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Completed The World In Thier Hands

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by smudger1960, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    armada 013.JPG armada 017.JPG armada 022.JPG armada 021.JPG armada 010.JPG armada 001.JPG armada 025.JPG armada 026.JPG armada 002.JPG armada 004.JPG armada 005.JPG armada 008.JPG armada 009.JPG I've just about finally managed to complete this latest project of mine, this is the new Flintlock Miniatures Bust titled 'The World In Their Hands', its based on a Spanish seaman / solider at the time of the Armada, the bust is beautifully cast with lovely attention to detail and goes together really well, however I had to leave the left arm off and paint it separately as I would be impossible to paint if all assembled, this didn't prove too difficult, once I had painted the arm i assembled it to the main body, there was just a slight gap which I filled and then painted with the appropriate colours required.
    I have no knowledge at all of the Elizabethan era and no books as a reference, so I used the web to get some ideas for the painting stage.
    The box art portrays the bust with a white shirt, which to me just looked boring, I found out that the Spanish navy had quite elaborate costumes and therefore I wanted something with more colour, I thought I would go with a traditional Spanish stripe effect which seemed to be very popular at the time, the colours I decided on were red / yellow, these being the 2x colours of the Spanish national flag, I painted it roughly on a piece of paper to start with and was quite pleased with the result, I'm even more happier now I went with this as just plain white didn't do anything for me at all.
    The bust gives the effect of a man leaning forward, and as soon as I saw the bust when it was released I knew I wanted to add part of a ships railing with the bust leaning on it, I sketched it out and did a few dry runs and was happy with what I wanted to create,additionally I add part of a mast with some rope detail and added the ships planking to the front of the base, the piece has turned out better than I had expected and was worth the all the work put into it.
    All painting was achieved using oils over acrylic undercoats, the helmet was mostly GW acrylic and oil washes finished with silver ink for the catch lights.
    I hope my fellow miniaturists will enjoy the photos and all comments and criticism are welcome.

    The angle base was provided by my good friend Ron Tamburrini, his full range can be found on his web site at www.simplesite.com/ron-tamburrini

    I would highly recommend this bust to anyone interested in this period of history, it beautiful.

    The bust is available in the UK from El Greco Miniatures / www.elgrecominiatures.co.uk

    Happy Painting armada 001.JPG armada 025.JPG armada 026.JPG armada 002.JPG armada 004.JPG armada 005.JPG armada 008.JPG armada 009.JPG
  2. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Extremely well done.
    I like the way you give this bust some of environment. Great way to see a bust showed like this.

    marc
  3. davidmitchell A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    As always Brian a very imaginative piece of work, superb work on the bust and ship.

    Cheers Davie
  4. DEL A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Just simply Outstanding Brian.
    An inspiration. XenForoThumbsup_zpsb717ef9c.gif XenForoThumbsup_zpsb717ef9c.gif XenForoThumbsup_zpsb717ef9c.gif
    Cheers
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  5. pmfs A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Brian, very nice bust. This one is really well sculpted.

    Pedro.
  6. Aveleira A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Another genious piece!!! You never run out of ideas... impressive.
    Very well constructed, painted, displayed... Excellent!!!
    Congrats Brian!
    (I continue to think that his guy is willem defoe)

    Regards
    Pedro
  7. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Brian,
    This is stunning and a creative way to display the bust.
    Cheers
    John
  8. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Absolutely outstanding!

    All the best,
    Dan
  9. NickM Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Brilliant painting as always, Brian. I also love how you always use your bases to give context to your figures and tell a story.
    Very imaginative and skilful.
    Cheers
  10. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Brian,

    Excellent painting and presentation. I would humbly suggest this falls squarely into the category of a "bustarama". Ron's bases are very good aren't they?
  11. sd0324 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Just a beautiful job here,look at all there is to see . very well done.
  12. T-34/85 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-States
    Excellent job Brian! You really brought this to life and the additions are fantastic, well done,
    Tom
  13. gregmarm Active Member

    Country:
    Greece
    great work!!!!
  14. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Just spotted this Brian.

    Well Senior Smudger! You have bloody surpassed yourself here this is so good i am throwing mine in the bin :arghh: will look closer tonight when home from work

    Ron
  15. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    Beautifully done Brian-hope to see this at FW,

    Keith
  16. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Many than
  17. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Many thanks davie,glad you liked it mate,hope you're fingers better :happy:
  18. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
  19. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Many thanks pedro,glad you liked it :happy:
  20. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Many thanks pedro for those kind coments,i know what you mean about William defoe,there is an uncanny likeness to him,glad you liked the result :happy:

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