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Zouave bust conversion -200mm figure

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Jimbo, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. Jimbo A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    This is a conversion from a bust to full figure, the bust being Steve Kirtley's latest release of a Confederate Tiger Zouave of the American Civil war, sculpted by Carl Reid.
    I have decided to change him into a 114th Pennsylvania volunteer "Collis's Zouave's" (see enclosed pic) This unit I believe were formed in 1862 & they fought at Gettysburg in 1863 where they suffered very heavy casualties, after which I think they were used as a provost unit for the remainder of the war.
    I picked this up off of Steve at Bugle call in Bath last month so I've been working on him on & off for a couple of weeks now, it has been a lot of work so far as legs & pelvis area were constructed in milliput over a wire armature, the trousers of this unit were no where near as baggy as many of the other Zouave Regiments.
    Some straps across the body had to be removed and I wanted to reposition the left arm to be holding his musket in the upright position shown.
    Boots/ Gaiters and a new left forearm was sculpted using magi-sculpt, there's still some work to do on the jacket decoration such as piping etc, also gaiter laces need to be added and a waist sash under his belt, bayonet & scabbard, musket & canteen straps will be also added
    Hope you like it so far and I hope you think it's added to this nicely posed bust from Carl Reid.
    Cheers
    Jim(y)

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  2. Richie A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Jim,
    A very nice conversion really suits the piece, but what will Mr No Legs say?:ROFLMAO:
    cheers
    Richie
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  3. Fokionas Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Well Done Jim!!!!
    Very nice conversion.I did one recently and I discovered that it is not easy at all...............................
    My congratulations!
    Fokion
  4. Jimbo A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Thanks Richie, glad you like him, legs an all!;)
    Cheers
    Jim(y)
  5. Jimbo A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Thanks Fokion, glad you like him,
    Yes it's a lot of work to take on but I have trouble saying no to these half figures, I still have a lot of detail to add to him;)
    Cheers
    Jim(y)
  6. swralph A Fixture

    looks good(y)
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  7. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Well this is Mr No legs here ...what will I say ...Blooming great job , I have seen this up close and even without the bits and bobs to be added its great use of a bust (blimey did I really say that:eek: ) .

    IMO (and I am not biased just because he lets me loose near the biccy tin;) ) Jimbo has a talent for this sort of thing ...he has the ability to see potential and the foresight to see the project through ...WELL DONE that man .

    Always enjoy popping round to be met by legs everywhere

    Thanks for sharing this one mate ..now get those brushes out

    Nap
  8. Jimbo A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Thank you Swralph,
    And thanks Kev much appreciated, does this mean your finally coming round to being a leg man rather then a bust man?;)
    Cheers
    (y) Jim
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  9. mil-mart A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Jim great conversion job on one of Carl's best , you haven't wasted anytime on this one mate. Following.(y)

    Cheers Ken
  10. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Excellent work on this leg-bust.

    Marc
  11. Jimbo A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Thanks Ken, I couldn't resist it mate started as soon as I got back from Bugle Call Ha!:)
    Cheers(y)
    Jim
  12. Jimbo A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Thanks Marc, glad you like it so far.
    Cheers(y)
    Jim
  13. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Me a leg man ...NEVER always be a busty man ...does that sound right ???;)

    Nice work mate

    Nap

    PS ..Like the new avatar ...perhaps it should be "Windy" Miller .:):facepalm: [IMG]
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  14. clrsgt A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Most excellent leg sculpt. Like "old Abe", this cries for legs. I only wish I had more sculpting talent
  15. Mark S Guest

    Brilliant job, makes a great full figure...well done.
    Love the wooden base too and the log, nice piece.
  16. Jimbo A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Mark & clrsgt, thanks for your comments very much appreciated, the log is just a piece of old root that I found a while ago in the woods near me, & the base is a piece of flat hemlock that I took the mini grinding tool to.
    (y)Cheers
    Jim
  17. Jazz A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Now I have finally figured out why you and Nap are such good mates. He cuts the legs off his figures to makes busts and gives them to you to turn a bust into a figure. The perfect partnership!!
    Seriously though, I can see that a lot of work went into those legs and it looks all the better for it. I just hope you have a lot of room to display these large figures. I know that I am running out of room with just my 54mm`s.
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  18. taff edwards A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Jim
    I agree with all the others and have been fortunate to see this conversion in the flesh so to speak and it looks fantastic
    And in that famous Nancy Sinatra song ...
    " these legs are made for walking and that just what I will do coz every time I get a bust aim going to stick on two "
    Cheers Chris
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  19. Jimbo A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Thanks your comments Jazz, looks like you've rumbled me & Kev out mate! Yes I must admit space is getting tight in the cabinets & I may have to sell some to make room for new ones!:cry: is it a hobby or an obsession? I've been asking myself that a lot lately!
    (y) Cheers
    Jim
  20. Jimbo A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Thanks Chris glad you like him mate!
    I'm now going to have Nancy Sinatra going around in my head all day!.....Those boots were made for walking:whistle::singing:.......Stick on two!!??..superb!
    (n) Cheers
    Jim

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