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New scuplt/conversion

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by John Long, Nov 9, 2004.

  1. John Long Active Member

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    United-States
    This is a conversion on Gary's British soldier from Michael Roberts. I used a MR musket, and a Historex head. The balance is original. I carved both hands from hardened MS blanks. I can see some problems to fix that I didn't detect until I looked at the pictures. Comments welcome.

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  2. zyclyon Active Member

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    Singapore
    Hi John,

    a very exotic subject choice. The attitude looks good so far but I would like to comment more until I see the groundwork though :)

    Calvin
  3. John Long Active Member

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    United-States
    Thanks Calvin, he's likely to be in a wooded setting with perhaps a small stream. I gained a lot of inspiration from the Robert Griffing book I got in Chicago last year.
  4. yeo_64 Active Member

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    Singapore
    Hey John,COOL SCULPT (y) (y) !! I'm REALLY looking forward to the next step in this project.WELL DONE !
    Kenneth :lol:
  5. Shane Active Member

    John,

    Nice work, I like the folds and creases. I think getting that stuff to look right is one of the hardest parts of sculpting, at least for me, anyway.

    Shane
  6. johnnyboy New Member

    hi john, i want this fig :) you are doing a sweet job.i love this subject.well keep the pics comming man.really great work thanks johnny
  7. Anders Heintz Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Hey John!

    Looks good so far! Did you use the needle any? Looks like it on a couple of folds!
  8. Jim Patrick Active Member

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    United-States
    John, I just got finished watching the History Channel's special on Pontiac, came upstairs and found this. Very good as usual. Will he be decked out in war paint and all? I'm looking forward to this. Keep us posted and if possible, could you do a SBS on your groundwork? I love the way your ground work makes your figure(s) come alive.

    Thanks,
    Jim Patrick
  9. John Long Active Member

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    United-States
    Thanks guys. I intend to refine the shirt a little with knives and files.

    Anders, I like the needles quite a bit. They're more versatile than I thought.

    Jim, He will definitely be wearing warpaint and tattoos. I did this on the last woodland Indians and enjoyed it more than I expected (always stressful to mess with a well painted face). Were you watching the "Tales of the Old Northwest" series? If so those are some terrific shows. Lots of reenactor footage. I'll document the groundwork process as I go. I usually start setting the scene at this point, somewhere between sculpting/assembly and painting the figure.
  10. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    John, A great conversion, I really like it. You really did a lot of work to get those results. I can't wait to see him painted.

    Check out this website. This man does some fantastic quillwork. Look at the gallery section.~Gary


    http://www.wanuken.com/



    PS, If it's not too much work a tomahawk tucked behind his belt located toward the center of his back would look neat.
  11. Jim Patrick Active Member

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    United-States
    Yup john, that was the series. Very good with lot's of re-enactors like you said. Look forward to seeing the groundwork in stages. I'll be paying close attention.

    Thanks,
    Jim Patrick
  12. rafaelega Active Member

    Country:
    Spain
    John,

    Awesome work. Excellent.

    By the way Do you know Where can I buy "Duro" putty or similar (the green one) in Internet?

    Rafa
  13. John Long Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Excellent link Gary, thanks. This figure looks a lot like one in some reference material you sent me about a year ago. I was looking through it last night for some warpaint schemes, and there stands almost the exact figure I sculpted I guess I filed it away subconciously. I had a tomahawk in his belt, but the handle was made from MS and didn't survive my rough handling. I will replace it at some point.

    Rafa, try John Lea's United Empire Miniatures. He carries Kneadatite and some other modeller's aids.
  14. fsdesimone Member

    What kind of needles? Just the everyday threading kind or something special?

    Looks very cool btw.
  15. John Long Active Member

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    United-States
    Regular sewing needles. I got two sizes from my wife and mounted them into some old paintbrush handles.
  16. trooper Member

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    United-States
    Great work, John. Could you explain more about the needles? Always looking for new tools.
  17. John Long Active Member

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    United-States
    Here are the two needle tools I made.

    Attached Files:

  18. John Long Active Member

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    United-States
    Here's the post project workbench.

    Attached Files:

  19. fsdesimone Member

    How's that lamp you got going on over there? That's one of those supposed imitate sunlight models, right? Any good?
  20. John Long Active Member

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    United-States
    It's very good. I wish I had another. I stole that one from my wife. I had used a mix of incandescent and fluorescent and the former created a lot of glare when painting in oils. I'll get another sometime, but they're expensive. I saw a knockoff in a catalog for $30, I may try it.

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