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French Chasseurs Alpins WWI

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by blaster, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. blaster Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Photos of WWI show a lot of ordinary French soldiers dressed in various fantassin costumes due to unplanned uniform shortages and poor distribution. The Chasseurs Alpins are particularly attractive in their dare blue tunics, greatcoats and black berets.

    These troopers look generally mature (probably older soldiers with valuable mountaineering skills were retained in the army) and also shorter in stature on average. The Heller sets produced French WWII troops in 1/35 scale. I used two legs with puttees to represent one of these Blue Devils in 1/32 scale in an Alpine setting.The figure pose was finalised before the greatcoat was rolled out in putty and draped onto the figure. It is important to get the coat fronts and tails looking correct. As can be seen, these were made in stages. The imperfections can be sculpted in with putty.

    The chasseur hunting horn appears to have a larger diameter and can be slipped onto the body. I decided to use a musical horn from Historex instead. A Historex trumpet was also added.

    The dramatic landscape was made with part of a resin casting representing a rocky landscape and a cut down root. A hole was drilled into the root to create a hollow tree stump.

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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Nice subject and good to see the SBS pictures

    Thanks for sharing

    Nap
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  3. Dimonikus Active Member

    Country:
    Russian-Federation
    Nice job!
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  4. blaster Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hi Kevin and Dimonikus,

    Thanks for your nice comments. I enjoy scratchbuilding and conversions as you end up with a unique piece.

    Rgds Victor

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