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Ratch's 54mm figures

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Thanks, I'm currently painting 3 sets of 72nd Riflemen

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This thread has been dormant for a long time :whistle:

Over on the ATF we are starting a Civil War Group Build and as I have three pikemen and five musketeers I thought it time I built them :bling:
49054199741_222fcb74b7_c.jpgDSC_0003 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

The first two have taken a couple of hours each to assemble. The Pikeman kit was first issued in 1977. It is packaged in a Type 4 Collector’s Series Blister Pack. The sculpting is crisp and well defined, moulded in white plastic with 23 parts and two pose options. This first figure will be built as a Charles Gerard’s Bluecoat in the A pose. I omitted the feathers on the semi-cabasset but cut earflaps from the plastic sheet provided. This sheet was also used for the various straps and belts.
49069093507_1d205afb93_z.jpgDSC_0001 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

For this Earl of Essex Regiment pikeman I used the legs from the musketeer (01560), a 1/35 head and a sash from the Cavalier horseman. The right arm is from spares.
49068886976_323d0e8268_z.jpgDSC_0002 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

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Very interesting little Airfix blisters here, Richard! 👍 Nice work on the pikemen, the figures looks very detailed and well-done.

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I used to love these Airfix 54mm figures when I was a boy but I could never fit the belts and webbing correctly to look right, so it'll interesting to see how these come out in the hands of an artisan.

 

Stuart

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Thanks guys, I think the Airfix 54mm are great kits 🥰

For what will be the yellowcoat I exchanged odd legs with a musketeer (01560). His left arm is part 17, holding the drinking bottle (21) whilst the right arm is part 14, holding the pike.
49073878466_53c8f812ef_z.jpgDSC_0001 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

The musketeer kit was first issued in 1977 again in a Type 4 Collector’s Series Blister Pack. The sculpting is crisp and well defined, moulded in white plastic with 36 parts offering two pose options. I exchanged one leg with a pikeman to alter the stance slightly. Both arms were taken from the spares box.
49074085377_6361cf2753_z.jpgDSC_0003 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

I am pleased with this pose as it almost matches the illustration.

 

This figure utilises both pikeman pose B arms (17 & 18) and the cabasset of a roundhead that I had previously (very roughly) sculpted a hideous face.
49073351068_2c4bc12d01_z.jpgDSC_0004 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

There is much more flash on these parts than the first two. Most parts need remedial action. For the sergeant I have used a pikeman’s head with a hat from spares. The arms are from the pikeman’s B pose (15 & 16). The sword is from the spares box and the halberd was scratchbuilt. 
49074085382_a728921a4c_z.jpgDSC_0002 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

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On 11/15/2019 at 4:02 PM, Courageous said:

I used to love these Airfix 54mm figures when I was a boy but I could never fit the belts and webbing correctly to look right, so it'll interesting to see how these come out in the hands of an artisan.

 

Stuart

Same here, in my childhood days, I built all of the Airfix 54mm figures, but I couldn’t get on with the plastic card for the straps and reins, I couldn’t get it to sit right.  So I used paper instead.

 

Most of my completed childhood models ended in the bin, but my mum kept the cavalry, displayed in her china cabinet.

 

Cheers,

 

Nigel

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I used to have trouble with the thin plastic too, and for a long time used foil (the sort you get on wine bottles). But this time I decided to use the plastic and it has worked well enough.

The Greencoat was built in accordance with the instructions for the re-loading pose. I omitted the feathers from the hat.
49079497487_28144a7046_z.jpgDSC_0001 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

I chose the firing pose for the Royalist redcoat, and swapped arms with spares that did not wear gauntlets. I also omitted the feathers from the hat.
49078761963_2594a8d8e3_z.jpgDSC_0002 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

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Cheers Stuart. Normally I do a lot of the painting before finally assembling. As you can see, I've fully assembled these first. Fingers crossed for the painting on these :frantic:

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Well done, Richard! 👏 It’s nice to see the paint on the figures, I’m looking forward to seeing more.

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19 hours ago, Ratch said:

Painting has started

Don't skimp on the detail and process.

 

Stuart

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I have just completed the first of my musketeers
49100415627_4470636e40_c.jpg
One down, seven to go...

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A bit more progress today
The 3 pikemen
49105633476_20e113d948_z.jpgDSC_0001 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

3 more of the Musketeers
49105633461_90a3799820_z.jpgDSC_0002 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

 

and the other musketeer converted to a sergeant
49105820457_c7d8fd563c_z.jpgDSC_0003 by Richard Linnell, on Flickr

Some of the colours have been applied as a basic shade, a darker wash and a lighter dry brush, others are part way through that process.

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Yes, I tend to think of Parliamentarions/Putitans in black and white - maybe this is influenced by Hollywood's depiction of them.

More progress
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The Sergeant is practically done, a bit further to go on the other two.
The pikemen are moving along too.
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The sergeant is done. There was much more flash on these parts than the first two kits. Most parts needed remedial action. I used a pikeman’s head with a hat from spares. The arms are from the pikeman’s B pose (15 & 16). The sword is from the spares box and the halberd was scratchbuilt. 
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I'm rattling through them now. This kit was first issued in 1977. It was packaged in a Type 4 Collector’s Series Blister Pack. The sculpting is crisp and well defined, moulded in white plastic with 23 parts and two pose options. This build follows the A pose. I omitted the feathers on the semi-cabasset but cut earflaps from the plastic sheet provided. This sheet was also used for the various straps and belts.
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Andrea Color 1st & 2nd Base, 1st & 2nd Shadow, 1st & 2nd Light = skin tones
Vallejo Model Color 70951 1 White / 70918 5 Ivory FS37855 / 70883 152 Silvergrey = stockings
Vallejo Model Color 70941 148 Burnt Umber = hair, gauntlet, glove
Vallejo Model Color 70872 149 Chocolate Brown = pikestaff
Vallejo Model Color 70899 50 Dark Prussia Blue / 70898 48 Dark Sea Blue / 70930 53 Dark Blue = shirt, breeches
Vallejo Model Color 70957 31 Flat Red / 70908 30 Carmine Red = ribbons
Humbrol Acrylic 33 Matt Black / Vallejo Model Air 71073 Black (Metallic) = corselet, tassets, semi-cabasset with earflaps
Vallejo Model Color 70818 136 Red Leather / 70871 147 Leather Brown = shoes
Vallejo Model Color 70822 150 German Camouflage Black Brown = scabbard
Vallejo Model Color 70864 178 Natural Steel = sword basket
Humbrol Acrylic 21 Gloss Black = belt
Humbrol Acrylic 186 Matt Brown = haversack, sword hilt, dagger handle
Humbrol Acrylic 62 Matt Leather = strap, gauntlet
Vallejo Model Color 70982 137 Cavalry Brown = flask
Humbrol Acrylic 233 Serge Denim = sword hanger
Vallejo Model Color 70907 153 Pale Greyblue / 70951 1 White = collar, cuffs
Humbrol Acrylic 29 Matt Dark Earth = base
Vallejo Model Color 70923 117 Japan Uniform WWII = glove
Vallejo Model Color 70801 174 Brass = ferrule
Vallejo Model Color 70863 179 Gunmetal Grey = dagger pommel, flask lip
Humbrol Acrylic 21 Gloss Black = plinth
Sharpie Silver Pen = lettering

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