Here's the right side of the vignette. Note the upper leg armor panels on the pikemen are made of putty which were formed on a brass dowel and allowed to cure. A thin coat of Vaseline was brushed on the dowel to keep the putty from sticking. One cured, the panels were then carefully pried off the dowel and carved to shape. Each armored "plate" was carved on the panel. Some filing and sanding was needed to finish them up. These pieces were also all done at the same time.
The helmets were all made in a similar manner. I started with the brim and shaping it to a pointed or sharp ridge front and back. This was let to cure then the dome was sculpted. Again, allowed to cure then the crest formed. Once cured, some carving were needed to give it a sharper edge. ALL helmets were built at the same time and checked for uniformity. Lastly, the rivets were added with Duro balls. These were made by tediously rolling between the fingers then allowed to cure. Each was fixed to the helm with slow drying super glue. The slow drying glue allowed me to move the rivet about to get a somewhat even space between each.
close-up detail of the musketeer. The powder flask flying about are from a ECW Airfix kit. The heads I'm using for this vignette are a mix of Hornet and Historex with some facial modifications being done to fit the pose/subject.
Happy New Year to everyone! I hope to be more productive in regards to blog postings. Last year was a busy time for modeling so there's a lot of catching up to do.
As you may have noticed, I changed the name of my blog. The reason being, I can barely keep up to-date with one, so I've taken the name of my other blog, "Minutia". This way I can share other interest I have, be it miniatures, art or historical reenacting (something that was a passion of mine for a good ten years). With that being said, all things historical that appeals to me, no matter the subject, will be here...Not just miniatures.
I live in the small town of Bath, Michigan with my wife and children.
I have been modeling figures for 25 plus years. Since I was a kid, I've always been fascinated by military uniforms of the past and soldier material culture. This then led me to express my interest through modeling figures from many time periods and scales.