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Mike's Tommy's War ANZAC Bust Conversions

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Mike - The Kiwi, Jul 24, 2016.

  1. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Since seeing Tommy's War 1/10th bust series I've wanted to convert these into ANZACs.
    http://tommyswar.co.uk/product-category/figures/busts/

    Each is beautifully sculpted by Antonio Meseguer with separate heads, making them easier to rearrange in to what I have in mind. My plan is to build on this theme over coming years, here are my first three almost ready to start painting. These conversions aren't very complicated, simple heads swaps on a couple then fine tuning with MagicSculpt, but hopefully each will have a unique look when I finally get to paint them up.

    These three represent men from the 1915 Gallipoli campaign:

    1. A young infantryman from NZ Infantry Battalion, wearing lemon squeezer
    2. A NZ Mounted Rifleman from MG battalion.
    3. A veteran officer with NZ Native Contingent

    Must acknowledge my mate Andy Cairns of AC Models who gave me a good start on lemon squeezer :)

    As always your questions, feedback & comments always welcome.
    And so a new journey begins...


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  2. SUPER ANTO Active Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Wow.....

    Great and impressive job using TW busts. I like very much your plan and the final concept.

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  3. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Superb.
    I just wish you'd paint quicker Mike.;)
  4. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Wonderful work Mike ...

    Get that brush out!

    Nap
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  5. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Looking good Mike, superb work.

    Regards
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  6. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Love the concept and the conversations look fantastic. I will be following.
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  7. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Great idea! Super conversions!

    All the best,
    Dan
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  8. clrsgt A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Excellent conversions
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  9. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    I will Kev, targeting this weekend to start the paint flowing ;)
    Sorry Matt not sure how many IP shots I'll be doing on these, but will keep you in mind & see what I can do.
    Unfortunately don't have luxury of doing this full time Carl so takes longer than both you & I would like :)
    Thanks again guys for comments.
    I have another 3 planned including one which I won't need to convert as it is already a Kiwi.
    Darren is planning an Otago Mounted Rifleman from Antonio for later this year.

    Back to the bench to finalise the clean up :)

    Stay safe,
    Mike
  10. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Well, I just meant I look forward to whatever updates you post, especially the finished product.
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  11. arj A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Very nice conversions.
    Good start with the first face.
    Looking forward to seeing them painted.
    They're going to make a superb set.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
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  12. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Thanks Andrew, paint applied as part of a demo workshops I did so a long way to go on this yet.

    Stay safe
    Mike
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  13. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Excellent conversions Mike. I'm drawn to the NZ Mounted Rifleman. Could so easily be an Australian Light Horseman.

    Can't wait to see the next instalment in your master class.
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  14. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Hi Tony thanks mate!
    Got another one of those guys coming with slouch hat still folded.
    Was thinking of doing Aussie Light Horse one as well :)

    Talk more soon.
    Mike
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  15. Andy007 Member

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Looking good Mike! I'll be following progress closely.
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  16. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Which one will I start painting today?
    Decisions, decisions...
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  17. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Hi Matt, just for you mate ;)

    Enjoying making progress on my Tommy's War ANZAC bust.
    Working on webbing now then he'll be done.
    Will be subject for an article in Figure Painter Magazine
    http://www.figurepaintermagazine.co.uk

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  18. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Mike

    Can you stop posting real people pictures....lol !!

    WOW those textures on the uniform and tge wear and tear are amazing

    Great bit of painting

    Nap
  19. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    TX! Nap
    He's a combination of a couple of nice busts.
    Hoping I can provide a useful article for Luke & FPM team in next few weeks.

    Stay safe,
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  20. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Mike

    I have the TW series and will get the new one ......

    Looking forward to seeing the article

    Happy painting

    Nap
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