Tonight, we are going to look at OKIMBORED's technique for finishing MARX horses. You already know that the Marx horse is my favorite 1:6th mount and here you see a beautiful example of why. This is a great looking horse.
OK started the project by sanding all the seams flush and there are plenty of them to sand on a Marx horse, it's not just the body, it's all the legs too.
Next, OK used a Dremel tool to deepen the nostrils for a more realistic look.
The same technique was used to deepen the ears. It doesn't seem like much of a change, but it makes a huge difference.
One of the complaints about the Marx horse is the open mouth doesn't look realistic. I've never tried this, but OK, adventurous soul that he is removed the lower jaw.
And then repositioned it so that the mouth would appear to be closed, or at least as closed as a horse's mouth gets when it has a bit in it. Looks pretty good, a lot more natural.
The next step was to putty the mouth with Green Stuff. Looks a little bulky here, but it hasn't been sanded yet.
The rest of the horse was puttied as well, you know in all the "seamly" places
Once the putty had a chance to set, OK was able to begin sanding. This is always my favorite part (I hate sanding), you as you can begin to see, it will be well worth the effort in the final finish of the model.
After the sanding, then it was time for painting. OK did more than one layer of paint. He started out with a brown and then moved to a darker coat. Finally he hit the whole thing with a coat of matte to bring down the sheen.
And this is the final result, a great looking mount for one of OK's Cavalry Troopers. Great looking horse buddy, really sharp looking finish.
That's all for tonight. Hope you got some helpful hints on finishing horses. Until next time, have a good one.
Handmade out of wood that CK2 was able to scrounge up from here and there, this is a beautiful 1:6th model of an Old West Wagon. CK2 has a great practical approach to modeling that allows his to modify vehicles so that they can serve more than one purpose. This wagon is no exception, it can be used as a covered wagon, a buckboard or a chuckwagon. He has created a pantry module that slides in and out of the back of the wagon to create the chuckwagon version.
The construction of the wagon is pretty straightforward. CK2 decided on a length and width and then cut his wood scraps to the appropriate size for creating the bed, sides and supports. I forget what he told me used for the stays that form the frame for the cover, but they are removeable to create the buckboard look.
The wheels are the most difficult part of the project. The rims are made from embroidery hoops and a little preformed barrel piece is used as the hub. It is pretty hard to get everything all lined up properly, but as you can see CK2 has mastered the skill of making great looking wagon wheels. Notice that there are two different sizes.
There are some great details on the wagon, like the seat for example, which has real metal springs. Notice also the tool box with latch and the ax above it.
I particularly like the chuckwagon pantry insert. This thing is really cool and CK 2 has got some great detail items for his trail cook to make supper with (where are the Bush’s Beans?).
Below, we get a shot of the wagon being used as a supply wagon by some Union troops in a realistic setting.
I am telling you, this piece can really add a ton of interest to a diorama, whether it is a Civil War scene like this or a Western scene. I do need to get busy and make me one of these.
Great job CK2!
A while back Fubar IV put together some custom action figures based on the characters in the movie TOMBSTONE. I want to show the three that I have pictures of in today’s UPDATE. I think what makes these figures so incredibly unique is the fact that he not only painted the sculpts, he made all the clothes and accessories. It is just really fine work. If you like Western figures, you are going to love these. They are really THE BEST OF THE WEST.
FIGURE ONE - MORGAN EARP
Fubar IV’s custom Morgan Earp figure from the action movie “TOMBSTONE” is truly a one of a kind custom. Morgan was played by Bill Paxton in the movie. Starting with a handpainted resin sculpt, Fubar completed the figure with handmade pants, vest, coat, shirt dicky and tie. And yes, he also crafted the gunbelt from tooling leather and made the hat from felt. Pictures don’t do this figure justice. It is incredibly lifelike. You expect it to command you to “reach for the sky”.
FIGURE TWO - WYATT EARP
Number two in the series, Fubar IV’s custom Wyatt Earp figure from the action movie “TOMBSTONE”. Wyatt was played by Kurt Russell in the movie. This figure is also a beautifully done custom, starting with a handpainted resin sculpt. Fubar completed the figure with handmade pants, vest, coat, shirt dicky and tie. And yes, like his Morgan figure, he also crafted the gunbelt from tooling leather and made the hat from felt. He has truly captured the feel of the Russell portrayal from the film.
FIGURE THREE - DOC HOLIDAY
Number three in the series is the “Doc” Holiday figure from the action movie “TOMBSTONE”. Played by Val Kilmer in the film, this is another beautiful example of Fubar’s incredible work. The clothes and shoulder rig were all handmade by him. How about that vest? This figure also has real hair done with faux fur. Fubar uses water and hairspray to shape the hair into the style he is looking for. This is just one sharp looking figure, certainly one that I wish I had in my collection. Actually, all three would be welcomed with open arms.
I know that Fubar also had a sculpt for Virgil Earp, played by Sam Elliot. I don't know if he ever got around to doing that figure, but I am sure that it would look as good as these. They are truly THE BEST OF THE WEST.
Well that's all for this time, until next time, have a good one!
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