"Did I ever tell you about the time I designed a uniform for tank crewmen? It was green leather, it had red stripes, and a row of brass buttons down across here. And topped off by a gold football helmet. The Army rejected it, of course. Goddamn, it was beautiful."—Patton
This is my 3D capture of the Skulpturhalle Basel's plaster cast of the Capitoline Museum's 2nd-century BC marble Testa Virile Elmata ("Manly Helmeted Head").
It is not clear who, if anyone, is represented here. Ennio Quirino Visconti identified it as a portrait of Miltiades. The Capitoline Museum says it may be a strategist, or even Mars. In 1892, Wolfgang Helbig wrote "this seems to be, not a portrait, but an ideal type either of Ares or of some hero."
His Attic-style helmet is emblazoned with a fourteen-point star, curling vines, a lion, a bull, a sphinx, and griffons, so we know—whoever he was—the dude meant business.
I captured this work as part of my project, "Through A Scanner, Skulpturhalle." You can see the rest of the results at thingiverse.com/thing:83781
Testa Virile Elmata
Skulpturhalle Basel accession number 1439
Bärtiger Kopf mit Helm. Typus des sog. "Lysander." Aus Marmor. Römische Kopie nach einem Werk um 420 v. Chr. Rom, Kapitolinisches Museum, Inv. 581.
Ergänzt: Nase und Büste mit dem unteren Teil des Halses.
Plaster cast molded from the Capitoline Museum’s Testa Virile Elmata, Capitoline Museum accession number S 581. The nose and neck are 19th-century repairs.
Photographed with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Sigma EX 50mm lens, September, 2013.
Processed with ReCap Photo.
The Skulpturhalle's plaster does not have a plinth. The plinth in my model was designed roughly after the Capitoline marble's.
Edited for printing with [Blender]( http://www.blender.org/).
2.9 million triangles
My tips for using either ReCap or 123D Catch are here: [cosmowenman.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/using-recap-or-123d/]( http://cosmowenman.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/using-recap-or-123d/)
Thanks to the [Skulpturhalle Basel]( http://www.skulpturhalle.ch/) museum, and thanks to Autodesk’s Reality Capture division, who sponsored my project, Through A Scanner, Skulpturhalle.