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WIP Mike's Maori Scout Bust by Andy

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Mike - The Kiwi, May 11, 2013.

  1. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Latest project, quick photos from iPad to give you a feel for it.

    What do you think?

    Mike

    AndysMaoriScoutSBS01.jpg
  2. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Mike ,

    This looks a nice piece , love the worn effects on the leather pouch and belt ...please do share how this was achieved .

    The tattoos look awesome even though its just a flesh base at the moment ...a couple of hours fun doing those I feel .

    Keep posting WIP pics please .

    Thanks for sharing

    Nap
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  3. tonydawe A Fixture

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    Australia
    Mike

    Pretty quick start by your standards mate. Really looking forward to seeing your progress pics.
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  4. Don Well-Known Member

    Great work sofar Mike, looks really good and I cant wait to see your progress.
    Is that an Andy Cairns figure or do I need to ask.
    Super

    Don
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  5. Joe55 A Fixture

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    United-States
    So this is what you've been up to :D! I'll be keeping an eye on this (y)!

    Joe
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  6. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

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    Australia
    Impressive!!

    Cheers
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  7. Mark S Guest

    Nice looking piece and the leather work is brilliant, but is that moko actually carved into the face?..
    It seems to be, and it looks pretty deep as well?..I'm not too familiar with that kind of traditional body work, but I don't think it's something that's chiselled in...is it?
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  8. Mariobusta Well-Known Member

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    New_Zealand
    looks interesting Mike , But that engraving on the face looks very heavy , not sure how your going to paint it .

    Neil
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  9. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
    I'm not sure either Neil but will have to see how it works out mate. A nice challenge Andy has set here f'sure.

    Thanks

    Mike
  10. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Hi Tony thanks mate how's your one coming along.

    Trying to get him done before I head to UK in June so may not get many more shots done, will have to see how it goes tonite.

    Snapping these quickly on iPad so no fuss but don't provide proper detail.

    Talk again soon

    Mike
  11. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Hi Mark

    Thank you for comments.
    Andy has chosen to etch Tā moko into this guy & for me this has 2 reasons:

    1. References state the deeper the chisels the braver the warrior was. I'm trying to represent a veteran scout in his 40s so plenty of effort to cut this repeatedly like scarification. Contemporary images show deep markings so I can live with this & will work hard to try & make this look realistic.

    2. Andy has done what other artists do with raised detail on flags & heraldry - tried to make it easier for a painter to represent Tā moko in miniature.

    Further info below, trust this helps.

    MIke


    "Tā moko is the permanent body and face marking by Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. Traditionally it is distinct from tattoo and tatau in that the skin was carved by uhi (chisels) rather than punctured. This left the skin with grooves, rather than a smooth surface.

    Repinned from Inscribed Bodies by Spencer Keralis"

    http://kelzukidotcom2.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/homme_maori_au_visage_tatouc3a9.jpeg
    http://pinterest.com/pin/34058540902419220/
    http://www.larskrutak.com/articles/south_seas/
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  12. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
    Yep Don it's another of Andy's AC Models kits. This will be Boxart of it turns out to Andy's satisfaction

    Thanks for posting

    Mike
  13. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Hi Nap will have to see how I go with more in progress have a time line on getting this done before end of month so trying not to get distracted too much, but will see what I can do.

    Leather is Games Workshop Zambesi Desert heavily coated. Then covered with oils Rowney Sepia, W&N burnt umber, yellow ochre & Rembrandt Viridian. Various levels of these to get some tonal variation. After approx 24 hrs fine etching with sharp tooth pick & side of an old flat brush ferrule rubbed gently & roughly to remove oil revealing base coat. Andy has added lots of detail on the leather making this easier to being out.

    Highlights added using various light leather tones from acrylics & deeper shadows with oil washes.

    Hope this helps mate.

    Back to painting. Maybe some more photos later.

    Mike
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  14. Mark S Guest

    Thank you very much for that explanation Mike, that's great!!...What stunning and extraordinary artwork.....and thanks for the links.
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  15. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Another quick shot, Snider .577 based on actual carved example with paua shell inlaid.

    MaoriScout02.jpg
  16. Joe55 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Wow, this just gets better and better. Plus, such a unique subject (to me anyway), to boot!

    Joe
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  17. tonydawe A Fixture

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    Australia
    Excellent progress shot Mike. I hadn't noticed the level of intricate carving on the stock of the rifle, but it's amazing. Following with great interest.

    I agree with your approach to painting ta moko. The deeper carved patterns will be quite a challenge to paint, but I'm sure you'll do a stunning job.
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  18. amcairns A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
    Mike,
    A great job on the Snider.This angle of veiw would go well to photograph the whole bust.
    Andy
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  19. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Joe you are always too kind mate & glad you're finding this interesting.
    It is an enjoyable opportunity to capture the look Andy has sculpted.

    Stay tuned will try & add more later

    Mike
  20. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Hi Tony, glad you're picking up all the details Andy has included in this piece.

    Will have to see how the face turns out, hope to get on this on the weekend.

    Mike

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