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Blue Miniatures Cadet in Campaign Uniform 1885

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Watford, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. Watford PlanetFigure Supporter

    I bought this figure at Euromilitaire back in 2012, if my memory serves me correctly. Partly because I am interested in European Armies of the mid and late 19th Century and partly because the figure is sculpted by Nino Pizzichemi whos work I really like to collect. The box art is by R. Giannino.

    The figure is well cast with no air bubbles and almost no moulding lines; those that I had to clean off were minimal and thankfully none on the face.


    According to the painting guide the figure is a Cadet of the military Academy in campaign uniform circa 1885. I am guessing the figure represents a soldier from the Massowa campaign. The jacket is dark blue with, brass buttons, the trousers are 'crude burlap', which I've since found out is a type of hessian cloth, in a natural colour. The boots are similar to those worn by Alpine troops without gaiters.

    I did show the figure to a friend who was bowled over by the rifle that comes with the figure, it turns out this was originally a bolt action rifle that the Italian Army converted to an early magazine rifle. Now I am no expert so he could have been telling me a load of rubbish but the detail on the rifle and the figure over all is very, very good.

    I am looking forward to painting this figure, time permitting.

    Lasalle, billyturnip, yeo_64 and 2 others like this.
  2. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Hi Roy

    Interested to see this short review.
    I do know Niño is fastidious about details, especially I suspect even more so for his Italian subjects

    Thanks for taking the time to share

  3. Watford PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Mike
    Yes the detail is great but I think I've dropped a clanger positioning his head (see picture below WIP). However I have a plan because if this figure is a depiction from the Massowa campaign in North Africa, I see Mantis do a range of small animals for that region http://www.mantisminiatures.pl/EN/14,0,Animals.html

    So what I am thinking is putting one of these little blighters on the edge of the base so it looks like he's looking down at it. Hopefully that'll solve my fau par :oops: Fingers crossed I can pick a box up at Euro.


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  4. Watford PlanetFigure Supporter

  5. faberdp61 Member

    Hello friends, this is a wonderful piece of Nino Pizzichemi. Although it is a few years old it is very nice! I've painted some time ago and I really enjoyed doing it


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