An intermediate level of my current carvings for the coat-of arms Lions.
First of all, the rear mirror of the original in Stockholm. That's the ambitious goal.
Preparation of boxwood for the right and left lions. Because it was difficult to estimate how high the tail is relative to the head, I made a rough draft to scale from Milliput. (This is the white figure on the right)
Here you can see that I have the lion cut off the heel.
Heel patched up
Here are the figures in the present state
But the figures are not done yet! Some things need some work to fit properly. I must revise further and then pry them off from the base.
Extremely helpful again the clean drawings of Wolfram zu Mondfeld (from the accompanying book). It's phenomenal how well the drawings match the photos and also the dimensional accuracy is one hundred percent.
Meanwhile, I have also carved the coat of arms. It is composed of five smaller shilds and a crown. Likewise, I mounted it tentative . The Lions have to be even closer together and keep the crown with the paws. This does not fit yet. The signs still sits wrong.
These figures were all carved in original by the master carver of the Vasa, Mårten Redtmer. This quality of expression, I'm far away to keep up as a hobbyist.
This Coat of Arms must in the original have huge weight. And this at an height that was certainly not very conducive to the stability of the ship.
Matti, only the knighthead with the blue shirt and red turban corresponds to the painting of the 1:10 model. But I suspect you're relatively free to choose the colors. The knightheads were heavily exposed to erosion and, accordingly, no color pigments left, I suppose. Fred knows for sure more details.
Afraid that we do not have any paint remains on the knightheads, but we at least know what they were supposed to represent:
Topsail sheet bitts, both fore and main: warriors with beards wearing Roman-style helmets Fore halliard and main topsail halliard: Turks with big mustaches, beards and turbans Mizzen halliard: Noblewoman with a very stylish coiffure
Alexander, your carvings capture the three-dimensionailty of the originals very well.
Concerning zu Mondfeld, the drawings of the stern carvings seem to be one of the very few things he got right in his book! Fred
An intermediate level of my efforts to Coat of Arms of the Vasa. Starting next week, I spent three weeks away from home and the construction must then rest in the meantime.
The hairstyle of the lion has been improved a bit. The curtains with two putti have been added and the board with the engraving of the owner (GARS) was made, to orient the final shape of the curtains after its curvature.
Gilding and painting
The painting now has only a break. The oil paint must dry before another color jobs can be done.
With the nice weather this weekend, I've also once again brought to light and used the opportunity to make a few overview shots the Vasa.
The area of the rear deck has been revised. The stairs were replaced and this time slightly wider built - according to the pictures from the original. The lower door frames were renewed and the doors painted somewhat brighter.