Review General Rollet from Atelier Maket

Discussion in 'Reviews & Open Box' started by napoleonpeart, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. napoleonpeart Forum Moderator

    Hi everybody

    The French Foreign Legion has many heroes of all ranks with many personalities all skilled in the art of soldiering amongst the most revered is the subject of the latest release from a company based in Switzerland it is of course

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    The release was announced her on PF and in social

    media http://www.planetfigure.com/threads/new-atelier-maket.88311/

    The subject : General Paul Rollet

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    As you can see he certainly is a well decorated officer who became known as "Pere de la Legion" or Father of the Legion.

    Lets have some background on his life:

    Paul-Frédéric Rollet (1875–1941) was a French Général who served in the Marching Regiment of the Foreign Legion (RMLE) , and was the 1st Inspector of the Foreign Legion, a post which he created under his intentions.

    He was born in Auxerre, France and was admitted to the military school at Saint-Cyr in 1894. Upon graduation, he was initially assigned to the 91st Line Infantry Regiment[4] but was later transferred to the 1st Foreign Regiment in Sidi-bel-Abbes, Algeria.

    Rollet served first in Algeria from 1899 to 1902, then in Madagascar from 1902 to 1905, prior to returning to Algeria from 1905 to 1909. Promoted to captain in March 1909, he commanded the 3rd mounted combat company of the 1st marching battalion of the 2nd Foreign Regiment, 2e R.E from 1909 to 1914.

    WW1 began and Rollet was on leave in France insisting to be sent to the front he was assigned to 31st Line Infantry Regiment, then to the 331st Infantry Regiment. Wounded twice, he was promoted to chef de bataillon (commandant), based on the recommendation of Général Gouraud. Following several victories, he was confirmed as chef de battalion.

    On 18 May 1917 he was assigned to the French Foreign Legion and became the regimental commander of the Marching Regiment of the Foreign Legion (R.M.L.E) as a lieutenant-colonel.
    Under his command, the regiment covered itself with excellence during combats of Hangard-en-Santerre, La Montagnde de Paris, then in piercing the Hindenburg Line, a combat battle which would later be designated as the anniversary of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment, heir to the traditions of the R.M.L.E.

    The regimental colors of the R.M.L.E were subsequently decorated with four new citations (with five previous citations already) as well as the double Fourragere, with colors of the Légion d'honneur and Croix de guerre.

    At the end of the war of 1914–1918, he participated in campaigns in Morocco with his regiment, which would be designated as the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment.

    Rollet was promoted to colonel. In 1925, he assumed command as regimental commander of the 1st Foreign Regiment at Sidi-Bel-Abbès. He would remain until planning the 100th anniversary (the centennial) of the French Foreign Legion on Cameron day of 30 April 1931.

    On 1 April 1931 Rollet assumed command tenure as the 1st Inspector of the Foreign Legion, a post which he specifically created under his intentions.

    Following years of service, Rollet retired on 20 December 1935, having accumulated 41 years of military service out of which 33 years were in the Legion.

    Rollet died in Paris on 16 April 1941. He was originally buried at the French Foreign Legion's Headquarters in Sidi-bel-Abbes in Algeria.
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    When the Legion left Algeria in 1962 his remains were one of three chosen to be reinterred at the Legion's new headquarters in Aubagne, France.
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    As we have so many decorations I will show these in the next part

    Continued in next post

    Nap
  2. napoleonpeart Forum Moderator

    Lets have some pictures of the many awards and medals that General Rollet received , these are as sculpted and in the picture in his later life .


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    French Awards

    Grand officer de la Légion d'honneur
    Croix de guerre 1914-1918 with 7 palms and vermeil star
    Croix de guerre des théâtres d'opérations extérieures with 2 palms
    Médaille commémorative du Maroc with clasps : OUDJA-MAROC-HAUT-GUIR
    Médaille coloniale with 4 clasps: SAHARA-MAROC-ALGÉRIE-MADAGASCAR
    Croix du combattant
    1914–1918 Inter-Allied Victory medal (France)
    Médaille commémorative de la guerre 1914-1918
    Chevalier de l'ordre du Mérite agricole (1911)
    Commemorative medal of the battle of Verdun (medal non official)

    Foreign awards

    Grand-croix de l'Ordre royal du Cambodge 14 November 1936
    Commandeur de l’Order of the Oak Crown (Luxembourg – 1931)
    Commandeur de l'Order of the Crown (Romania) (1917)
    Commandeur de la Spanish Red Cross 1925
    Commandeur de l'Order of Prince Danilo I (Monténégro – 1917)
    Commandeur de l'Ordre du Mérite civil d’Espagne 1930
    Grand officier de l'Ordre du Order of Ouissam Alaouite (1931)
    Grand officier du Nichan Iftikhar (1931)
    Grand officier de l'Order of Saint-Charles (Principauté de Monaco 1931)
    Grand officier de l'Ordre du Mérite militaire d'Espagne (Order of Spanish Military Merit) (1920)
    Officier de l'Ordre chérifien du Ouissan hafidien (1911)
    Ordre du Muniséraphon, ordre académique du Royaume du Cambodge (1936

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    As you can see a highly decorated man

    Continued in next post

    Nap

    NOTE: If anyone would like a copy of my reference document then please contact me either via this forum or as a message on FB and I will send via e mail
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  3. napoleonpeart Forum Moderator

    Here is the small award insert that's included in the box itself

    Nap

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  4. napoleonpeart Forum Moderator

    On now to the resin !!!

    Details of the release:

    Title : General Paul Rollet Pere de la Legion

    Reference : AM200-007

    Scale : 200mm

    Material: Lt Gray Resin

    No of pieces : 2 plus coloured insert for medals

    Sculptor : Greg Giraud

    Box Art: Stu Odal

    Casting by NCO Historex


    The review was received in a good strong box , olive green in colour with white lettering , clear to read and with sharp box art pictures from various angles on the top ...a good reference point there.
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    Part consist of just 2 , the torso and the head itself , these were in a clear bag resting on a foam layer , also included was a small reference card for all the awards that the subject received (see above) .

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    Prep

    This was going to minimal with just this to do :

    Torso ...Sand away excess resin from the underside and drill a hole to take a mounting post
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    Head....This has a small amount of resin to remove on underside of neck and a small blow hole on the top of the kepi to fill in
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    Then ....Wash , Prime and Paint

    So that was as you can see ...not a hard task

    General Comments

    Greg is a sculptor I have always admired and his skill shines through in the piece , the sculpting is EXCELLENT all over , the work on the definition of the medals and awards is nothing short of jaw dropping in quality of work

    Torso

    This is a classic sculpt with the arms ending just above the elbows at the sides and nicely shaped into the main body , the work on the uniform really is impressive and I can well imagine a lot of time was spent on this and it has paid off with dividends .

    The neck area has the detail work on the surface with a sculpted grenade on edge leading edge , very nicely done , at the neck we have an award that he received .

    The chest is absolutely covered in medals and stars , all are beautifully done and with really sharp details everywhere , the awards are all easily recognisable and this will assist in the painting .

    There is also the fourrage that the RMLE was awarded on the left shoulder edge , hanging down and across the body very naturally indeed , nice work on the design as well , it leads to a trefoil on the shoulder .

    This piece has quality and skill both in sculpting and casting so well done to all concerned .


    Prepare to pick your jaw off the floor !!! ...LOL
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    Head

    Sculpted in his later years the face is unmistakably the subject excellent wrinkles and definition all over the facial features themselves , the eyes are easy to get to despite there being a peak above them
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    Excellent work on the facial hair the beard in particular and with the moustache also a fine bit of design and very much in keeping with references .

    Wearing a kepi of his rank the design around the sides and on the top is really accurate and will painted up well , being just the right definition , as stated in prep thee was ( on the review piece ) a small blow hole to fill ..but no issue and easily done.
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    Final Thoughts

    So there you have it a simple bust well engineered and beautifully sculpted , nice presentation , a painters piece and a good display item as well ( have the medal details handy !!!)

    I have no hesitation in HIGHLY RECOMMENDING this

    Lets have some more views of the box art from Stu ...ENJOY
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    Thanks to Atelier Maket for the review piece and I look forward to painting this

    Thanks also to you all for looking in

    For more information on this and other products visit the website at:

    www.casa-della-maket.com

    and of course they are on FB as well


    Nap
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  5. swralph A Fixture

    Thanks for another great review Nap:).
    A bust full of medals,I can just imagine the big smile on your face when you opened the box;).
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  6. bucsfan21 Active Member

    Great review and a great sculpt as well! Love the detail! And the painted version is super! Thanks for sharing!(y) The FFL is one of my favorite subjects!

    Kindest Regards, Terry Martin-Member of the Atlanta Miniature Figure Society of Atlanta
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