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Completed Last Goodbye- 54mm conversion

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Stephen Ward, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Stephen Ward Active Member

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    United-States
    Guys, here's my latest I just finished tonight...likely needs a few touchups but I'll let it sit a day or so before I start culling it over. It's a 54mm conversion of a figure from the parts box, new head, boots, arms, and a corrected uniform to represent the Army uniform circa 2005-current. The soldier sadly staring at his buddy's dog tags in his hand, with the battle cross in front of him, is an unfortunately familiar sight in the last few years in news articles, but I really wanted to depict this in miniature. Cheers, Stephen
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    sarouman, Trep, John Bowery and 13 others like this.
  2. Meehan34 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    that's nice work sir. I love things like this put into miniature. The scene is sad and unfortunate but the art is something that has to be done. I salute you my friend for making this into miniature art.
  3. Steve Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Brilliant Stephen. Where did you get the perfect mini roses?
  4. Stephen Ward Active Member

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    United-States
    Many, many thanks guys. I tracked down some dried flowers that were super tiny and in scale a couple weeks ago at a Hobby Lobby here in Austin.
  5. Mariner Active Member

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    Canada
    As a reporter who has written stories about our soldiers in Afghanistan, including one we lost from my community, I'd like to say I'm delighted to see such a tribute, Stephen.
    Well done(y)
    Mary
  6. Mike Stevens A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Very nice Ward! Glad to see you pull it off. Good job on finishing this one up.(y)
  7. YongA01 Active Member

    Country:
    Malaysia
    Hi Stephen,

    Really great work and story..... Composition and neat painting too

    Chao (y)
    Allan
  8. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Very well done Stephen.
    Carl.(y)
  9. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Very good scene and nice paintwork.

    marc
  10. ryall Active Member

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Great work mate, that uniform is hard to do
    Any chance of sharing the colours you used on the uniform ?

    It may be just me but I think the neck on the figure is to long.
    Other than that he looks great

    Ryally
  11. dancap3286 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Great stuff Steve...

    Love the paintwork and the composition!
  12. Wigdog Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Good job Stephen. Love this tribute! (y)
  13. Kisifer Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Beautiful little scenery. Great job.

    Xenofon
  14. jcichon Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Good job Ward. ABout time you finished something!
  15. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Stephen,
    Superb idea and you carried it out excellently.
    Cheers
    John
  16. Trep Active Member

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    United-States
    Good work, moving vignett
  17. Stephen Ward Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Mary, thanks. I'm an Iraq vet myself so I feel a bit more of an obligation to portray stuff like this for what it is.

    Mike, thanks buddy. Couldn't have done it without ya!;)

    Thanks much Allan. I take queues from you in terms of ideas for composition my friend.

    Carl, thanks bud.

    Thank you Marc. Definitely a labor of love.

    Paul, thanks buddy. The scale chart scales it out okay but I do agree with ya, it looks a tad long. I don't know if I'll even attempt to mess with the damn thing at this point, but good eye sir. As for the paint mixes, a base coat of 75/25 Vallejo Russian Uniform and Reaper Weathered Stone. Next came the lighter shade of camo ( this is similar to Calvin Tan's brilliant method of painting ACU with the dark shade first ), made with Reaper Weathered Stone and Reaper Yellowed Bone, mixed in a ratio of about 80/20 or so. Outlining of seams and such with Reaper Pale Lichen mixed with a bit of Weathered Stone; used this for some highlighting glazes as well. Shadows with Pale Lichen and some Reaper Black Primer mixed in and glazed. Outlining with Black Primer. Hope this helps sir.

    Dan, thanks bro. Glad you like it!

    Dave, much appreciated my friend. I am happy you dig the finished piece!

    Xenofon, thank you for the compliment.

    Jason, thanks brother.....and yes, you're absolutely right.

    Thank you kindly John. I definitely tried! ;)

    Daniel, thanks sir.
  18. SPrimeau Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Great work Stephen! Nice painting, and I love the camo work!
    Scott
  19. Stephen Ward Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks Scott...it was tedious but I'm pleased with it bro. Nice to try a new method.

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