I’ve been working on another faux taxidermy trophy mount. This time it’s a Bongo – a rare African antelope with some nice stripes and spots. He isn’t quite done – The armature is done (that’s what you’ll see me build in the video) and I’ve just now started adding heavy brown paper over the armature. In the next video we all get to see how he turns out. I have some ideas about how I’ll finish him, and I hope it works as well as I think it will.
As you can see from the photo, courtesy of Wikipedia, these antelope have some very nice patterns on their faces, and every individual antelope seems to be just a little bit different.
You can use the pattern I made for the antelope, if you want. There are five pieces – one pattern for the ears, and four patterns for the head. You don’t need to cut out the horn that I put on the pattern – I just put it there to help me visualize how the piece would look when it was finished. I think it will be obvious how the four pieces need to be taped together before being cut out, but just in case, I also include a smaller version so you can see how it should look. To download the pattern pieces, click the image to see the larger size, then right-click to download to your computer.
You can see the way I added the paper mache and finished the bongo antelope here.