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WIP Painting Andy's Cossack Bust (AC Models, 1:12)

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Martin Rohmann, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    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!

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    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 …:

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    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 …

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    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.

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    Andy has processed the details there brilliantly to a bust and has mailed me the respective inter-results.

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    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.

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    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 …:

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    But the waiting has really been worthwhile …:

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    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.
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  2. Edorta A Fixture

    Country:
    Spain
  3. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Martin,

    Great presentation , interesting to see all the work that goes into everything even before you see resin .

    I will follow with much interest , I have this on order with SK .

    Nap
  4. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    I'm also looking forward to following along. Glad you posted here as well as HZ, it saved me trying to make sense of Google translate. :D

    Roger.
  5. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    First of all:
    Thanks Eduardo, Kevin and Roger!


    2. Day, 23. November 2011

    As yesterday announced, today we want to have a look at the bust sometimes more exactly …:

    From the packaging four parts appear, two big and – separately packed – two small ones…:

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    All parts are made out of light grey, not smelling Resin.

    If we have a look first of all at the voluminous fur cap from lambskin which was called in general "Papacha" in Russia, with the LKuban-Cossacks, however, "Kubanka" was called …:

    The Kubanka carries in the front the correct Russian cocarde für officers (for normal soldiers it looked different!), and the cap lid is from material with the traditional cross …:

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    On top in the cap lid a tiny burr is to be removed …

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    … as well as in the lower edge of the cap some burr, this is so soft that one could scrape off him – if one wants so – already with the thumbnail …:

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    Peanuts! Nothing what should put one before serious problems …

    Now let's have a look at both small parts:

    There we have first the silver-fitted end of the of the saber strap. The tiny part is modeled after an original and makes a very nice impression …:

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    With the second small part it concerns the clutch of the traditional Caucasian "Kindjal" dagger. It is also sculpted after an original part…:

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    And now to the bust. Let's have a look from all sides…:

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    In the back it is a matter of removing some burr …:

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    But also this is nothing what could cause serious problems.

    If we have now one more look at the nice face …:

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    And ar the end a few more of the shrewdly poured details which inspire me really!

    Shoulder pieces, correctly with rank badge (ensign/ "Praportschik")), monogram of the Kuban-Cossacks and the Russian double eagle. The epaulets also have the correct officer's form (for enlisted men it looked a little bit different) …:

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    The orders and the cartridge pockets ("Kapsytulnij") with the cartridges ("Gazirij") and the badge of a special Cossack-officer's school.

    Who exactly looks can recognise that even the stripes on four order tapes are already modeled …:

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    Please don't remove the little buckle on the breast at the crossing belzs, becose this is an part of the pistol-cord!

    One must produce this cord around the neck of wire himself – just as the loop also running around the neck in which our friend carries his Baschlyk scarf on the back. However, the points for fastening are defined …:

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    As already said, I will come on every single detail during the painting still in detail.

    My result:
    Details inspiring, little cleaning workl is to do and above all: Cheers for Andy's sculptor art and detailed love!

    And because a figure shows just not only a "painting surface" for me, but the historical aspects stand with equal standing besides, tomorrow I will tell You something more than two Caucasian Cossack-Hosts, about the Kuban and about the Terek ones.

    So much for today!
  6. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Martin ,

    Thanks for the updates , nice pictures , looking forward to more in particular the medals and awards as well as the epaulettes .

    I will be learning so much from the history lesson you will do I am sure
    Nap
  7. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Thank You Kevin! I hope, You will have some pleasure with the following article…

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    3. Day, 24. November 2011

    Today there is it history – who is interested only in the bust and/or only in painting, now does not need to read on!

    At the beginning of the 20th century a total of eleven different Cossack-Hosts acted in the Russian empire in service for the czar. Nine of them were more or less equally uniformed and equipped.

    Two were different - and particularly:

    Both Caucasian Cossack-Hosts in Caucasus, the Kuban- and the Terek-Cossacks!

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    It was – as military farmers and soldiers – her job to guard „The line“, the unsafe south border of Russia in the approach of the Caucasus. This "line" was formed from the course of the rivers Kuban and Terek …:

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    Their second job was to keep open and to protect the "Georgian Military Road" , an immensely important route which connected the south soot broads areas of Russian with possessions or protectorates (like Georgia) in the south of the Caucasus mountains.

    The Caucasus Cossacks sat in this extremely dangerous corner since the times of the czarina Katharina II (from 1762 to 1796 governed) and had taken over with the time not only clothes, equipment and weapons of her opponents, the Caucasian mountain tribes, but also their strategy with which it depended less on the fight in compact formation, than rather on the skill as a single fighter.

    The "line Cossacks" were valid in general as the fight-strongest cavalry units of the Russian army and as the only ones which had grown very warlike, predominantly to Muslim, mountain tribes in the Caucasus, those defend themselves – till this day! – against the Russian ruling claims.

    In the eve of the First World War 49.466 soldiers and 968 officers served with the Kuban-Cossacks, with the Terek Cossacks 12.008 men and 317 officers stood under weapons.

    After outbreak of war reserves were mobilised in a great hurry, in addition, 54.240 men and 1.441 officers with the Kuban-Cossacks, 6.855 men and 123 officers with the Terek Cossacks.

    They fought in all fronts, primarily, nevertheless, in the Russian Caucasus front.

    Up to the 2. December 1916 the Kuban-Cossacks suffered total losses of 27.496 men and 940 officers by dead, wounds, illnesses, missing and caught .

    With the substantially smaller Terek-Host the total losses cheat 2.826 men and 189 officers.

    After 2. December 1916 no more exact informations are known on account of the breaking out revolution and the chaos linked with it.

    If we come now to the uniforms which these Cossacks deceive.

    The "classical" uniform of the Kuban-Cossack is black-red-silver held …:

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    The colour decreases to the Saporoger Cossacks, the oldest Cossack-Host in history. It was carried among the czars and, as shown here, during the civil war…

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    … and under Stalin during the second world war …

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    … and also today again.

    The classical uniform of the Terek Cossacks against it is in black-light blue-silver …:

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    Today also it is carried again …:

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    Kuban- and Terek-Cossack-Hosts put on account of their call and their loyalty also the body guard of the czar („Personal Convoy“).

    Aleksandr Solschenyzin called after their external appearance for the guard selected Cossacks contemptuously pure "parade soldiers", „dashing and tightly look“ however, did not have to go to fight.

    Here the corresponding – to some costlier – uniforms, on the left the parade uniform, on the right the summer-field uniform …:

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    This „Personal Convoy“ was brought in the First World War on a strength by a total of 1.296 men as well as 46 officers.

    The statistics registers 13 dead and 176 wounded officers up to the 2. December 1916. On this occasion, it concerns in all cases probability posted to the front troops, because losses of enlisted men are known none.

    By the way, the unity went over as one first in March 1917 to the revolution!

    However, back to the Cossack's bust of Andy:

    It shows the lowest officer's rank of the tsarist army, an ensign ("Praportschik") of the Kuban-Host in the classical red-black gap in the time between 1900 and 1917.

    With a few few changes – on which I will exactly come in this sbs – one can also make a classical blue-black Terek Cossack.

    In addition, one has almost endless possibilities of the painting, because the Cossacks carried in action during war and the civil war more or less what was to be got.

    This photo of officers officers of the Kuban-Cossacks from the First World War shows well how “colourful” such a troop looked …:

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    We have also some special-units like the famous „Wild Division“ which was commanded at times by the czar's brother Grand Duke Michail Romanow …

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    … the common artillery regiment, Kuban- and Terek-Cossack-Hosts formed …:

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    … or members of general Schkuros "Wolf Division" in the civil war, which one can also to be shown, but with a few changes. Here the official uniform of these "wolves" …:

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    Then one would have to alter the Kubanka cap, however, in one from Wolf's fur, because these units carried such Wolfs-Fell-Kubankas as the only Cossack unit generally, and in action they wore absolutely black uniforms …:

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    In the above picture one sees, by the way, the typical Caucasian fur cape – "Burka" called - with which one protected himself in winter from the cold.

    I will paint here, however, the "classical" Kuban-Cossack – thus, in any case, are the details which I had suggested to Andy and which he has created.

    And thus I like it best. Hence, my colour pattern goes to this direction …:

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    Finally, however, I do not know yet whether I should make the Kubanka, nevertheless, rather brownish black …:

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    What do YOU mean …?

    Tomorrow, in any case, I will start with the clean up of the parts of the bust.
  8. megroot PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Thanks Martin.
    This is great. Like the way the revieuwed the bust and above all, you dig the history.

    marc
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  9. sarouman A Fixture

    Country:
    Greece
    1000% agree with Marc

    Alexandros(y)
  10. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Martin ,

    Wow what a history lesson , really great details and references ...very intersting reading the information .

    I for one will be saving the SBS and this information ............


    Thanks and I look forward to seeing more ..and getting mine from SK !!!!

    Nap (y)
  11. kiwi45 Active Member

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    New_Zealand
    Great review Martin, will follow. Tonight I will meet up with my friend Andy at a model figure meet and he is bringing the painted cossack that Sang Eon Lee painted for the box art. will report back. Les
  12. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Thanks a lot, Marc, Alexandros and Les!

    4. Day, 25 November 2011

    Today I have cleaned up the cap and the small parts.

    The gate on the cap cover has disappeared, the cross remained...:

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    Now ...:

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    The ridges on the bottom are also gone now.

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    Now...:

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    And it fits very well!

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    In addition, the small parts have been cleaned ...:

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    I would now be able to continue with the main part - but it was too cold!

    If I work on Resin parts I do it for health care under "full protection" (surgical gloves, breathing mask and goggles) in the garden.

    And temperatures were simply so, that I did not wanted to stay even longer outside.

    Therefore you must now wait until Monday.

    Have a nice weekend!
  13. housecarl Forum Moderator

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    "If I work on Resin parts I do it for health care under "full protection" (surgical gloves, breathing mask and goggles) in the garden."
    Don't forget the hardhat and high visibility vest.;)
    Carl.
  14. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Thanks Carl, I will remember...;)

    Cheers
  15. housecarl Forum Moderator

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    You can never be too careful Martin.o_O;)
    Carl.(y)
  16. kiwi45 Active Member

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Hi Martin, well met up with Andy last night at our figure group meeting and over a few beers discussed everything about figure's and some. Andy's bust is not only painted superbly by Sang Eon Lee, but the sculpting is first class and although this bust is not in my field of interest nonetheless the expert painting and sculpting are evident. Andy is working on several other projects and we had fun discussing and advising him on these, it was an ejoyable night (thanks for the beers Thomo) Les
  17. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Thanks very much for Your post, Les! It would have been a great pleasure for me, having one or more beers with You both.

    Cheers
  18. amcairns A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Hi Martin,
    It was a good night at our figure meet.I was designated driver so stayed sober while the others had a beer or two.I am keen to get constructive critisim and I think as the drink flowed so did the comments .
    My finishing needs to be worked on and not to rush this part of the sculpt.
    Look forward to Mondays chapter.
    Cheers
    Andy
  19. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
  20. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
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    5. Day, 28. November 2011

    My modelling-week begins with the fact that I have froze again in the garden.

    Today the big bust part is cleaned.

    On the front side the works limit themselves to a minimum …:

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    A bit more extensive the cleaning of the back developed, because the burr standing there runs by the drapery.

    At three small places I have arranged by clumsiness with the loop the small damages which were postspecified afterwards with Milliput.

    Before …:

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    Now:

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    And as already said:

    This small part in the circle is - as said NO burr, but to the gun cord. So please DON'T remove!

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