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"Medicene Dog" - Cheyenne Wolf Scout

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Guy, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. Guy A Fixture

    I started on the figure over a year ago and have worked on it in my spare time on the weekends. Back in December, Sergey encouraged me to enter a figure (never shown before) in the Chief Competition through ModelSculpt forum. The only figure I hadn't shown or posted was the Cheyenne......and he was quite a ways from being finished. Since the judging was for the figure and not the groundwork I positioned the Wolf Scout onto a base and took a ton of photos for the competition and was able to submit the photos in time for the competition at the end of January. Now its time to complete the wolf Scout onto its permanent base. Below are the seven photos I submitted to the judges in Moscow at their annual show.

    Medicene Dog 01.jpg

    Medicene Dog 06.jpg Medicene Dog 07.jpg

    Medicene Dog 08.jpg Medicene Dog 12.jpg

    Medicene Dog 14.jpg Medicene Dog 16.jpg

    Surprisingly, the figure earned a Silver in the Professional Painter's Class. I have not as yet received the award but will post a photo of it when it arrives.

    The choice now was what base to mount the Wolf Scout to. Since none of my collectors committed to the figure I was free to go outside the classic round base and do something a little different and hopefully enhance the figure more. I chose a base I purchased from Ron Saunders, The Hussar Bases, of Tulsa so I could incorporate some natural terrain into the scene. I also used 1/2 of the resin cast base that came with Michael Roberts "The Pursuit" as part of the groundwork. MRLtd sold me a couple of extra bases for ideas like this.

    Base 01.jpg

    The first thing I did was to cut the resin Pursuit base to fit the wood base and epoxyed it to the wood base. I then scribed lines onto the top of the base to give my plaster mix some tooth and also drilled for mounting the figure later. These holes were temporarily filled with tooth picks to keep them clean. I then primed the resin rocks as well as the part of the wooden base that would be rocks that matched.

    Base 04.jpg

    Next was to mix the plaster with a generous amount of Elmer's Glue to aid in the adhesion and se aside ( below) to dry overnight.

    Base 02.jpg Base 03.jpg

    all comments welcomed
    thanks for looking

  2. theseeker Member

    Your figures are always outstanding! You were either a native American or a member of the 7th cavalry in your former life.
    Your skin tones are unbelievable.
  3. Guy A Fixture

    Thanks Rocky. My Great Great Grandmother was White Mountain Apache and is burried in Lawton, Oklahoma area. Before retiring I worked with the Apache-Kiowa Nation and got a chance to see many different skin tones.

    The next step after the initial groundwork has dried is to base coat the different colors of the ground. For the brown I used the PolyS Medium Brown acrylic and for the rocks I used Floquil Dark Gray. After going over them a second time looking for all the little white spots I set them under a 60watt bulb to dry overnight.

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    Base 11.jpg

    While the groundwork dries I started to work on the arrows and the braided hair that falls on each side of the warrior's face. The clothes pins (Mini's) are used as clamps to hold the arrows while the paint dries.

    Base 08.jpg Base 12.jpg

    Below you see the hair braids and arrows put aside to dry before the next step as well as the wolf tails ( on the tooth picks ) that will attach to his feet and will be added after the Indian is fastened to the base.

    Base 10.jpg

    Below you can see all the components sitting under the 60watt lamp waiting to dry. Now its time to start finishing another project.

    Base 14.jpg

    All comments welcomed

    Thanks for looking.

  4. Roc Active Member

    Hey Guy, your Indian looks very good, I like it.
    Keep up the good work.

  5. theseeker Member


    Strangely enough, I am 1/3 Sioux, according to one of my grandmothers. Who knows? I guess this means that we are all a heinz 57 mix!
    I failed to comment on your base due to being overwhelmed with the figure. I also failed to mention the outstanding job you did on the wolf. Growing up in the "country" I have killed a few, and your painting is most convincing and very inspirational. I had the fortune of spending five hours in the hobby room today and hopefully I will be able to post some respectable pics tomorrow. I have three figures on the bench. If I get lucky, one will turn out O.K.

  6. Steve Well-Known Member

    Man, Guy, that groundwork is kickin'. Thanks for the sbs!
  7. Guy A Fixture

    Thanks for the kind words Roc & Steve. I hope to post more tomorrow after the next step.
  8. Joe Hudson Well-Known Member

    Hey Guy,

    Looks nice. I like the bead work on him.

  9. Guy A Fixture

    Thanks Joe, I appreciate the kind words.
  10. Ulrich A Fixture

    I like that figure from Poste Militaire and your base fit optimal to the figure. Hope to see both together very quick.

    It is possible to get a closer look at the face?

  11. Kisifer Well-Known Member

    Guy that's a really beautiful and informative work. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  12. Tommi A Fixture

    Hello Guy

    This is such a beautiful kit and you are making a fine job of it, the base also looks very interesting. I still have one of these in my grey army, maybe one day I will paint it.

  13. Jeff T Well-Known Member


    Beautiful work on this figure Guy, looks superb!

  14. Mark S Guest

    Guy,the figure deserved the award.
    Thanks for being so generous in sharing your expertise
    to create another interesting sbs.
  15. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Well, believe it or not my latest piece has groundwork in it!!!!!!! I'm watching this with interest, I'll certainly learn something. Thanks Guy!

    Jay H.
  16. Don Well-Known Member

    Lovely bit of work and I like your groundwork methods. Any chance you could do the same with the wolfskin as I think its stunning. Rifle as well if you get the time.
  17. Guy A Fixture

    Thanks for all the kind comments guys. Much appreciated.

    Don ~ I have another figure that is ready for the wolf cape to be brought alive with the dry-brushing technique and I'll take a few photos on how I attempt it.
  18. Don Well-Known Member

    Thanks Guy, I will look forward to that. Think you have done a great job with the Wolf Scout.
  19. vergilius New Member

    Very beautiful base you're making. since the figure already won silver, there's little to add to that
  20. mikec55 Active Member

    Beautiful work as usual. I always look forward to seeing your posts. I've used your groundwork sbs's from earlier posts & it works great for me so thanks for sharing.
    I do have one question. It seems that every time I break open a kit that has arrows, they all look like lightning bolts rather than arrows. With something that small, do you have a hint you can share as to how you straighten them?

    Thanks, Mike

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