Monday, 2 February 2009

Back from a Break

Well its been a long time since the last post, principally because I haven't been doing any sculpting, and as that's the purpose of this Blog, I didn't see much point in putting up anything else.

Got sidetracked on to some painting, mainly a "Gilder style" unit of connoisseur French Napoleonic hussars. Pleased with the results, but it took a bit of time.

Anyway, got bored with painting, so its back to the sculpting for now. A while back I had made a dolly for a mounted figure, so I decided to have a go at taking one through to completion. First selection was a french hussar type, of the sort that could be used for Lauzun's Legion or similar units. It's basically a standard French Hussar outfit with no pelisse.

Anyway, here he is, officer and trumpeter etc to follow, once I get round to it.





7 comments:

Fitz-Badger said...

Wow! That's awesome! Excellent work on the details and pose and everthing!

Where is the horse from? and original sculpt of your own or from somewhere else?

AD said...

Absolutely remarkable. Look forward to seeing it painted.

Stokes Schwartz said...

I agree! Lovely sculpting and animation there. Welcome back!

Best Regards,

Stokes

John D said...

Thanks for the positive comments, I must admit I'm looking forward to seeing what the casting is like and subsequently painting it up.

Fitz, the horse is from a set of ebob horse dollys that are (very generously) available to use for commercial purposes (they are very reasonably priced when you consider this). They come just as the basic horse with no furniture or base, so these need to be added. Their used commercially by several sculptors, I think Crusader for example.

The horse in the picture is one from a set of eight "light" horse variants that I made up from these. This is an intermediate stage casting from a drop mould. It was subsequently cleaned up etc to become a master for a production mould I'm having made up just now, with the other seven variants. I'll then have my very own stable!

I specifically haven't sculpted on ang reigns similar to how it used to be on some of the older ranges, I aim to add these when I assemble the miniatures for a more realistic look. Cast on reigns always look very chunky to my eye.

They are lovely horse sculpts and I would recommend them, they look so graceful in comparison to some of the clunkier stuff.

Regards


John

Fitz-Badger said...

Ah, I knew ebob did hroses for commercial and hobby use, but I don't know if I'd ever seen one bfore. Fits very well with your rider (or vice versa!). I've seen some people remove the cast-on reins and add their own (someone showed this on their blog a while back - maybe John Preece?).
The 8 variants you made are a nice idea. Gives you more flexibility so you don't end up with a herd of horses all galloping in step like some sort of equine chorus line!

Matt said...

Absolutely beautiful figure. I bought some ebobs but got side tracked. If I can achieve half your standard I'll be a happy man!

Giles said...

That is excellent - will be a marvellous Lauzun's Legion figure.