Wednesday, April 21, 2010

New Projects and some other news

Hola one and all!

Wow, it has been a week since the bench was last updated. There are a couple of reasons for this. Mainly, my mother has been here in the States visiting us on the ranch. She was stuck here for a few extra days due to the volcano erruption in Iceland, but she is now home safe and sound. At least she was not stuck at some airport somehwere!

So the limited time for the fun stuff effected the blog a bit as I spent the time I had available trying to catch up with the figure work that has been neglected these past couple of weeks. So even though not much action has taken place here I have managed to get a few things done, or at least close to being done.

At the moment there are three projects on the bench. All are 54mm original one off's. A Revolutionary War Fifer, all tattered and torn which is in stark contrast to a mounted Bavarian Officer from the War of Spanish Succession. The last piece on the bench is the Swedish private from Närke -Värmlands Regiment from the battle of Narva, 1700.  Which leads me to some potentially bad news for all the fans of the video series.

Due to the lack of time recently and lack of ability to record any more video I had to make the decision to finish the figure that we have been following through out the video. It is a comission piece and has to be done for the MFCA show which is rapidly approaching! As such I have to use some other project to finish the video series. I am very sorry that this is the way it worked out, but I feel it was the right decision at this time. However...there is one more hour of video on how I sculpted the legs (folds etc) on the same figure that I have yet to edit and post up. Hopefully by the end of next weekend it will be all up and ready to go.

The good news is that this frees us up to cover pretty much anything we want, as opposed to just follow the logical progression of a sculpt. I know many of you want me to do a video on the tools I use and how they are used, this is something that I will do for sure in the near future. I will also do some other 'how to' videos, though I hessitate to call them How To's as all that they are is showing how I personally do it, but I will cover how I go about sculpting various things such as folds etc. Maybe even do one covering some basic theory behind the folds, and what causes what sort of fold etc. This would be very helpful, not only to my self, but to the rest of the video viewers as it helps in determining the type of fold and what should be used when.

So in short, I am sorry that  I am unable to complete the video sbs on the same figure. However, we will still cover many more things in the months to come. I am just getting started with the videos so hopefully in a short period of time, we can have a video archive here on "The Bench" as a bit of a reference regarding sculpting.

Anyways, sorry for the long message, just thought I would share what has been going on here and the reasons for no activity as well as what the status is in regards to the videos.

Next up is the Horan figure of the Week!

All the best and Happy sculpting and painting!!