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Completed Critique "The Burial of John Smith", Oniria Miniatures, 36mm metal

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by KenBoyle, Dec 17, 2020.

  1. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    This vignette from Oniria Miniatures (which should read "The Burial of Trooper Smith") :( (with a little artistic license on my part) is based on a scene from the film, “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” starring John Wayne. It's a wonderful kit from Oniria and definitely a creative and unusual one. I love it!

    I also thought I'd do this as a WIP for a change, so bear with me. ;) Once I am finished I'll also post the completed vignette on Facebook as I normally do. :)
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    A little background is necessary, I think:
    Prior to the scene in this vignette Captain Nathan Brittles (John Wayne) brings “C” Troop to Sudrow’s Wells for the relief of Sgt Tyree and the Paradise River Patrol who have been under attack by a band of Arapahoe warriors. Tyree reports to the Captain that “Ma and Pa Sudrow” have been killed, but their children are safe. After examining the couples bodies, Tyree asks Brittles to check on Trooper John Smith (Rudy Bowman), who has been wounded in the skirmish. They walk over to Pvt Smith who is propped up against a post.
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    Sgt. Tyree: Sir, would you take a look at Trooper Smith?
    Pvt. John Smith aka Rome Clay: [mortally wounded] Don't bother about me, Captain. Trust you'll forgive my presumption... I'd like to commend the boy here... for the way he handled this action. In the best tradition of the cavalry, sir.
    Sgt. Tyree: [to Pvt. Smith] I take that very kindly, sir.
    Pvt. John Smith: Captain Tyree! Captain Tyree!
    Captain Nathan Brittles: Speak to him.
    Sgt. Tyree: Thank you. [comes to attention] Yes, Sir. Sir! Sir!
    Captain Nathan Brittles: [realizes that Smith has died] I'm afraid he can't hear you, Captain.
    That night, as the troop buries the dead, a contingent of former Confederate soldiers pays honors to Trooper Smith with a small Rebel battle flag made by their commanding officer’s wife. It is here we learn his true identity, and why he referred to Sgt Tyree as “Captain” (in the CSA).
    Captain Nathan Brittles: I also commend to your keeping, Sir, the soul of Rome Clay, late Brigadier General, Confederate States Army. Known to his comrades here, Sir, as Trooper John Smith, United States Cavalry... a gallant soldier and a Christian gentleman.
    On to the kit:

    I have cleaned, assembled, pinned and primed the five 36mm figures:
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    I have also created the roughly made coffin and associated items for the base (my artistic license part).
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    That's it for right now. More progress later. (y)

    Thanks for looking,
    Ken
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  2. Graham PlanetFigure Supporter

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    This is going to be a nice project(y)
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  3. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Graham! I'm already enjoying it.
  4. DaddyO A Fixture

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    Great to see how you work on one of these projects. (y)

    I'm constantly in awe of the finished pieces you produce and take my hat off to your skills:cool:

    Eagerly awaiting the next installment
    Paul
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  5. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Excellent Ken, I bet you can recite the rest of the film too. One of my favourite films.
    Looking forward to seeing more of your work, always a pleasure to watch.
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  6. misfit151 A Fixture

    Great project.....great film....looking forward to your progress Ken.....(y). Mike
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  7. Nap A Fixture

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    Hi Ken

    Great to see your doing this as a SBS ...sat right here

    Like the film details and tge additional pieces you've made

    Following with much interest

    Thanks for sharing

    Happy Christmas to you and all family

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
  8. franck edet A Fixture

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    i'm really happy to see a SBS from you Ken ... i will follow with great pleasure !
  9. Len K. Active Member

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    "Confederate Colonel Rome Clay known to his comrades as Trooper Smith". My all time favorite John Wayne movie. I'll be watching with interest!
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  10. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks guys! This is a fun kit from a great movie. :)(y)
  11. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks everyone! At 36mm the kit is not nearly as overwhelming as it would be at 54mm or greater. I'll post an update shortly. :)
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  12. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Excellent choice of subject Ken. I was watching that movie on DVD only a few nights ago. I shall also be watching this SBS with keen interest. (Love the bit where Ben Johnson jumps the gulch to avoid the war-party)

    Phil
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  13. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks Phil! A great movie! I've been watching excerpts from the movie on Youtube to get me in the mood, but I really need to watch the whole thing. :)
  14. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    As I move forward, I have decided to finish, as much as possible, the base, before painting the figures, as that sets the stage and provides incentive to get on with the figures. :)

    That said, using Magic Sculpt, I have created the rough ground work and determined the positioning of the figures represented by the brass pins.

    I believe in "texture stamping" so I used the edges of a small piece of slate pressed into the clay to create the texture around the edges. I then used a small rough pebble and rolled it around the top of the groundwork with my fingers to texture that part. Some small stones were pressed into the clay and the grave, itself, was dug out.

    Finally, two temporary boards were laid across the grave to support the coffin prior to it being lowered by ropes (yet to be added) after the service.

    Next I'll paint the base and add some sand, and vegetation. Finally I'll paint the coffin.

    Thanks for following,
    Ken
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  15. oldtrousers Well-Known Member

    Fantastic, Ken! I look forward to following your progress on this great set of figures.

    Scott
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  16. Nap A Fixture

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    Hi Ken


    As always the groundwork is a treat to see being worked on

    Look forward to seeing more from the bench

    Happy painting

    Nap
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  17. Stephan PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Love it.
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  18. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks again guys! :)
  19. franck edet A Fixture

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    don't forget to add the moved soil around the grave my friend ;)
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  20. R Dominick PlanetFigure Supporter

    Very nice! Great movie also!
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