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WIP Veteran at Victory Day

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Martin Rohmann, Nov 8, 2020.

  1. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Dear Planeteers

    It's time I pick up my brushes again!

    As an object of desire, I chose the weeping veteran of the Red Army on "Den' pobjedij", the day of victory (May 9th), which is known to be sculpted after this photo ...:

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    1st day, November 8th, 2020

    I decided to start with the helmet to awaken my sleeping (and rusty) motor skills.

    Our friend wears a Soviet steel helmet M 1944.

    The helmet can hardly be distinguished from its predecessor, the M 1940, from the outside - however, the "inner workings" of the crease-free one had been significantly improved - so the helmet was more comfortable to wear.

    Externally, you can distinguish the two helmet versions from the fact that the 1940s had two rivets, while the 1944s had seven!

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    I started by washing the small resin helmet properly to remove any residues of release agents and grease so that I don't get a nasty surprise while painting ...:

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    After drying, the helmet is attached to a working cork with carpet tape ...

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    ... and then primed black ...:

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    While the primer is drying, I build my usual wet palette out of handkerchiefs and parchment paper, in which the acrylic paints can be used for days and do not dry out ...:

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    And then we come to the first detail:In some photos, our friend wears a helmet with an inscription on the front that translates as something like: "1941 to 1945 - remember!"

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    This is a nice detail that my veteran should also have!

    However, it also means:We are talking about letters and numbers - in Cyrillic too! - which have a height of three millimeters each.

    Aaarrrghh! Just the thing to start painting again after a four month break! A job for convicts!

    For the helmet, I use a 50:50 mixture of "German Uniform" and "Green Brown" as the colors, which is pretty much the same as the original.

    The white background of the font, on the other hand, is created from "true to scale" white, what means: "Light Flesh" ...:

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    Today it was only enough for the first lettering - and it was hard enough for me ...:

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    And who now says, "The lettering is crooked!" is absolutely right!

    It should so. Just like the original ...

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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    OH YES!!!!!!!......following your every brush stroke

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  3. grasshopper Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Good your painting mojo is back..wondered if you would take on this piece
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  4. RantaN A Fixture

    Good afternoon. It is very good that you shared the process. IMHO you shouldn't use a photo of this character as a sample for painting. The fact is that this is not a real veteran, but simply a disguised "city madman" and a deceiver born in 1928 . The chaotic set of medals on his chest and the inscriptions on his helmet are also not an example to follow.

    By the way, this inscription is written in Russian as "ЗНАЙТЕ" - roughly translated as "be aware". You shouldn't portray her at all, because this is apparently a personal invention of this old charlatan.

    PS in the Russian alphabet there is no letter "F", more precisely there is a letter of course, but it is spelled differently - "Ф" ;)
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  5. RantaN A Fixture

    As proof of my words:
    Here he is senior sergeant
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    Next time he's a colonel
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    And a year later, already a border guard.
    [IMG]And here is another great photo - as they say "no comment".[IMG]
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  6. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Thanks for the photos, Stepan. I have them all - and e few more...

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    And I know he is a fake veteran.

    But nevertheless a lovely object to paint - precisely because of the many medals ...


    Cheers
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  7. RantaN A Fixture

    Well, this is your choice and your right.

    However, it is to the medals that most experts have many questions. This set is exactly that chaotic, from different fronts (you had to be a "Flash" in order to have time to earn them all in his 13-17 years) and with a wrong mutual arrangement. Everything in the army is subject to the charter.

    This same grandfather is more of a Christmas tree.
  8. eddie_C96 Member

  9. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Hi everyone

    As Martin says he and all of us are well aware about this character as RantaN says a "charlatan"
    but irrespective of that this is a SBS by Martin of a nice sculpt with plenty to paint

    I will be following Martins updates closely paticularly on the medals ....and any rework ,,,as I have mine very close to my bench

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
  10. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    chair pulled up.
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  11. grasshopper Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Christmas tree, charlatan..allows Martin the license to create his interpretation..of either the subject as evoking memory, or as charicature..either way..too many historical subjects give zero room for interpretation and even with most skilled finishing are no more than high end paint by numbers
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  12. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    2. Day, November 9, 2020
    The second lettering is now also on it ...:

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    Tomorrow I have to get the "white" tape into shape ...


    Cheers
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  13. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    That's looking good Martin and all freehand

    How long did it take you ?

    Thanks for update

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
  14. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    1,5 hours for the second one...

    Cheers
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  15. grasshopper Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Canada
  16. RantaN A Fixture


    Martin , "ЗНАЙТЕ " - this word has an "E " at the end, not an "F".
  17. grasshopper Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Rattan, have a look at the actual images and the helmet sure looks F..give him a break..
  18. RantaN A Fixture

    I don't know what you personally see there, but I see the bottom of the "E" in this photo.
    The lower right corner of Martin's parallelogram, in principle, does not suggest that there may be this "tail" from the letter "E". There, the letter "F" is clearly visible.
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  19. RantaN A Fixture

    And if there is a need to repeat the photograph with complete accuracy, but probably it is necessary to simulate the tape with which the inscription is glued. 222.jpg
  20. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Guys

    Looking at the original pictures I would have gone for a " F" as well ...on RantaN's picture it's barely visible .......but it's easy enough to add the tail

    We learn about the Russian lettering here

    Personally I think a quick PM to Martin would have been better rather than fill the thread , he would have then no doubt had a closer look at the lettering and added to his thread accordingly

    I think the slogans were added onto clear sticky backed tape as well ..on my version think I will paint direct to the helmet and ty and cut a clear tape over the lettering

    Following this with interest

    Happy benchtime

    Nap

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