I have been making more mistakes on Matty than I have been getting things right, so I think it best to step away from her for a little while.
I have wanted to build and paint a portrait of my Civil War ancestor for quite some time now. His name was John F. Hartranft, and my Great-Great Grandfather was his Uncle. He started the war as a Colonel, and ended up a Major General. I won't go into great detail as to where he fought, but I will say he started at First Bull Run, and ended his combat career at Petersburg. After the War, he was appointed Commandant of Capital Prison in Washington DC, and was the governor of Pennslyvania. I want to show him as a Colonel at Antietam, ordering the assault that took Burnside's Bridge.
I have vsited the battlefield many times, and have actually seen one of his uniforms in the Pennsylvania State Museum.
This will be my first attempt at sculpting, so I am not real sure how he will look.
[/url] I started with the Verlinden Union Infantry officer and Academy Figure.
[/url] After some "surgery" that would probably make Doctor Frankenstein queasy, here he is:
A little bit of brass rod, and some trial and error (and more error) the basic pose:
Post by John Everett on May 21, 2016 2:00:23 GMT -5
Just as a heads-up, the "skinnier" the arms and legs of the armature, the more detail you can add to the clothing on the figure. If the arms and legs are at a fully developed thickness, you will find it difficult to add the curves and folds of loose fabric. It's less of a problem if you're only sculpting heavier, less flexible types of fabric.
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Post by kaytermarram on May 21, 2016 13:18:20 GMT -5
Hell, doing wool isn´t as easy as one might think! Remember, this is heavy coat with a special surface on it, which should be visible in this scale. Have seen figures done this to the max, so I am even more curious about your efforts!
Actually Frank, the coats aren't really that heavy (at least the officers' I have isn't). I am pretty sure the higher ranked officers could afford lighter, tighter weaves. I am trying to find the pictures I have of his coat I took when I saw it.
Nothing like a personal connection to the subject to give you some good motivation Bruce! Looking forward to seeing you bring him to life. Just watch out for the summer rates on your electricity bill...the lab equipment is hell on the grid.
Hello everybody. I have been making a little progress. I started in on his pants. I see it needs a lot of cleanup, but he's heading in the right direction (I think). Hopefully, I 'll gt some time in on him this weekend.
Post by kaytermarram on May 27, 2016 13:28:56 GMT -5
Ah, progress! Please Bruce, do some detail close ups of the trouser! Here, I cannot view very much detail. What are his shoes? Did you use the shoes of a figure or do you have to sculpt them? In the last case it would have been better to finish them before adding the trouser. Remember: Sculpting from the inside out! Cannot wait to see the progress, go on and mix the sculpey!!
Thanks Frank. There really isn't much detail on the pants yet, but when I get some on, I'll try to get some closeups. As for the shoes, they are from the officer figure. They look to be the right pattern I have seen in the pictures of him.