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Completed Mohawk Militia

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by smudger1960, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    I thought I would never get round to posting this project but I've finally managed to complete this latest piece which is the Scale 75 Mohawk Militia, I have long been a big fan of the movie 'Last of the Mohicans 'and when I saw this release earlier this year I felt I really wanted to paint it, I loved the pose and all the detail sculpted onto the figure but one thing I really did like was the red coat, with all these qualities I just had to have one.

    When starting out on this project I wanted to capture a scene with water and set the figure within a scene like from the film, I went with various ideas but the one I decided on was a small waterfall, I remember various scenes in the film with the Indians moving through or past waterfalls so that was the idea I wanted to create, I had never modelled any falling water scenes so this was going to be a new venture for me,i remember at Euro Militaire a couple of years ago Deluxe Materials had a trade stand and the guy on the stand was demonstrating how to make moving water / waves, I revisited their website and found some very useful videos of how to use their water products, I contacted them and spoke to a very helpful lady who explained the different materials and what I was looking for, to create a waterfall effect I used 2 of their products, the first being 'Scenic Fibres 'these would be used to make the general body of the waterfall, the 2nd product was called 'Making Waves', this product is designed to create the ripples and waves of moving water, this product is so good it holds its shape on vertical surfaces and can be mixed with acrylic paints to vary the effects.

    The backdrop I wanted was a rockface,for this I chose to use 'Model Railway Scenic Rock or Cork Bark', this product is as it says cork which I sealed with PVA mixed with water and white acrylic paint as a primer.

    I painted the rock face in GW acrylic paints with GW washes and oil washes to get the effect I wanted, once this area was complete I added groundwork with Milliput.

    I then started out on the water, lengths of scenic fibre were cut and placed in bulldog clips, applications of making waves followed, after 20mins you can start added the ripple effects into the water, I must point out that making waves dries to a clear finish, to get the white froth effect of the water you need to add acrylic white to the making waves mixture, I added small washes of GW turquoise very thin and added this to the effect, I copied many actual photos of real waterfalls and used these as a guide.

    I added some green leaves from the MDP range, I hadn't used these before but I found them terrific, just what I wanted, these I added to the rockface at different spots, Ferns were added to the groundwork, these were from scalelink and made out of etch-brass, the tree stump with the long roots was all made out of Milliput as was the fallen tree trunk in the front foreground.

    My good friend Ron Tamburrini supplied the base for me,i was just going to leave the base but I decided on a log cabin effect which was very evident of this historic period, I purchased 2 lengths of balsa dowel and cut these to length to fit the base,i then split them and superglued these to the outside of the base to get that log effect, a square was cut ready for the nameplate, Ron if your reading this I apologise for ruining the effect of your base.
    The figure itself is a beautiful figure and one that I would recommend to anyone interested in this period,there's lots to paint and the best thing is you can let your imagination run wild up to a point, the figure was primed using Halfords grey car primer and undercoated in appropriate GW acrylic paints and finally finished in oils.
    Please find below details of the product Suppliers :
    Osprey Title - American Woodland Indians
    Advanced terrain modelling - Richard Windrow

    Hope you enjoy the photos,its a new camera so im still coming to terms with it all comments and criticism welcome.

    Happy Modelling
    Brian / Smudger

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    HIKARU, Wings5797, jerry and 14 others like this.
  2. bagelman1952 Well-Known Member

    Very nicely put together
  3. mil-mart A Fixture

    Brian excellent painting and some great effects, will this be travelling with you to Euro.(y)

    Cheers Ken
  4. Aveleira A Fixture

    Jesus... you went by a lot of trouble to get this done.
    I could say that I'm not surprised with you doing something out of the ordinary
    but you surprised me with the whole composition.... Very elaborate, very suitable for the
    time frame and figure.... Don't know what else except that's GREAT all around...
    The figure also, I like the tattoos... the painting of the face... very very good!

  5. Gerry Active Member

    Very Inventive Brian, you worked the water effects to good advantage, painting wise very nice,
    look foreward to seeing it at Euro.
  6. Chris Mortimer Active Member

    Amazing mate. The amount of work you have done is mind blowing. Very very nice
  7. Ray Mootsey Active Member

    Beautiful work, it all blends so well together. A true work of art. Ray
  8. Ray Mootsey Active Member

    Beautiful work, it all blends so well together. A true work of art. Ray
  9. John Bowery A Fixture

    Exceptional well done and fantastic base.
    Well worth your efforts.
  10. DEL A Fixture

    As ever Brian you bring real atmosphere and 'theatre' to your projects.
    Few people can create a sense of action, time and place with a single figure as well as you.
    Looking forward to seeing your 'stuff' at Euro it always gets me thinking about upping my own game.
  11. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Holy Cow, Brian. . . and Whoa, Nellie:
    Whew, blow my socks off. What a incredible presentation.
    Such an artistic and creative mind you have. What really blows
    me away is that this piece is so busy, there is so much eye
    candy, yet the viewer never loses contact with the main part
    of the most intricate composition, the figure. Me thinks this
    kind of artistry is not easy to do. This is a very complicated
    piece. Yet it reads so wonderfully! :)
    Sir, you are very talented. For me, another great example
    of raising this hobby to an art form! Congratulations.
    The Miami Jayhawker
  12. Kevin D. Well-Known Member

    wow...WOW...WOW...WOW !!! What a beautiful piece of art! That is great composition and the entire ensemble is something to stare at forever, picking out details.

    VERY nice! Beautifully executed!

  13. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

    Very inventive as usual Brian(y) was that a burr you covered up :eek: nice Smudger reds and blues al in the best possible taste .

    Beware greeks bearing gifts Father Jack is buttering you up for more MD

  14. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    Another great piece Brian look forward to seeing this at Euro and having a chat on Saturday evening .......Keith
  15. waterloo1815 Active Member

    Just AWESOME !!! How in the world do you come up with these ideas?? I could look at that piece all day!!! Got the stamp collecting down pat - must be time to collect dead butterflies!! By the way - will ya wake that cat up??? Dave
  16. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Ken,many thanks for your kind coments
  17. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Ken,hope your keeping well mate,many thanks for your coments and continued support,I'm glad you liked it,yes I will be taking it to Folkestone,look forward to seeing you down there mate :)
  18. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Pedro,glad you liked the concept and result,I really enjoy thinking things up for my projects,it adds to the fun if the hobby,many thanks for your kind coments :)
  19. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Gerry,many thanks for the kind coments mate,I've never met you before but please come and have a chat with me at euro,I'll have a Planet Figure badge on :)
  20. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Chris ,many thanks for the kind coments,I'm glad you liked it :)

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