Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by nagashino, Apr 3, 2005.

  1. nagashino New Member


    Hi All

    Many of us model military subjects but I can't think of many instances of what soldiers become when they are no longer soldiers.

    In this year when we "celebrate" the 60th anniversary of the ending of WW2, I thought it would be an opportune moment to try to depict one of the veterans who will be attending remembrance parades across the world this summer.

    This was largely brought about by living with my father-in-law, a WW2 RAF aircrewman, who is an inveterate attender at remembrance functions throughout the year.

    I haven't got much further that the basic head so far, but I envisage a beret, cap badge, blazer, medals and a regimental tie (oh, and a poppy, of course)

    It's about 1/10th and all by eye (can't you tell :lol: ). Magic Sculp over a Sylmasta core.

    Your comments and critique will be most welcome

  2. pgarri27 Well-Known Member

    This head looks very good to me. Nice facial features. An excellent idea for a figure. My step father is also involved in the yearly reunions. He was in the Battle of the Bulge.
  3. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Phil, Neat idea for a project. It's neat to see all those vets and their decorations.~Gary
  4. bosko b Member

    Hi Phil,

    Great idea and a promising start!
    I like the strong mustache, do you plan to do the eyebrows in a similar manner?

    Looking forward to seeing more progress,

  5. nagashino New Member

    Hey Luka

    Yes, big bushy eyebrows :lol:

    Have just added the ears - will post more shortly

    Thanks and regards

  6. Roy New Member

    Hey Phil....I like the look of this bust..he's got a really strong face and just has that look about it that makes me think it will paint up really well.
    I've been catching a lot of vet type programmes just lately, RAF, Commandos, SOE.. and those old boys, (and girls, god bless 'em) sitting there describing some of their actions in that 'matter of fact' way that only they can, fairly brings a tear to my eye..

    Excellent idea mate.....carry on.

  7. mahross New Member

    Phil - Looking great. A very interesting choice of subject. Can't wait to see it finished.

  8. rej Well-Known Member

    Hi mate, how are you?

    Great idea imho :) that face, strong willed, full of untold horrible stories :( extremely welldone!!

    Will be on the lookout on this one, keep it up!!

    Ray ;)
  9. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Well done Phil! Great idea!

    all the best,
  10. nagashino New Member

    Hi All

    More in-progress of the old geezer

    He's now got ears to stop his hat falling over his eyes :lol: Think I'll have to rework them a bit, and the eyes need balancing. Oh well......


  11. Anders Heintz Well-Known Member

    Great topic Phil!

    You have a good start going and Im looking forward to the next step!
  12. mahross New Member

    Phil - You gonna bring it to Hinckley?

  13. Roy New Member

    Phil...although you point out some faults..I still reckon this is a very good start to a veterans face..maybe you could bring him with you to Welling this coming Saturday..I would love a closer's always good to see things in the flesh.

    All the best mate.

  14. nagashino New Member

    He'll be in my box. I've been fiddling with the nose and left eye a bit, and emphasised the folds under the chin. Think he'll be RTR - I like the regimental tie colours :) Got to get that far yet :lol:



    PS: Ross. He won't be finished for Hinckley but I'll bring him along anyway
  15. nagashino New Member

    Hello all

    Been fiddling with this old geezer and have tidied him up a bit. Head is about finished now and just needs some spit 'n polish to sharpen up some of the wrinkles. Couple more shots herewith. Apologies for the poor photos. My camera doesn't have a macro so it tends to fish-eye when you get in close :angry: Should've bought the Nikon!!!

    Here goes:

  16. nagashino New Member

    Hi All

    Just a quick snap to show the old geezer is still on the bench. Just got to do the left sleeve, and then it's the medals and cap-badge :angry: Saving the "good bit" until last.


    Comments and critique welcome

  17. quang Active Member

    Hello Phil,

    This is a great idea and a neat sculpt. Plenty of character. (y)

    As for the medals and the badge, IMO the best (easiest) way to go is photo-etching. Designing the medals is one thing but finding someone reliable to do the photo-etching for a sensible price is another.

    I've shelved a couple of projects because of that. Needless to say, I'm waiting with anticipation to see how you do it. ;)

  18. nagashino New Member

    Hi Quang

    Thanks for the comments. I have a method in mind using a paste made up from enamel paint and talc. The medal shapes will be made up from fine wire, including the suspension bars, and the medal built up using tiny amounts of the paste, applied with a toothpick. This is a method shown to me by John Regan (Euro judge and excellent modeller), and it works for him. Whether it will for me remains to be seen :lol:



    PS "Cat with a Golden Earring" - who painted that!!!
  19. quang Active Member

    As far as I know, it was not Alex Castro! :lol:

  20. Anders Heintz Well-Known Member

    Great work Phil. Love the character in the mans face.

    @ Quang:

    LOL! :lol: :lol:

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