Painting Competition

5th Painting Competition Winner

Posted by Benno on 12 Apr 2009, 23:18

And the winner of the fifth Painting Competition is...

The Battle Under the Rainbow by je_touche!
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Congratulations!



The other contestants in the competition were:

Tom - Napoleonic Italian Line Inf
Martin - 8th Belgian Hussars
Susofrick - The real Asterix and Obelix
MABO - The Prussians
ModernKiwi - Bundeswehr in Afghanistan
Maurice - Twastriid
T. Dürrschmidt - Alles Raus
Helveticum - Fatal Encounter
ColeF - Surrounded
Peter - Prussian Artillery Emploiment
Dykio - Gauls
The Grumbler - Reconnaissance escort
Chen - French Guard Cavalry Artillery.
Konrad - The Mongol
Don Suhr - Eastern Indian Camp


Thanks for joining!
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Posted by Maurice on 12 Apr 2009, 23:25

Congrats :thumbup:
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Posted by ColeF on 13 Apr 2009, 01:42

Great job je_touche! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Posted by ModernKiwi on 13 Apr 2009, 02:54

Yes well done. It is a classy entry. You must tell us how you did it, which figures you used and converted. :love:
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Posted by dutchboyinohio on 13 Apr 2009, 03:48

Congratulations je_touche!! Very original entry, that's one of the main reasons I voted for it. Please tell us more about what you did :-D
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Posted by Helveticum on 13 Apr 2009, 06:23

Congrats :thumbup:

Alex 8)
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 13 Apr 2009, 07:58

As far as I know the figures are completely self made by je touche. One reason more to give cheers and congratulations for this worthy winner!

Best regards from your vice golden brush owner ;-)
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Posted by Konrad on 13 Apr 2009, 08:55

Mean congratulations.
A worthy winner.
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Posted by nybot on 13 Apr 2009, 09:38

For me it truly was a difficult competition to judge throughout. Even though I have only entered one competition each one of these pushes me greater efforts in my painting.

Excellent work by everybody, but je_touche you are a worthy champion.

Congratulations

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Posted by luchs on 13 Apr 2009, 10:18

congratulations... :-D
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Posted by Siegfried on 13 Apr 2009, 10:53

fantastic winning dio! well done :thumbup: And well, congrats to all contestants.
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Posted by je_touche on 13 Apr 2009, 13:17

Thanks a lot guys (and girls?). I really feel honoured to have won this competition, all the more so since it was really tough this time. Many very nice entries, popular topics like WWII and Napoleonics. In the final round I could not have told which one was better from a technical point of view, because the two entries were so very different, so I was sure the more popular topic would prevail - but as you see, tanks are not always winning the battle, not even against flails. ;-)

So congrats to all participants, I think this is a really great idea of Benno's, the comps can push us all to develop new ideas and modelling standards, and yes, to try our hands at a subject matter we perhaps never did before.

Thomas is right, this was my very first effort to model 1/72nd scale figures completely from scratch. I wanted to do a small diorama of the German Peasant War of 1525, and having a specific scene in mind there were practically no figures to start from, so I had to scratch them. I wanted to do a scene from the Battle of Frankenhausen, on 15 May 1525, where a host of approximately 6000 peasants were utterly defeated by ca. 2000 landsknechts. Well, the peasants hardly ever won against professional soldiers, and Frankenhausen too was more of a huge massacre than a battle. I did not want to represent the carnage but the situation immediately before the landsknecht artillery opened fire, with the peasants listening to the last harangue of Thomas Müntzer, the radical priest and peasant leader. My peasants should represent different states of mind, some showing enthusiasm, some in a rather apprehensive mood.

First step for me is always doing research, being a professional historian this is arguably the most enjoyable part of figure and diorama making for me. Here is one of the contemporary illustrations my central figurines are based upon (an illustration by Beham). Some peasants even aquired armour and weapons, and also a few professional soldiers were supposedly hired be the peasants to fight for them. So I decided to show Thomas Müntzer's standardbearer in landsknecht apparel.

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Next step was to develop an idea as to how my peasants should be posed and how they should interact. The idea was that Müntzer himself would not be shown, his audience focussing on some point outside of the diorama. That is a way of telling a story without showing the main point of interest, leaving that to the imagination of the viewer.

The figures started as wire sceletons. I also used small pieces of toothpricks for the width of the shoulders and the pelvis. The balance was then modelled using MS. I later redid the faces with GS, since I was not satisfied with the first results.

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Here is my favorite figure. Village musicians often came from the poorest population, so I decided to show my piper barefoot and in ragged clothes.

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Here is another shot of the finished diorama. It is rather small, 6 cm x 6 cm. I included an execution wheel as a memento mori, these could be seen outside many towns in those times, and you often see them on contemporary landscape paintings.

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Posted by Alex on 13 Apr 2009, 13:32

The magnificent figures perfectly made and painted!!! In them is both soul and mood and sensation of an epoch! Congratulations and gratitude for pleasure to see your work! :notworthy:
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Posted by ColeF on 13 Apr 2009, 13:44

I love the wire idea! 8)
Now that you have shown how you did it, I am even more amazed. :notworthy: :shock:
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Posted by M. Hazelton on 13 Apr 2009, 15:22

Congrats Je Touche!
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Posted by rpardo on 13 Apr 2009, 16:19

Wow... you made the figures from scratch... Bravo! :shock:
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Posted by Paul on 13 Apr 2009, 16:21

A worthy winner, especially as everything is self-made :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Posted by Peter on 13 Apr 2009, 19:29

Je_Touche, this is a marvellous piece of art. Everything selfbuild, wow; gentlemen this is a worthy winner :thumbup:

PS: I like that historical background!

Greetings Peter
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Posted by MABO on 13 Apr 2009, 20:24

Congratulations. Great work!!
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 13 Apr 2009, 21:57

The German peasant´s war is a very exotic theme. Even for us Germans. There are no figures to fit this topic. So you made some by yourself. I wish I could do the same. (I mean in this quality).

Best regards from your "runner up". I think this was your revenge for the pike and shot-competition. Your flails defeated my tank. ;-)
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