It was touch and go whether I made this post in time as I had been waiting for the base to arrive in the post for the best part of two weeks. Fortunately I got there in the end!
The figure is by Andrea miniatures and is based on the Rooster Cogburn figure played by John Wayne in the film True Grit for which he won his only Oscar. A fantastic sculpture in my opinion but anyone who is familiar with their work will know that Andrea set the quality bar very high. It’s been a while since I’ve done a 54mm figure, despite the scale being where my modelling roots lie. I’d forgotten how different it is to paint them after doing so much in 28mm scale. Hopefully I’ve managed to do it justice.
So how did it become a neglected model? In truth it’s less a case of neglected and more a case of forgotten. The copyright date on the box was 2006 and I reckon I bought it about a year or so after that which puts it at about 10 or 11 years old. As best I can remember I had problems pinning the front legs to the base, a pretty crucial aspect of the model given the scale and its weight (it’s a metal model). I then put it to one side with the aim of doing it at some later date only for it to be submerged underneath various models subsequently bought but waiting to be done.
While She Who Must Be Obeyed has been away I decided a modelling tidy up was required and thus the fruits of my labour were rewarded by finding this forgotten piece. After much deliberation between washing, cleaning and cooking for the kids in her absence or starting on neglected Rooster I decided it was time the kids learnt to be more self-sufficient.
A modest amount of acrylics were used in painting the figure, mainly as undercoat. When it comes to 54mm figures, and horses in particular, I’m an oils guy.
Pictures of the finished figure below.