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Rencontre de patrouilleurs, 1916

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Dan Morton, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    I probably should say SOME corrections made! The primer is still wet on this one, so I still have substantial cleaning to do and I may go back and sand in some places, but it is substantially finished. Some of the fingers look a little blocky and I'll go back and round them out, etc. One of the reasons they look blocky is the angles of the photos and the fact that in at least one case they're partly covered by fabric.

    We have overcast clouds here in Omaha this morning so the colors are greyed out a bit - sorry!

    Hope you like it!

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    All the best,
    Dan
  2. jimias A Fixture

    Country:
    Greece
    Great sculpting Dan.The pose you captured looks so alive as if the next second you ll take a look they will be down struggling!
    Excellent!
  3. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Great sculpting Dan,

    There is alot of action in it. Great work.

    marc
  4. petit belge New Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    exceptionally good work Dan!
  5. quang Active Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    Hello Dan,

    Expressive poses like this one are rarely done (understandably because they're very difficult to 'pull off').

    YOU have succeeded admirably. I particularly appreciate the slope of the groundwork/base to accentuate the off-balance stance of the two opponents.

    You're a brave man, Dan. I tip my virtual hat off to you (y)

    Cheers,
    Quang
  6. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Dimitrios, Marc, Roger & Quang - Many thanks! I'm satisfied with the way it turned out. I think I could have gotten the pose a bit better. I wasn't trying for an exact match to the illustration, but I think I missed one important bit. The French soldier's knee and lower leg should have been almost between the German's two legs. My observation skills are still not what I want them to be.

    Actually the things I like best in this are the faces of the two soldiers. I started with resin heads from Verlinden and Warriors and cut and puttied away. I added creases in the forehead of the German and reduced the size of his chin to something reasonable [it was ridiculous!]. With the Frenchman I started with the British paratrooper head (I think it's by Warriors?) and used the saw a lot! Then I gave him enough hair to be a respectable Poilu.

    Quang - Did you see the illustration that I used as a basis? It's in an earlier post of the same title.

    Now then - who wants to paint it?

    All the best,
    Dan
  7. georges64 Member

    Country:
    France
    Hi Dan , a full action pose not easy to sculpt but you did it ! Bravo ! I hope painting comes very soon .
    georges
  8. petermh Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Dan
    excellent pose the figures relate to each other very well .Just one small point the german's right arm looks alittle thin below the elbow
  9. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Peter - Many thanks! After checking it carefully from a couple angles, I agree, so I added just a small amount of putty in the thinnest part. Thanks for the tip!

    All the best,
    Dan
  10. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Dan,
    the hands are MUCH better! They show much more action and intensity. Great action pose!

    Jay H.
    OKC
  11. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks Jay and thanks for the tip!

    All the best,
    Dan
  12. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Georges - Many thanks! The painting will come about when I find a painter that wants to do it. These are the colors I had in mind for the uniforms. The German helmet probably should not be camo in 1916. Otherwise most things are right in both pics.

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    All the best,
    Dan
  13. DaveCox Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Dan,

    Having already painted some of your pieces, I know the standard of your work close-up. The sculpting on this looks excellent, and the pose works well. It isn't easy to capture this kind of action in a 3-dimensional 'freeze-frame' like a model, so well done mate.
    With the two figures locked together like that it'll be a real pain to paint though I reckon - count me out on this one!!!!!!
  14. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    That's quite all right, Dave. You will be busy shortly with the two figures of Ted Ball. I managed to prime the second last night and will leave him to dry over the week. I've noticed a couple of bits I want to sand and smooth but otherwise he's done. I will post photos next weekend when I'm back from my business trip.

    I kinda thought that painters would not be eager to do this because of the closeness. On the other hand, it should be a bit of a challenge for anyone who dares it.

    All the best,
    Dan
  15. Marijn Van Gils New Member

    Congrats Dan!

    Great story and very dynamic composition! This is a very hard pose indeed, and I think you did great! Not too many people would even dare to try this...

    Best wishes,

    Marijn
  16. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Many thanks Marijn! :) You are much too kind.

    All the best,
    Dan
  17. Christos Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    I like this dynamic pose.It is full of energy!
    keep up
    christos
  18. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Many thanks Christos! The vignette is in the mail to Jaime Gil Iglesias, who rose to the challenge! It will be very difficult to paint because it is fully assembled as you see it.

    All the best,
    Dan

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