Friday, April 24, 2015

Prince Józef Antoni Poniatowski, Marshal of the Empire in 75mm

Painted this figure up today for my fellow ex-pat Hawaiian buddy, James (aka Kimo). It is a 75mm metal figure which he must've had for sometime, as the manufacturer - Chota Sahib, has been out of business for decades. It's a nice enough figure, but I found some of the details, like the lacing on the collar and cuffs, sculpted in rather low relief. In fact, some 28mm figures have details easier to pick out with the brush. I ended up giving it a quick block paint job followed by Minwax staining. After I sped up the drying process with a hair dryer I gave it a shot of Dullcote and gave it some highlighting and details. It ended up pretty nice and have no problem letting Kimo know it's done.
The prince himself was quite an interesting character and lived up to his noble heritage. As a youth he served as an Aide-de-camp in the war against the Ottoman Empire. He eventually served under Napoleon and survived the Russian Campaign. He was made a Marshal of the Empire for his heroism at the Battle of Leipzig. While covering the retreat he drowned while attempting to cross the White Elster.
This is what the figure looked like prior to staining; a fairly simple paint job with only a few colors. Note the broken blade; fixed afterwards.
A lot of the details were clarified after the staining.
Finally, here he is next to 28mm Front Rank Dutch Lancers and a 120mm Verlinden Polish Lancer which were painted several years ago.

22 comments:

  1. Great work on the Prince Dean! I've got a 28mm version of this guy I have to knock out someday. Love the soldier coffee cup too! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Jason. I think I'll have to get him in 28mm too. My dear old mom got me the cup many years ago, and I still cherish it. Warm Regards, Dean

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  2. Next the the 28mm he looks like a giant whilst next to the 120mm he looks like a dwarf. It's really an interesting figure and I think it's pretty cool to have painted something so vintage.

    Great brushwork!

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    1. Thank you very much, Anne. Truly appreciate your visit and comments. Warm regards, Dean

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  3. Great painting work Dean! and Great Polish character :) http://artyzm.com/obrazy/kossak-wojciech-ksiaze.jpg

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    1. Thank you very much, Michal. Appreciate the linked image too. Warm regards, Dean

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  4. Splendid job in rescuing a vintage figure!

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    1. Thank you kindly. My buddy is picking him up today; glad the figure finally has been painted after all these years. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks a lot for the nice words. I am pleased to have painted this up for my buddy. Regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you very much for the visit and kind comment! Best, Dean

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  7. Terrific work, Dean! To my eye, the treatment of Minwax really adds much depth.

    I am sure Kimo will be proud to display such a fine artwork.

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    1. Thanks, Jonathan. At first, I was underwhelmed by the sculpting, but figured I had nothing to lose using the Minwax stain process. It really helped. In the past, Kimo was an avid painter himself, and hopefully this may get him around to painting again. Regards, Dean

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    2. The Prince is at home! Looks great. Thanks much. This figure was purchased at the Burnaby Hobby Shop in Canada back in the early eighties and I've never felt skilled enough to paint it. Thanks and thank again!

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    3. Good to hear you like him, Kimo. I'm looking at the Series 77 Hoplite right now. Hope you get your painting mojo on too. Aloha, Dean

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  8. Really great painting Dean! Like you mention these larger miniatures don't come with the same depth in relief as one is use to from 28's - I'm very impressed by the result you've achieved. As for Mr. P, he was really a wonderful character. I've been studying him a lot too, as he was present at Borodino. Legend has it, that whilst drowning in that river he managed to exclaim a last "Vive L'Empereur" and the men at the shore half cheered half wept as he went under. That's the kind of general you'd want on your display shelf - Kimo is lucky!

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    1. Thanks, Soren. Yes, the deeds and exploits of the prince would fit a book (as indeed it has). A man of his times. Warm Regards, Dean

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  9. That is a fabulous paint job. I've not painted larger figures than 28mm (well 35mm ish) I have a large batman mini to paint so will be interesting to see if there is any differences.

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    1. Thanks, Simon. In this case, I used the same technique as for 28mm figs. Basic block painting, followed by Minwax Tudor Satin staining with a brush - careful to remove pooled stain prior to drying. After the stain dried completely, sprayed with Testors Dullcote. Finally, highlighting and detailing - like the eyes, etc. I'm sure you will do a great job on the Batman model. Regards, Dean

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    1. Thank you, Christopher. Best, Dean

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