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WWII Russian Couple Vignette

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by kansas kid, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Here is another example, that was done last year, of an attempt to make a
    scratch built tree with paper leaves. I did a lot of things wrong as you can see
    from the photo, but I think I learned a lot from the experience. Unfortunately,
    because of the placement of the man and wife and the horse, I couldnt get
    really good quality photos with any depth of field. I've shot a lot of pictures of
    this vignette and still haven't gotten any good quality photos.

    Secondly, I want to say something about the story line, here. I like to use
    humor in my little dioramas or vignettes, because you rarely see humor in
    as the story line with most modeling efforts. These figures are in 1:35th
    scale, and the man and his wife are converted from pieces in my
    spares box.

    The idea of this piece can seem that I am demeaning the female
    members of our population. And that is not my intent. I have great
    respect for women, and am the proud father of my 38 year old
    daughter, who means everything to me. But the play on words
    is the word "nag". Some of those English speakers in the EU may
    not be aware that in the USA one of the slang words for a horse
    who has seen a lot of hard work is Nag. A horse can be
    called a Nag. But the term call also means in English, a person
    who is always picking on others, who isn't very kind or genteel
    with people. They seem to always be "nagging" others.
    They're not fun to be around. So, behind their backs, they are
    called Nags. So the title:

    A Pair of Nags

    So the double meaning of "nags" is my attempt at humor. And again, no
    offense intended towards wives, and women in general.

    Of course, I would welcome comments pro and con. I will say further that
    the reeds in the stream (it is hard to see the stream) in the front of the
    fence and the leaves on the trees are cut from white bond paper, using the
    same approach as with my WWII US Navy pilot in the South Pacific
    figure when I made tropical Elephant Ear flora. I hope to redo those
    tropical plants on that piece, since I've experimented more and think I can
    do a better and more realistic job of painting various sizes of Elephant Ears.

  2. mil-mart A Fixture

    Rick, nice idea for a vignette :) great composition and groundwork . Many thanks for showing.

    Cheers Ken
  3. pmfs A Fixture

    Hello Rick,

    beautiful vignette(y)
    Many thanks for sharing:)
  4. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Gentlemen: Thanks for responding

    Greetings Gentlemen:

    I want to thank you for your comments. Much appreciated, even though, as
    I said, the pictures are not very good. :mad: :eek: :eek:

    Ken: Appreciate your kind words. I've only been a member on this site, a
    short time, true, but I rarely hear composition mentioned. And like you, I see
    composition as very important in this form of "art". It IS one of the basic
    principals of all art forms. And even with a single figure, which is the genré
    seemingly, most of our members work with, composition is still important;
    and definitely on display with the examples I see. Good composition draws
    the viewer eye to the correct area, first. . . when done correctly.

    Pedro: You're welcome, Sir. Thanks for taking time to add your comments to
    this thread, Pedro. Hopefully, I didn't offend any of our female members
    with the story line.

  5. unknown01 New Member

    Great vignette composition!
    I liked it very much.
    Superb work.

  6. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello Mitsutaka:

    Thank you for your positive comments, much appreciated. :)

  7. 1969 A Fixture

    hi mate really good to see this one again and the idea behind it is very original.
    I think the conversion work to create that Nagging woman really works with the skinnier guy, i wouldnt want to mess with her :p and i could guess his life isnt a very relaxed one with her around.

    Nice job Rickster and great choice of colours to attract the eye.

    all the best mate,

  8. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Thanks to the Liecester Lad. . .

    Hey Steve:

    Thanks for chiming in here, mate. I do appreciate it. And I am definitely
    looking forward to seeing your latest photos of your Napoleonic Era Nile
    River diorama here on PF, . . . . soon???

    So good to hear from you my friend. And if you don't mind, I'll explain here,
    altho you personally already know what I'm saying, about one of the major
    mistakes I made with that scratchbuilt tree. I used stretched sprue for the
    smaller branches of the tree and drilled holes into the ApoxySculpt putty
    that was folder around the wire armature. And the sprue small branches
    were glued with Super Glue into those drilled holes. But what I didn't
    seem to grasp, at least, until I'd glued on the last paper leaf with Elmer's
    White glue, is that very few tree branches are straight. All of them are
    curved in one way of another. So I should have held my sprue sections up
    to a lighted lamp bulb so I could bend the sprue into curved shapes more
    like what we see on a real tree. So a major "duh? " occurred. Whaaaaaaa.
    :mad: :mad: :eek: :eek: Is the bar open yet???? :)

    the Miami Jayhawker

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