The final 'tinkering' phase was set in motion after I hosted my 'work in progress' on the miniature sculpting forum - 'Planet Figure'. I received some very helpful feedback from a member of this community of sculptors and as a result I smoothed out Harry's torso so that his rather over-muscular chest was not so prominent. And I am happy with the result.
As usual, each modification or revision has a knock-on effect, and I ended up having to slightly modify the shoulders, back and arms to accommodate the new profile.
Right, so - revisiting my 'plan' - the idea is that 'Harry' is the 'master' figure for a series of figures that I am calling my 2013 'H' figures. The procedure from here is as follows...
- 1. Harry is sent to my brother in Scotland where his body and arms will be duplicated in resin - these will provide me with a set of 'working models'...
- 2. The resin 'working models' will be used to produce a set of basic figures in a range of poses, i.e:
i. Harry - 'At Ease' or 'Marching' pose
ii. Henry - 'At Attention' pose
iii. Harold - 'Dynamic' (firing or 'loading') pose
iv. Hector - 'Sitting' or 'Riding' pose
- 3. While all this is going on I will also be producing:
i. A set of five original heads based on the dimensions of my 'template' head (based on a cross between the head of a 'Black Hat' company figure and the head of an 'Armies in Plastic'/'Airfx' figure.
ii. A selection of alternatively posed arms.
- 4. Once these three separate original body groups - bodies, heads and arms - come together I will have my 2013 'H' series figure collection, ready to put together to make whatever toy soldiers I might want!
Hopefully, I will end up with a 'tool box' of basic figures that I can further modify into differently clad and equipped soldiers.