An amazing collection of clay soldiers

• An amazing collection of clay soldiers

The very first soldier for 31 years, Sergey Viktorovich Kiselev sculpted them to fifteen years. First, for the game, then they were quite simply, without faces. Dozens of them are placed on the cartons, formed the army moved, simulating a battle for some its rules, and fought - shot from a pellet gun. Such battle lasted all day. Over time, he stopped going to the game, and the hobby has grown into something more.

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Soldiers dressed in strict accordance with the historical realities: before sculpt, Sergei studied tons of military literature, including in the original languages ​​- a whole library of dictionaries, military books and folders with photocopies of rare sources. Everything down to the color of gloves and breeds of horses, reconciled with historical documents. No unnecessary buttons, rope and detail, nothing has been invented for beauty.

An amazing collection of clay soldiers

is small, on the scale of 1:54, three-centimeter soldiers - thousands.

An amazing collection of clay soldiers

The collection - different regions of the tsarist army, the Red Army, the French, the British, several historical periods. Each series of neatly arranged in the appropriate box, each soldier stands on a stand on the back of which was signed, and the period to which it relates specific organizational unit. Sergei used his own cuts and tried to do signature on the language of the country, whose army modeled.

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It is difficult to say how much time he spent on one soldier, he never made them completely alone. First batch of blanks, and then the piece work.

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Sergei used ordinary Soviet plasticine from the stationery store, the one with the funny cubs on the pack, but before molding always checks for pungency - were placed on the bar point of white clay and waited about a day, whether it be painted. And the soldiers is no processed, stored in closed boxes.

Those figures, which are on the table for a long time - gathering dust, it can be seen in the photograph.

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Stored figures in cardboard boxes out of A4 paper. In the box - nine "shelves" (Sergey pasted them myself), stacked on each soldiers and / or horses. The boxes are in the attic and in the closet. In fact, everything is stored in a cool dark place and yet alive.

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Sometimes father sculpted outstanding officers.

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For details of the form he used a lot of scrap materials - rope, foil, wire, hair. Something that could not initially make the right color - painted. Earlier - stick to the paint at the end, in modern times - a gel pen, of which he had a great variety of different colors.

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Early soldiers.

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he writes his daughter: "Dad was a walking encyclopedia, and could justify all what he was doing until recently galuntika on rasposledny series. His knowledge went with him, but the work remained. we have kept huge collection, and now I really do not want all this heritage, unknown yet master was gone. He had always cherished a dream that one day will come out with his soldiers to the great game, though, and he knew it would be a pity to shoot at them pellets. This has do not come true, but to show the people for whom this topic is of interest, the opportunity is still there. Maybe someone is interested and organizes an exhibition, or any museum will take a collection for storage in conditions more suitable for content than residential apartment. Not I guarantee that the broken line to meet any proposal, it was too valuable to me this collection, but spoke with alacrity. "