Friday, 4 October 2013
Body sculpt - Harry's new coat
Today I have some more minor progress to report - Harry is visiting his taylor. I am making up his tunic, you can see some of my pen lines in the accompanying photo indicating features to be worked on.
The belt was made from a strip of plasticard, pinned and glued in place to give me some reference of where Harry's waist would be. He maybe a bit on the rotund side, but I am greatly influenced by the figures of Black Hat who - I think - have captured the 'manly' Edwardian figure very nicely (barrel chest and thin ankles)!
Left: Amusing to think that this sculpt started out with my rickety home-made armature!
My influence for the design is the Romanian M1893 tunic, depicted in Osprey's 'Armies of the Balkan Wars 1912-13' (colour plate E1). This means I will be adding a nice row of shinny buttons, and the belt will be receiving a buckle too.
Now, I was going to add the appropriate webbing for the period too, but have now decided I would like a figure without webbing, I will have my brother duplicate this in resin and then add the webbing to a freshly copied resin version of my mannequin. This is so I have a range of uniforms from the one sculpt - with and without webbing - so I can model both infantry and auxiliary soldiers.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave!