Verlinden 120mm U Boat Captain

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This is one that I've always passed over because, as you can see, it has a couple of problems. The most obvious is that the hands are way too big, following a rather complicated attempt by the sculptor to get them to hold the binoculars. I will try to re-position the arms and get him to do something else with his hands.

The other problem is the pretty awful face. I will try to find another head and will hopefully be able to remove the cap without damaging it.
 

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Hi Peter
Interesting to see what you can do with this. Not the most promising starting point but with your skills .... :thumb2:
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Peter.
They do look big, as for the face it must have been a bad day at the bench for the sculptor, have every confidence that you will make it into something worth while ............. or throw it into the bin. The latter I hope not.
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Hi Jim and John.

Definitely not Verlinden's finest hour. This is what I've come up with:

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I tried to remove the cap from the kit head, but it was no go. I then tried various spare head/cap combinations, but found they were all too small for the figure. This was the last resort, a Verlinden German head wearing a winter cap. The Kriegsmarine did have something similar made of grey leather lined with brown fur, so I think it will do.

The fact that the face is obviously eating something fitted into the scheme that I had in mind, so he has also been given a mug of coffee in one hand and a sandwich in the other. The kit binoculars fell apart when I tried to remove the flash, so these are from the spares box.

I also tried knocking up a bit of U-Boat slatted decking for the base:

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Peter.
Perfect choice for the figure, and the base :thumb2: love those bolt heads and the deck at that angle.
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Nice additions Peter. I do hope you stick with this one until the end despite all its short comings:thumb2:
 

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Morning Peter

Nice change of head, the original was grim!

Nothing better than a brew and butty, where ever you are in the world.

Well done with the decking for a base too.

I guess you will be sticking to the box colour scheme, blue ish jacket, grey ish trousers?

An opportunity to have a colourful scarf?

Enjoy painting the head today

warm, wet and windy weather on the way, everywhere

regards

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John - Cheers. Not a great head either, but way better than the first.

Steve - Glad you like the changes. Work on this one is interrupted due to the arrival of two new Sarnia busts. More anon.
 
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A very nice conversion, the U Boat baseis a loverly idea. I feel guilty that you have been diverted from this by Lawrence.
 

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Peter
I’m finding out if the face isn’t good the whole thing will not look good you can only put so much lipstick on a pig
 

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Peter - Just a head and hand swap, but hopefully it has improved the thing. Don't feel guilty - I'm loving doing the bust as well.

Lee - Funny thing is that though I agree about the head being important, I'm beginning to realise that the whole thing has to 'gel' for it to look right. I used to think that you could get away with so-so drapery if the head was OK, but it all matters and has to receive the same level of attention (he says!).
 

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See what you mean Peter.
looks like he has a swollen mouth on one side, the only consolation is the painting is tops.
Keep going as the concept is good .
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Cheers John - I believe he's meant to be chewing something, hence my addition of the sandwich. The head came with this figure who's eating a sausage:

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(I inherited the head from Richard P).
 

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John - :thumb2:.

I've now done the leather coat:

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Quite a struggle, mainly because the base I was using, Vallejo Light Grey, kept curdling for some reason. Also, there was quite a lot of lining to do with so many seams. There is a slightly shiny finish, but I'm going to leave it in order to simulate the shine on the leather (why is grey leather always so naff looking? Very 1980s).
 
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