Here's another sculpting video I put together. Thanks to my wonderful computer "geek" son for helping me through this still unknown territory.
There's some things I would have changed in editing, like possibly not spending so much time on sculpting the armature but more overall construction of the piece. Ancora imparo!
Getting projects wrapped up for the MFCA/APG Show in a few weeks. Here's a piece inspired by a painting that I grabbed off the interenet. Unfortunately, I am unable to find the artist name or title of the work. The musketeer accessories are from "Glory" miniatures and the AIRFIX English Civil War plastic kits. The head is from Hornet. Painted in acrylics.
Having some small scale fun. This fella is a pikeman from the Thirty Years Wars. I experimented with a satin varnish to give it some protection, in case some day I find motivation to build a wargames army.
As I said in a previous post, I took some liberties in the depiction of these subjects, but for those wondering why Frederick is not on a white horse like the illustration. There is a story that just before the battle, an aide to Frederick, traded horses with the "Great Elector" so as to be not so conspicuous riding on such an obvious target.
My inspiration and reference for the Fehrbellin vignette. The book text was in German, which was difficult when trying to understand the minutia of the campaign, and the nuts and bolts of army and command structure, but an article in MILITARY HERITAGE MAGAZINE (April 2009) was very helpful in understanding the basics and was enough to get me motivated.
The fallen mounted figure is attached to base and left arm armature glued to bed roll of standing horse. Sculpting the arm took some time, I had to be extremely mindful of the sword of the mounted figure for fear of breaking off. In hindsight, I should have made all sword armed hands seperate. Luckily, no incidents and sculpting the arm and hand turned out better than planned.
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.