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Latest reincarnation of Pharaoh Ramses II and chariot

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by Jazz, Mar 12, 2021.

  1. Jazz A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi everybody,
    A long time ago I used to be posting figures on this site all the time. Then I stopped. My eyes were getting worse (old age) and I put away my figure painting and replaced the hobby with drawing. I found this a little easier on the eyes and a helluva lot easier to store my work.

    Then a couple of months ago I came across one of my old figures lying in a box up in the attic. I remember buying this figure as it was, and remains, the most expensive figure I have ever bought. It was Andrea's 90mm King Ramses II on his chariot. I don't remember the actual year I bought it but it must have been around 2001 when the kit came out. Since that time I must have painted this model at least 10 times, as I have never been fully happy with it. It didn't help that Andrea's own version of this kit looked flawless and I could never recreate the level of detail that this model needs. Over the years it has been set on a plain plinth, then a desert scene complete with Egyptian wall, then it was a centaur (what was I thinking?) and so on. Over the years some of the more fragile pieces to the kit have been damaged and lost, such as the headpieces that fit into the horses heads for the feather plumes, and the straps, arrows, reins and spear.

    After finding this piece in the attic it spurred me on to try at least once more before the old mince pies are too bad to attempt it, so with courage and fortitude I once again stripped the model down to its basic parts. Anyone who has made this model in the past will tell you it is not the easiest kit to make and it doesn't improve with experience either. But I persevered and below is the result of about six weeks work. I decided to mount the piece on a plain plinth again and made corner pieces similar to the original snakes that it came with. I had the snakes but the round coiled pieces that the base sits on were long gone so I utilised some round plastic pieces that had come out of garden chairs to replace them. The arrows were spare pieces from a 90mm viking that I have and the spear was once a crochet needle that I borrowed (stole) from my long suffering wife's knitting basket. The spear point again came from the Viking figure and the hanging straps on the horses is lead sheet.

    I found several excellent versions of this same model on the internet and I was much inspired by them and have tried to replicate some of the details seen in these superb models. In my opinion my version doesn't come close to theirs but I do the best I can. Here it is.

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    All in all I have had a lot of fun in (again) painting this figure and if nothing else it has certainly given me excellent value for money over the years. As for my other hobby of drawing below is a recent rendition of the same subject as above; Yul Brynner as Ramses II. 20210224_074818.jpg

    Hope you all like what I have done.
    All the best, Jazz
  2. Redcap A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    A lovely job and I have always regretted selling my copy of this imposing piece many years ago; I may just think about buying it again.

    Great paint job and drawing Jazz; well done indeed!
    Gary
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  3. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    Immense paint job Jazz, especially after a long time away. I always liked this piece but the price tag put me off. Your artwork is equally impressive!

    Phil
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  4. Wayneb A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    That is a very impressive looking piece. And to have stripped this down multiple times and repainted certainly says a lot. It's always a fight to the finish when you get a bit old, but that's the way it is. Keep up the good work.

    Wayne
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  5. Paul20100 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    France
    One of Andrea's best, at a time they used to make perfectly cast pieces.
    Unfortunately, they keep selling it at a very high price.
    I love the way you have painted it, colors are well balanced.
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  6. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    Cracking job on this and well worth the time and effort put into it-a lovely centre piece for any collection of Egyptalia. The Picture of YB is superb and instantly recogniseable

    Good to see you back don't I remember you from the Stoke show 3-4 years back? ,are you going to drag out some more pieces to paint or are you hooked on the paper art?

    Keith
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  7. Jazz A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Thank you all for your kind comments.
    Tecumsea, yes I remember we met there. Was it only 4 years ago? With this lockdown it feels a lot longer. That was the last show I attended. Good to hear from you all. I hope you're all keeping well.
    Jazz
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  8. Peter Day PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Beautifully done.
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  9. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    Excellent paintwork

    Mobo
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  10. Gooner Mike Active Member

    Great job well done
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  11. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Nicely done mate.(y)
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  12. peedee A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Great job dude
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  13. Banjer Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    Nicely done Jazz, as you say too good a kit to tuck away in the loft.

    I bought this when it came out, it was expensive then but you do get a lot of metal for your money. I also liked the little touches like the etched brass details for the base. This was Andrea at its best before they went for quantity over quality.

    Bill
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  14. Alex A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Very nice and you should be very happy about it. There is so much work in it before the painting stage !
    I do have this kit in my grey army and have thought about starting it a few times. There is something that always bothered me on it is the way that one of the arm is sculpted. Will gave to resculpt it.. one day !
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  15. Larsen E. Whipsnade PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-States
    Remarkable. I doubt that I would have your patience. Congratulations!
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  16. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-States
    Absolutely brilliant work Jazz! The detail is extraordinary. Well done sir! :)(y)

    Cheers
    Ken
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  17. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Jazz

    Great to see you posting and a well revamped version of what is a good subject , like the painting on this ..it's all WM I believe so must be heavy !!

    Nice bit of use of a knitting needle as well !

    Nice drawing as well

    Hope we see more of your painting projects

    Why not enter in the class of your choice in the new FOTM as well as voting in the previous month , also there is Vignette & Diorama comp ...see link at top of page

    Always good to see your artwork

    Thanks for sharing

    Look forward to seeing the next

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  18. Jazz A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Thank you all for your very generous and kind comments. I only posted the photos of Ramses to see if I was still "any good" at painting as it has been such a while since I picked up a paintbrush.
    I was pleased with how the model has turned out and hopefully this will be it's final painting.
    Nap, thank you for your comments. As for entering in the competition my competing days are over now. I have seen the standard of figures there and they are all excellent. I am just happy to receive such nice comments. Thank you all and God bless.
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  19. Scott Sheltz Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Excellent paint work!
  20. arj A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Very nice brushwork and presentation Jazz.
    Your drawing skills are impressive.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

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