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WIP Critique Samurai Horseman

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Jan, Nov 10, 2022.

  1. Jan A Fixture

    Started some weeks ago this old kit from Andrea, see it as a challenge.
    After studied the plan and the pieces decided to build 3 blocks, the horse, the samurai and the small details.

    Building the horse and fitting the samurai
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    Start painting the horse


    After 2 weeks of painting

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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Jan

    Thanks for posting this , some fine prep you did and I really like the painting on the horse tassels ...looks great , the tiger skin works well

    Following with much interest

    Happy benchtime

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  3. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter

    Looking great, looking forward to seeing the rest
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  4. The Riveteer Active Member

    Great start Jan. This kit was always too rich for my wallet but seeing this WIP makes me very tempted. If anyone has one in their stash they want to get rid of; at a managable price ....... Well you never know - if you don't ask you don't get!:)

  5. Giwe Active Member

    Excellent start on an awesome figure!!! Will follow it with interest!
  6. Redcap A Fixture

    This is a tremendous start and I look forward to further progress.
  7. Oda A Fixture

    Looks exceptional so far Jan.I remember the piece,it is a huge affair in 90mm.Is there a steel rod inserted in the only leg that touches the ground? 'Cause if there isn't,the sheer weight of it will cause it to bend in the future.
    I do not know if you call the saddle done or still intend to put some work on it just keep in mind that hapanese sdddles were entirely covered in urushi (lacquer) as most japanese items at the time.I shall follow with interest as I feel that a masterpice is heading our way.

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  8. Jan A Fixture

    Started some days ago with the rider, working from the bottom to the top.
    Today I have been working on the chest Armor
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  9. Waterlooman Well-Known Member

    That painting is amazing such fine detail.

  10. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Jan

    Thanks for update , nice detail work on the armour , do like the dragon design on the chest and the vibrant colours your using

    Thanks for pictures , your obviously enjoying this as we are watching the progress

    Looking forward to seeing more on this and future projects

    Happy benchtime

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  11. Oda A Fixture

    Love the free hand design.

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  12. Jan A Fixture

    Still working on the samurai Horseman, it’s taking time al the small things.

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  13. Oda A Fixture

    Jan this is progressing brilliantly.I will comment on a slight detail which has nothing to do with your painting and which -in all accounts-should be taken as a suggestion not a correction.The blue parallel lines on the cuirass (do) and its fauld (kusazuri) are actually the tops of the lamelae that have been assembled into rows and then densely laced with (in your case orange/red) odoshi (lacing).At the time when your warrior lived they would invariably be a shiny black colour.The individual lamelae(or scales if you prefer-hon kozane) each containing a multitude of tiny holes were assembled into rows,secured by leather thongs to eachother in order to for lames (tare).The whole lame then would be laboriously covered in multiple layers of urushi (japanese traditional lacquer).In some cases the tops of the kozane would be built up even further with urushi.These tops would show on the finished armour as thin,black lacquered lines alternating with sections of lacing.
    Let me just say that I am not trying to be the smart guy here or tell you what to do with your beautiful miniature.I am just adding my two cents of accumulated (and yet very poor) knowledge on the subject.The samurai posts tend to draw a lot of heat lately and I would hate to see your thread turning into a conflict zone but as a lifetime enthusiast and student of all things samurai I had to comment on such a little technicality as this.Hope you don't mind.

  14. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Jan

    It's all in the details here on this , and the satisfaction of seeing it progress to this stage and beyond

    Great post by Oda as well .....always good to learn something new which I certainly do on the threads from members

    Thanks for sharing the updates

    Looking forward to seeing more

    Happy benchtime

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  15. Jan A Fixture

    @ Oda, no problem at all. I hope I understood everything correctly so that I made the adjustments correctly.
    Will bring on more shinny between the other steps.

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  16. Oda A Fixture

    It is a gorgeous figure and your work on it is superb. Looking forward to seeing more pics of your progress and the final result of course.
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  17. Nap A Fixture

    Agree there

    Really like the armour work and the lovely painting on the sleeves

    Following with interest

    Happy benchtime

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  18. Jan A Fixture

    Working on the helmet and some details
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  19. Oda A Fixture

    Better and better with each step.This will look epic when finished.

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  20. Nap A Fixture

    Agree there .....the details are really coming on

    Thanks for sharing

    Happy benchtime

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