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Completed Critique On To Sedan 1870

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by ChaosCossack, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Hey All
    Finished this one off this evening.

    This piece represents a French Infantryman during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. During the massing of the French forces and their advance towards the area surrounding Sedan towards the end of August 1870, our man has stepped of the track, out of the column to take a moment to rest his feet and catch his breath. He may have taken a longer break had he known the grinder that the unprepared French were marching into against the Prussian war-machine.
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    The figure itself is an Andrea 54mm, painted with Vallejo acrylics. The groundwork is based on Aves Apoxie Clay painted with Vj acrylics, dressed with roots, pebbles, flock grass and premade greenery. The base is a chunk of one of the trees that fell in my backyard (this one is from a 60 year old Locust) during this winter's icestorm, that I milled, cut, routed, polished, stained and cleared with my own loving hands. From this storm, I harvested over 100 lbs of various hardwoods that have been milled into a number of rough blocks of various sizes... hint hint ;)

    Thanx for looking in... any and all comments and critiques are always welcome.

    Colin

    As always, apologies for the crap photography :sorry:
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  2. zane666 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Reds, blues, greens and yellow, such a great allsortment of colours, this came together nicely. You've done a great job Colin.

    Cheers Zane
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  3. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Country:
    France
    Brilliant finish Colin.

    The figure is very well painted, l really like the way that you dealt with all that great detail.

    Super groundwork too. Especially the tree in the background.

    All the very best Mate,

    Keith
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  4. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    great work Colin, but I think the pictures don't do justice.

    Marc
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  5. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Very nice Colin and good job on the groundwork.

    Roger.
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  6. Funky50 Guest

    Lovely job on this figure especially as it's 54 mm a scale way to small for my tired old eyes...A Cracker Colin......Kevin
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  7. Graham PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    A very nice scene Colin, thought it was bigger than 54mm, impressive detail work.
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  8. Babelfish A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Nicely painted Colin. I just think that the base is perhaps at bit too tall for the figure.

    - Steve
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  9. Aveleira A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    There it is the finisehd work.
    Look's very good indeed!
    Good Work Colin ;)

    Regards
    Pedro
  10. Ferris A Fixture

    Congrats on completing him Colin. Nice work, particularly on the blue.
    I do think the base is a bit over-sized, but nice work on the wood nevertheless!

    Cheers,
    Adrian
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  11. swralph A Fixture

    Very nice painting Colin
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  12. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Really nice work colin,love the blue coat finish and the groundwork looks really nice too,(y)

    Brian
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  13. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanx everyone for the kind, supportive words.
    The overly tall (or generally oversized) base is a mistake I repeatedly make. To my eye the base looks alright when I make it... then once the groundwork is done and the fig mounted I see the disproportion. Is there perhaps a rule of thumb as to the size of the base/the figure ratio?

    Also to be done is to have a nameplate made up. Going to check out a new engraver today.

    Thanx again

    Colin
  14. tiberius57 A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Excellent job, my friend! Looks very good! I like it a lot! (y)
    Generally, the rule of thumb is Base height = 2/3 Figure height. This is not a hard rule. Is just a guidance. Here is a discussion on the subject.
    http://www.planetfigure.com/threads/bases.47620/#post-480338
    Hope it helps!
    Cheers and see you soon. ;)
    Zeno
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  15. zane666 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    If the base is thought to be to big for the figure, don't make the nameplate to small or that may make the base look even bigger,just a thought.

    Zane
  16. Mariobusta Well-Known Member

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Nice painting . After watching your progress I went into my box of shame and dug out my old Poste Mil Frenchie . Nice !

    Cheers
    Neil
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  17. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanx guys
    I made up half a dozen random bases from my stash of "storm wood", different sizes, styles and stain colours. This is actually the tallest of the bases but I thought the colour went well with what I had in mind for groundwork and I kinda liked the groove down the front and the grain pattern on the adjoining side.

    Colin
  18. Richie A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Colin,
    Good to see you back at it mate(y). Very nicely painted. I think the harmony between the figure and groundwork is on the money. As for the base it's always a personal preference thing, personally I like it.
    cheers
    Richie
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  19. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanx mate, I always appreciate and respect your opinion.

    Cheers

    Colin
  20. Kisifer Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Excellent work overall. Great painting and groundwork.

    Xenofon
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