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WIP Frederick the Great's 5th Hussars

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Sven, Apr 24, 2021.

  1. Sven A Fixture

    Dear Planeteers,

    here are some pictures of my current project, a Prussian hussar from about 1757. It is a rather small bust from Young Miniatures (1:10 scale or smaller) but it is large in drama and action.
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    A few month ago, I finished another Prussian hussar from the war of 1870/71. Although both gentlemen are separated by more than 100 years, the uniforms share some remarkable similarities.

    Frederick the Great formed the Husaren-Regiment Nr. 5 (von Ruesch), a Hussar regiment commanded by Colonel von Ruesch. These Hussars adopted a black uniform with a Totenkopf emblazoned on the front of their mirlitons and wore it on the field in the War of Austrian Succession and in the Seven Years' War.
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    In 1808, when the regiment was reformed into Leib-Husaren Regiments Nr.1 and Nr.2, the Totenkopf remained a part of the uniform as you can see on the second bust.

    Happy painting!
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  2. Dr Bison Well-Known Member

    I love what you've done so far, Sven. The face and mirliton are extremely realistic. One small thing, though: the skull and bones were stitched in white thread on these caps. The white metal versions came much, much later...
    Looking forward to the next steps.

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  3. Wayneb A Fixture

    Looks very good Sven.........I have the earlier version from Young.....sculpting and casting is perfect....will I paint it?...I don't know......

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  4. Scott Sheltz Well-Known Member

    Off to a great start - shaping up nicely!
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  5. theBaron A Fixture

    In Sven's defense, it looks like that was a choice made by the sculptor. That is, it looks like it's molded as a metal badge.

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  6. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    Nice work on both. One question, I have recently acquired a copy of that second bust; is the totenkopf sculpted on or did you sculpt that?
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  7. misfit151 A Fixture

    Cracking start Sven....(y). Mike
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  8. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Sven

    Great choice of bust , it's certainly action packed and has painting options as well

    As always a great start from you , nice fleshtones and what a face full of anger and character

    Following with much interest

    I have never got this one ...tempted !

    Happy benchtime


    PS Love the 1870 version ( Stormtroopers release ? )
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  9. Sven A Fixture

    Hi Karl,
    You are absolutely right. The Totenkopf was stitched and not made from metal. The cast, however, does not leave much options. I was thinking of removing the skull and create something myself but I think I will live with it, lazy as I am.
    Thanks for responding.
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  10. Sven A Fixture

    Hi Wayne,
    my copy was sitting on the bench for more than two years. Once I have started with it, however, I am really enjoying it. There is a lot of black to paint and I think this is a nice challenge.
  11. Sven A Fixture

    Exactely my thoughts.
    Cheers Sven
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  12. Sven A Fixture

    The Totenkopf is sculpted and very well done. Looking forward to see your version.
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  13. Sven A Fixture

    Hi Nap,
    yes, this is a Stormtrooper release and still available!
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  14. Scott Sheltz Well-Known Member

    The 1870 bust is Stormtroopers. I am working on it now - great sculpt and minimal clean up on the casting. Hoping to get primer on it soon.
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  16. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Following with interest, love this bust.
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