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Mike's 28th Maori Bn Sgt - Finished

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Mike - The Kiwi, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. taff edwards A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Hi Mike
    What can i say it is outstanding in every department, you have captured the eyes of so many infantry soldiers that i have seen in black and white pics,that 1000 yard stare the weathering is superb not overdone, textures blend, just going to get a drink of Jack D and sit and look at it , Thanks for sharing

    cheers chris
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  2. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
    Hey Taff go easy on the JD's mate will make your hands shake :)
    Especially appreciate your reference to the real men & women we try to pay homage to in our small art form.
    Exactly the sentiments I agree with.

    It's morning here so off to work in a minute so drinking for me for awhile.

    Stay safe & thanks,

    Mike
  3. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
    Good to hear your comments Mark.
    Don't break brushes just bread ;-) then move in to next project.
    We're all just practicing what we enjoy.

    Thanks,

    Mike
  4. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
    Thank you for noting that work Stefan, probably took most of my time painting these effects & learnt during it that you have to "represent" the material structure not replicate it. An old lesson Shep Paine wrote about which I've only now become to understand.

    Stay safe,

    Mike
  5. chris1 Active Member

    Hi Mike
    WOW... A Brilliant piece of work.You have lifted the bar again.

    Cheers

    Chris
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  6. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

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    Top Notch Mike face skin tone is fantastic and as has already been said the textures are also superb(y)

    ron
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  7. Mariobusta A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
    Yeah ,should be around then, but I might be embarrassed to show you my figures after your last few projects. I thought you would time your trip to the U K with Euro ? Are you going to continue with the modern stuff or get back to the Romans ?

    Neil
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  8. kiwi45 Active Member

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    New_Zealand
    Great work mike, love these pics, one thing if I may, I think the helmet scrim still needs a minute amount of colour ie: fading , grim etc. I think you know what I mean otherwise fantastic, bloody fantastic!!
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  9. weldingrod New Member

    Very nice work Mike,I seen you at karapiro last year and you were busy working on this figure,
    He looks so real,Reminds me of some of Goldies paintings,
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  10. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    New_Zealand

    Hiya Rod thanks for follow up & neat to meet at Karapiro. This year's Armistice Day is shaping up to be another good un. Ref comparisons with Goldie - mate that is over the top too kind! Don't feel I'm any where near that league but we keep trying.

    Stay safe

    Mike
  11. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
    Always good to get some constructive criticism Les.
    Will let you see in flesh as scrim does wash out in photos, can easily add more colouring to this afterwards if still appropriate.

    Thanks for support mate.
  12. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
    Unfortunately Euro trip will have to hold for another couple of year's this is a family & friends trip Neil.

    Hoping to get back to Romans & Medieval era later in year but have a queue of modern & fantasy subject I want/ need to do to stretch my style & skills.

    Stay safe,

    Mike
  13. Sturm Grenadier Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Hello Mike, I have followed this masterpiece from the beginning Mike, and have to say its one of the most realistic figures I have ever seen. Every detail is very lifelike. Incredible work. Congrats, Regards, SG:)(y)(y)(y)
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  14. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
    Thanks Sturm for follow up mate. I strive for realism but personally feel I have a way to go on actual figure.
    Photos can be deceptive though am grateful for your kindness & those of others who have shown support here.

    Stay safe,
    Mike
  15. Christos Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Beautiful work!!!!!!!
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  16. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
  17. amcairns A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
    Mike,
    A very realistic finish and the the you,ve painted the eyes tell the story.
    Andy
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  18. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
    Hey thanks again Andy. Looking forward to doing another big guy soon too :)
  19. Gellso A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Stunning!
    The fleshtones and eyes look just like a photograph.
    Brilliant work all round.

    Gells
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  20. Helm A Fixture

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    England
    I have no idea how I missed this Mike but stunning work a master class both SBS and finished work (y)
    Steve
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