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  1. This figure represents a leading seaman of the Royal Naval Division at Antwerp in October, 1914 (the rank is indicated by the 'fouled anchor' patch on his left sleeve). The unit was formed from naval reservists called to the colors t mobilization, who were in excess of requirements for manning the fleet. Mr. Churchill saw to their being sent to reinforce the final Belgian defense of Antwerp in October, 1914. They were fitted out as a naval landing party at this time. The unit continued as an infantry division through the Great War, though after Antwerp in more soldierly attire. The figure is from Tommy's War, in resin, and comes in several pieces. It is rated 54mm (an old measurement from the ground to the eyes), but is actually a bit taller --- scaling it out at the standard 1/32 equivalent, he come out a good 6' 6". I cut fine strip of white decal strip for the stripes; the rank emblem is painted free-hand. I may eventually take it off this simple base and place it on something more elaborate, but certainly the figure itself is done.
  2. 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.
  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 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.
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