This is a project idea that I have had for a long time, but it has never come to completion. Thought I would share it anyway as it might serve as an inspiration for someone in search of a unique project.
I have always been interested in mining, in particular the prospector of the 19th Century. Living in Colorado for 16 years, I even tried my hand at some amateur prospecting (an amateur it was). As I became interested in 19th Century figures, I thought it would really be fun to create a prospector with all his various equipment (gold pan, shaker, sluice box, etc). Well, I didn't get too far on the project, but eventually I will get started on it once again. Here is what I did get done.
First of all, let me point out that donkey. My good friend CK2 made that donkey. He started with a Best of the West Pony, changed the tail, and re-sculpted the head, ears and main to create a really nice looking donkey. It only needs to be painted (and guess who was assigned to get that done - guilty as charged). The prospector started life as a 21st Century toys mercenary figure. Faux Fur hair was added. The face got a paint job and finally glasses were created using floral wire and a special glue created the glass.
The shirt originally came on a barbarian figure. The pants were from a Joe figure. Buttons were added to it to attach the Battlegear Toy suspenders to. That gunbelt is a Battlegear product as well. The hat was a felt one that I found at Michaels.
Here's a closeup of the head; you can see the hair a little better in this shot as well as the glasses. I don't know that I will ultimately end up using this particular figure in the finished project, but it is a pretty good head for a grisly old prospector with the modifications I've done. He has that "stay away from my gold" look about him.
Here's a closeup of the donkey's head. It is really a nice modification and it looks nothing like the original Best of the West piece, it well...looks like a donkey. CK2 did a beautiful job on it. I have since acquired another one of these pony figures and could probably make a second donkey following what he did on the first one. It would be kind of cool to have two donkeys for my prospector to lead through the high country. Below is another shot for inspiration.
I kind of have to believe that this shot was done just for fun. If not the prospector probably blew both himself and this beast of burden up before they got very far. Still, there are some interesting things about the load, shovels, rope, explosives and what looks like some cooking utensils. It's a pretty funny photo. The one below is a lot more plausible.
And on the note, that's all for this week. Sunday night we will head off in a different direction. Until then, have a good one!
Tonight we are going to feature CK2 and his site again with a brief discussion of his Indian Tepee. The first time I ever saw this thing was in pictures on Green Leader's site, which I finally saw it in real life, I just couldn't believe how cool it was because pictures just don't do it justice. Not only is it scale, it has some absolutely beautiful hand done artwork on it. And the great thing is, if you want one for your Braves, you can make one too.
The reason why is simple, if you venture over to CK2's website, you will find a terrific pattern with instructions that will enable you to make your very own Plains Indian Tepee. The diagram at left is just one page of those instructions, which CK2 has provided in 1:6th format. I believe he even has some comments on the process to help guide you through it. I mean look at it, what's not to like (picture below).
Imagine a whole Indian village of these things, each with their own unique designs. There are probably tons of resources online to help with the artistry element. I know that Okimbored is thinking right now,"wouldn't my Cavalry look really good riding into an Indian village?" Yes, of course it would. Especially if your Indians are all wearing buckskins created from the pattern that is also on CK2's site (Yes, and "HOW"-okay I know, really bad pun).
To get to CK2's website, if you don't already have it bookmarked, click on the link below.
Head on over an' check it out, you will be glad you did. Well, that is it for this evening. Join us again tomorrow night for a new update. Until then, have a good one!
Okay, I'll admit it...tonight I am doing a shameless plug for my good friend's website, but Mountain Men are cool and he got the pattern for this great outfit on his site, you really do need to check it out.
I clearly remember the first time I ever saw this picture by CK2 on GL's website. I was in absolute awe. Up to the point when this shoot appeared on the site, pretty much all the figures I had seen were military themes. This was something completely new by my good friend CK2.
Even by today's standards, this Mountain Man is a work of art. But the significance of this figure for me was that it opened up the possibility of modeling historical figures. You couldn't help but look at this and think about all the other scenes of the Great American West that could be modeled in 1:6th if one just had the time and patience to do it.
Of course over the years, Ck2 has continued to explore the American West with unique Indian figures, other Mountain Men and Cowboys. He has created wagons, and even a pioneer river flatboat. It has been tremendous stuff and I have enjoyed seeing each journey he's made into America's past. On his website, you will find a pattern for the buckskins that you see on the figure in tonight's update.
Dog Soldiers is long gone as a company as far as I know, but you still can create the outfit in tonight's pictures if you can follow a pattern (or you have a wife that can). You too can journey into America's past and create your own Mountain Man or Indian figures. Visit CK2's website for patterns like this and a lot of other great things if you haven't already been there. You can find it at the link below.
Yes, I love WWII Americans and Germans as much as the next guy, but I mean "come on, this is just too cool". Check it out on CK2's site and think about making your own Mountain Man.
Until next time, have a good one.
Hey Campers, before we get started tonight, wanted to let you know that there is now a link to the VIETNAM era Printable pdfs on the HOME PAGE. They take a bit to download, but they are 300 dpi at 100%. I hope to have the WWII GI Printables online later tonight or tomorrow night depending if I feel like messing with this anymore. So let's get on to
CK2's FLAT BOAT
A flatboat is a rectangular flat-bottomed boat with square ends used to transport freight and passengers on inland waterways. The flatboat could be any size, but essentially it is large, sturdy tub with a hull that displaces water and so floats in the water. This differentiates the flatboat from the raft, which floats on the water. A flatboat is almost always a one-way vessel, and is usually dismantled for lumber when it reaches its downstream destination.
Varieties of flatboat in the early 19th century included the mid-range broadhorn and Kentucky boat, and the longer-range New Orleans boat, which was fully covered. Some times wheels were attached to the flat boat and were wheeled in by horse.
An average of 3,000 flatboats descended the Ohio River each year between 1810 and 1820. Abraham Lincoln twice piloted a flatboat carrying produce to New Orleans, from Indiana in 1828 and from Illinois in 1831.
Because he wanted it to float in water realistically, CK2 started with a piece of foam insulation as the base of his model. Strips of wood were then laminated to the core to create the deck and sides of the boat.
Once the deck was in place, CK2 was able to begin laying out the cabin that would occupy a good portion of the boat, adding details as he went along.
CK2’s flatboat is a faithful reproduction in 1:6th scale of the wooden boats that made journeys down the Ohio, Missouri and other Rivers of the Midwest and West. It really does float as seen in the pictures and it has full interior detail along with outstanding exterior details.
Not only has the boat been in a series of photo sessions over the years, it has been on display at several of the local schools (along with his Old West Wagon). The Flatboat is a great teaching tool for classes studying the movement West by American pioneers.
WELL... Hope you enjoyed these shots, there might be a couple there that you have never seen before. If you haven't seen this thing up close and personal, it is amazing...it's HUGE. Thanks to CK2 for building a great piece of American History.
That's all for this time, have a good one!
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