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  1. Taking another run at a figure. [/IMG] Here is what I have so far. I have tried for a tanned/sunburnt color on the skin, as this unit was in Palestine before going to Peshewar for operations against Afridi tribes in the 'Red Shirt' episode. A medium orange, a green-tinted buff , raw umber, and white were the basic palette, with small amounts of ultra-marine blue and black as well. All over Tamiya Fine White primer. I intend to move on to the the uniform and gear next. I like to think I have managed some improvement in doing a face. I only had to strip the head once this time. Paint got too thick, and eyes were too big. Stripped the right eye (figure's right) and re-did it, after the face was painted (it was a bit lower than seemed right). I had one bit of adventure with this. I don't spray much, and step out onto the porch when I do (or down to the basement in winter). I had the head attached before priming, and I managed to drop the figure on the porch. The head came off and scooted into a crack between the porch decking and the rear wall. A rather bad moment. I was able to spot it with a flash-light, and retrieve it with a long tweezers, fortunately....
  2. Been enjoying watching the great builds in this GB and realised there's no plucky Tommies in the mix yet! So I'm going to jump in with a Sergeant, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Ploegsteert 1915 by Tommy's War. I've made one of their figures before, for the Non-injected GB, and they are lovely, beautifully sculpted and molded. Not a huge amount to the construction, most of the work will be in the painting and I think I'll do a nice little base. Got some suitable reference material and am raring to go! Cheers Segan
  3. I don't do figures often, so when I do get one, it's because I really want to do one, and therefore I tend to pile straight in whatever else I may have planned or on the plate. I have had some interest in the Naval Division at Antwerp since back in high school, when I came upon an article on it in an academic history magazine in the school library, and then read Mr. Churchill's history of the Great War. I was interested to discover the Tommy's War people did a figure of an enlisted man in the unit, and found I could get one from a state-side supplier. There was a pretty significant mould mis-alignment on the legs.... I dealt with this as my first step, it being something I know how to do.... After this comes the tricky bit (ie just about everything else...).... I started with the eyes and face because if these aren't at least passable, nothing else is going to matter much. I am pretty much a duffer at figures, and will spare you the preliminaries: what is pictured here represents the result after the third complete stripping of the face down to white primer.... I'm going to put head aside for a bit, so I can come at it with fresh eyes. I expect I will try and get a little more dark color at the edges of the eye-lids, and perhaps a couple more touches of glaze/wash on the cheeks and chin. But next on the agenda is putting on the arms and beginning to paint the clothes.
  4. I don't do figures often, so when I do get one, it's because I really want to do one, and therefore I tend to pile straight in whatever else I may have planned or on the plate. I have had some interest in the Naval Division at Antwerp since back in high school, when I came upon an article on it in an academic history magazine in the school library, and then read Mr. Churchill's history of the Great War. I was interested to discover the Tommy's War people did a figure of an enlisted man in the unit, and found I could get one from a state-side supplier. There was a pretty significant mould mis-alignment on the legs.... I dealt with this as my first step, it being something I know how to do.... After this came the tricky bit (ie just about everything else...).... I started with the eyes and face because if these aren't at least passable, nothing else is going to matter much. I am pretty much a duffer at figures, and will spare you the preliminaries: what is pictured here represents the result after the third complete stripping of the face down to white primer.... I'm going to put this aside for a bit, so I can come at it with fresh eyes. I expect I will try and get a little more dark color at the edges of the eye-lids, and perhaps a couple more touches of glaze/wash on the cheeks and chin.
  5. This officer of the 16th (The Queen’s) Light Dragoons (Lancers), 1839 (Afghanistan) is based on eyewitness sketches or descriptions. In the first Afghan War the only concession to the climate was the white cover over the normal headdress, the rest of the uniform being worn as at home. He wears his undress stable jacket, a costume also displayed by this regiment in the Sikh Wars, by which time only the 16th retained the scarlet jacket. Although he has the undress waist belt, the pouch belt is the dress pattern.
  6. Just back from my hols and I thought I would jump in with this. 2 months till the end of the GB so I should be able to get it done. Seem to be on a bit of a figure making/painting jaunt at the moment. This is the very nice 54mm Sergeant of the Suffolk Regiment at Le Cateau 1914, by Tommy's War. It's the first model I've bought off them and I don't think it will be the last. Cast in very nice grey resin, cant see any bubbles or defects. Also comes with a PE harness for the rifle. Cheers Segan
  7. This is a resin kit, casting quality looks very good in terms of blemishes, pinholes and such. Included are three pages of instructions, with each piece of the soldier's gear described along with colour suggestions, all provided in paragraph form. Most cleanup will be the pour plugs, and although those located at the bottom of the feet are designed so they insert into the base, the area in between the heels and sole should be hollowed out. I just removed it all, and filled in the two holes in the base, and added some brass pins to attach the figure after painting. Only other prep work was to add a button (green putty), and about three pinholes had to be filled in along the bottom edge of the greatcoat. Since there is a spare head provided, I've also utilized some green putty to give a bit more character to the sides of the mustache. regards, Jack
  8. The 23rd Regiment of Foot was raised in 1689 by the regimentation of some existing companies; its title of Royal Welsh Fusileers (sic – Fuzileers was also used in the Army List of the time, now Welch Fusiliers) originated in 1714. It served in San Domingo, in the expedition to North Holland in 1799, and in Egypt. A second Battalion was formed and served in the Corunna and Walcheren campaigns, but the first Battalion’s service was more extensive, including Copenhagen (1807), Martinique (1809) and from July 1810 in the Peninsula, originally with the first Division but from that October with the 4th, perhaps most notably at Albuera, though it won eight other Peninsula battle honours. It also fought at Waterloo.
  9. Town People

    I picked these up last month, cheaply because the set was incomplete. Some google searching revealed the origin of the figures and I painted them up for around the turn of the 18th to 19th Century. I'm not really sure of the dates for the actual fashions they're wearing... Missing/additional pieces were taken from my Airfix 54mm spares.
  10. Converted in 1840 to the East India Company service as the 6th Bengal Irregular Cavalry. They were granted an Honorary Standard for service in Sind in 1844, bearing the device of a lion 'passant regardant'. As part of the 1861 reforms it was added to the regular establishment as the 4th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry. The 4th's first battle honour is Afghanistan North-West Frontier 1879-80 for service during the Second Afghan War. They went through four changes of title between 1900 and 1904, initially owing to the regiment being rearmed with the lance. Mine represents the 4th Bengal Lancers around this time.
  11. Hussars enjoyed great popularity, particularly in the French army. Their name means corsairs, pirates or raiders, derived from the Mongol hoards. These excellent horsemen scoured ahead of the main army, striking terror into the enemy populous. They wore a wolf’s skin across their left shoulder as a light shield. This was replaced by the pelisse – itself a corruption of pelz or animal skin. They wore long moustaches and their hair was worn in cadanettes; three plaits, one at the rear and one in front of each ear.
  12. The 13th Cuirassiers were formed in 1808 from the 1er Régiment Provisoire de Grosse Cavalerie and saw lengthy service in the Peninsula. It was there that this fellow acquired his brown trousers, manufactured like so many overalls and jackets in this theatre of war, from confiscated monks’ habit fabric. Saddlery was natural leather. The cuirassier helmet consisted of an iron cap surrounded by a fur turban, with a copper crest surmounted by a horsehair mane. There were regimental variations as each regiment determined their own specification. The plume for the 13th was scarlet, tipped white (1810). Facings for the 13th were Burgundy or wine red displayed on collar and cuffs. Sheep or deer-hide breeches were reserved for parade dress, replaced by overalls when on the march and campaigning. I don’t know whether cuirassiers carried colours, but this chap has decided to ride with a flag. His shabraque and bedding roll are incorrect for a cuirassier, but they were all I had to hand.
  13. Officer, elite squadron (Gard du Corps) German Light Horse 1807 - 1809 The original uniform consisted of a Polish lancer-style cream kurtka, faced in amaranth (a form of pink), with white wool epaulettes and pewter buttons. The czapska was of the usual style, covered in amaranth cloth and bedecked with a white plume with amaranth tip. The elite company was distinguished by white loops about the lapel buttons and a white aiguillette. This uniform was short-lived with white cloth replacing the cream. This figure consists of the head and torso of the Airfix 54mm Polish Lancer, arms and legs from the 95th Rifleman.
  14. The 11th Light Dragoons were the first regiment to become Hussars outright in 1840. Uniforms had changed little by the time of the Crimean War (1840 – 1854). I chose to model this figure as a Sergeant of the 11th Hussars, 1854, dressed in home service marching order of full dress with certain modifications. His pelisse is absent, having been left on board the transports and not retrieved until after Balaclava. A cap pouch for the Victoria percussion carbine was worn on the right of the sword belt. Only Hussars wore the sabretache in the Crimea. The 11th was the first regiment to receive the busby, made of brown fur and 9” high with crimson bag, gold or yellow cap-lines and gilt or brass chin-chain. The upright feather was white above crimson, but was not worn in the Crimea. Overalls were crimson or cherry, worn by all ranks in all orders of dress, and had two gold or yellow stripes. Saddlecloths were of black lambskin. The men had haversacks and water bottles, the 1821 sword and Victoria carbine.
  15. The uniform worn by the Royal Artillery was based on regulations laid down in 1799. The men wore a blue, short-tailed, single-breasted coat with red collar and cuffs, edged in yellow worsted tape. Red cord button loops were woven on the cuffs. Shoulder straps were red with yellow tape edging and worsted tufts. The front of the coat was decorated with rows of yellow bastion ended tape. Four gold lace button loops were added to the cuffs in 1812. The Belgic shako with tall front plate was adopted on 24th December 1811. Lines were of white cord and the plate was a crowned oval with the GR cypher within it and a mortar and two flaming grenades below it. White breeches with black gaiters and boots. The cartridge pouch was white with regimental badge.
  16. His profession is indicated by the red horse-shoe patch on the right upper sleeve of his plain stable jacket. He wears the Pokalem fatigue cap, which was common to both lancers and dragoons, proving more practical than its predecessor. The crossed lances on the front were sometimes replaced by the regimental number. This figure was compiled from various components. I think that the Pokalem fatigue cap is Historex. The head was taken from my 1/35 spares. The torso and arms are from the Airfix French Line Infantryman. The kneeling legs from the British 95th Rifleman and his hammer-type tool was scratch-built. I merely glued some grass mat to the base with PVA.
  17. As befits a Highland regiment, this NCO wears trews and a sash in scarlet and the regimental colour (yellow). His fatigue cap would be replaced by the feather bonnet on duty. Highland troops wore the kilt and their officers had crimson sashes from the left shoulder to the right hip. Tartans of the era were derived from the Black Watch or military sett, with various white, red or yellow lines added for regimental distinction. It was not unusual for the men to carry 80lbs of equipment, including a haversack, canteen, ammunition pouch, ball bag and belts in addition to the rifle or musket. Contained in the haversack were two spare shirts, stockings, a spare pair of shoes with extra heels and soles, a pair of trousers or breeches and a greatcoat. Then there were various brushes, a razor, a bar of soap, a box of whitener or blacking, a mess tin and rations. Up to three days rations might be carried, consisting of a pound of bread and a pound of meat per day. The standard British musket was the M1794 India Pattern (known as the Brown Bess) or the Land Pattern. This is a conversion of the 01551 Coldstream Guardsman.
  18. The Coldstream was the 2nd regiment of Guards Infantry and had buttons and laces in pairs. Their shoulders were decorated with dark blue wings (their facing colour) edged and decorated with white tape. All but two companies of the 2nd Battalion defended the chateau of Hougoumont while the 7th and 8th companies remained on the ridge with the Colours. Battalion company sergeants carried a pike as a mark of their rank. The Coldstreams wore white trousers at Waterloo. Regimental badges were carried on both the knapsack and the cartridge pouch. The officer of the Black Watch wears the Highland feather bonnet. His tunic was double-breasted. He has one epaulette on his right shoulder, a scabbard for his sword hangs from the crimson sash on his left hip. Grenadier companies wore white plumes.
  19. Officer, 60th Foot, 1812. The 60th Foot were formed from loyalist Americans during the American War of Independence. Like the 95th, they were uniformed in green. The officer wears his pelisse in the hussar style and has a stylish leather trim to his overalls. During the Napoleonic Wars the regiment saw action in the Peninsular War. The first four battalions had been raised as regular line battalions, but in 1797 a 5th battalion had been raised at Cowes on the Isle of Wight and equipped entirely with the Baker rifle, and wore green jackets with red facings. The mixing of rifle troops and muskets proved so effective that eventually line battalion light companies were replaced with rifle companies. The line battalions found themselves in several different theatres, including the West Indies. The rifle battalion was soon joined by a second, and these found themselves in the Peninsula with Wellington's army, serving along with the 95th Rifles, and the King's German Legion rifle units. A 7th battalion was eventually raised as a rifle battalion specifically for service in the American War of 1812. After the Napoleonic Wars the regiment received a new title: first, in 1815, its name was changed to The Duke of York's Own Rifle Corps and then, in 1830, to the King's Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC). Colour Sergeant, The Rifle Brigade 1854. The early stages of the Crimean War were fought in the home service full dress. The Rifle Brigade wore the normal infantry shako but all NCOs and men had the double-breasted coatee of the Guards cut. Colour-sergeants wore a special badge on the right arm and a black three-bar chevron on the left. All sergeants wore a red sash around the waist and bronzed badge and whistle on the pouch belt.
  20. The first two are 54mm white metal figures: The third will be from the recent ICM French Infantry 1914 set, in 1/35 scale.... I did figures frequently when in my teens, but have done only one in recent years, so I expect a learning curve. The ICM set, in fact, I view as being practice of a sort for the metal figures, but I intend to get at least one decent figure out of the lot of four. The Dragoon (of a line regiment) is billed as in campaign dress, but is not really. I am probably going to do it as a different regiment, one with yellow facings rather than pink ones. The Voltigeur sergeant is of the voltigeur company of a line battalion, not of a voltigeur regiment. As was common for the skirmishers in Spain, he has discarded his outer coat, and is wearing only the waist-coat. It will be a little while before I can start in earnest, as I have two biplanes going in the Lesser-Built Air Forces GB here, that must be finished before the end of April, and are only about half-done at present.
  21. Made up from a Coldstream Guard and a French Grenadier.
  22. This corporal of the 52nd (Oxfordshire Light Infantry) Regiment, 1807, wears the normal infantry dress. The Oxfordshire was the first entire regiment to be designated Light Infantry. His shako bears the bugle-horn instead of the regulation cap plate. Chevrons were first instituted as rank badges in 1803.
  23. A simple conversion of the French Grenadier 01553 using George Washington's boots and a few odd parts.
  24. A conversion using parts from Airfix kits 02553 Polish Lancer, 01557 French Line Infantry, 02556 British Life Guard, 02555 French Cuirassier and a little scratchbuilding.
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