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The Dancing Couple by ArtIG

Discussion in 'Figure News' started by Art.I.G, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. Art.I.G Member

    Dear ones,

    We apologize terribly for the misleading information, you are absolutely right – this is a Chevau-léger indeed!

    Chevau-légers  (1).jpg

    Of course, as you so rightly pointed out, the dancing figure of a man represents a senior officer of the Polish lancers – 1st Regiment, Chevau-léger of the Imperial Old Guard – dressed in parade uniform on the occasion of the ball. Chevau-légers were famous as the best dancers of the Napoleonic period.

    Chevau-légers  (2).jpg

    A few words about the dance which is under discussion:
    The French Revolution has changed a lot. What just recently seemed highly immoral was no longer condemned – so did waltz have tremendous success and created quite a furor in Parisian ballrooms. Scandalous or not, the waltz became immensely popular, spreading from Germany to the dance halls of Paris as soldiers returned from the Napoleonic wars.
    The Waltz had humble beginnings in rural Germany. In the mid 18th century, peasants began to dance something called the landler in Bohemia, Austria, and Bavaria. At the time, the sophisticated upper class was dancing to the minuet at their balls, but the peasants' dance was so much more fun that noblemen would attend the lower class gatherings just to enjoy it.
    So while the ladies and gentlemen of the Baroque and Rococo grew bored with the formal minuet, the people in the countryside, and later in the suburbs, would embrace one another lustily in three-four time. Word soon got around among the blasé aristocrats that the waltz was a very erotic dance. On the largest estates, some noblemen began slipping away to the balls of their servants.
    Napoleon's invading solders spread the waltz from Germany to Paris; then the dance glided across the channel to England and finally made its way to the United States.

    A little bit about the outlook of a lady:

    In those days people began using clothing more as a form of individual expression of the true-self than as a pure indication of social status. As a result, the shifts that occurred in fashion at the turn of the 19th century granted people the opportunity to present new public exterior identities that provided insights into their individual private selves. Women's fashions followed classical ideals, and tightly laced corsets were temporarily abandoned in favor of a high-waisted, natural figure. This natural figure was emphasized by being able to see the body beneath the clothing. Visible breasts were part of this classical look, and some characterized the breasts in fashion as solely aesthetic and sexual. In this period, fashionable women's clothing styles were based on the Empire silhouette — dresses were closely fitted to the torso just under the bust, falling loosely below. Inspired by neoclassical tastes, the short-waisted dresses sported soft, loose skirts and were often made of white, almost transparent muslin, which was easily washed and draped loosely like the garments on Greek and Roman statues. Evening gowns were often extravagantly trimmed and decorated with lace, ribbons, and netting. They were cut low and sported short sleeves, baring bosoms. Bared arms were covered by long white gloves. It was also advised for young ladies to wear softer shades of color, such as pinks, periwinkle blue, or lilacs. The mature matron could wear fuller colors, such as purple, black, crimson, deep blue, or yellow.
    During the first two decades of the 19th century, fashions continued to follow the basic high-waisted empire silhouette, but in other respects neoclassical influences became progressively diluted. Dresses remained narrow in front, but fullness at the raised back waist allowed room to walk. Colors other than white came into style.

    Our lady is dressed according the Empire fashion, her dress is made of light fabrics (chiffon, dense silk, transparent fabrics, but always with a silk lining) that are easy to drape; predominantly light tones – data relied upon which we were painting the lady, so that her dress would shimmer, that is probably distorted slightly by the camera creating a rather disadvantageous image. Her dress is made of transparent silver gas on a blue silk lining.

    We would like to express our deepest gratitude to each of you for noticing this significant inaccuracy.

    dance1.jpg dance2.jpg

    Here is the unpainted version of the figures, we invite you to paint such an exclusive initial kit in your own manner and then share it with us.

    Thank you for showing your lively interest in our work!

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  2. TADATSUGU Guest

    Art.I.G your last post still appears to offer an illustration the 3D rend of the model. A picture of the actual unpainted model would better resolve members concerns. Has anyone bought the unpainted version? If so how about a review?
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  3. akaryu Moderator

    Sorry for being critical, but I wouldn't call a 3D rendering a photo of an unpainted version of a figure.
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  4. akaryu Moderator

    Critic apart, a 75mm version sharply cast would be an immediate winner for me, there being a great lack of empire civilians, read ladies, on the market!
  5. Art.I.G Member

    Not having the shot of a kit, we attached the photo of a render as an example of our dancing pair when they are unpainted, so that it would be easier to imagine them painted in a proper way, since a kit is made according the image, which you can see above.
    We always welcome practical suggestions on how to improve our result!
  6. akaryu Moderator

    This may sound good to you Mr Artig, but the only manner to judge the quality of a kit on the internet is by having good quality pictures of the casting. However sharp the 3D rendering might seem to be, it's still an artificially generated image, not a photograph of the actual unpainted figure. That is what all manufacturers do, that's why there is a "Review and open box" page on this forum!
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  7. Art.I.G Member

    Recently, we have noticed that many of you increasingly express preferences for another size, so we would like to know if you are ready to order figures in the size of 75 mm.
  8. akaryu Moderator

    I am, on condition we can see pictures of the actual casting, that's the point I'm trying to make you understand.
  9. Mirofsoft A Fixture

    ball dress or tight pants ?
    What is the difference ? ;)
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  10. peedee A Fixture


    I don't knoiw if you meant it but that's so funny.
    It obviously depends on the ballroom !
    Ha ha ha ha

    Brilliant !

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  11. Art.I.G Member

    The Kit of the Dancing Couple:

    Attached Files:

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  12. akaryu Moderator

    Looks good, I'd be interested in a 75mm casting,
  13. MCPWilk A Fixture

    I'd like to see these figures in 120mm.

  14. chippy Well-Known Member

  15. peedee A Fixture

    I agree, although with digi print the guys can actually print to scale on demand really.
    Back when I suggested you could also use this guard uniform of the 1st squadron of the lancers de berg and got told off for suggesting it.
    So if you fancy one, as I do despite the moaners, and if you haven't got the references for what I was suggesting, here's a photograph of kit worn by the garde aquadron from 1808.
    The jacket is a troopers, the epaulettes and waistbelt are from an officer, the sunray plate is for a trooper and the belt buckle is from an officer.
    Also of the first 100 raised 12 were dressed in almost yellow with rose facings, we and the officers where first dressed in cream faced rose, then all went into white trimmed rose.
    So if you painted this guy as the senior officer in balldress the uniform as cast is spot on for the garde squadron of lancers de berg also.
    Take care feller been a while since we last spoke at Telford 2013 !

    Regards paul
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  16. MCPWilk A Fixture

    I know. Between us, Keith Mulley and I have produced a range of new figures for Victory Miniatures, some of which have sold reasonably well, and some of which have sold slowly. Trying to judge the market in terms of period, scale and figure isn't easy.

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  17. Blue Thunder A Fixture

    At least this thread is showing a key advantage of 3D print: Whatever the scale the customer wishes ... the manufacturer can supply! :) Next ... who knows ... some will want a mustache others a beard and another chap will wish a fat & drunk dancer as well :hilarious:

    Not trying to spank an already dead horse, but please ... The paint is ... gash ... just akward! It is hard to distinguish the models with that painting. Both 3d sculpts and printed samples are superb! Please find a painter not alone to avoid unnecessary Flak but also to properly enhance the great potential of your kits!
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  18. Art.I.G Member

    Dear Friends,

    As this year ends, we thank you for your continued support in 2014, and extend to you our wishes for a bright, happy and prosperous New Year. Enjoy the countdown to the next year filled with future plans and precious memories! May the New Year bring you unique opportunities and may you rise to great heights. ArtIG sincerely hopes you have a wonderful year ahead!

    Best wishes,

  19. Hecky_uk Active Member

    Mike , I would like to see the figures you have done in 75mm..

    Artig. This looks really nice , where is it available from

  20. MCPWilk A Fixture

    My eyes aren't up to it anymore!

    A Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year to all,


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