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Completed samson

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by madeg, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. madeg Active Member

    Destruction of the temple

    I’m kind of soft when it’s about old style movies .
    In times when CGI and motion capture performance did not exist, everything was done by hand . And sometimes we are still astonished about the fact how they did it .
    Cecile B. Demille directed the 1949 Paramount production of the classic story “ Samson and Delilah “ starring Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr . The end sequence ( you can find it on you tube ) shows the destruction of the temple by Samson using his superhuman powers .Pushing 2 columns apart the roof collapses. I saw the movie many years ago and by coincidence I stumbled on a poster designed for moviepublicity .
    The idea was born .
    I t was a challenge to sculpt a nearly naked figure . Anatomy was very important .I stayed very close to the artwork of the poster showing a Samson , athletic but no Schwarzenegger style.
    The second challenge was to create the illusion that the columns where falling down .
    The columns are made from balsa wood and covered with Vallejo paste using a small sponge.The elements of the columns are fixed with a small wire just holding them together at the edge of every part . Making the illusion they are falling .

    The figure is scratchbuild using home made mannequin parts to start .scale aprox. 54 mm.
    The first layer to start the muscle structure is milliput . The top layer is magic sculpt .
    The cloth he is wearing is made from green stuff ( duro ).
    The head - as always- is from the Hornet range .
    The chains are real miniature chains . They are available from different manufacturers.
    F.e. Verlinden Productions .

    The painting is done using Vallejo acrylics as basecolours . And Windsor and Newton oil paints to finish . Metals are also from the Vallejo acrilyc range .
    The thorax is slightly glossy , because I used some dilluted oil ( from an oil paint tube ) to simulate sweat. In those days the make up department did the same thing with actors , together with the lightning it gave a very oily effect.

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    Uruk-Hai, dArtagnan, jerry and 11 others like this.
  2. Joe Hudson Well-Known Member

    That is really cool. I have been reading the Bible story to my son's these past few mornings before school about Samson. I will have to show them your miniature now.

    Ethan likes this.
  3. amomfaretos Active Member

    Beginning is the first value and well done !! Marc.
    Splendid idea for modelling!!

  4. gordy Well-Known Member

    One of the great stories from the Bible, nice work Marc and thanks for sharing the raw sculpt photos! (y)
  5. Sonia Member

    Great job Marc.. I love the way you painted him.. top job all the way.. hope I get the pirates at the same level ;)
    See you!
  6. megroot A Fixture

    Great work Marc,
    Like the way you created the colums.

  7. rheath Active Member

    Very creative idea - and you have executed it very well. Bravo !:p
  8. housecarl A Fixture

    Excellent work.

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