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Completed Thunderbird Miniatures Buffalo Soldier

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Sambaman, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Here is another I recently finished. This is the Thunderbird Miniatures Buffalo Soldier bust sculpted by the incredibly talented Mike Good! Mark over at Thunderbird sent me this for box art and did a PERFECT job of casting this beauty up. It is cast in 6 flawless resin pieces (hat, brim, head, pipe, one piece of scarf and the torso). I can't say enough good things about this sculpt, and how it simply came to life as I painted it. I'm not sure if it was because I was having so much fun, or if it was the flawless sculpt and casting, but this piece just fell together for me! Painted in oils over acrylic base as per usual. The real challenge for me on this one was mixing divergent browns for all the different surfaces. I also spent some time trying to get a good look of "sweat" and wear to his hat, particularly around the inside where the hat band is. The only other small painted bit I added was to add a little simulated "texture" on the inside of the buffalo hide jacket to simulate the look of the wrinkled skin there. Simply an outstanding piece. I'll be quiet now so you can enjoy the images. Contact Mark over at Thunderbird and treat yourself to one of these, you will NOT regret it! Thanks for looking!

    Jay H.

    http://www.thunderbirdminiatures.com/

    Guys and gals if you will, please go to my latest post and find some important information about the painting of this piece. thanks!

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  2. housecarl Forum Moderator

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Excellent work Jay, the skin tines have turned out well. The weathering on the hat is very realistic.
    Carl.
  3. dArtagnan A Fixture

    Country:
    Belgium
    Excellent paintwork, Jay! Great skintones and weathering!
    Congratulations, well done!
    Eddy
  4. davidmitchell A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Another great piece of work Jay nice colours and textures.



    Cheers David
  5. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Jay,
    Excellent and the hat is awesome.
    Cheers
    John
  6. TWOMOONS Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Beautiful job...top notch. Great controlled blending of tones.
    Great sculpt...I wonder if Mike Good was listening to Bob Marley while working on this?
  7. SPrimeau Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    It was great seeing this in person this weekend Jay. I did pick one up from Mark and look forward to splashing it with paint. Good talking to you and seeing your wonderful work at Tulsa!
    Scott
  8. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Awesome painting Jay.
  9. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Carl, Eddy, David, John, Phil, Scott, Tony,
    many thanks for the kind words gentlemen!

    Glad you guys noticed the weathering on the hat, I'm quite pleased with how it turned out and glad you guys think it adds to the piece!

    Jay H.
  10. Steve Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Buffalo Soldier

    I am glad I got to see this since I missed the show, Jay. Beauty beauty beauty and kudos to Mark for his casting job. Top it off with Senor Bonehead as sculptor and what a talented and winning team. Thanks, guys!
  11. Nick Majerus Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hey Jay, Great job on this one and the Justice Leauge!! I bet they look even better in person.

    Nick
  12. sarouman A Fixture

    Country:
    Greece
    Hi Jay!
    very good painting
    Brilliant...


    Alexandros
  13. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    This is so beautifull.
    What a great skintone....
    All the colors that you used are fitting so excellent together.

    Marc
  14. pmfs A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Awesome fleshtones.

    Hi Jay,

    wonderful painting as usual.(y):)
  15. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Steve, Nick, Alexandros, Marc, Pedro, thank you all for the kind words.

    Steve, you were missed at the show, it was a good time. Hope we can see you there next year.

    Jay H.
  16. Marcel Active Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Another beautiful painted bust Jay!
    Great skin color!

    Cheers,
    Marcel.
  17. flart1943 Active Member

    Country:
    England
    Hi Jay
    I must agree with all the other comments "Excellent".
    Pete
  18. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Marcel, Pete, thanks guys!

    Jay H.
  19. unknown01 New Member

    Country:
    Japan
    Excellent and AWESOME!
    A wonderful finish.
    I congratulate completion.

    Mitsutaka
  20. robinh002 New Member

    Country:
    United-States
    buffalo soldier

    great work Jay , what was your pallette for the skin tones ? & how did you get such a weathered effect on the hat ?(y):cool::D
    robin

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