Thursday, March 03, 2011
Knight of the Plains
I really like this fella. I'm almost sorry that I didn't make his head more realistically scaled with his body then I could have entered him into some realistic carving categories and maybe stirred up a few ripples on those calm waters. One thing new on him is the use of horse hair to simulate scalp-locks. I added two to the shield and hung a couple off the bottom of the bow and arrow case. I just pinched off a few hanks of hair, wrapped one end with some colored thread and a very small drop of superglue holds it all together. Oh...I did insert a loop of wire into the middle of each one to give me something to hook on to. While the ones on the shield are locked into place with a loop of wire the other two swing freely. All the designs from the vest, shield, leggins and moccasins are taken from research material. I really like the moccasin design. For the hawk feathers hanging from the shield I just left the wood natural and painted on the darker stripes. I fletched the arrows with some very thin aluminum cut from a drink can. I used my burning pen to cut the small slots on the shafts and then super glued the fletching in place. For the bow string I used a piece of 28 gauge wire . I gave up on the Tupelo strap across his chest and decided to use a piece of thin leather instead. It's tight against his body and just looks a lot better than the wood would have.
Anyway, I sure hope you like him as I really went all out with this one and I look forward to your comments and opinions. Loads of photos in the Gallery.