Is it a flat figure? Or is it a round one? No it’s a Semi ronde bosse.
So far I’ve only presented flat figures, in it’s purest form, but in the last years, several people have produced what the French call “Semi ronde bosse“ figures. And what are they then? They are not a crossover, in my eyes, they are just another way to show that a figure also can be sculpted, and not engraved, and still not qualify as a round figure. Flat figure purists will protest, I can already hear in the background. I have a very relaxed approach to these attitudes, and have a test that I use. It’s quite simple, I ask myself would I paint this figure? And if I find it appealing, I don’t really care if its sculpted, engraved, or done in resin or metal, call them what you like, I DO LIKE them. An examples is Fabrice Eisenbach of France, being done in metal http://www.eisenbachfigurines.fr/. Another one has been presented here earlier, Ken Farrer and his resin figures, well casted, and interesting choices http://www.milmartminiatures.co.uk/
The latest one is Rich Odell’s and his London Ambulance Column, another British, I had the privillige to receive a copy of this beauty, and as Steve wrote very favorably, I’m also very impressed. It’s a resin figure, well proportioned, with a great feel for drapery, creases and folds in clothes, besides this, he managed to get a very feminine expression in her face. Do check up his site http://www.richardodell.com/blog.
Another British producer has been around for some time, and I must say I really like his style. His name is Gary Higgins, and his figures are labelled “G&M Miniatures.” He hasn’t any email, but his contact informations are: 52 High Street Hardingstone, Northampton , NN4 6DA, U.K Phone (01604)762609. His strong sculptures haven’t seemed to receive the attention that I think they deserve. He has a small colour catalogue, showing amongst other American mountain men and Indians, historic persons, Louis XV, Wellington, and of course Napoleon. He has three versions of Napoleon. His sizes of the figures varies from 60 mm to 130 mm.
Here’s some nice examples
The G&M versions of Charles 1st and Oliver Cromwell, around 130 mm high.
And a closeup of Charles 1st and the very detailed approach.
The mountain man, and on the right a Charles Dickens character.
One of my absolute favorites, Napoleon crossing the Alps, Ive seen many versions, both in round and flat figures, but this one captures the feeling and impression of the painting completely.
Any questions or comments are very welcome on this subject.