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Poste Militaire Mandan

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by DaddyO, Jul 11, 2021.

  1. DaddyO A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Afternoon all
    I've spent the last few weeks on this classic bust from many moons ago. I loved PM's classic Napoleonic figures and scrimped and saved to but them as they appeared, but the busts passed me by at the time.

    I was very lucky to buy this one during one of the lockdowns and although I found it beautiful and everything I'd hoped for I left it on the shelf until I was a bit more confident about busts and gold lace. :)

    Although it comes with a moulded base and matching plinth I decided to carve this off completely so that I could mount it in the same way as the other busts in the cabinet. (Sorry purists) The bust is cast in a hard cream coloured resin with various detailed parts in white metal.

    For those unaware the Manda were a friendly people who welcomed the artists Bodmer and Catlin as well as others. Sadly in 1837 Smallpox broke out and reduced their numbers from 1800 to less than 130 in two short months.

    Painting of the bust was done in my usual acrylics over a light grey primer (which I prefer as a base for red). I decided not to add any face paint because I really liked the look of the figure as it is.
    Apologies to Kev (Nap) who really fancied this one, but I hadn't realised until I was well on the way to finishing him :D

    Cheers for now
    Paul
    Mandan close up.jpg Mandan.jpg Mandan 2.jpg Mandan.jpg Mandan B.jpg Mandan 3.jpg
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  2. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    Beautiful paintwork

    Mobo
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  3. Edorta A Fixture

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    Spain
  4. misfit151 A Fixture

    Superb understated and subtle painting.... excellent. (y). Mike
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  5. Edward A Fixture

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    Excellent painting!
  6. captnenglish Well-Known Member

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    Wow! I have this kit in my stash, I can only hope to get the same results.
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  7. arj A Fixture

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    Couldn't agree more.
    One of your very best Paul.
    Very, very well done.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
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  8. DaddyO A Fixture

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    :D:happy:

    Many thanks guys.
  9. Paul Kernan A Fixture

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    Canada
    One of the best busts ever produced. Good for you for finding one and beautiful rendition of this classic(y)
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  10. DaddyO A Fixture

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    Cheers Paul :)

    Not sure about the production date on this one; possible 93 -4? More than 25 years old probably and it's still a great figure to paint (y)
  11. Slowpainter Member

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    Beautifully done, the face is extraordinary in the way you've captured the shadows and highlights - congratulations!
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  12. akaryu PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Belgium
    Excellent painting on this classic! Beautiful work!

    cheers,

    Pierre
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  13. MCPWilk A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Very nicely painted. The detail on the tunic is superb. I often wondered why PM did not do any British figures.

    Mike
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  14. DaddyO A Fixture

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    Many thank SP. Strangely this one didn't photograph as well as some others I've done, but the close up gives a good impression of how it appears in natural light.:)



    Thanks Pierre and Mike (y)


    Interesting question Mike. I'd never thought about it till now - obviously French Napoleonic cavalry were an easy sell, but plenty of British uniforms which have a similar level of glamour . . . . ah well Richard Almond did a few 90mm's of British figures around the same time so I didn't think we were short of them at the time ;)

    Cheers
    Paul
  15. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    United-Kingdom
    Very well executed, superb painting Matey.
    Love it and like you, these were ignored for the 90mm figures
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  16. bucsfan21 Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Paul, Way to go on the PM Mandan bust! ALWAYS admired this one and think you have done a super job on the bust in every way!(y) Thanks for sharing your work!

    Terry Martin-member of the Atlanta Military Figure Society of Atlanta, GA:)
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  17. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter

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    United-Kingdom
    I love that figure, remember it from years ago. You have painted a superb version of him.
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  18. stoffy01 A Fixture

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    Australia
    Wow, blending and tone work is superb, well done!

    Sent from my SM-N960F using Tapatalk
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  19. DaddyO A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Cheers Bob
    i was looking at some the old Napoleonic's in the cabinet the other day and contemplating a repaint on a couple :unsure::)

    Many thanks Terry. Appreciate your comments (y)

    Cheers Steve, glad you like him :D

    Thanks Stoffy.
    Trying to get a bit more texture into these large busts, baby steps :p
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  20. Larsen E. Whipsnade PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Wow! Absolutely beautiful.

    Rick
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