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Willian Gardener VC

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by PLG, Oct 9, 2021.

  1. PLG Well-Known Member


    I have finally finished this one - a bust of William Gardener VC who was awarded the VC for an action during the Indian Mutiny. He is depicted wearing his uniform after the Crimean was which is why he is not wearing the VC only his 2 Crimean war medals.

    it is based on a photo taken after the Crimean War, one of a series commissioned by Queen Victoria.

    it will be released as a bust under my Sarnia Miniatures brand in a week or so.


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  2. Cannonball A Fixture

    Very nicely done Peter. Like the flesh tones.

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  3. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    Excellent work

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  4. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Peter

    Interesting subject and ideal for the series of VC winners ....he also won the DCM and MSM

    The VC and medals are held in the Lord Ashcroft collection

    Interesting the rank stripes on left but not in picture below

    Why not enter a piece into the class of your choice in our OCTOBERS FOTM comp and also vote in SEPTEMBERS classes as well



    Always good to see the artwork

    Thanks for sharing

    Look forward to the next

    Happy benchtime


    Thanks for sharing


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  5. PLG Well-Known Member

    Hi Guys

    thank for the comments.

    the flesh was a base coat of Vellejo flesh, over which I applied artists' oil paints, a mixture of : white, Naples yellow, yellow ochre, Indisn red, burnt sienna and Vandyke brown for the deepest shadows.

    Nap you spotted the little bit of artistic license. I spent a lot of time researching victorian uniforms for a different bust and came to the conclusion that there was little consistency regarding rank insignia. There seems to have been changes over time, between regiments and even individuals. I have seen references to stripes on both arms and on only one arm, or even the flag and crossed sword insignia on the left arm rather than the right; so I opted to move away from the photo because I think it is a more balanced bust - and they are easy to remove if anybody wants to do so.

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  6. Nap A Fixture


    Thanks for reply , agree with your comments , sometimes very confusing , understand where your coming from

    Don't forget to think about entering FOTM .links above

    Happy benchtine


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