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Mitches 200mm 54th Massachusetts Bust

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Peter Day 113/01/2018 14:03:41
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Heeeere's Morgan!



The torso was pretty straight forward to paint, though I was bit disappointed with the slightly crusty finish on the brass parts. I've exaggerated the blue somewhat to introduce a bit of colour - the tunic should be more blue/black, as in the film still.


John Race13/01/2018 14:38:09
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Stunning., just stunning. surprise


John Ballard13/01/2018 14:51:58
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Very nicely done and a higher level of contrast than you normally go for. Now you will have to get the others in the series.


Peter Day 113/01/2018 16:29:28
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Thank you the John's

Strangely, I wasn't deliberately trying to up the contrast John B. I think the extremely shiny nature of the blue paint meant that I judged the tones differently. I was quite surprised with the result once the matt varnish had dried.


Steve Jones 1213/01/2018 16:35:16
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I like this one a lot. I do feel your bust work has come on leaps and bounds. Are there different techniques required to paint a bust compared to a figure?


Scottie13/01/2018 16:36:56
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The colours and variation in the face are superb.


Andrew Belsey 213/01/2018 16:47:59
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A very big thumbs up from me!!!

Andy B

Peter Gillson13/01/2018 17:47:33
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Excellent colour and tones on the face.

Another lovely job.


Peter Day 113/01/2018 18:47:17
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Thanks for the kind words chaps.

Steve - I'm not aware of using different techniques when painting a bust. It's all equally as difficult, and I just use what means are available get the job done. I suppose that the larger they get, the more opportunity one has for exploiting detail, depending on the sculpt, though I have found that over 1/10th / 200mm my 'technique' is less successful. I'd also say that the size difference between 120mm and 200mm isn't that great, so there's not much adapting to do - the busts still feel tiny to me. It's going down in scale, especially to 1/35 that I find problematic.


Peter Day 103/02/2018 14:56:59
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Back from a refreshing week in Cornwall, and raring to go. I did start on the musketeer figure, but that's gone onto the back boiler pending the arrival of a new head. In the meantime, I thought I'd have a go at the other busts belonging to Mitches 'Glory' trio - Denzil Washington as Pvt Trip and Matthew Broderick as Robert Gould Shaw:


Washington won an Oscar for his portrayal of Trip (a fictional character).

This is what came out of the box:


The resemblances to the actors are reasonably good, though Washington's head was shaved in the film. Both are very nicely cast and require a minimum of clean up.


Edited By Peter Day 1 on 03/02/2018 14:58:12

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