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WIP Roman Testudo - Stage 2

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by smudger1960, Dec 30, 2018.

  1. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    I have now moved on to the 2nd bust which will form the 2nd part of the testudo.
    I have included an optio for this as I have seen images of optio's forming part of the testudo,for this one I wanted the optio shouting,for this I used a head from my spares box,,the spare part was of the same scale so the helmet wouldn't be a problem,although I did thicken out the cheeks to support the cheek gaurds better,the plume is attached to the helmet by a very small resin pin included in the kit,this wasn't going to work for me as it could break easy so I replaced this with some metal rod of the same thickness,i can add detail to it once the rod is being painted.
    I don't need to do anything else to the body and wolfskin as this is a one piece resin kit and I will paint it accordingly.
    I added some fringe hair to the forehead area and around the corners around the temple area plus a little reworking of the nose until I was happy.
    This was one of Youngs earlier busts as you can tell by the resin colour of the body.

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  2. JasonB A Fixture

    Just an FYI, crest front to back would be an Optio, Centurion crests ran side to side. Nice work!
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  3. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thanks for that info Jason,I will need to change the name then from centurion to optio,I was going by the box description,thanks jason
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  4. Redcap A Fixture

    Jason is correct with the crest explanation. TBH, the Young Mins bust is something of a 'Frankenstein' bust in terms of accuracy of Roman uniform. There is no image (period or modern interpretation) I have ever seen of an Optio (which this would be with that crested helmet) wearing a 'muscled' metal or boiled leather cuirrasse; armour which was normally worn only by very senior ranks in a legion such as Tribunes and above.

    Not being a figures version of a 'rivet counter' here Brian but just so you know in advance.

    Great work so far (as always).
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  5. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thanks gary for the input and info mate,I'll just go with it mate and accept whatever criticism comes
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  6. Redcap A Fixture

    Hi Brian.

    It's not criticism in any way mate -far from it - just an 'heads up' that the YM bust isn't what it purports to be.

    Cheers Brian.
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  7. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Gary,no I didn't mean you,I mean when it's finished some other people may coment on it,I appriciate you telling me,I've edited the original post now to show it's an optio
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  8. Nap A Fixture


    Love the way you use pieces from various models ......always giving your best and always producing such individual models

    Any thoughts on the cuirass ...metal of leather ?

    Nice constructive comments from Jason and Gary as well

    Following this one ...of course !

    Happy new year and all the best for 2019

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  9. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks kev and a happy new year to you.
    Not sure yet on the cuirass,still researching it

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