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Roundhead Cavalryman Part IV

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by kansas kid, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello Kats and Jammers:

    Well, I thought perhaps it was time for an update on just what I've
    accomplished with that Airfix 54mm Roundhead or Parliamentarian from the
    ECW, circa 1642. As mentioned previously, I am also using parts from
    Historex figures and horses. I did the outcropping platform base previously,
    and it was a failure. But I like to work on the figure and the base at the same
    time, so I can keep them in harmony re composition as well as colour choices
    that will be in harmony as well. Whoa, Nellie, how many times have I said
    the woids "Colour Harmony"??? An answer is NOT required, you understand.

    So I redid the base using Aves Clayshay, road grit (yet to be applied)
    and gravel from the street. This time I made the "platform" much wider and
    longer; in an attempt to make the whole scene more believable.

    The straps across the chest of the figure are lead foil cut with a hobby knife
    and metal ruler. The red arrow points to the area where I have left a longer
    piece of strapping. I will attach the Carbine Musket later and cut the correct
    length for the strap on the starboard side later in the construction phase.

    But that is it for this "graphic episode". Comments from ladies and gentlemen
    are always welcomed.

    Rick Jayhawker

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  2. megroot A Fixture

    Awesome work so far Rick.
    Like what you are doiing.

  3. 1969 A Fixture

    Things are looking much better with the larger base area for the horse in the second version Rick, the added basework works much better for the rearing horse and will give a nice area for doing some nice groundcover and gives the chance to add a splash of colour here and there. Powder horn looks very nice and shows some real clean scratchbuilding work for such a small scale.
    Keep the pictures coming mate, things are definitely moving along nicely with this one.

    Take care mate

  4. Meehan34 A Fixture

    excellent work sir, you sure are crafty.
  5. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Marc: Thanks for kind words. . .

    Hello Marc:

    It was kind of you to take a look see, at this WIP. Not quite so interesting or
    sexy "as we used to say in the newspaper biz when a story was kind of ho
    hum. . . just to be funny, I guess. . . as there is usually nuttin' sexy about
    publishing a newspaper on a daily basis. But what ever.

    So the fact that you'd take a look and post your comments are sincerely
    appreciated, Marc. I would like to say this is really easy for me, and a lot of
    fun. . . but actually at this scale, which for me is quite small, it is very
    difficult and a test of nerves from time to time. But it seems I am indeed
    developing the discipline to stay with something difficult until I get it right.

    We will see when I go to the IPMS/USA National Competition in Omaha, this
    coming August.

    Thanks again, my friend,

    Miami Jayhawker
  6. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Yo Steve-ver-rino, hi matey. . .

    Hello Steve:

    Thanks for chiming in here Steve on this part four of the Roundhead
    in 54mm. And I do so appreciate your honest and candid remarks that have
    helped me to see the flaws and try to correct them. So we proceed onward.

    Over the weekend I hope to put the figure/horse aside and see what I can
    add to the base, to try and bring it up to the same point of construction, as is
    with the figure/horse. I want to keep both the base and the figure working
    at the same time.

    Always good to hear from you, my friend,

    Kansas Kid
  7. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hey Oklahoma Mikey. . .

    Hello Mike:

    I do appreciate you having a look at part four, of this ECW equestrian piece.

    Crafty. . . whoa, Nellie, . . I thought that was what you Sooners in the red
    clay area of Oklahoma were, hummmmmmm? Jusssssss kiddin' maing.

    Thanks for the encouraging words, Mike. And . . .

    Have a great weekend,

  8. gordy Well-Known Member

    Excellent progress Rick (y) The composition has great balance and presence.
  9. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello Gordy . . .

    Hi Gordy:

    Thank you for your encouraging words, Gordy. I really do try to give a lot
    of thought to the placement of the elements for the sake of composition.

    Have a great day, mate,

  10. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Coming together nicely Rick!

    Still following ;)

  11. unknown01 New Member

    Excellent start Rick.
    I'm looking forward to passage and completion of your work very much.

  12. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Roger that Mark

    Roger that, Gothic Dude.

    Thanks Mark, and have a great weekend,

  13. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Greetings Mitsutaka. I made big error!!!

    Hello Mitsutaka:

    And thanks for your kind words. I woke up in the middle of the night, as it
    seem old people do. . . and I started thinking about those lead foil equipment
    straps that cross the chest. So far no one has mentioned the mistake I made.

    In the front the strap over the left shoulder is underneath. Ok that is
    kewl. . . But in the back, and the photo indicates this, that same strap is
    over the top of the other strap. Arrrrrrrrrgh hearty harrrrr. I think I can
    fix it with a real sharp hobby blade. But each time I have to hold the figure
    firmly in my hand — as it isn't strong enough to be put in my vice —
    I run the risk of breaking something. So it is kind of scary. . . but must be
    done. There may not be news at Eleven, however.

    Regards to you Mitsutaka,

    The Miami Jayhawker
  14. housecarl A Fixture

    The simple addition to the base will "carry" the figure better. It's certainly keeping you busy.
  15. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Yo HouseCarl Amigo, maing. . .

    Hokay, Carl:

    Thanks for taking a look see, my friend. I do appreciate it. Slow and go, but
    I think I'm learning a lot. BTW, that new Avatar of yours is kinda pokeeto,
    rather leetle for ma' old eyes. Just exactly what is that, HouseMan??

    Take care, my friend, and have a great weekend,

    Kansas Old Kid

    PS. I'm still laughing about that joke about the dude who was "home sick".
  16. rheath Active Member

    Looks very good so far to me !! Bravo.
  17. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Roger that Rob. . .

    Roger that, Rob:

    And thanks for the kind words, mate. A rather tedious go at it yesterday
    trying to make the shoulder strap connection to the "O" shaped rings on
    the powder horn. But finally after several mishaps and 2 hours, I got it done.

    It's a slow and go proposition. . . with a lot of thought in between actual


    Kansas Kid

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