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Warriors 1/6 " desert fox " Bust WIP 1st vbench

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by gothicgeek, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    AHA! my first proper Vbench :)

    Hi all!

    my next Piece is warriors rather nice Rommel bust... i've taken my time preping this one, but he's ready now so will be starting real soon.

    OOB apart from i will make a set of the goggles to go on his hat

    any nice colour photo's of erwin in the desert would be most welcome

    :)

    Mark

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  2. Barke02 Active Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Hi Mark, nice bust!

    Do you know who sculpted this?

    From 'Rommel's Army in Africa' by Dal McGuirk: Generalleutnant Rommel's olive tan cotton twill uniforms received a lot of wear apparent by their bleached appearance after the early summer of 1941. He wore the modified French army shirts with button down collars which made it easier to wear his Knights Cross and Pour le Merite. And then of course the captured British anti-dust goggles from the dump at Mechili.

    From the colour photo section of 'Afrikakorps' by Francois de Lannoy: Rank insignia gold on red.The brest eagle is gold on a black backing. Schirmmutze white metal insignia, gold piping to crown and gold cap cords, but looks like silver piping top and bottom of headband. Also his schirmmutze has held its olive colour, unlike his tunic which is bleached almost pale sand. Don't forget the blue on his Pour le Merit that's just visible.

    All the best,
    Jon.
  3. Joseph Brubaker New Member

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    United-States
    Great looking bust one of the few pieces that Ive seen that have really captured his face well,please post again when this one is finished cant wait to see it!.............Thanks for sharing and posting.

    Joseph
  4. RFL Active Member

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    United-States
    Supposed to be the real deal. Probably a pic from Manfred Rommel`s collection of some years back.

    The goggles don`t look right however.

    Good looking bust there, like to see the work in progress.

    RL

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  5. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

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    Australia
    Another one from Marks factory.....:D

    looking forward to seeing this figure come to life.

    cheers
  6. Rob Brown Member

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    United-States
    Wow, that looks familiar Mark! Look forward to seeing the progress
  7. vergilius New Member

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    Belgium
    very liking!
    start posting the progres !
  8. Barke02 Active Member

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    United-Kingdom
    WOOOHHHAAA!!!

    RL,
    I didn't know that one of ER's uniforms still existed! Most families destroyed everything military post war. If it is in Manfred Rommel's collection the provenance is beyond doubt. Do you know if it's on display in a museum?

    I'm off to Normandy for a long weekend this summer. I know from a previous visit many moons ago that most museums are quite a tedious line up of mannequins wearing a hotch-potch of thrown together uniforms, normally inaccurate and out of context. However, when a museum displays items with a history and uniforms to named individuals who were actually there, it really is quite amazing. One such is the new 'Dead Man's Corner' museum near Carentan. It includes the complete uniform worn by forrest guth on D-Day.

    www.paratrooper-museum.org/about_dmc.html

    It would be great if there was a similar museum for the war in North Africa, with Rommel's uniform, Monty's beret and caravans, the Bovington Tiger I,....!

    Cheers,
    Jon
  9. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Good one Mark,

    This is a beautifully sculpted bust and I'm looking forward to seeing how you paint it. You're lucky to have pics of Rommels' uniform for reference.
  10. gothicgeek A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Jon ... thanks for the info and the sculptor as listed on the box is Darrell Stridh :) and check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erwin_Rommel for info on the museum.

    yes i was not sure on the box artwork but saw it in the resin on evilbay and liked it alot! :)

    they are supposed to be MK 3 eye shields .... :)

    Jamie! not a factory just an obsesive LOL cheers mate :)

    Thanks Rob! the wittman bust has taken most work and is starting to look ok, but still got lots to do on it before i undercoat it ;)

    as soon as i make any i'll post :)



    yes he was so popular even with the allies that the reference is great! Upon hearing of his death Churchill said

    "He also deserves our respect, because, although a loyal German soldier, he came to hate Hitler and all his works, and took part in the conspiracy to rescue Germany by displacing the maniac and tyrant. For this, he paid the forfeit of his life. In the sombre wars of modern democracy, there is little place for chivalry."

    one aspect i have come to love about figure modelling is the research ...

    thanks for the input everyone .... right where's me brushes!

    Mark

    :)
  11. pmfs A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Hello

    It seems different than Rommel´s:rolleyes:
    The rest are ok, except the Googles.

    Regards from Portugal
    Pedro
  12. gothicgeek A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    1st stage .....

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  13. Rob Brown Member

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    United-States
    :O
    Wow, great job on the face, very life like, even has the sunburn and all !
  14. Recon Active Member

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    Norway
    Wow! Looking very good!
    Do you have some more pictures from different angles?

    -Sverre
  15. gothicgeek A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Pedro ..... i have good ref for the goggles :)

    Rob ..... long way to go yet :) but he must have got burned eh?

    Sverre ... many thanks et voila!

    i have mainly been plugging away at the cap .... mixed references or what? i have found pics of all parts gold, some parts gold some silver and the colour varies too! so i just went for it... probably a couple more hours will see it right

    :)

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  16. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

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    Canada
  17. gothicgeek A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    mostly done on the face... a little finessing and a touch more blending lol

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  18. gothicgeek A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Colin .... Many thanks for that link! i have the shots printed out and will be using them in ernest very shortly :)



    so i'm calling the head done, warts and all. it's a long way from perfect but it's had about 12 hours of my life and there's a jacket to contend with!

    the hands need another hour or two to get them right

    &:)

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  19. Sambaman Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Mark, great work so far.

    Jay H.
    Okc
  20. 1969 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    lovely work Mark the sunburn looks spot on,not overdone ,just right.


    Steve

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