    Getting there! I mounted the body and blanket on the horse and added the reins. I attached the bow and arrow cases to the rider thrown over his shoulder and made the strap out of electrical tape. The photos of the unpainted complete figure shows them hanging from the horse but I thought they looked better on the figure where he would carry itin battle 2999C66A-6BC7-4712-B87C-172C35391A8E.jpeg 085A8F8A-4D2C-41AB-8812-95D04732CFFD.jpeg A1688A21-1BFE-4E4B-AA62-1B97AEADB470.jpeg
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  14. Dolf Well-Known Member

    Wow! Great work on the rider!And on the saddle (amazing textures!), and on the horse as well! (y)

    May I ask which medium (oils, acrylics, enamels, a mix of some of these) you use?

  15. mwthompson Active Member

    I use Viejo acrylics for most of my work. I do use Humbrol enamels for faces. Thanks for the compliments.
  16. Dolf Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the reply & info.

    Looking forward to see the painted face/head.

  17. Scott Sheltz Well-Known Member

    Coming along nicely!
  18. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Mike

    Great update really coming together now

    Do like the blanket pattern and the clothing painting

    Good move ref weapons ..looks a lot better

    Thanks for updates

    Happy benchtime

  19. Len K. Active Member

    This is coming out awesome, I really like it. It is very similar, in pose, to the Pegaso 90mm Mounted Lakota Sioux kit, which has been sitting on my bench for a while now. IMG_0131.jpeg
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  20. mwthompson Active Member

    That’s a great looking horse. The Bonapartes kit really does look a lot like the Pegaso. The Bonapartes figure does have a feathered trailer that the Pegaso doesn’t have. I sometimes think that the sculptor tried to put in too much, but the kit is awesome and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. While painting and building the figure I have often used many of the finished Pegaso figures as inspiration.

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