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French Fusilier Marins 1915

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Dan Morton, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Background: The pose and setting were taken from an often published wartime photo of two Poilus in a similar 'hasty' 1915 trench forward position. I changed the figures to Fusilier Marins. The French Marins were unlike USMC or British Royal Marines-they had little training in amphibious landings, etc. But they were tough, mostly professional and elite. They held the line in 1914 at Yser and many other times in the Great War.

    In the trench are some "home-made' 1915 grenades - TNT sticks, wood paddles, wire and fuses and a trench periscope made from basswood with shiny metal strips for mirrors top and bottom. You'll notice that, as in the wartime photo, they've used their rifles to hold up the periscope. (Something leads me to believe these lads were not in the front line.)

    Marine 1 – skinny
    Blue seaman’s cap with red top knot and white thin chin strap
    M1898 double-breasted 8 brass buttons dark blue greatcoat with no pockets, four seamed epaulettes with brass buttons on each shoulder, fold back coat wings
    Green handkerchief above collar of great coat
    M1886/93 Lebel rifle, three shot clip, bolt action, 8 mm caliber and distinctive thin triangular bayonet in holder
    M1892 haversack, greenish grey x 2 removed from each soldier
    M1877 one liter water bottle, covered in light grey blue cloth hung up on tree root
    M1915 corduroy trousers of pantalon-culotte style, loose in the thigh and tight from the knee down, reddish brown with wide wale cords
    Puttees in dark blue
    M1912 brown boots

    Marine 2 – chubby
    Dressed in similar fashion and with same equipment, patterned red and white handkerchief above collar of great coat, M1915 trousers in medium grey, M1877 water bottle in dark blue, putties grey

    Hope you like it!

    Marc Megroot will be painting it!



    All the best,

    Dan
  2. yeo_64 Active Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    Hey Dan, please let me be the first to congratulate you on a beautifully constructed vignette, my friend !!! WELL DONE !!!! I'm pretty sure Marc will have a GREAT time painting the scene up. Cheers !
    Kenneth :D.
  3. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Nicely done, looking forward to seeing it painted.

    Cheers
    Roc.
  4. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Exellent trench scene Dan. There's plenty there to keep Marc very busy.

    Roger
  5. Kisifer Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    That's a very interesting and well sculpted little vignette Dan. I really like your unique subjects.

    Xenofon
  6. Ulrich PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Germany
    Nice scene and excellent sculpting. I like it very much and think that Marc will likewise do an excellent paint job.

    Ulrich
  7. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks Kenneth, Ulrich, Xenofon, Roger & Rocco!

    All the best,
    Dan
  8. diosytexas Member

    Country:
    England
    great stuff. well done. dave.
  9. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks Dave!

    All the best,
    Dan
  10. Alex Lopez Active Member

    Country:
    Mexico
    Hey Dan, been you have occupied my friend, and your models are very GOOD!!
    I´ll waiting for the Marc paint,,,

    Regards.

    Alex.
  11. galdino New Member

    Country:
    Brazil
    Good idea to make the guy looking trough the periscope!
    Nice!
  12. flart1943 Active Member

    Country:
    England
    well done Dan

    Hi Dan
    Once again a magnificent sculpt of a rare and hard to find subject. Well done.
    Pete
  13. eissteban Active Member

    Country:
    France
    Dan bravo and thanks for the French Navy.
    They're always forgotten.
    We waiting for the paint now ;)
  14. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Alex, Galdino, Peter and Sebastien - Many thanks fellas!

    All the best,
    Dan
  15. MAB Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Italy
    Hi Dan
    I have received your Mail... :)
    The scene is gradevole...
    it appeals to me also the graundwork ...... good continuous

    Saluti MAB :)
  16. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Maurizio - Many thanks!!

    All the best,
    Dan
  17. Christos Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Very nice composition Dan!
    best regards
    christos
  18. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Christos - Many thanks!

    All the best,
    Dan
  19. BESPJL Active Member

    Country:
    Portugal
    Hi Dan,

    A wonderful set. Congratulations.

    Now comes the painting stage. Let's see it.

    Cheers,
    Paulo
  20. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Many thanks for your comment Paulo! As of 1130 CST, the vignette is in the hands of the US Postal Service and on its way to the Netherlands to Marc. I too look forward to Marc's painting it!

    All the best,
    Dan

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