Musket and other progress
Here’s a quick picture of the musket that my 1812 soldier caricature will be holding. The gun stock is made of cherry and the barrel is an old artist’s brush. The metal plate is aluminum tape and the flintlock mechanism and trigger are made from lead.
The brass looking brackets on the gunstock are actually copper. I used a piece of electrical copper wiring and flattened it out to make these two brackets. You might be able to spot two gun strap brackets as well. These are just made out of wire from straight pins and glued in place.
The gun is in two parts and the split will be hidden beneath one of the soldier’s hands. I had to split the gunstock in this fashion so that I could fit it closely to the hand that I carved earlier.
In other news…the Corporal now has legs! I started to paint him and he looked so nice that I decided that it wouldn’t be right to leave him as just a bust…so I glued on some additional wood and carved up his legs and shoes.
I’m just in the process of painting right now, and I’ll get a photo up on the web in the next day or so.