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Woodland Indian running with musket and butcher knife
24 Mar 2017 / Nino /

You can see here the master of my latest Woodland Indian figure, a running warrior holding a flintlock musket and a large butcher knife.

The overall appearance, the weapons and kit of this figure are in line with those of my other eastern woodlands warriors, the distinctive features of this particular savage including two large wampum shell discs hanging from the warrior’s neck, trade-cloth leggings, and an otter skin pouch hanging from a leather belt of European manufacture. A scalping knife in a leather sheath is tucked in the garter below the right knee of the brave, who is also holding a larger, stabbing knife just drawn from the belt.

The same body pose can be fitted with different heads for the sake of variety. Two alternative heads are shown here, although as of now I have produced white-metal and resin figures of only one of the two versions. I am also working at alternative arm poses.

I have also included in this post the pictures of a few painted castings of this latest  Woodland Indian figure.

As usual, I rendered the complexion of my Woodland Indians in a quite dark copper color, as described by early European travelers and depicted in the few extant first-hand 18th-Century representations of Native Americans  (J. Verelst (1710s), P.G.F. von Reck (1720s), A. De Batz (1730s), G. Townshend (1750s)), as well as in the paintings of early 19th-Century artists such as P. Rindisbacher, K. Bodmer, and G. Catlin. The faces of the warriors are painted vermillion, or vermillion and black, probably the most common Woodland Indian war-paint schemes according to contemporary sources.

The warrior’s trade-cloth breechclout and leggings, as well as the finger-woven garters, lend themselves to be painted in a variety of different color combinations, my favorite color scheme including somewhat dull reds, blues, and greens.