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WIP Uthred of Bebbanburg

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Martin64, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. Martin64 A Fixture

    Hi there!
    A quick heads up what`s going on on my bench. After a too long job related absence from my man cave I decided to first try my brushes again.
    The figure came from FRANK Miniatures and was sculpted by Carl Reid.
    See here: http://shop.frank-miniatures.com/Figuren-Frank-Miniatures/75-mm-38/Uhtred.html
    "Uhtred" is based on a fictional character from the novels of Bernard Cornwell. He is my favorite author and so the urge to paint Uthred put all other projects behind.
    Painting was done with acrylics (Andrea, Darkstar and Scale 75).
    The pictures were done in a hurry - so apologies for the quality. Here`s the current status.
    Uthred M front.jpg
    Uthred M left.jpg
    Uthred M front right.jpg
    Uthred M back.jpg
    Uthred M back a.jpg
    Uthred M lefta.jpg

    The two last pictures were taken without flash "freehand" so they are a bit blurred but the colors are close to the actual figure. The other were taken with the flash covered so they are sharper and more dramatic.
    All hobby related comments are welcome.

    Cheers, Martin
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  2. ometz Well-Known Member

    Really like your effort here, especially the figure's cloak and shield (but entire figure is well done).
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  3. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Really nice work Martin. Uthred is definitely one of my favourite characters from my favourite author.

    Great job

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  4. Dekiman Well-Known Member

    Beautifull figure.Shield,cloak and boots are superb.
    I also love books by Bernarde Cornwell but my favourite character is Sharpe.
    If I may notice that in books Uthred have two white lightning across his black cloak
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  5. Martin64 A Fixture

    Thanks for the comments and likes.
    Dekiman - I will give the two lightnings a thought, thanks for your attention to detail. Although I read all parts of the Saxon Chronicles so far it slipped through. I like the Sharpe-series as well but feel that Cornwell developed further as a writer in his following novels. For myself it started with "The Winter King" and while the still nice Sharpe-series suffered from the problem to show larger scale battles of the Napoleonic Wars on screen with their limited budget I am surprised that so far nobody considered to put the Warlord Chronicles on film.
    Colin - the same about Uthred on my side - his struggles to fight against his personal convictions as a pagan for christendom and the strong influence of women on his decisions are easy to understand:).
    All the best, Martin
  6. Martin64 A Fixture

    Uthred M1.jpg
    Uthred M2.jpg Uthred M3.jpg
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  7. Uruk-Hai PlanetFigure Supporter

    Cool! Im listing to the fourt book right now.
    Nice touch with Uthreds details.

    Janne Nilsson
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  8. tock24 Active Member

    Dont mean to hijack your post [nice figure by the way!] but :-

    Alexander Dreymon
    has been given the lead role in BBC2 and BBC America's new historical series
    ! The American Horror Story actor will play King Uhtred in the eight hour epic series based on
    Bernard Cornwell
    's ninth century set book series. Real historical figures and events will be mixed with fictional characters during the reign of Alfred the Great, who as King of
    fought off a Viking invasion. After Uhtred's noble Saxon parents are killed by the Vikings, the marauders kidnap him and raise him as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are continually tested.

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  9. tiberius57 A Fixture

    Very dynamic figure and you did a great job, Martin! All elements are working very well together! Great free hand on the shield!
    I'm looking forward to see this piece done. The groundwork looks excellent so far!
    Zeno :)
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  10. Martin64 A Fixture

    Getting closer - hope to be able to post better pics within the next days. Thanks Zeno - groundwork is continuing and your works are a great inspiration.
    Uthred M4.JPG
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  11. pmfs A Fixture

    Hi Martin!

    I like the way you painted the shield and the look of the groundwork.
    Following your progress.

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  12. Marty New Member


    Beat me too it!!
    As a long time fan of all things Cornwell im looking forward to this, and having read all books on both series I reckon that if done right could be way better than game of thrones.
    But I digress, great work Martin!
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  13. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    I too am waiting for the series to come out and really hope they do the books justice.
    "All things Cornwell", I like that. Sharpe, Thomas of Hookton, Uthred, his one off books like Stonehenge and The Fort... every time I read these great books, my mind is flooded with dioramas, vignettes and single figures, more than I could complete in my lifetime.

    I hope to see some better pics Martin, to truly appreciate this figure

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  14. Dekiman Well-Known Member

    Dont forget the Arthur books (Winter King,Enemy of God and Excalibur).
    every time I read these great books, my mind is flooded with dioramas, vignettes and single figures, more than I could complete in my lifetime. Chaos Cossack I could not agree more.
    Martin 64 keep it up with you work.
    You have a lot of fans.
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  15. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    A very well painted figure, love it. (y)
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  16. Martin64 A Fixture

    Thanks for the comments and likes! It is good to know that there will be a film coming up. I sincerely hope they will get it "right". Sometimes films don`t convey the pictures you got in your head when reading the book. Therefore I am glad that the figure is currently just guided by the sculpt of Carl Reid and my imagination. I tried to make the wolf`s head on the shield and the snake on the sheath of "serpent breath" look as if being painted on. - Although I admire the fancy 3D-shield designs of the top painters in our hobby I wonder if these kind of shields were seen on the battlefields of times past. - Groundwork is still underway although I will not add too much vegetation due to the suggested remains of a "fortification" Uthred is storming through and go more for a muddy effect.
    Will now think about adding the lightnings to the cloak. Can somebody give me a hint, where this is being described in the books?
    Base came from my last stock of bases from Poste Militaire. The nameplate was made up from A&B putty and painted up.
    All the best!
    So here is another attempt on taking acceptable pictures:
    Uthred M8.jpg
    Uthred M6.JPG Uthred M7.JPG Uthred M9.JPG Uthred M10.jpg Uthred M11.JPG
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