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1/6th 40th Foot 1794

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by Tony Barton, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. Tony Barton Active Member

    40th Foot 1794

    This figure is part of my attempts to make a typical figure for each decade of the British Army’s history. This loopy idea , a dolly per decade, at least gives me something to focus on, and actually has proved so far to be quite a good stimulus to research.

    The Revolutionary Wars ignited by the French Revolution found the army in a fairly decrepit state, with widespread corruption at every level ( 12 year old colonels and so on ). Some Regiments were in good order, some not , and despite some good battlefield performances, the campaigns fought in the 1790s were mostly disasters .
    The 40th Foot ( 2nd Somerset, but the regional tag didn’t mean much ) were involved with many of them.

    My figure shows a Battalion Company man in Holland in 1794, where they landed in June. This was generally regarded as a dreadful army, which suffered from untrained criminal recruits, and an appalling commissariat which failed to keep the soldiers fed and clothed, particularly in the winter. The Duke was an affable and popular young man, but no general, though to be fair he was badly let down by his allies.
    Largely as a result of the chaos he experienced during this campaign , he vastly improved efficiency when he later became Commander in Chief.

    Here ‘s our man, fresh off the ship in clean regimentals:


    This is not a period that’s much illustrated at all, unlike the later Wars from 1800 onwards .In essentials the outfit is the same as worn during the American War up to 1781, with a few style changes starting to creep in. It very much conforms to the style worn by the other European armies.


    The coat is largely the same, some units having upright collars, some rise-and-fall as here, but the gaiters and waistcoat are shorter, and the hat has lost its lace and its front peak to become a true bicorne.
    Hats in one “cock” or another had been worn since the 1640s, but they would not last into the new century, being replaced by the shako from 1800. Keeping it on was always a problem ,and a thin tape was often worn tied under the hair.

    The equipment in unchanged with pouch and bayonet, the pouchbelt over the shoulder with an engraved brass plate on the chest. The knapsack, of painted canvas , contains a blanket ,a spare shirt etc and cleaning materials. As a buff-faced regiment, all the smallclothes and buff leather are coloured to match, rather than being pipeclayed white as in most other regiments .


    The musket is the Short Land, with the 42” barrel.
    Haversack and waterbottle were issued for campaign, and contained whatever he could get, which was often not much in Holland . The waterbottle is the new wooden barrel type.


    He is noticeably hairy : long hair was still mandatory ,and for a centre company man worn in a club secured with a small strap. Side whiskers were also prominent in this decade.


    I’ve not been able to bring myself to destroy his outfit to show the rigours of soldiering, but many of the uniforms fell apart, because they were so badly made, and the men had to make shift with whatever they could find locally.

    As usual , everything homemade apart from the DML body inside. This one took quite a lot of reading to put together, because there is so little contemporary visual material.


    As usual....museum quality superb.

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  3. GazzaS New Member

    Wow! I like this. After a few seconds it dawned on me that there were different poses, and that your fabric was really fabric. I'm curious, did you use pose-able hands and different hands for each pose?

    Anyway, great job!

    I intend to do something in 1/6 scale from the Seven Years War period. I've only just started to gather materials so I know so little about figures.

    Thanks for a great inspiration.

  4. Nap A Fixture


    Always great to see your work , it's anazing just how natural they look , everything from the equiptment and the clothing fit ...great stuff ...love the face on this fellow

    Looking forward to the next update ..will you be doing a series of cavalry as well ?

    Thanks for sharing
  5. Tony Barton Active Member

    Gaz, I have a selection of hands I have made, to do various jobs, and they just plug in and out of the wrists. The commercial hands that come with the bodies are pretty good, but they tend to have a visible joint. I used them for some time , before deciding to model my own in Fimo. If you are doing a Seven Years War figure, do get in touch if you need muskets.

    And yes, I already have some cavalry figures. ButI don't think they will run to one per decade ! I can't recall now whether I put any on PF before, must check.
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  6. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Another masterpiece Tony.
    Your various skills to bring one of these gems together is amazing.
    More power to your elbow my friend.
  7. OldTaff PlanetFigure Supporter

    As always, a real delight to see your work, Tony. Go on, put ALL your figures on PF !(y):happy: It'll give us all a treat.

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  8. jai A Fixture

    I do not love this scale. But you did a great job
  9. arj A Fixture

    Superb work again Tony.
    Then went to your site and re-perused your wonderful collection of figures.


    P.S. For anyone who hasn't seen them, Tony's figures can be found HERE. The 'Gallery' is where you'll find them.
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  10. JonH Active Member

    I think these are great figures and excellent uniform references. Your Coldstream Guardsman was extremely useful in clearing up a few doubts and queries for me.
  11. peedee A Fixture

    The most wonderful high standards by you once again
    Mr Barton.
    A friend of mine , Rob Owen, from the Southport area, who I believe you know through the wargame world was asking about you last weekend and I had to say I hadn't heard from you on here for a while, so you must be working hard on a new and wondrous build !

    I absolutely love this Tony.

  12. John Bowery A Fixture

    Superb and lifelike.
  13. Chrisr PlanetFigure Supporter

    Absolutely superb Tony, as are the figures in the Gallery on your website. Now that is a skill, very talented indeed. How high do the figures stand?

  14. Grod A Fixture

    This looks great.
  15. Chris Ribchester PlanetFigure Supporter

    Great work, sounds an interesting project.


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