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WIP Critique Teutoburg Forest AD9

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Alex Long, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. Alex Long A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    I have a few things on the workbench at the moment but I thought I might show this slow burner of a project (it's been on the go since July) as I have a lot of fun with it and tend to give some attention every couple of weeks.
    It's a vignette on split bases using the Nocturna 70mm Roman Officer and Germanic Warrior. I used a compound mitre saw to chop up some wood for the bases.

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    Wanting to have the Roman's front foot supported on a fallen tree trunk (mostly to get his eyeline up with that of the German) I have used a twig which I "re-barked" by shaving off bark from another (wrong shape but nicer bark) twig. This has (I think) resulted in a more realistic rotten log with peeled bark effect.

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    For the Germanic Warrior I have made a rotten stump out of MagicSculpt and added more of the shaved off real bark to the outside.

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    After priming the figures in Jo Sonjas Carbon Black, I used up what was left in the airbrush cup to spray over the bases, forgetting to attach the mushrooms I had made for the stump and the log.

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    Here's where I'm at so far with plenty more work to be done on the bases yet, which I intend to do before starting the figure painting.

    Thanks for looking.

    Alex.
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  2. Barke02 Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Excellent vignette Alex!

    Very creative.

    All the best,
    Jon.
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  3. jenghiz Active Member

    Country:
    England
    Alex,I really like what you are doing here,especially your use of height that you have created.Why split the base ? Is it so you can work separately on the pieces as presumably they will end up together.Why not simply paint the figures separately and place on one vignette.Will follow with interest.
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  4. Alex Long A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Glad you like it Ian, the main reason for splitting the bases is purely an artistic endeavour on my part to create 3 pieces that can be viewed differently.

    Alex.
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  5. Krest063 Active Member

    Country:
    Russian-Federation
    Very interesting review! Good job.
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  6. Tommys War A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Looking forward to seeing this progress Alex. Those are 2 fantastic figures that interact really well and are going to look awesome!
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  7. tomifune A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Great idea on the scene.....waiting on the painting.

    Bob
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  8. Ferris A Fixture

    Really like this project Alex! The slope of the bases makes a very convincing composition.
    Looking forward to your rendition of these figures.

    Adrian
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  9. Johan Kees Active Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    Interesting concept, Alex.

    J;)han
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  10. Edward A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Good start Alex. Looks like an interesting project. Look forward to seeing this progress..
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  11. swralph A Fixture

    Really interesting great idea:)
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  12. 1969 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I like the look of this and the split base is an excellent idea, will be following this one (y)
    Steve
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  13. Alex Long A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    I said this was a slow burner! Just finished painting a couple of busts and been able to give this some attention. I have been getting on with the groundwork with the help of some products from Model Scene and Reality in Scale.

    First up the groundwork has been painted using Vallejo German Camo black, Olive drab and flat earth. The log and tree stump have been done in a mixture of German camo black + Olive drab + grey and a variety of other vallejo browns washed to different areas. After that a variety of foliage has been added, some mossy woodland scatter, autumn leaves, fern and plants. Also added in a some homemade mushrooms.

    Pictures aren't that great as I used the camera on auto. Can't be bothered to set up proper shots while I'm in the middle of working!

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    On to the figures soon, makes a nice change to do groundwork and legs after a run of busts!

    Thanks for looking,

    Alex.
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  14. 1969 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Superb work Alex, looking forward to seeing the completed version, going to be great.
    Steve
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  15. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Love the groundwork! Lots of great detail.

    Colin
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  16. Helm A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Bit late to this but it looks very interesting (y)
    Steve
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  17. Marco22 A Fixture

    Country:
    France
    great work
    I painted this little vignette a couple of years back, and loved it
    hope to see the fig soon !
    Marc
  18. tiberius57 A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Awesome groundwork, Alex!
    How did you made the mushrooms for the stump and the log? From putty? Please elaborate, if you are so kind!
    Thanks a lot!
    Cheers,
    Zeno
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  19. Mat Lambert A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    This will be an epic scene when finished. Great innovation with the bases.
    Cheers Mat
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  20. Ferris A Fixture

    Extremely nice and convincing groundwork Alex!

    Adrian
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