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Geoff Mapes

Rifle Brigade Officer Crimean War 1854 120mm

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I've just finished this model that I found at the Poole Vikings model show in Spring 2018.  I've found out that the sculptor was Maurice Corry in 120mm.  A Rifle Brigade officer from the Crimean War of 1854.  I must admit, I'm quite happy with this one.  This is the first figure model I've completed for a number of years - well, 35 years to be exact.  I used to spend all my schoolboy pocket money on Historex 54mm models in the mid-1980s and now, as my teenage son has got into Airfix, I've found the bug again and really enjoying it.  I used Windsor and Newton acrylics for the colours and the Vallejo Model Colour face painting set.  I now have a growing set of Vallejo Model Colours as I think they are great acrylics for brush work.  I have invested in a good set of sable brushes, but the best investment has been the head-mounted LED magnifying glasses - eyesight not what it was when I was 16 years old!  I struggled with the eyes for a while and will try and work on not having such a startled look.  Only practice will help here, I think!  Have a look at Dan Capuano's site for an amazing example that I used for reference and inspiration!  http://dancapuanofineminiatures.blogspot.com























I also saw this photo from the Royal Collections Trust of a Major Woodford in the Crimean War.  His pose and uniform look a great reference for the sculptor.





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Well done, I think it is really good.  


I struggle with eyes too there is a quick tutorial from @Roger Newsome which I intend to use next time I venture into figures.  It might help the eyes technique - otherwise I think it is just practice...



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That's very good Geoff after such a long break. Hopefully you'll find my little tutorial of use and if you have any questions feel free to ask. 


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