WIP Veteran British Para

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  1. Cannonball A Fixture

    This is my take on one of Gordon Mitchell’s recent releases, a bust of a veteran Para, sculpted by Pavol Ovecka. It’s very early days yet with a start made on the face and beret. The bust is an absolute cracker, the detail is crisp and the face is superbly sculpted. The oils on the beret are still wet at present and I’ve tried to portray a paler skin tone on this one but the pictures don’t seem to convey that quite as well as it is in the “flesh”. I’m running this alongside another of Gordon’s busts, the other being Pavol’s interpretation of the French leader, Charles de Gaulle. I picked both of these up from Gordon at the recent Bolton show and if anyone’s contemplating purchasing either you won’t be disappointed, particularly if faces are your thing.

    Thanks for looking,

    Neal. 13C61972-3E93-401D-AC59-4BE04470946E.jpeg E0D54C79-ECA8-44FB-AB3D-521814DF095F.jpeg 42618061-6BD6-4159-9547-FA5F8F9487A8.jpeg AED4F0CD-B61B-4887-A681-5F05D85A3332.jpeg
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  2. francis New Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    very nice already
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  3. Cannonball A Fixture

    Thanks Francis.

    Neal.
  4. Chris Oldfield Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    Excellent work, Neal - I like the way you've painted the face, & the maroon beret colour is spot 0n.
    Continuing to watch with interest.
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  5. misfit151 A Fixture

    Wow Neal that's a character and a half....(y). Looking great already...Mike
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  6. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Neal

    Hopefully the PO will deliver mine very soon...it's a subject I am surprised has not been released before so all credit to the company

    Great start on the piece ,what's the colour mix for the beret ?

    The facial features look good

    You going for a dark blue/ black or a maroon jacket ?

    Following with interest

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  7. Steve Ski Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Woof, you wasted no time getting rolling on this beauty. Beautiful start and I love the color for the cap!
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  8. Cannonball A Fixture

    Really appreciated Chris.

    Neal.
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  9. Cannonball A Fixture

    Really appreciate the comments Mike. The sculpt on the face is superb, like you say, so full of character.


    Neal
  10. DaddyO A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    What a fabulous character and great bit of work by the sculptor (A really nice start on the painting too Neal)

    Busts and not really my 'thing' but occasionally one comes along . . . . ;)

    Paul
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  11. Cannonball A Fixture

    Thanks for the comments Nap. I think I’m going white shirt, grey jumper and black blazer. I’m still trying to work out if the pocket badge on the blazer is a shield with the Para’s emblem on and if it is should it be black or maroon background. As for the colour mix for the beret I used Vallejo 70.926 Red as the base then an oil mix of Cadmium Red and Madder Brown with the addition of some Purple Lake and Alizarin Crimson then a touch of Naples Yellow. The shading was the addition of more Madder Brown and a touch of black to the base colour and Naples Yellow for the highlights. It was a bit of trial and error for the base colour but quite pleased with the way it’s turned out in the end.

    Neal.
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  12. Cannonball A Fixture

    Thanks Steve, really appreciated.

    Neal.
  13. Cannonball A Fixture

    Thanks Paul. I must admit that I’ve only gotten into doing busts in the last 12-18 months or so but there are some really great ones out there and I couldn’t pass up the chance of having a crack at such a beautifully sculpted face.

    Neal
  14. Grod A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Great start Neal.
    Gordon
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  15. Henkm Active Member

    Great detail in the face, you're bringing it out nicely.
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  16. akaryu PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Belgium
    What a character! Excellent work on the beret too!

    Pierre
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  17. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Hi Neal

    Thanks for the beret details

    Like the gray jumper idea , nice contrast with the tie

    As for blazer ..this is from the Para museum shop

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    There's also these after a Google ..

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    Saw this as well ..

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    some great pictures of veterans with badges and of course medals ...RESPECT

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    Happy benchtime

    Nap
  18. Steve Brodie Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    awesome start, fantastic face painting and sculpt. respect to them all.
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  19. Cannonball A Fixture

    Thanks Gordon. That face is a joy to paint, Pavol’s done you proud with this one.

    Neal
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  20. Cannonball A Fixture

    Thanks Henk, really appreciated.

    Neal

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