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Wojtek - Polish Soldier - the bear 1/35
eeRJott
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2013 - 01:40 AM UTC
Hi there!
A lot of the time I was away from you, life forced to be absent .. what to do.
I would like to present the history of the Polish Soldier uncommon, bear Wojtek.
Here you can find some historical facts:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wojtek_ 28soldier_bear% 29%

This is a film about him and his story:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giRwps3_0bA


If you are interested workshop I invite you to my blog.

Here some pictures of work:



















I hope you curious story of an extraordinary soldier.

For clarity, the bear did not take an active part in the fighting, he took an indirect but important, bore ammunition. A work is my mental shortcuts with a slight hint of over-interpretation of historical facts.
This does not change the fact that the ammunition carried by Wojtek falling on the heads of German Nazis at Monte Cassino, the Poles beat the Germans (therefore also Wojtek)
Name Wojtek - a traditional Polish, very, very old name, the time slaves.
Woj - warrior - Wojtek


Best regards
Rafal Jankowski
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2013 - 01:48 AM UTC
Absolutely wonderful Rafal!

You have portrayed a heartwarming tale of a brave animal with what is undoubtedly a stunning piece of modelling. Superb
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2013 - 02:30 AM UTC
amazing work!
Interesting that bear is not only russian myth )
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2013 - 03:23 AM UTC
What an absolutele outstanding diorama or combination of several into one!
You surely will draw attention to it and its story!
Love the story, love the execution of the idea and love the way you did it!!!
eeRJott
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2013 - 08:12 PM UTC
Thank you very much.

Unfortunately this is not the only domain of the Russians - a bear. Wojtek is not a myth, a story of another bear is not a myth too, he was under the care of the Poles. Polar-bear-Baska Murmansk (Murmansk Basia) - there are historical facts, not a myths
When the Poles chasing the Bolsheviks (stopping the expansion of Bolshevism to the west of Europe) and they are already in the areas of Russia, they took a polar-bear.
Here's a page about , to translate:

http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ba% C5% 9Bka_Murma% C5% 84ska

and photo:



Thank you again and best regards
RJ
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2013 - 10:26 PM UTC
Rafal- its good to see you back here my friend and this new piece is an stunner in more ways than one.
I've read an article about this bear in the past and it is fantastic to see it brought to life so well like this. As usual your vegetation work is sublime (real vegeation is it or aftermarket?) creating a fantastically verdant scene in which to display the story. The figure work and that on the vehicles is of a truly awesome standard- you've managed to bring such a strange story to life so well- inspiring work Rafal, truly inspiring.
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2013 - 11:58 PM UTC
Hi Rafal,

A really creative display to tell the story of the bear and his life with the Polish Army during WW2.

Terrific work.

Al
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Posted: Saturday, July 06, 2013 - 12:15 AM UTC
Superb. The story of Wotjek is one that has always fascinated me so it's brilliant to see him in dio form. The dios are beautifully done. Animated, brilliantly executed, painted beautifully and above all they tell a story. Well done mate! Class work!
eeRJott
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Posted: Saturday, July 06, 2013 - 02:57 AM UTC
Nice, thanks.
Karl,in this work...vegetation is a mix of both.


Bye
RJ
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Posted: Saturday, July 06, 2013 - 06:15 AM UTC
Great work! Love the thought that has gone in to the layout and details. There is going to be a statue of Wojtek here in Edinburgh a city where most of us know his story.
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Posted: Saturday, July 06, 2013 - 07:55 PM UTC

Superb Diorama Sir!
Congratulations on a fantastic job!

Thanks for posting the pics and thanks also for pointing this story out to me!

Cheers

Romain
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Posted: Saturday, July 06, 2013 - 10:21 PM UTC
Thanks guys.

I am pleased that you are interested in the story of Wojtek.
Scots I know that you know, I also know about the monument

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzEyGuIl9rQ

Agus tá mé sásta!

Unfortunately, over 50 years after the Second World War, the Polish schools could not learn about Wojtek, Insurgents, Guerrillas - in general, not communist heroes.
But as you can see, with the Poles is not so easy,impossible, force us to forget

Thanks again
Cheers
RJ

eeRJott
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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 09:24 PM UTC
Szczęśliwego Nowego ROKU od Wojtka.....
In the name of Wojtek !
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Posted: Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 12:47 AM UTC
Hello Rafal ,

a beautiful story combined with excellent skills of painting work and the knowledge of how to create a diorama ....respect !

Greetings ,
Kurt
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Posted: Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 10:51 AM UTC

Thank you very much for the kind words, I'm just a backdrop for the soldiers and the bear ... so unfairly treated by history. I salute the people who will notice, perhaps tell this extraordinary tale .... because it sounds like a fairy tale, right? And it happened actually. Bądż zdrów dobry człowieku{This is a Slavonic greetings from Poland)
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Posted: Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 11:29 AM UTC
Interesting little story and a rather smart way of displaying different parts of the same scene. All around fantastic build, Rafal.