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Mike's 28th Maori Battalion First Stage

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Mike - The Kiwi, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Hi guys,

    I was fortunate enough to meet Alan Mackie the artist behind the boxart of the Naked Army range at QMHE. What a great man who was kind enough to share with me one of these massive figures.

    Just begun this with a little reworking of the face to try & capture one of the famous young Maori soldiers who fought in Western Desert in WW2.

    Here's first photos courtesy of Gary from our model club here in Waikato, NZ.

    What do think?

    Mike

    28thMaoriBattalionM.jpg
  2. bagelman1952 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    Incredible painting. What scale is this
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  3. Don Well-Known Member

    Great start Mike, love the "All Black" nose he has. Should be a great figure and look forward to you sharing it with us.
    Son was over from NZ to Brisbane and went to get me a Naked Army figure but after a lot of trampimg about he found the shop had shut down, bummer. Did like the one Tony Dawes had at Euro a couple of years ago.

    Don
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  4. housecarl Forum Moderator

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    The eyes are superb, as is the rest.
    Carl.(y)
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  5. krom1415 Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Love those eyes.
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  6. Ferris A Fixture

    That face looks terrific Mike! Everything about it.

    Adrian
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  7. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    He's alive!

    Cheers
    zernina and Mike - The Kiwi like this.
  8. Joe55 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    I'm lost for words.

    Joe
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  9. Gellso A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Stunning!
    Mike - The Kiwi likes this.
  10. Mark S Guest

    Simply Superb painting Mike!
    Looking forward to seeing the whole piece when you're finished.
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  11. amcairns A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Mike,
    The face is great,fantastic work.
    Andy
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  12. Piotrec Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Very impressive. Great detail. The only thing I am missing is a bit of shine in eyes and on the lips.
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  13. Markus Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Germany
    Fantastic work !! Looks like he is really alive. I wish I could paint like your friend...

    BRAVO !!!
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  14. MarquisMini A Fixture

    Country:
    Argentina
    wow, i am impressed with the expression you have painted on this figure.
    Keep up the good work!
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  15. Helm A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Superb totally realistic
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  16. Meehan34 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    that's pretty freaking awesome sir. Reminds me of your Athenian hoplite in its realism.
    combatartist and Mike - The Kiwi like this.
  17. DEL A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Breathtaking work Mike.....Top Class.....one to follow
    Cheers
    Derek
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  18. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Looks awesome... Scarey looking brute, no question
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  19. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Great painting Mike. I have this one at home 3/4 painted and haven't been able to bring myself to finish him. I'll be following your progress with great interest. The skin tones are superb. You've captured that distinctive Maori skin tones very well
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  20. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Is this figure painting.
    It looks so real. What a great paintwork on this face. Hope you don't do a catchlight, that looks so weard to me. A glossy varnish into the eyes let them look lifelike.

    marc
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