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WIP 2nd Rhode Island Infantry, 1861, 75mm TFB/049

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by F Troop, Jan 10, 2024.

  1. F Troop Active Member

    Eduard Perez is one of my favorite sculptors and I believe I have each of his figures he did for FeR. I love the way he handles clothing folds, and his anatomy is spot one.
    Nevertheless, after some research and studying photographs of the 2nd Rhode Island I couldn’t resist tweaking this figure, so I made the following changes.

    Apparently, the officers had their Burnside Shirts tailored to suit their personal tastes.
    Photos show that variances in width and depth of the shirt plackets with 2, 3 and sometimes 4 pairs of buttons.... So, I widened the placket and made it an 8-button closure.

    I added a shirt collar which can hardly been seen and a pocket to the left breast.

    I added a Havelock cover to the kepi; popular early on but fell into disuse later.

    Gave the sash a bit more material along the bottom of the belt.

    I changed out the bulls-eye canteen for a smooth-sided issue I feel was more likely in 1861 especially if the Rhode Islanders were drawing supplies from the New York Depot.

    Finally, I couldn’t resist adding the canvas and leather camp shoes reportedly a popular item purchased at one’s own cost.

    Can’t wait to get this guy primed and start painting (but I’m slow).

    Painting tip: A. R. Waud noted that the red blankets had a black strip along the edge and which he included on his sketches and as shown on the Company of Military Historians Plate No. 103.

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  2. Briggsy PlanetFigure Supporter

    Very nice additions, love the mutton chops very gentlemanly. I'll follow along at your pace.

    Cheers Simon
  3. MalcC A Fixture

    I'm glued to this already, loving the alterations.

  4. Nap Moderator

    Hi Rick

    I’m definitely following you on this ,love the additions , really makes the piece even more special

    Great research, any chance of seeing the Plate No 103 ?

    Found this of a Sgt ....conversion potential

    Following with interest

    Have fun at the bench


  5. F Troop Active Member

    Plate No. 103 and a couple of others. Waud's sketch is very hard to see and detail but his note about the red blanket with its black stripe is recorded on the back of the sketch. 1st & 2nd RI wore the same uniform. Note the officer in the background of No. 103 - double row of buttons on placket.

    Grey trousers certainly were worn early on. Not all plates show the black blanket stripe. The photo below is the 2nd RI at Manassas and I think is the best evidence of the stripe because as far as I know no original red blankets have surfaced.
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  6. F Troop Active Member

  7. F Troop Active Member

    One of Waud's sketches that you can see the details a bit clearer

  8. Nap Moderator

    Hi Rick

    Loving the replies ,great references for everybody ....keep the updates coming

    Thank you

    Happy benchtime


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