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WIP Critique Original 54mm. Swedish infantry, Fraustadt 1706

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Braemp, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. Braemp Active Member

    Finished sculpting this figure recently. Continuing with objects from The Great Nordic War this one depicts a Swede dressed in an early style uniform. It is done mostly using magic sculp and my own mannequin parts. It will be painted in the colours of the Västerbotten regiment, blue coat and white facings and socks. I really look forward to painting the hornet head, it is a beutiful one, very expressive and vivid face and I really hope I can make the best of it. The hands and musket will be finished and added later when the face is painted.
    Thanks for taking a look. Regards /Lars


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  2. billyturnip A Fixture

    Great sculpting Lars, you already know my feelings on the subject. :D Looking forward to seeing the painted figure.

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  3. 1969 A Fixture

    Nice job Lars, musket look very nice so far, looking forward to seeing the final version of this one.

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  4. Braemp Active Member

    Thanks Roger and Steve, I'm really keen about starting with the painting.
    The musket is a slightly modified Historex Brown bess

    Cheers /Lars
  5. Mike Stevens PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Lars,

    Just my opinion but I would have thought that the lower portion of Coat would have a little more fulidity/Drape/folds to it. It looks lifeless to me.
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  6. Braemp Active Member

    Hi Mike.
    Good point, it is very plane. I hope it will look more animated when painted.
    I will have this in mind when sculpting the next figure
    Thanks for your opinion.

    Cheers /Lars
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  7. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Looks great. Appreciate the SBS pics

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  8. megroot A Fixture

    Looking great.

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  9. Braemp Active Member

    Thanks Colin and Mark, I'm glad you like it.
    Continued with some work on the base.
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  10. MarquisMini A Fixture

    Lars, i am happy to see another of your beautiful creations.
    i think that the blue coat with white facings is going to look awesome.
    Thank you for working and promoting an area that it seem have been forgotten in the world of military miniatures.
    i will follow your progress.
    all the best
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  11. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello Lars:
    Like Colin said above in his post, I also really appreciate
    the SBS of how you sculpt a 54mm figure. And I try to
    remember that many who come to this site are new to the
    hobby, and peruse the threads but do not comment. This
    kind of a post is such a great learning tool for all of us,
    but especially for the beginners. As said directly above,
    by MarquisMini, a period in history that is rarely done
    in miniature — and that is good to see! Have fun, pardner,
    The Miami Jayhawker
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  12. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    We see tons of great work in the Sculpting forum but we rarely get to see how the sculptor got to the finished product. Progress pics like these give those of us learning the trade, a little more insight on how to build out from the armature.

    Very helpful indeed

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  13. Braemp Active Member

    Thanks guys.
    I'm happy to share my work and I know how great it is to study others in progress work so I always try to think in terms of " what would I like to see .. ". I hope that my work and pictures can be others to help and inspiration, though I kind of skipped a couple of steps between pic 1 and 2 to the finished figure ;)
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  14. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Maybe on your next one you can take and post more WIP pics... hint hint ;)

  15. MarquisMini A Fixture

    LARS,i have sculpted very little until now.
    i have a couple armatures to try,what i would like to see is how to make the creases and what tools you recomnend.
    that is one of the areas i have difficult on sculpting and achievibg a reliable result.
    best regards
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  16. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Me too! Me too!
  17. Magnus A Fixture

    Wow, greatfigure Lars, very inspiring as always. Can't wait to see it painted.
  18. fabrizio1969 A Fixture

    greath work of sculpt
  19. Braemp Active Member

    Thanx guys, I'm glad you like it.

    Here you go: The tools of trade, nothing fancy. A couple of thootpicks sanded to variuous shapes, this is actually Bill Horans tip, then I dip them in super glue let it harden and sand again. Cheap and easy to make into whatever shapes you require. A hobby knife, a couple of old brushes I use to smooth the magic sculp, and finally my favourite tool, an old sewing needle.

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    As for the other part of your question it's more tricky to answer. My best tip is to study how others done creases and folds. I love Roger Sounders work and I use to take a closer look at his figures before I start to sculpt myself. But there are so many excellent sculptors out here so you should not have any trouble finding pictures of superb work. Go to an art museum and studie some statues, I especially like old classic ones. Also don't forget to look at the real thing, put a jacket of similar fabric and style and pose in front of the mirror. I can give you two advices: Don't over do it, you don't need to replicate everyone on your miniature and they don't need to be so deep, it is easelly enhanced in the painting process. The second and boring tip is to practice and practise, soon you get the hang of it.

    I'll check my computer later tonight and see if I have any SBS pictures.

    cheers Lars
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  20. Braemp Active Member

    Double posts...

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