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WIP Critique Ostep Bulba, 75mm

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by ChaosCossack, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. storm_zh Well-Known Member

    Good progress and very nice painting, Colin
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  2. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Again Great progress Colin,
    the blue coat ( I am sure you have a Cossack for it) is nicely highlighted and the lace work on the chest is super.
    Can hardly wait to see how you deal with those busy cuffs.
    Great stuff(y)
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  3. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Thanx Keith
    The cuffs are actually metal bracers. They are three steel segments (one big one at the front, one small one on each side) trimmed with brass edging and rivets and closed with two leather straps inside the wrist. I found an exact replica in a book and the pics answered alot of questions that I wasn't sure of and weren't clear on the boxart. The book is written in Ukrainian but has great pics... I'll scan some and post them. Pretty interesting.

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  4. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Great research Mate,
    I am really enjoying this period in history through your painting and detailed explanations.
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  5. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    I have been learning alot myself, Keith. The whole cossack thing has always been there for me... A bit of the Old World heritage kept alive in the new world, so to speak. Most of my friends growing up were pretty "white bread" so having a different background (and a name more European than Smith, Jones or Johnson) made me exotic ;) I had a decent general knowledge and alot of personnal history from my grandfather (served in a Red Army Cossack regiment in WW II) but when I started researching for these, I realized I hadn't even scratched the surface... It's an amazing history, they were really snappy dressers and they remind me more of my friends of the last 25-30 years than the "whte bread" crowd of my childhood :rolleyes:

    It's fun to learn about your heritage :happy:


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