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Chasseur Alpin 1915

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Dan Morton, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    I'm working on two figures - this one will be for The Old Contemptibles.

    - Horizon Bleu great coat
    - Goatskin jerkin with fur showing around edges
    - Tarte with bugle insignia
    - Dark blue culotte type half trousers
    - Dark blue putties
    - Brown boots and ammunition containers
    - Mannlicher – Berthier Mle. 1916 rifle
    - Two "hairbrush" type early war grenades
    - full field pack, water bottle, haversack, small mountain pick in black leather carrier
    - Large circular loaf of bread
    - Captured German pipe - with porcelain bowl and long, ornate wood stem

    Lots and lots left to do. You'll notice that I've had to rip the putties off one lower leg. That's because the ankle has snapped-off and I have to repair it.

    Roger Newsome will be painting the box art for this figure.

    Hope you like it!

    All the best,
    Dan

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  2. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    You've been busy ;)
  3. vergilius New Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    really nice start. Do show more soon
  4. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi Dan,

    Another great project for TOC. I'm sure Roger's licking his lips in anticipation.
  5. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Looking good so far Dan!


    He is Tony!! :)

    Roger
  6. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Dan,
    He is looking good. I think the legs must be more fleshed out or are they not finished??

    marc
  7. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Matthew, Vergilius, Tony, Roger and Marc - Many thanks! Marc - I've just had to re-do and strengthen one of the legs because it broke above the ankle. That's why one of the legs has no putties. Both legs are a bit skinny on purpose for a bit of artistic effect.

    I neglected to post my reference photo. The soldier is a Chasseur of the 297th Infantry Regiment ca. 1915.

    All the best,
    Dan

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  8. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Dan,
    Looks good so far.
    Cheers
    John
  9. amcairns A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Dan,
    The figure looks very good,like the moustache on this character.
    Andy
  10. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    John and Andy - Many thanks! Andy - yes that enormous walrus 'stache in the photo and the goatskin jerkin is what got me! The rifle is one that nobody has done in a 1/16th scale kit - a Mannlicher-Berthier converted to a 5-shot clip. Did you notice the two "hairbrush" grenades? Early in the war, the Entente didn't have enough grenades and the French and British made them in the trenches from two sticks of gelignite or dynamite, a piece of wood and a fuse. Sometimes they went off where they were supposed to.

    Fun to do a Poilu!

    All the best,
    Dan
  11. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England
  12. petermh Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Interesting subject Dan I particularly like the sheepskin jerkin
    I visited the musee "memorial du ligne" in the voges mountains a couple of years ago where the chasseurs alpin fought a major engagement in 1915. The opposing trenches can still be seen literally yards apart and on top of a mountain, the conditions must have been appauling
  13. 1969 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Dan lovely subject to sculpt mate and you are doing a good job of him so far.

    Steve
  14. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Roger, Peter and Steve - Many thanks!!! Roger - I saved most of those photos and illustrations - not ones I'd seen before.

    All the best,
    Dan

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