1. Copying kits is a crime that hurts original artists & producers. Help support your favorite artists by buying their original works. PlanetFigure will not tolerate any activities related to recasting, and will report recasters to authorities. Thank you for your support!

The top hat sniper

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by jjgurk, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. jjgurk Member

    Country:
    United-States
    The idea for this figure came from Anthony Beevor's book, The Fall of Berlin 1945. The German sector of the Oderbruch front had a sniper who supposedly dressed up in an undertaker's top hat and tailcoat to which he pinned his German Cross in Gold. A "real crazy type" as he was described whose eccentricities were tolerated because he had 130 kills. I used the Alpine Miniatures German officer #35055. Basically all I needed to do was sculpt the top hat, some hair, and the German Cross in Gold. he was painted in oils over an acrylic base.

    Cheers, John

    Attached Files:

  2. jjgurk Member

    Country:
    United-States
    One more pic

    Another view.

    Attached Files:

  3. Christos Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Looks very nice(the story is interesting,I have the book).Any closer front photos?
    christos
  4. Steve Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Man, I thought I had seen every possible representation of the Reich's soldaten. Excellent! What a unique and well executed piece, and what great history. Thanks for sharing!
  5. yeo_64 Active Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    COOL, John !!!!!

    Hi John :p !
    VERY NICELY done, if I say so myself ;);););) !!!!!! Cheers !
    Kenneth :D.
  6. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi John,

    Well done mate, that's a very creepy looking figure. He has a touch of Clockwork Orange about him.
  7. vergilius New Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    Very true !!
    Wonderfull piece! I never heard of the story but there should be more of these stories! Do you happen to know his name? Oh yes; please a bigger front pic !
    I always wondered if I should buy the book.
  8. dinovision79 Active Member

    Country:
    Hungary
    Hi John,

    just as others said, excellent in all aspects! A figure is whole lot different case with such a story behind!

    Thanks for sharing
    Denes
  9. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    John,
    Just can only echo the others. Excellent work.

    marc
  10. Marcel Active Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Excellent figure with great groundwork!

    Marcel.
  11. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Very fun piece. As Steve mentioned, it's refreshing to see a twist on the standard subject. Nice ascott as well!

    Jay H.
    OKC
  12. Bad91Fellow Member

    Country:
    Germany
    Awesome and really creative figure! The only negative thing about this figure is, that you always have to tell the story behind it ;-)
    yours
  13. bwildfong Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Score another one for creativity, John - what a unique presentation !

    Cheers,

    Brian
  14. 1969 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    One of the best figure ideas ive seen for a long time and so well executed,fantastic job.
    He reminds me of the caracter Porta in the Svenn Hassell books,he also wore a top hat.

    Steve
  15. jjgurk Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Many thanks to all of you for the kind comments. He was alot of fun to work on. I decided to do the groundwork in muted tones with very little colour so to speak. I'll try and get some close-ups as I'm still figuring out my new camera!
  16. DEL A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Well done for ferreting out a really original and quirky idea, and doing a great job with it.
    I know what Tony means about Clockwork Orange but for me it's Alexis Kanner in the TV series the prisoner.
    regards
    Derek
  17. pmfs A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Hello

    Great, fantastic, amazing...

    Regards
    Pedro
  18. vergilius New Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    Still want to know he that guy was in real life
  19. arthur Member

    Country:
    Canada
    John,
    Excellent figure as always. Cool story too :)
    Cheers,
    A.
  20. facp Member

    Country:
    Portugal
    Great, great job

Share This Page

planetFigure Links

Reviews & Open Box
Buy. Sell & trade
Articles
Link Directory
Events
Advertising

Popular Sections

Figure & Minis News
vBench - Works in Progress
Painting Talk
Sculpting Talk
Digital Sculpting Talk
The Lounge
Report Piracy

Who we are

planetFigure is a community built around miniature painters, sculptors and collectors, We are here to exchange support, Information & Resources.

© planetFigure 2003 - 2019.