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The Rocking Horse & a slight repair

Posted by Beano Boy on 08 Jan 2015, 21:12

If ever a group of figures could represent a metaphor within this hobby & history it would I feel be these.

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The Season of Goodwill,
Winter of 1818, as seen by family members,
Bluchers last Cavalry Charge.

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Napoleon & Blucher and the Rocking Horse.
I painted it up based upon patterns of design for early 19th Century Rocking Horses.

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Blucher & the Prussian Officer who did in this my story, Survive the Wars.
The back of Napoleon represents his Ultiment Defeat




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Even though his face is White with Cold,you will notice ,No Snow this time____________ Sorry!

A Slight Repair

The right hand runner that curves its way up,broke off the Sled,so I repaired it with Super Glue,and I reinforced each side of the repair with tiny strip`s of flattened tin solder. Later I`ll flatten it even more and then trim it to shape with my craft knife. After repainting it will be better than new.

Thanks again RETEP BB
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Posted by Kekso on 08 Jan 2015, 21:18

I like how you painted that horse Paul... very interesting
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Posted by Emperor on 08 Jan 2015, 21:51

Idyllic Paul...I like idyllic things....Like snow...
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Posted by vellek on 08 Jan 2015, 22:07

I really like the style you used to paint these. I have 2 of the 3 figures and they're now part of the family's Christmas Village set-up.
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Posted by Peter on 08 Jan 2015, 22:51

Great painting job done Paul! Like Dalibor I like it how you painted that horse. :thumbup:

Can you tell us how you did that?
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Posted by Beano Boy on 09 Jan 2015, 01:51

How did I paint it? All I can do is show you what designs best pleased my plans for this very tiny Rocking Horse.Then try hard to remember what I did.

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These are all reproduction pieces,but the way they look is a real Toy Type Style using I suppose in some cases unnatural colours. There are masses on Line!
Now because my horse was small I wanted to use big bold spots on it rather then small dots which would look like pin pricks in a piece of paper held up to the light. No I wanted big and bold spots which would signify a larger space ,then there was. An illusion to the eye,a trick to the mind.
I felt an off white main and tail would not work. So I was determined to have them matt black and that stylish strip across both legs was a must where I was concerned too.

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I used acrylic paints. I undercoated the complete horse , and bottom rocker in a neat,un-watered down desert sand colour. Why? because I had some already squeezed out on my pallet ,and it served the purpose and thus avoided waste. Then using White with a tiny dot of yellow mixed into it,and watered down I painted the complete horse with this off white. It dried quick ,and then I painted the areas I wanted a matt black. Then adding a spot of black from that on my pallet.I added it to some of the off white,and created the grey. So I painted it onto the areas where the spots would go. Now Mrs B on seeing it,remarked you`ve painted it blue. I remembered I`d cleaned a brush that I had been using for blue, in the water,and there was a slight reaction when mixing the grey. Of course I could not see the colour,all I know is white & black makes grey. "Should I repaint it ? "I asked.__________" No it looks good," was the reply. Then I used what was left of the off white mix ,and added the spots.The Rocking Base had a coat of watered down desert sand,and that`s all I can recall on how I painted the tiny Rocking Horse. I left it over night. It was then varnished with my own mix .


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This is what I thought would be the end result,but then I decided to dull it down. I believe the Toy Rocking Horse looks much better with the shine,so I might well polish him up later.Blucher was far to glossed up for a achieving a good photo shoot result , although of course as you see I did do one which I`m glad now I did.
Thank you all for your comments, and interest. BB
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Posted by Beano Boy on 09 Jan 2015, 02:36

Sorry I spelled out the wrong Grop in the very first sentence of this topic. I typed in Grope. Please could someone remove the E ,because I don't wish to be imagined as a fumbling person, even though at times I am all Fingers & Thumbs! ThanK You in Advance BB
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Posted by dutchboyinohio on 09 Jan 2015, 05:03

Beano Boy wrote:Sorry I spelled out the wrong Grop in the very first sentence of this topic. I typed in Grope. Please could someone remove the E ,because I don't wish to be imagined as a fumbling person, even though at times I am all Fingers & Thumbs! ThanK You in Advance BB


Fixed it for you :-D
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Posted by Susofrick on 09 Jan 2015, 08:06

Also love the horse! Looks very much like the real thing!
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