Completed Critique "Shattered like a Jewel"

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Robert Jan de Wit, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. Robert Jan de Wit Active Member

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Hello all,

    Here are some pictures of my latest finished figure: a japanese army officer during an attack on Shaggy Ridge on New Guinea, 1943.

    The figure is from Allarmi, scale 1:35 and painted with Humbrols.
    Groundwork is done with Magic Sculpt and Greenline grass


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    Some notes on the title:
    Gyokusai , literally "shattered jade", is a Japanese euphemism for suicide attack, or suicide in the face of defeat (seppuku). It is based on a quote of the 7th century Classical Chinese text Book of Northern Qi, "a great man should die as a shattered jewel rather than live as an intact tile." It was applied to a conception of honorable death in defeat by Saigō Takamori (1827–1877), and employed as a slogan ichioku gyokusai "one hundred million broken jewels" by the Japanese government during the last months of the Pacific War, when Japan faced invasion by the Allies

    Kind regards,
    Robert Jan
  2. mil-mart A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Robert Jan,
    What a neat figure, excellent painting and great work on the base. Many thanks for the information , very interesting .

    Cheers Ken
  3. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Great little figure on very effective groundwork.
    Thanks for the little history too,
    Carl.
  4. pmfs A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Full of tension this work.(y)
    Congrats!
  5. gordy Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Agreed +1 (y)
  6. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Robert,
    Great display and very well done.
    Cheers
    John
  7. rheath Active Member

    Country:
    South-Africa
    Nice one mate, I like it very much - a very poignant note as well on the Japanese approach, just 1 small niggle if I may, I would have used a bit thiner cord for the pistol lanyard as it looks a little too thick for my eye.
  8. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    The warrior ethic of the Orientals is elegant in its poetry and completely beyond my understanding! Superb miniature and excellent ground work!

    All the best,
    Dan
  9. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Great work Robert Jan.
    I would give the grass some more shades of green.
    It looks for me as a great lawn.
  10. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Robert:

    Very nice work. I think this figure and how you have presented it with
    that specific pose, the uneven terrain and greenery, brings a lot
    of tension and atmosphere to the piece. And that is not easy with
    a single figure that is 1:35th scale.

    And also thank you for explaining the term shattered like a jewel. The text,
    the historical aspects of it, were very interesting to me.

    Jayhawker
  11. Robert Jan de Wit Active Member

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Hello guys,

    Thanks for all the kind replies and remarks.
    I shall see how to make some improvements.

    thanks again,
    Robert Jan

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