This was a fun project to do...Painting lace on the officer's jacket and kepi, not so much. I have to admit, Zouaves are a favorite subject of mine, but the drummer's uniform had me scratching my head. Photographic evidence suggest a different shade of cuff from that of enlisted men, so I had to assume they're red...What other color could it be that would compliment the uniform? I really don't like guessing a feature, on a subject I should be fairly familiar with. Just have to base it on conjecture. Other than that minute detail, I was honored to donate this piece to a great cause. A big thanks to Gary Dombrowski for his help with research.
Here was my Artist Preservation Group 2012 auction piece. It started out as a single figure project, but with subject kneeling, I felt it needed something more. I came up with the idea of an officer comforting the drummer before going into battle.
The figures are 54mm. The heads are from Hornet. The putty used is AVES and Kneadatite. I'm starting to mix the two as I've done in the past. It takes a little longer to mix but I like the way it manges while sculpting, and I can see detail much better with this color rather than the plain white of AVES.
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.