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WIP Airfix 54mm French Line Infantry

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Merryweather, Mar 16, 2021.

  1. dutch Active Member

    Great work, love it
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  2. MCPWilk A Fixture

    Great vignette. Go easy on the blood with casualties. Other than on white and pale fabrics, blood has the effect of merely darkening fabrics and the ground, rather than forming a red pool.

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  3. Merryweather A Fixture

    Many thanks Nigel, I am enjoying it myself!
  4. Merryweather A Fixture

    Thanks Dutch, much appreciated
  5. Merryweather A Fixture

    Good point, Mike, thanks.
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  6. Merryweather A Fixture

    Ok, do you remember way back when I put together a couple of new Fusiliers-7 & 8?
    Well, they have been progressing ahead of the Officer for some reason and here is Fusilier 7 as WIP
    Fusilier 7 WIP 1.jpg

    Fusilier 7 WIP 2.jpg

    And here he is with all his kit, separate but ready for painting

    Fusilier 7 ready.jpg

    And here is Fusilier 8 as a WIP

    Fusilier 8 WIP 1.jpg

    That’s all for now but there’s more in pipeline.

    Thanks for watching
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  7. Merryweather A Fixture

    I am pleased to report that the wounded officer is ready for priming and painting, woo hoo!
    I have struggled with this one, and I think it must have been because I didn’t really like the Historex head I was using.

    Once I swapped it over (for one from the 1970’s vintage Airfix footballers set) it all started to gel together.
    He’s got lots of unusual kit which I had to figure out from conflicting refences, especially the Standard-Bearer’s pouch belt thingy- I was hoping Historex did one in their spares range, but I couldn’t find one so I had to cobble it together myself.
    The N had me foxed for a while, then I thought I would see if I could 3D print something so small, and to my astonishment I got away with it.

    For the pedants experts among you he does have epaulettes and chin scales for his shako, I just forgot to add them into the shot. It’s all separate for painting.



    As you see, I have found a new place for the halberd, which I think brings it into focus a bit more than if it was just lying on the ground.
    I’ve pushed the bounds of 3D printing again here. I’m not confident of painting the lettering freehand, and I knew I could create the lettering digitallyso I experimented to see how thin I could print the pennant, and I got it down to 0.1mm.
    I used a hairdryer to get it to drape. The halberd blade is from Historex.
    So there’s only Fusilier no 8 to finish, and then I think I’ll start painting.

    Thanks for looking
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  8. Waterlooman A Fixture

    Its going to look amazing when its all together.

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  9. NigelR A Fixture

    Come on, keep going, we want to see this all together!!! Looking really good.....
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  10. Oda A Fixture

    An astonishing amount of exceptional modelling work.Like all the rest,I am eagerly waiting to see this progressing and finished.

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  11. Nap Moderator

    Hi Neil

    Great to see you've been busy on the figures , wonderful use of the stash and what's lying around , nice putty work

    Good move ref the actual flag pole , officer looks really good , lots of variety in him ...if I may I think the halberd would be better around the actual figure with the flag .....just think it would fit in better

    Like the casualties idea and musket angles in the firing line

    Always good to see what's happening on the bench

    Have fun

    Look forward to seeing more updates

    Happy Christmas

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  12. Warren SMITH A Fixture

    Well impressed old mate, your doing a terrific job...
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  13. Merryweather A Fixture

    I've primed the latest 3 figures
    Fusilier 7 primed.jpg
    Fusilier 7

    Porte Aigle primed.jpg
    Porte Aigle
    Officer primed.jpg

    And I've painted fusilier 7's head

    Fusilier 7 head.jpg

    I was intending to paint each figure one at a time, but I think I will do all the faces first in the hope that I can get into a bit of a groove.
    Thanks for looking in
  14. Warren SMITH A Fixture

    Great work..
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  15. Merryweather A Fixture

    Fusilier 8 is ready for paint, but he'll have to wait until I've freed up some Crocodile clips
    Fusilier 8 Ready (2).jpg

    Fusilier 8 Ready (1).jpg I changed the head. I wanted a really young looking one so this one is from a Historex lady. It's hard to see in white but hopefully it will look good in paint.
    Fusilier 8 Ready (2a).jpg

    I had to do the bloody hobnails again, and I've 3D printed my own shoulder straps - fingers crossed they look ok with paint on.
    I'm going to explore 3D printing some boots with hobnails for the upcoming casualties- got to find some easier solution or I'll lose the will to live!
    cheers for now
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  16. Nap Moderator

    Hi Neil

    Nice work on the youngster , 3D bits as well as a hobnail or 2 ! .......looking good

    Look forward to seeing the paint on him ...perhaps after a slight fringe haircut ...lol

    Happy benchtime

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  17. Merryweather A Fixture

    Many thanks Kev.

    Fusilier 7 is painted, ready for assembly tomorrow when it's properly dry.
    Fusilier 7 painted.jpg
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  18. Waterlooman A Fixture

    Superb painting.

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  19. Warren SMITH A Fixture

    Keep at it.. you seem to be on a roll..
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  20. All the detailwork going into this is great. Good to be along for the ride!
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