Sgt Scale, a Marine from the National Museum of the Marine Corps, came to the studio today to pose as the model for my Belleau Wood Marines sculpture:
"Lafayette, we are here!"
I started the adventure by marking off the posing area on the floor of the studio, with pastel and tape... it looked like a big target:
I put the tape at regular intervals to ensure that all the directions of the compass were covered in the reference photos-- so that the model can be seen from all angles and the resulting sculpture will be fully accurate "in the round"
Then, it was time for modeling!
I started off with the model in PT Gear with the weapon, which is important in seeing the form under the uniform and gear...
Chauchat ( officially pronounced "sho-shaw", but almost universally pronounced "sho-sho").
So, "like a Recon Daddy, we took a little trip" to the NMMC Armory where Al, the Weapons Curator, let us touch and pose with the Chauchat:
Now that's truly "Gangstah!"
LCpl Reagan Lodge, Combat Cameraman and "Artist Candidate", also posed for a sculpture-- a contemporary archetype of the infantryman, "The Marine Rifleman":