1. Day, 22. November 2011 Finally, I have something to paint again on my Desk! One or others will have already anticipated what it is - the tsarist Kuban Cossack from the time 1900 to 1917 – a from Andy Cairns from New Zealand brilliantly formed bust! The origin of this bust is a longer history, but it earns to be told, I think …: I had made as the past project 2011 a bust quite extensively converted to the Orenburger Cossacks …: And I had firmly decided during the construction to stand a counterpart from the same time this bust in "normal" uniform later (in 1900-1917) which carries the famous uniform of the Caucasian Cossacks. But - where to take from? There are Cossack's busts in Caucasian uniform exclusively in the „big scale“ 1:9 (200 mm). However, this would not have fitted to my ready bust. I had put several inquiries in different forums – with the always same result: There is no one to buy! At this time Andy Cairns decited in New Zealand to remedy this lack and to sculpt a Caucasian Cossack in the desired graduation. Andy, the owner of the „AC models“ is also in our widths, in the meantime, a well known sculptor and I liked already before his very special at the same time faithful to detail stile very much – sometime will I paint certainly his soldier of the Red Army with the violin … The problem: Cossacks seem in New Zealand rather seldom, so Andy looked to detail the bust to some assistance. At that time (at the end of May, 2011) Dan Morton came into play who had read my construction report on the Orenburger Cossack (and many details which are included in the report). Dan made the contact between Andy and me. Since June we have intensely worked together in the production of the Kuban Cossack's bust – in this time I have mailed more than 100 photos with detailed proposals to New Zealand. Andy has processed the details there brilliantly to a bust and has mailed me the respective inter-results. Thus originated step by step this nice bust. And may not be forgotten that - of course - Andy has performed the main work! Since it is one thing to investigate pictures, but quite an other – and a lot of more difficult one! – to make on it a three-dimensional effigy! The cooperation with Andy has given very big pleasure to me! To the one because Andy has moved the single details really absolutely excellently, to the other, however, therefore: When does one wear as a "Normal-Figurist" like me already is given the chance, to work to such a project with and to influence the origin of a bust a little which contains not only all self-desired details, and, moreover, these are booked still up to the last button historically? When everything was ready, Andy has left me as "A Thank-You" one of the first casts of the bust as a present. The package was on the move during more than six weeks from New Zealand up to me. I held it already for lost or pinched. Now it has turned out that it has lain around several weeks at the customs in Hamburg …: But the waiting has really been worthwhile …: Like You already know this, I will write about the painting of this bust again a "construction diary" with everyday containes in which I not only will show how I will paint every single detail, but show this details even with model photos in detail. Thanks Andy for the bust and nicely that now it can go on! Tomorrow I will show You the individual parts of the small Cossack first of all in detail.