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Completed Old West Gambler 1870 - Series 77 90mm metal (Sydney P. Chivers)

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by KenBoyle, Apr 10, 2020.

  1. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Ben Thompson Gambler/Gunman/Lawman, Old West - 1870s

    Once again I return to painting some of my favorite Series 77 90mm "Americans". I painted this figure to represent Ben Thompson. Here is a short Bio from Wikipedia. I also included a old Photo Of Thompson for reference.

    Ben Thompson (November 2, 1843 – March 11, 1884) was a gunman, gambler, and sometimes lawman of the Old West. He was a contemporary of "Buffalo" Bill Cody, Bat Masterson, John Wesley Hardin, and "Wild Bill" Hickok, some of whom considered him a friend, others an enemy. Thompson fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, and later for Emperor Maximilian in Mexico. When hired in 1881 as marshal in Austin, Texas, the crime rate reportedly dropped sharply. Thompson was murdered at the age of 40 in San Antonio, Texas, in the "Vaudeville Theater Ambush." (Wikipedia)

    I made a few minor changes to the figure. The kit head is tilted to the left and lacked that self confident look that I was going for. I straightened the head and raised the chin to give him a more arrogant look. This required a re-sculpting of the Shirt collar. In addition the right hand holding the cane looked a bit smaller than the left hand. I added some bulk to the right hand to bring them in line. A subtle change. Finally, the kit figure appears to lean on his cane. Since, in my view, Ben Thompson treats the cane as a fashion accessory and not a mobility aid, I moved the tip of the cane in towards his body so there was no impression of leaning.

    This box art for the figure shows him dressed in black. To be different and minimize the "Undertaker" look, I painted him in shades of brown. It doesn't hurt that brown is infinitely easier to paint than black. ;)

    All painting was done in acrylics and very simple groundwork was added to the base.

    Thanks for Looking
    Ken

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  2. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Wow Ken, that's a beauty. Lovely painting. The browns are superb and really look good.
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  3. 1969 A Fixture

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    Nice figure Ken and great work on the painting.
    Steve
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  4. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Bob! As I said, much easier than black. ;)

    Cheers,
    Ken
  5. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Much appreciated Steve!

    Cheers,
    Ken
  6. megroot A Fixture

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    lovely figure what is excellent painted.

    Marc
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  7. housecarl A Fixture

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    Very nice Ken.(y)
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  8. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Marc! A fun figure to paint. :)

    Cheers,
    Ken
  9. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Carl! I appreciate the comment.

    Cheers,
    Ken
  10. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    Great work Ken!
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  11. clrsgt A Fixture

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    That one is a real cracker Ken. Why didn't I pick this one way back when. I am kicking myself now. I don't know anything about Thompson, but the figure does bear a resemblance to him. Good choice. I like the browns as well.
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  12. Chris Oldfield A Fixture

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    That’s a lovely piece of painting, Ken. You do some fantastic work with these Series 77 figures.
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  13. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Matt! Appreciate it. :)

    Cheers,
    Ken
  14. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Mike! I still pick a series 77 up on eBay now and then. As to Thompson. If I can find a personality that even remotely comes close to the figure, I like to try and tie them together. It helps me set the atmosphere when painting and/or modifying. Most of the time it requires quite a bit of imagination. ;)

    Cheers,
    Ken
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  15. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Chris! I must admit I have quite a soft spot in my heart for Series 77. So many memories of times and good friends back then. :)

    Cheers,
    Ken
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  16. Len K. Active Member

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    Looks great. I have about fifty of these kits (mostly civil war) in my gray army in various stages of completion. I’ve got to start painting them.
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  17. Henkm Active Member

    That's a very good looking job and nice to have some background as well.
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  18. Nap A Fixture

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    I am just going to agree with Bob ...it looks great good idea about not painting black

    Thanks for the background pic and details

    You paint the '77 up really well

    Thanks for sharing the completed piece

    Why not enter something into FOTM as well as voting in previous month

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap
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  19. misfit151 A Fixture

    Full of character Ken....(y) excellent...... Mike
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  20. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    Wow ,wonderful paintwork

    Mobo
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