Sun Bear from SK
Miniatures sculpted by Carl Reid
Submitted by Al LaFleche
Bear was a member of the Northern Cheyenne and was in
the big camp attacked by Custerís 7ty cavalry on 25 June
1876. According to Ospreyís Warriors at the Little Big
Horn, Sun Bear was known to have been involved in he
fight with Maj. Marcus Renoís forces before the big
battle. It is unclear where he was in the fight with
Custerís 5 companies. Amos Bad Heart Bull, a
contemporary Sioux artist depicted Sun Bear wearing an
ermine cap with ermine drops, a trailer with eagle
feathers and a single bison horn in his ledger
drawings. Other sources agree with this and Richard Hook
depicts him as such in the book. This is how Carl Reid
has sculpted him in this bust.
kit is molded in 3 cream colored resin parts (body,
trailer, and plinth) and 17 white metal parts (both side
piece to the head gear, bison horn, decoration for the
headpiece and 13 feathers with hair decorations). It
comes packed in a sturdy cardboard box with bubble wrap.
The metal parts are in a zip lock bag. There box has
multiple views of the assembled bust in black and white.
There are neither instructions nor painting guide.
examination, one of the feathers had lost its decoration
and given the fine size, I suspect more may be lost in
the painting and assembly process. Replacing them with
thread or wire may be a better option from the start.
The feathers have attachment pins to mate them with the
horn has a small burr at the tip which should clean up
quickly with a file. There is a slight mold line on the
left shoulder which will need attention. A second seam
on the body is deeper but will be completely hidden by
the trailer. The trailer has a bit of a mold line on the
inside and this, too, should clean up very easily.
ermine and hair drops also include molded in bead work.
I saw no flash of mold lines on either of these pieces,
though casting burrs on the inside may need to be ground
off to improve fit.
is another fine piece of sculpting from the hands of Mr.
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