I told in the previous post I was in a 30YW painting mood and had this figure unfinished from last weekend. I managed to complete the sculpt and then paint him, he's the fella with the mighty sounding name Ozgrusowoa von Glutemarknog, the Swedish mercenary character I've drawn some time ago.
The sculpting itself isn't so bright especially as it is more out of scale (intended to be 1/72) than the huge Zvezda figs, well I've got two ways around it, either he's tall as a mountain (which I would like) or have another go at sculpting him and take more care to the scale and proportions.
I used a paper skeleton enhanced with stripes of GS on this one, while the earlier sculpts had a single match or pin for a core. This allowed a better pose and a stronger body to work on. While the skeleton was left to cure, I sculpted the sword around a half of a match stick.
The rest of the progress came when the skeleton was strong enough, first a 'sketch' of the body, then the head. I had to redo the boots twice and I'm still not happy with them enough but the paint fixed them all right. So breeches and boots first, then the buff coat and this was when I added the hands and the weapons in them, along with the sword hanging from the right hip as the man's left handed (like me, what a coincidence). When these were solid I sculpted the belt, the sash, the hair (moustache and goatee were done earlier) and the hat.
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He's armed with a Scottish broadsword (sorry, that is sort of a fetish to me), a two-handed sword and a pistol, wears a buff coat with a red silk belt and a blue and gold sash. Quite an old-fashioned equipment if you ask me. The inspiration for the greatsword comes from the Mount&Blade With Fire&Sword PC game, 1650s Poland themed and these beasts can be used with great effect (unless you are in a crowd and shorter blades render it useless). Less historical than cool, but I went with cool this time.
The face is all right I think, well, compared to my estimated 3 to 4 hours of greenstuffery it is. He will have his companions, Jürgen von Bekkön, a German and Jose de Tabasco, a Spaniard with low esteem on Catholicism, finished soon.
No more sculpting completed this weekend, nor are the WIPs worthy to show here: what I have in progress is a small scale ship and a mutant man-eating giant flower. They are really of the same ilk if you ask me.
Stay tuned as there are more posts this week than the last, two completed sets of figures and a skirmish batrep with magic!