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Completed T.e Lawrence Of Arabia

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by smudger1960, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Having painted plenty of busts over the last couple of years i thought i'd try my hand at the Andrea Miniatures 90mm / 1-18th scale mounted figure of Lawrence of Arabia,i've always been facinated with the history surrounding T.E Lawrence and the Arab revolt,the interest started for me after having seen the film starring Peter O'toole,i was only 3yrs old at the time of the cinema release and so i've never been able to appriciate it on the big screen,however i have the special edition DVD which i've watched countless times and never tire of it,numerous figures in small scale have been released in the past depicting lawrence but none of them really appealed to me until i saw the andrea release in 90mm,i just new i wanted to paint this for my collection and set about saving the funds,its not a cheap kit,it retails for about £170 and consists of over 50x pieces so its not a kit i'd recomend for someone starting out in the hobby,all the parts are cast in white metal except the camels head and scenic base which are cast in resin.
    Care has to be taken during assembly as some of the parts are very delicate and if not careful the white metal could snap as i found to my cost on one of the saddle straps.
    The camels legs are reinforced with steel pins during the casting so there is no fear of any leg breakages,however i did find one of the camels legs did not seat properly when postined on the scenic base so some careful manipulation was needed to correct the problem,unfortunately although i like some of the subjects Andrea release their casting is a little to be desired,this was one of many problems i had assembling the piece.
    The piece had to be painted in sub assemblies as it would be impossible for me to paint the whole thing assembled as one unit,this was divided up into the figure / camel saddle / camel.
    Painting was completed using oil paints over acrylic undercoats,weathering was important in displaying the completed piece within a desert scene.
    I wanted to incorporate a small scene depicting a damaged / ruined railway building with lawrencew overseeing the scene,damaged or ruined railway buildings were very common place and Lawrence himself took part in a series of attacks on the Hejaz railway in early 1918,i used some parts from my spares box to replicate some small arms ammo crates and turkish flag left behing by the retreating turks,the ruined building parts were made from plaster of paris which i poured into a suitable mould and once set the brickwork was created using an old dart.
    Weathering was done with oils and pastel chalks to create a dust effect.
    T.E Lawrence died on 13.05.1935 as a result of a motorcycle accident near bovington in Dorset,he is buried at Moreton.

    Reference material - Osprey Command Series No19 - Lawrence of Arabia

    Figure - Andrea Miniatures / S8-F54
    Windsor and Newton Oil Paints
    Games Workshop Acrylic Paints
    Andrea Weathering Powders
    Andrea Cold Paint Set
    Verlinden Productions Ammo Crates
    Verliden Lead Foil - Turkish Flag
    Balsa Wood - Road Sign
    Building Parts - Plaster of Paris
    Polyfilla - Groundwork

    Thanks for taking the time to look,all comments and critisism accepted.

    Brian View attachment 104612 lawrence 023.JPG lawrence 026.JPG lawrence 027.JPG lawrence 035.JPG lawrence 051.JPG lawrence 056.JPG lawrence 033.JPG lawrence 030.JPG lawrence 052.JPG lawrence 043.JPG lawrence 059.JPG lawrence 039.JPG
    akaryu, Tommi, Dr Force and 20 others like this.
  2. Tarracus A Fixture

    That's amazing!! A fabulous piece of art!..my congratulations(y)

    Gerard
    Steve likes this.
  3. Aveleira A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    I'm have to say that you really did some Magnificent work!!! Congratulations!!! There is no much more to say about it, it's just beautifull! I like particularly the saddle painting...
    One thing, the cape is also resin right? In order to make it thinner I guess.

    Best Regards
    Pedro
  4. Don Well-Known Member

    Brian You have done a fantastic job on "Awransse" very nice work. I really like the colouring of the camel and his saddle, camel colour looks very good for a true desert beast, Hope you are bringing this with you as I would love a close look at him, nearly forgot, Lawrence looks good too.

    Don
  5. pipetrepid Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    absolutely fabulous looking! great work!
  6. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    A brilliant paint job Brian.Must have been a bit time consuming.
    Brian
  7. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Perfect paintjob all around. Watched the movie a 3 month's ago. It is great. You done him justice.
    An y chance that I can have a look at him in Folkstone coming weekend???

    marc
  8. bagelman1952 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    Absolutely superb piece.
  9. jimmyoc Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    A master class in painting.
  10. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    WOW - amazing! Bravo!

    Cheers
  11. Alex Long A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Love it. Well done, very skillfull painting.

    Alex.
  12. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Very nice mate.
    Good luck with it at the weekend,
    Carl.(y)
  13. DEL A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Now that is GOOD.....a wonderful job, so full of detail.
    Cheers
    Derek
  14. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Brian,
    That is a stunning piece of work and well set in the scene. Congratulations.
    Cheers
    John
  15. davidmitchell A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Fantastic work Brian look forward to getting a closer look at Euro.

    Cheers Davie
  16. Helm A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Wow phenomenal stuff.

    Steve
  17. Richie A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Brian,
    Superb, that must have been a labour of love and it certainly paid off.(y)
    cheers
    Richie
  18. mil-mart A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Stunning mate and will certainly be looking for this one on the comps table. (y)

    Cheers Ken
  19. Jeff T Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Absolutely brilliant!

    That is a stunning piece of work Brian.

    Cheer's,
    Jeff.
  20. Babelfish A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Definitely one to look out for at Euro (assuming you'll be taking it Brian). Very impressive work.

    - Steve

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