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Lewis and Clark vignette

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by pgarri27, May 7, 2016.

  1. pgarri27 Well-Known Member

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    I am starting this vignette of Lewis and Clark. I am using the figures by La Meridiana. I plan to place them on a base at elevated heights. Sacagawea will be at the top pointing the way. My friend who saw the concept says I should name the vignette, "Starbucks is right over that hill." I decided to glue some blocks to the base so I would have something solid to mount the pegs into. Here are some pictures of the beginning of the base.

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  2. mark126804 Active Member

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    Pete, I look forward to seeing it finished.

    Mark
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  3. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Great start, so I will follow this one.
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  4. Oda A Fixture

    Great idea,Meridiana's figures are among the best in the market,this should turn out great.I'll watch this with great interest.

    Oda.
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  5. Babelfish A Fixture

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    I too will be pulling up a chair for this one. I've got these figures in the stash myself, they're very nice pieces.

    It's a shame you don't see them painted up more often - although I reckon I'm as much to blame for that as anyone else! :whistle:

    - Steve
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  6. pgarri27 Well-Known Member

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    I have so much in the gray army. There's just too little time.
  7. pgarri27 Well-Known Member

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    I am adding green floral foam to fill out the base. Next I will add putty to form rocks. My vision is to make it appear as though the trio of adventurers have climbed to a vantage point where they can see the expanse to the West that they must trail blaze in order to reach the Pacific Northwest.

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  8. Joe55 A Fixture

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    Excellent idea! This will be a great display.

    Joe
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  9. captnenglish Well-Known Member

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    Fantastic idea and concept. I will be following this one as I have trying to figure out how exactly this only with larger scale figures.
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  10. Dan Morton A Fixture

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    A very cool idea!

    All the best,
    Dan
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  11. Edorta A Fixture

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  12. pgarri27 Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    The next step is making rocks. For this project, I decided to make granite boulders. I took little pieces of Styrofoam that I rough shaped, then covered with a two part pool putty. I used a piece of granite gravel to texture the putty. I made several of these rocks all around the base. When all the rocks are finished, I will cover them with a thinned coat of sepia oil paint, then wipe most of the paint off, leaving paint in the recesses.
    There is no paint in these pictures. It's just dirt from the gravel.

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  13. pgarri27 Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    The rocks are almost done. Next I will color the rocks with sepia and orange oil paint. Thin the paint, cover the rocks, then wipe then off. When the rocks are dry, I will add the paper mache. I will add a dark brown craft paint to it and cover the areas between the rocks.

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  14. Wayneb A Fixture

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    Looking really good.....Appears to be a nice balanced composition from most angles...(y)....Following.........

    Wayne
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  15. pgarri27 Well-Known Member

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    I have added the "dirt" paper mache tinted with a dark brown craft paint between the rocks and added some roots for the tree. The roots were pressed into the wet ground. The tree and the bigger roots are from a mountain laurel tree, and the smaller roots are azalea bush roots. All of the green foam is covered now.


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  16. tomifune A Fixture

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    Looks like taking John Long's class has really inspired you on the groundwork. Are you coming to MFCA next week. It would be great to see this finished!

    Bob
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  17. pgarri27 Well-Known Member

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    No MFCA. And this is far from ready. John Long's class was great.
  18. pgarri27 Well-Known Member

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    Working on the tree. Making branches with leaves.

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  19. Huw63 PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Wow - this is a very original idea. Love your work on the base.

    Cheers

    Huw
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  20. Wayneb A Fixture

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    United-States
    This is looking great.Now the real fun begins.......Wayne

    Edit:....P.S........It's all fun...(y)
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