Friday, April 30, 2010

British Grenadier 10th Regiment of Foot, 1775

Possibly the most frightening site to those early colonial militiamen was the British soldier with fixed bayonet coming right for them. You could place this chap at Lexington and Concord or Bunker Hill. Though few of the Crown's troops had seen action before the American Revolution, they were well disciplined and knew how to use the bayonet with great effect. It would take a winter at Valley Forge to give the American soldier confidence to stand against this formidable weapon.

The head is from Historex. The putties from AVES and Kneadatite. The musket is a Shenandoah conversion. I'd like to thank Anders Heintz for the castings he sent to me. Also a big thanks to Gary D. who is always willing to share his knowledge.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"Attention Ladies...The Blouse Man is on the premises"

Here's the finished piece. I've added some paper cups and a discarded cardboard box. For some reason I had a hard time figuring out on what to use for a box, until Gary suggested using index card. Well, duh on my part! It worked perfect and was just the right thickness. I just so happen to know a little about boxes and their construction so it was an easy build.

I took some pics with the flash and w/out to show the contrast in the fleshtones. I also added a little more mud and splashes to her lower half. Any more would, in my opinion, take away from the overall paint job. I'm sure I'll get a yes or nay on this overal from my peers but I'm still in the camp of "less is more".

Thanks to Gary for the tips! And especially thanks to my mentor and right hand man on these off-the-wall projects. Of whom, I'm sure, have not heard the last of.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Hippie Chick-Work In Progress

Here's a new subject for me! It's EVD's Hippie girl. This chick is 90mm in scale...all white metal. Because of the large scale and weight, I had to paint this beauty in sections. It came in four pieces and each, I swear, weighed just as much as one 54mm!
The stars and stripes weren't that difficult to paint (everything acrylic) once I got into a rhythm. And the hippie radical, Abbie Hoffman on the back of her jacket, was a one shot deal and turned out better than planned. This is still a work in progress. I need to finish her belt buckle and other touch ups. The grounds of Woodstock was needless to say a messy place, so I'll add some "trash" here and there.

Sorry for the washed out look. There's much more contrast than shown. I'll try better next time. Thanks for looking anyway.

I would like to thank my benefactor and spiritual advisor on this project. It's always a fascinating and challenging trip when we work together;)

I added some tunes to the play list. So listen up, tune out and get down...errr something like that.

Big ol' pile of heads and armatures for the St. Privat project.