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Austro Hungarian Alpine trooper 1916 from TFB Miniatures

Discussion in 'Figure News' started by Steve headley, Mar 10, 2023.

  1. Steve headley Well-Known Member

    Hi all here is the new Bust from TFB Miniatures. It’s a Austro Hungarian Alpine trooper 1916 it’s in 1/9th scale and was sculpted by Offo.

    It’s based on a real Alpine trooper from the time is name was Johann “Schwanni” Forcher, he was a 47 year old Shoe maker and Mountain guide, he was from Sexten in the Tyrol.

    The small group of troopers attacked the Schimpkekuppe (Aka Panettone 2,718m ) in the Dolomites with his 6 men he lost 1 man in the attack and captured 42 Italian Alpinists and 2 officers.

    On November 19th 1916 he received the Gold medal for Bravery from the Archdukes Eugine and Fredrick.

    He fought till the end of the war and returned to Sexten and died in 1948 at the age of 79. He was a member of the local fire department for 60 years.

    It’s a great back story and is a pleasure to bring him out in model form.

    The bust is available to pre order from Saturday on the TFB Miniatures website www.tfbminiatures.co.uk

    Thanks for looking


    TFB Miniatures Team


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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Steve

    That's come out well by Offo , nice to see it completed , be nice to see the actual resin casting/ parts

    Intrigued about the straps at the back ....nice touch

    Found this of the man

    Put me down for one

    Thanks for sharing

    Happy releasing


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  3. Dr Bison Well-Known Member

    That is one hell of a lovely bust. Good to see, that some more unusual subjects make it onto the market. I wish you well with this approach.

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  4. Steve headley Well-Known Member

    Hi Karl thank you for the kind words. It was a idea from one of our painters Costas Rodopoulos he sent us the idea and said the back story was good and you don’t see meany Austro Hungarian subject and they seem to be over looked, so we went with it. And I have to say it’s come out so very well indeed.

    I have to say it’s good to do a different subject from time to time. We have tested the water with a few projects and it’s worked so we will continue to do the same in the future.

    King regards


    TFB Miniatures Team
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  5. Nap A Fixture

    Hi folks

    I was wondering ref the leather equipment that's on this particularly the rear straps so I asked Pavol .......his references

    This is a WW2 Hungarian uniform but with full WW1 equipment and straps


    There's also this painting


    A lot of time spent by the sculptor searching so it's much appreciated

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  6. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    For those (Nap?), who want to add a bit blink-blink to the guy...:


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  7. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Martín

    Thank you for details ....I have plans for the bust .......have you a better picture of the round badge ...obviously a Alpine flower but be good to have more info

    It's interesting the pictures have what looks like the Austro Hungarian eagle on the collar rather than the alpine flower Edelwiess

    Couple of good references www.warhats.com

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    Happy benchtime

  8. JackG Active Member

    Great looking sculpt!

    Am guessing the finished product represents a generic Alpine trooper as the collar insignia has been replaced with the edelweiss flower? In the period photos, the gentleman in question is sporting the Tyrol eagle on the collar tabs which denotes Tyrolese Standschützen.
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  9. Dr Bison Well-Known Member

    This book by Verlag Militaria should answer most uniform questions.
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    Unfortunately, I gave mine away some years ago, but maybe other pF members have a copy gathering dust somewhere?
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  10. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Dr B

    That's a mighty fine book , I have all in the series ......very heavy books but amazing references which I'm happy to have in the " groaning " bookcases

    Happy Hunting for the book

  11. akaryu A Fixture

    Johann "Hans"Forcher belonged to the Standschützenbataillon Sillian, 3. Kompanie Sexten, the same unit as the legendary Sepp Innerkofler, therefore the Tiroleradler collar badge is the only correct one.

    Oberjäger Forcher obtained the Silver Medal for Bravery 1st class on 14 July 1915, the Gold one in November 1916.

    For more information see Wolfgang Joly "Standschützen, Die Tiroler und Vorarlberger k.k. Standschützen-Formationen im Ersten Weltkrieg", Universitätsverlag Wagner, Innsbruck.

    Berg Heil,

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  12. Nap A Fixture

    From Pavol



  13. Steve headley Well-Known Member

    Hi all just to let you know I’ve made a bit of a mistake with regards to the Bust. I thought it was based on the Trooper I gave the back story to but I have since been informed that it’s a generic Alpine Trooper and that it’s not the said gentleman. This is totally my fault. I thought it was as the photo we used as an example and then we were given the back story of the person which fitted so my mistake.

    This does not detract from the fact that the bust uniform and equipment are correct it’s just the face and the badges my differ from the photo.

    But it’s still a tribute to the Austro Hungarian Alpine troopers who fought in WW1. Once again thank you for your understanding with this mix up.


    TFB Miniatures Team
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  14. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Steve

    Thanks for posting , irrespective of a slight issue it's a great sculpt from Offo , plenty of opportunity to paint as a generic Alpine soldier or convert as the purchaser sees fit ....

    Look forward to seeing my resin

    Happy benchtime to all

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  15. akaryu A Fixture

    For a generic Austrian Gebirgsjäger it is an excellent sculpture and there is an abundance of inspiring literature and information on the Gebirgskrieg.

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  16. Francisco Member

    Not really my kind of bust, but it`s a great piece!
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  17. Steve headley Well-Known Member

    Hi Pierre thank you for the kind words.

    Francisco appreciate your comment thank you.


    TFB Miniatures Team
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