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WIP Airfix 54mm French Line Infantry

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

  1. Briggsy A Fixture

    Some great conversion work there, I never really realised just how versatile these figures are, really enjoying this thread.

    Cheers Simon
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  2. eppi Active Member


    I LOVE this way of building figures, with tens of separate parts!
    I'd suggest to try 80 gr. paper for strings, belts, etc.; when the proper shape is found it may be fixed and hardened with cyano glue.

    And, if I may, I've a question: how do you fix so clean these little metal wires on the collar? every time I try to stick a wire on my figures it turns to a mess.

    Cheers, Eros

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  3. Merryweather A Fixture

    Hi Eros,
    thanks for your comments and suggestion.
    The little metal wires are 0.3mm solder, which is VERY soft and it's simply stuck with thin superglue applied with a needle. very low-tech!
    When I have corners to turn I wait until the first bit is set, then make the shape. it's so soft it can't be pre-shaped.
    Hope that helps?
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  4. Merryweather A Fixture

    Thanks Simon
    I'm such an Airfix geek - they are just mostly what I have in the spares box, and many of them from my teenage years! Of course there's not much around in 1-32 scale now so I'm kind of stuck with these , and I DO like the consistency of the plastic anyway
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  5. eppi Active Member

    I always tried with copper 0.3mm wire and I'm surely going to try the tin wire. Thanks.
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  6. Waterlooman A Fixture

    Really impressive work - loving the poses.

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  7. Rob A Fixture

    Wonderful dedication on show here. You are managing amazing things with these Airfix pieces. Great project.
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  8. Merryweather A Fixture

    I am delighted to announce that Fusilier 15 is ready for paint.

    fusilier 15(5).jpg

    fusilier 15(6).jpg

    He does have a pack and a shako but I didn't have the patience to manipulate them into the shot without glue.
    not my best photography-apologies.
    Only one more to go YAY!
  9. NigelR A Fixture

    I'm delighted to see it! Now get on with the next one and get painting ;)
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  10. Briggsy A Fixture

    He looks good, looking forward to seeing them all together it promises to be a great scene.

    Cheers Simon
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  11. Merryweather A Fixture

    I am even more delighted to announce that Fusilier 16 is done and ready for paint – Ta Da!
    After putting it off for quite a while I finally knuckled down to doing the hair. I knew I wanted something scruffy but I didn’t quite know what. I was inspired whilst watching an old documentary from 1967 about disappearing London; there was a down-and-out pictured and it just struck me that that was the look I wanted for this guy.
    I had fun with the wicker-covered canteen- I used a bit of fabric from curtain tape around a 3D printed bottle. Thank God for the 3D-printed hobnailed boot soles-they came out again YAY! And I had to do the back of the cartridge box as it was clearly going to be visible
    Fusilier 16 (5).jpg

    Fusilier 16 (8).jpg

    Fusilier 16 (9).jpg

    Fusilier 16 (10).jpg

    I have to say that ironically, from being a bit ‘MEH!’ this last one is pretty much my favourite now, and he will definitely be something like front-and-centre in the final composition. The pose IS a bit 'War Picture Library' or whatever, but it's something I've always enjoyed in artwork so I'm very happy with it. In fact it’s really given me a sense of how it will all shape up (phew!)
    So that is definitely IT – there will be no more, so I want no naughty suggestions about adding Scots Greys or making it a round twenty figures, please, gents!
    So on with the paint, but don’t hold your breath- there’s a lot of DIY in the pipeline to be done before Christmas.
    And then there’s a base to do…..
  12. Briggsy A Fixture

    There just isn't enough time in the day! Very dramatic pose with great detail, he will definitely be a focal point, so catch you in the New Year!?

    Cheers Simon
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  13. NigelR A Fixture

    Excellent animation! Now GET PAINTING!!!!!!;):) Sod the DIY, you need warmer weather for that.
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  14. eppi Active Member

    That's ... BELLISSIMO! ;)
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  15. Merryweather A Fixture

    Well as usual my 'couple of weeks' turned into a couple of months...
    After a whole load of decorating followed by Mojo deflation I finally knuckled down to painting these boys- but I had to do a couple of practice heads before I let myself loose on their faces, just to get back in the swing of things. They're still not my best but I need this done now.
    Here are all the bits, ready for assembly

    Fusilier 15

    fusilier 15(7).jpg

    and Fusilier 16

    fusilier16 (12).jpg

    I shall proceed to assemble them and post them soon, and then make a start on the base
    thanks for watching
  16. marco14 PlanetFigure Supporter

    that is a lot to do like I can see,enjoy it and beautiful done (y)

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  17. Briggsy A Fixture

    It's amazing how many parts go into a single figure, if you're due to start the base there is light at the end of the tunnel.

    Cheers Simon
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  18. Rob A Fixture

    I note someone starting a small, tight little 5 figure diorama like this back in early March 2021, I wonder what happened to that?
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  19. Merryweather A Fixture

    Yup me too
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  20. Warren SMITH A Fixture

    Good to hear you have your mojo back, big diorama's are out of my scope due to losing interest half way through... looking forward to seeing the final piece..
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