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Completed Airfix 54mm French Line Infantry

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

  1. Nap Moderator

    Hi Neil

    Nice casualty work there , they certainly look right position way and good modelling

    Look forward to seeing more on this project it's really moving along now

    Happy benchtime

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  2. Nap Moderator


    These are well worth looking at ...Troutcatchers


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  3. Merryweather A Fixture

    cheers Kev
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  4. Merryweather A Fixture

    wow that's nothing like as expensive as the solder I bought, although I have a wider range of sizes. Well worth checking out
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  5. Merryweather A Fixture

    The Officer is all painted and ready for a matt coat, which I will do with the airbrush when Fusilier 8 is ready(not far behind)
    Officer Painted .jpg

    Thanks for looking in
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  6. NigelR A Fixture

    Good progress. Out of interest, what do you use for your matt coat?
  7. Merryweather A Fixture

    Cheers Nigel
    this is the stuff. easy to use , sprays from the bottle and washes out with water.

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  8. NigelR A Fixture

    Thanks Neil, I have some of this (but never tried it on figures.....)
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  9. Warren SMITH A Fixture

    This is still growing.. excellent work on the flag, and the next two figures... very impressed..
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  10. Merryweather A Fixture

    Cheers Warren.
    Now, I have to admit that I've been holding out on you all a bit, because whilst working on Fusiliers 9 & 10 ,(and in order to avoid doing any painting) I had a moment of madness and made Fusilier 11,

    Fusilier 11.jpg

    And Fusilier 12,
    Fusilier 12.jpg
    Fusilier 13,
    Fusilier 13.jpg

    Fusilier 14,
    Fusilier 14.jpg

    And finally…Fusilier 15!

    Fusilier 15.jpg

    I decided to make Fusilier 11 a drummer, once I discovered that French drums were just brass, and not decorated like British ones( I didn't fancy the painting)
    I 3D printed the drum with holes perfectly spaced for the tensioning cords.
    and here he is finished and ready for paint

    Fusilier 11 ready.jpg

    He'll look better when I can glue all the equipment in place properly.
    The drumsticks are brass rod , set in the chuck of the dremel and filed, in the absence of a lathe. I used a small piece of curtain tape, flooded with CA for the basket effect on the water bottle . I had fun threading the drum- I tried all sorts of wire and E-Z Line but I ended up using plain old sewing thread in the end. I had a bit of a job researching the correct uniform, and one option would be to paint his jacket green(which I quite fancied, for some variety). But, whether the scene is historically accurate or not, I have decided that it's at the Battle of Waterloo, just before Sergeant Ewart of the Scots Greys seizes the eagle, so his jacket will be blue.

    Now you know why I needed to 3D print the hobnailed boot soles!
    I have made many of the pieces of equipment already so hopefully they will not take so long to make as the others-and the lying down ones will not need quite so much work…
    I’ve added almost as many figures again-I must be MAD, but I feel the scene tells a real story now-but all that PAINTING!
    Thanks all for your continued interest in what has turned out to be rather an epic!
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  11. NigelR A Fixture

    Brilliant work, love the lace on the drummer! Now get painting.....;)
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  12. Warren SMITH A Fixture

    You certainly have been busy... amazing work...
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  13. Merryweather A Fixture

    I am, I am!
    The Officer and Fusilier 8 are almost done, and Fusiliers 9,10, and 11 are primed....
  14. Merryweather A Fixture

    .....And here are Fusilier 8 and the Officer (at last!).

    Fusilier 8 (1).JPG

    Fusilier 8 (2).JPG

    Fusilier 8 (3).JPG

    Fusilier 8 (4).JPG

    Fusilier 8 (5).JPG

    Officer (1).JPG

    Officer (2).JPG

    Officer (3).JPG

    Officer (4).JPG

    Thanks everyone for looking in
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  15. NigelR A Fixture

    Great progress, these will all look most impressive when presented as a group.
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  16. Waterlooman A Fixture

    Superb work.

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  17. Oda A Fixture

    Neil, I have just gone online on Ebay and I saw that there is a ban on your name!Apparently you have singlehandedly created an artificial shortage of napoleonic Airfix kits worldwide! And to what a magnificent effect too!!!! I cannot commend highly enough on your dedication and stamina on this.When finally finishes it will look fantastic.

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  18. Merryweather A Fixture

    Many thanks Nigel for your continued support.
  19. Merryweather A Fixture

    Thanks again W
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  20. Merryweather A Fixture

    Lol! Thanks Oda for that fantastic complement. Airfix figures have some kind of attraction for me, probably to do with my youth (fooling myself I'm still 18....?)
    I know that things have moved on hugely, quality-wise, but they are so easy to work with and not expensive (especially if you use up the spares box like I am with most of these).
    I didn't set out for this to be an epic , but it's developed a life of its own and now it's almost 2 years since I started! Let's hope it doesn't take another year to finish. I think I can see the end now - only 7 more figures to go!
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