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The name of the rose

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by Jazz, Nov 15, 2021.

  1. Jazz A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi everyone,

    Just lately most of my figures are being stored inside large plastic boxes in our attic due to a lack of room to properly display them. I don't paint as much as I used to but every now and then I go up into the attic and gaze lovingly on what are now mostly misshaped and broken kits. This is due to the constant moving around of the boxes. I keep meaning to get some foam rubber to protect the pieces but never actually get around to it. I know, we've all been there.

    A few weeks ago I was gazing lovingly when I came across what used to be my Andrea "Name of the rose" 54mm figure. The one that's based on the Sean Connery movie of the same name, which in turn was based on the book by the Italian author Umberto Eco. It was all in bits and unfortunately the piece that fixed onto the writing desk and held the oil lamp was missing, never to be found again. I pulled out all the pieces I could find and took them into my craft room. I also found in the attic a brilliant book called "Ancient and medieval modelling" by Pete Armstrong published by Osprey Masterclass in 2000. Inside this book is a section on non military figures in medieval settings and shows this Andrea kit converted into Brother Cadfael at work at his Herbarium. It was made by Adrian Bay who collaborated with Andy Belsey who is an architectural modelmaker who constructed a superb medieval setting for this figure.

    It spurred me on to do something similar to my figure so I set to work with my collection of ply and balsa wood. I wanted my figure to remain as the Sean Connery character "William of Baskerville" but working in his living quarters surrounded by cooking jars and books. The result is below.

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    The one thing I am not too happy about is the above mentioned stand for the candle holder which I made out of a toothpick and some acetate. If anyone knows where I can get a replacement part I would be obliged.

    The pots and basket are made from milliput and the floor, walls and ceiling beams I made from my collection of ply and balsa wood. The base is an old container for cd's or dvd's which I painted gloss black. For painting I used a mixture of oil paints and acrylics. I hope you like it and look forward to hearing any comments you may wish to make.

    Best wishes and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.
    John
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  2. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    Excellent work and painted

    Mobo
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  3. blaster Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hi John
    An excellent makeover.

    Rgds Victor
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  4. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi John

    Good on you for resurrecting this fellow and the nicely produced building , like the base you've used ..recycling !

    As for the candle why not have a look at dolls house items ?

    Why not enter a piece into the class of your choice in our NOVEMBER's FOTM comp (links below) and also vote in OCTOBER's classes as well ( links in FOTM forum )

    https://www.planetfigure.com/thread...m-standard-ends-midnight-bst-30-11-21.386336/

    https://www.planetfigure.com/thread...termediate-ends-midnight-bst-30-11-21.386340/

    Always good to see the artwork

    Thanks for sharing

    Look forward to the next

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  5. Jazz A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Thanks to all who have commented. Hi Nap, the candle itself is ok, it's the upside down "L" shaped structure that holds it that I'm not happy with.
  6. Giwe Active Member

    Country:
    Germany
    Beautiful! Great work!!!
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  7. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Nice work in 54mm, very Nice painting.
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  8. DEL A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Alway good to have a rummage in the GA. There's always something there that engages you as it did when originally purchased.
    Excellent work in creating a really busy and interesting scene. Definitely lose the lamp bracket, even the original was a bit chunky. perhaps bend some wire to represent a forged bracket (a bit like a hanging basket arm)
    Only other suggestion is to level the tabletop. This lets the left arm rest naturally along it as orignaly intended, also means the ink pots and specs and top shelf look more stable.
    You've achieved a very nice display piece with a ton of atmosphere.
    Cheers
    Derek
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  9. MCPWilk A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Very nicely done.

    Mike
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  10. Larsen E. Whipsnade PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-States
    Beautiful. Congratulations on a job well done.
    Rick
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  11. 1969 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Lovely little scene you have created.
    Steve
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  12. Jazz A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Thank you all, friends, for your lovely comments. And especially to Del, thank you for your good idea and constructive comments. Best wishes to you all.
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  13. Andrew Belsey A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi John,
    Great work! I’m glad that Adrian and I were able to inspire you to create your own version. Nicely done.
    Andy
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  14. Jazz A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Andrew,
    What an honour! I'm so pleased that you liked my version. I really enjoy making buildings from my bag of ply and balsa wood and you inspired me to make this one. Thank you for taking the time to comment.
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  15. Andrew Belsey A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi John
    I commented yesterday but somehow it didn’t post?
    Adrian and I like your version of our model and are happy that we’ve inspired you.

    You asked me privately if there are any more photos of our model? I’ve had a look and I don’t have any. I even looked at my old Mil Mod magazines to see whether it got into the Euro special but couldn’t find it. Adie sold it so I’m afraid the only photos are in Pete’s book.

    Adrian and I are working together again now. (We went to school together.) I’ve just made a base for his latest figure. It makes a change from trenches, which is what I’ve been making in recent years.
    Andy
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  16. Jazz A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Thanks Andy. I did get your post. Shame there are no more photos of your work as it is superb. Good luck with your new projects with Adrian.
    John
  17. arj A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    What a superb way of presenting this figure.
    Very well done John.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
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  18. Andrew Belsey A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi John,
    I tried contacting by PM but don't think that you've noticed? I found some 'proofs' of my model before I sent it to Adrian to paint. I don't have any more of it finished as Adrian sold it after it went into Euromilitaire and got a silver. The last photo is of dried plants, which I wanted hanging from the ceiling as per the TV series. Adie got fed up painting hundreds of pots and didn't bother!
    Andy

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  19. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-States
    I love many of the older figures and this is a great example of what can be achieved!
    Well done John.

    Cheers,
    Ken

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