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Marius's mule

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Roc, Aug 7, 2004.

  1. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hey guys, I just started working on Marius' mule, this is a very old 90mm. ,produced by Almond, I believe it was sculpted my Mr. Almond himself, but I'm not sure.I think it's a very nice kit with lots of small parts.

    I just finished the armor,and it's drying in the oven,I should have some pictures for you tomorrow.


    Marius's Mule: a fully loaded legionary on the march carried more than Armour, weapons and a shield. Each man carried a contraption[described as a forkrd stick ] with a heavy pack attached to it, which included a tool kit and a dish and pan. This burden weighed 90 pounds or more, and often had to be carried up to 20 miles a day! Legionaries were called Marius's mules after the general who started the practice.So weighed down were the legionaries by all their stuff,that they were nicknamed Marius's mule(after after the general to whom the invention of the forked stick is ascribed.





    This is the kit.
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    Tomorrow time permitting I'll try to post some picture of the the finished armor that is now drying in the oven.

    Cheers

    Roc. :)
  2. Edson Member

    Country:
    Mexico
    Ohh man will be great to follow this Step-by-Step, lol cos its a Roman!!! :lol:

    I looking forward to you next step dude
    Cheers
    Ed :lol:
  3. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    The armore is now dry,but still needs deep shadows in the folds and more highlights.

    Burnishing technique on the armor.
    1- cleaned the figure with an old tooth brush and some ivory dish washing detergent.

    2- I brushed the armor with a sweade brush.

    3- Gave the armor numerous controlled washes of mars black.

    4- shaded the folds of the armor and deliniation with mars back straight out of the
    tube.

    5- Figure put in the oven to dry over night at a warm temperature of 140 degrees.

    6 - When dry , I highlighted the extremities using a burnishing tool.

    7 - When completely dry , I will give the bottom half of the armor a controlled
    wash of Raw umber, the mixture for this wash is thicker than the previos wash.


    8- I will add some rust spots around the rivets and under armpits,and where ever else needed.

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    The next step will be the helmet , tunic and leather linings around the armor and the belts.

    Thanks for yourpatience.

    Cheers

    Roc. :) s
  4. yeo_64 Active Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    Hey Roc,GREAT START to your next project,my friend (y) (y) !! I'll definitely keep a close eye on this one as it develops. Cheers !
    Kenneth :lol:
  5. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks Kenneth, you know how I love doing those Romans.... ;)


    Cheers

    Roc. :)
  6. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hey Ed, this one is for you,remember I owed you one. ;)


    Cheers.
    Roc. :)
  7. KeithP Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Roc-

    Love the detail on the mail...

    Did you mask off the mail parts before priming?

    Keith
  8. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hey Keith,thanks.

    I didn't mask it, I treated the armor as described above, after it dried, I primed the rest of the figure very carefully.

    Cheers.

    Roc. :)
  9. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Armor looks great Roc...... (y)
  10. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks Guy, I'm glad you like it.

    Cheers

    Roc. :)
  11. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I just finished the helmet, it's drying in the oven over night.

    I will post some pictures tomorrow, time permitting.

    Cheers

    Roc. :)
  12. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    The helmet,tunic , belts and leather edgings are dry.
    I just have to give them more hightlights and more shadows.


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    Cheers.

    Roc. :)
  13. Edson Member

    Country:
    Mexico
    Keep the goog work man, is looking great! :lol:

    Cheers
    Ed ;)
  14. KeithP Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    This is great, Roc.

    Where is is head? Did he run in to an irate Dacian or Celt?

    Keith
  15. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hey Ed , thanks, I appreciate the encouragement.

    Saludos.

    Roc. :)
  16. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hey Keith, thanks, I appreciate the encouragement.

    Some very irate Barbarian did not like his looks or the idea of our mule marching through his country,so he chopped it off. our confused and shocked legionary is now walking around with no head. :lol: :lol:

    Cheers.

    Roc. :)
  17. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    He is really looking good Roc. What kind of groundwork / base are you going to use and do?
  18. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hey Guy, thanks for you support.

    I'm not really sure about the ground work.
    I was thinking of having him stand next to the via appia, taking a little break.

    Do you think that's a good idea?. would really appreciate somsuggestions.Cheers.

    Cheers.

    Roc. :)
  19. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Hello Roc,
    I was thinking about a small, local to the area, fountain, where he could be pausing to rest. It was a thought when I first saw your figure posted.
  20. Edson Member

    Country:
    Mexico
    I second that option Roc, I think could be a very good groundwork!!

    Keep going!
    Cheers
    Ed :lol:

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