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Posted by Peter on 31 Aug 2021, 21:14

Is it for laundry? :eh:
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Posted by steve_pickstock on 05 Sep 2021, 15:07

Good afternoon all, hope this makes up for the recent lack of updates.

It is a classic scene from the 1974 film the Three Musketeers - D'Artagnan meets the Musketeers to fight them but it turns into a fight with the Cardinal's Guard - with washing lines!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj_DmO9 ... 0d&index=4
(there is another similar scene later in the film also in a laundry)

As per the 'teaser' post, I had plans to do the scenery for this right from the start of this project. I had actually started in on it but got side-tracked by the facades and the joys of modelling with polystyrene.
The original design was to have the bases with the posts on but connected by brass wire and the washing would be strung on these wires. (I don't have a picture of that because I never got that far). Instead, after much thought, I decided that I needed to make them more durable. They are going to get picked up and put into boxes, so instead of the wire, I cut rectangles of clear styrene sheet and glued everything tight using superglue.
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And here it it is with a figure.
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These look just how I wanted them and they feel like they will survive being handled much better.
I walked away from them and left them to go off overnight.

Once the bases had been given a coat of paint, I started adding the washing.
I used a 'wet one', one of those wipe things, but the type which is water soluble, (they're only ones we have). The one I used, was one that had dried out because I forgot to seal the top of the packet back up. These are thicker and take the punishment better than a napkin or paper handkerchief. I cut the bits of wipe to size with a pair of scissors, not being too bothered about exactness, or precise positioning - it's washing on a line afterall.
Then I placed it on the 'washing line' and soaked it with matt medium solution - matt medium mixed 50/50 with water.
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The brush was still contaminated with paint at this point but I wasn't bothered because I was going to paint it white when it dried. The matt medium sticks the wipe to the sheet styrene, I don't think it sticks it permanently, but it's good enough for me.
Once the solution has dried out I will paint them white.
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I also added a fine line of white in between the sheets to simulate the actual washing line.

Addressing the lack of female and civilian figures - it was time to get Mrs P involved.
The objective was this:
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her 'posh frock' for banquets and the like.
This picture is from about forty years ago, when we were all a lot younger and a lot thinner.
Took an hour or so over this - well you have to, don't you? The figure is one of the 'command' sprue figures from the Red Box King's Musketeers set.
I made some errors on the face, I think I fixed them and then I reached the stage where I had to tell myself to "stop!" and not do any more.
She hasn't seen it yet but I am happy with it.
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For the last couple of months I have been weighing up the civilian situation - or rather the lack of it. There are very few options available - which leaves me with Imex Set 521 Pilgrims.
Initially I didn't want to touch these with a 5 metre pike shaft. There is so much I just don't like about them - the lack of character in the figures being the biggest thing. These figures are from the 1620s or 30 and so contemporaneous with the Musketeers figures and even the Revell 30YW figures but you wouldn't think so.
But enough of my ranting - it came down to was it possible to do anything with them?
These are the figures I am most interested in for peopling my streets.
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What I will be looking to do - when they arrive - is convert their function to something more suitable and their clothing to something more appropriate to Paris in the mid-1620s - brooms and washing, market stalls and so on, adding bodices with tables and converting their hats to coifs.
More of that at a later date.

Finally then some tableaux using the new laundry
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Thank you for looking in, stay safe all.
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Posted by Konrad on 05 Sep 2021, 20:07

Again i am enthusiastic about your patience and your skills.
You're slowly bringing together the setting for a Hollywood movie.
(With very small "actors") :-D
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Posted by Santi Pérez on 08 Sep 2021, 19:38

Your collection of musketeers and accessories is growing rapidly, Steve, all of it beautifully painted. :love: :love: :love:

I also like a lot the lady in blue. You have made a fantastic work on her. :notworthy:

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Posted by Peter on 08 Sep 2021, 21:24

I won! :shock: What did I win? 8)

Great work on that laundry Steve! :thumbup:
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Posted by PhilC on 08 Sep 2021, 21:29

Sorry to be so late in commenting this wonderful achievement... and my respects to Mrs P who could stand the pose for 40 years before the painting is complete ! :-D
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Posted by steve_pickstock on 08 Sep 2021, 21:52

Peter wrote:I won! :shock: What did I win? 8)

Great work on that laundry Steve! :thumbup:

You won exactly what I said, sir, you won kudos for suggesting that the teaser image was laundry.

I have passed the comments on to Mrs P. She no longer dresses up for events, preferring to take photos from the side-lines, but she appreciates the image, and the compliments by proxy.
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Posted by steve_pickstock on 12 Sep 2021, 18:27

Good afternoon all.

The Imex Pilgrims turned arrived on Wednesday. Overall I have to agree with PSR these are exquisite figures. The detail is very fine and clear, the mouldings (apart from the humongous relief thingies) are very good, and the plastic takes the detail well.
Having said that they are a lot of work to make them something useful.

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I selected these three to start with. The left hand figure will be converted to a sweeper with broom, I am going to make the middle figure as a woman shopping and the lady sitting will be surrounded by baskets of produce.
The same again from the back.
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So, Pickers, why don't you just paint them? Why do you need to convert them?
As my previous update these figures are from 1620s America. I don't know how accurate they are for that time and place (though I have my suspicions), but they will not do for Paris 1625.

This figure shows what I mean.
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Starting at the top - the hat would probably pass for a straw hat, but not for a felt hat, the crown is too low and the brim too narrow, and anyway a woman about the town would probably wear a coif, a white linen cap, covering her hair. Women of lesser virtues would probably not wear a cap and we will come to that in a later lesson.
The extremely well tailored bodice buttons all the way down to the waist, but what is missing (for Europe anyway) is the cloth 'tabs' around the waist of the coat - 6 or 8 of them. She wears a kerchief around her neck, which is good, and does not show her bosom as would a high status lady or a woman of lesser virtue. She does also wear an apron - which was pretty much standard at that time.
Finally, it was common for women to wear an 'over skirt', in effect two skirts, but the outer one would be tucked up to show the lower skirt, in effect showing off the fact that she actually had two skirts, and also to keep the hem out of the dirt.

I spent this afternoon - Sunday - attempting to sculpt the new details I want on these figures. I suppose I could have cut the details out of blue painters tape and applied them to the figures, but in this case I used the green stuff. Tabs are two thicknesses of material and crease and fold and generally take on a life of their own and I thought greenstuff would be best to simulate that. I also added some hair details - 'nice' girls and women generally did not show their hait and kept it tucked under their coifs. These ladies don't give a wet slap about being 'nice'.
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I have done better work. It took a long time and one figure fell onto the floor and couldn't be found - only to turn up later, after I had used the other version off the sprue. I'm not too down-hearted. The tabs look like ammo pouches, they're too big and need trimming down, but they have character and I can do a lot once the greenstuff has set - especially on the head of the broom (at least that is what I intend it to be).
The figure that was going to be shopping was the one which went AWOL on the floor and had to be replaced, so now I am going to have two tavern wenches/serving girls.
I know I am not very good at sculpting, I do not do enough but all you can do is keep trying, pushing to get better.

Stay safe all.
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Posted by Peter on 14 Sep 2021, 12:31

Nice figures indeed! Can't wait to see these conversions completed. :thumbup:
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Posted by Santi Pérez on 14 Sep 2021, 20:15

steve_pickstock wrote:...I have done better work. It took a long time and one figure fell onto the floor and couldn't be found - only to turn up later, after I had used the other version off the sprue...

I couldn't help but smile when reading this, it's something that also happens to me from time to time, and it makes you very angry when you find the lost figure after having used another like it from the same set. :mrgreen:

Best regards. :-D

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