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Completed French Officer 1870 - Franco-Prussian War 1870

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by maui, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. maui Active Member

    Country:
    Italy
    Dear friends,
    I present to you my latest work. is an upcoming 1/9 scale model produced by dear friend Paul Ondeck's Model Cellar.
    A good figure modeled by "Offo".
    A French line infantry officer during the Franco-Prussian War in 1870/71.
    To be more precise, he is a captain and can be understood from the three chevron of golden thread on the képi.
    He wears like many others a troop coat as indicated at the beginning of the war, a more practical and less recognizable garment.
    In the following images you can see an original képi from the collection of the Armée Museum, some details of officers taken from paintings by Paul Grolleron and Édouard Detaille.
    There is also a photo of an infantryman wearing the coat which was in heavy fabric in the color gris de fer bleuté.
    On his chest he has the Médaille militaire in the next version without the Napoleonic eagle, after the fall of the empire in September 1870.

    Cheers
    01.jpg 02.jpg 03.jpg kepi.jpg grolleron.jpg dettaglio-2-CHAMPIGNY-1870.jpg dettaglio-CHAMPIGNY-1870.jpg fante-1870.jpg Medaille_Militaire_3e_Republique_France.jpg
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  2. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    That's a nice piece. I will follow this with interest(y)

    Phil
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  3. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Very nice bust, not too many Franco Prussian war bust's. Following with interest.
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  4. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Right next to you ....nice piece as you say and a medal ...good references as well

    Another good sculpt on this from Offo

    Happy bench-time

    Nap
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  5. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Definitely has my attention
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  6. Ronaldo A Fixture

    That blue looks a difficult one to crack , I have a tone set for that one starting with Andrea NAC11 over a grey primer followed by Old Holland
    Ancien Fonce IE Blue deep high lighted with W&N transparent white added to the mix .

    Nice looking bust look forward to your paint up
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  7. Zastrow.cuirassier PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    France
    Superb bust as usual with Offo, one small detail however: the medal!
    This is the military medal, normally reserved for a non-commissioned officer!
    It rewards both the men of the ranks, non-commissioned officers, petty officers and midshipmen and, exceptionally, the general officers, Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, having commanded in chief before the enemy or who surrendered exceptional services to national defense.
    So it is not an impossibility (if this captain was previously a non-commissioned officer), but it is really a rarity, he could have more easily worn the Legion of Honor!
    In addition, this medal was often worn with the medals either of the Baltic (English) of Crimea (English and Turkish), or of the countryside of Italy, or of China, or of Mexico (it is necessary to have participated in a fight for earn it!
    Baltic, and Crimea medals (Turkish Crimea medal, English one and Baltic medal)
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    China Campaign medal
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    Italian campaign
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    And Mexican campaign
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    French second Empire "Légion d'Honneur"
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  8. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    Medals and their award status and precedence are a minefield, especially British ones.

    Phil
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  9. bucsfan21 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Love the French Uniform with blue and red! Striking colors. And a very well sculpted bust! (y) Thanks for sharing...

    Terry Martin-Member of the Atlanta Military Figure Society of Atlanta,GA
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  10. Zastrow.cuirassier PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    France
    The French not so much, as for the British it is enough to have Medal Yearbook (Token), the network of decorations is very well explained ... Where it is complicated, it is North Korea, there it is the big one mystery!
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  11. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    :ROFLMAO::LOL::ROFLMAO:. What do they look like:ROFLMAO:
  12. Ronaldo A Fixture

    Dangerous Boy Scouts :eek:
  13. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Happy ‘21 Maurizio mate!
    So glad to see you in action again & wait expectantly to see this little beaut with your painting approach bringing him to life.
    Trust you, family & friends are safe.

    By the way I’m working on Frenchmen project for Paul too ;-)
    MikeTheKiwi
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  14. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    A metal detectors dream !!!!!.....love the way they go down the legs !!!

    Look forward to more on this bust , good info from ZC on the medals ...room to add a few more !!!!

    Happy benchtime everyone

    Nap
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  15. offo A Fixture

    ;)(y)
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  16. maui Active Member

    Country:
    Italy
    Thanks for the clarification Zastrow, I too had read something about it, but you were even more explanatory. Very interesting. With medals and decorations it is always advisable to do thorough research in order not to run into situations that are difficult to read.
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  17. maui Active Member

    Country:
    Italy
    Here you can see the bust with the finished painting. I painted the details of this figure trying to simulate the different materials and their colors as convincingly as possible.
    Clearly it is almost impossible especially for the colors to recreate the original, above all because we often take inspiration from tables and illustrations which were themselves interpretations.
    In the end our aim is to try to bring to scale and in a credible way some men in uniform, perhaps with small artistic licenses but always keeping in mind not to exceed, so as not to distort the subject represented.
    I hope you like it

    F.O.-01.jpg F.O.-02.jpg F.O.-03.jpg F.O.-04.jpg F.O.-05.jpg
  18. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    Beautifully done Maui. I think you have captured the colours extremely well. They have a nice, muted tone suggesting a "lived-in" look. The face too - excellent!

    Phil
  19. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    I can only agree with Phil here ..cracking result ...I was looking on the MC site only this morning particularly at this !

    What's your mixes for that blue and the Fleshwork

    Thanks for sharing

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
  20. maui Active Member

    Country:
    Italy

    Thanks Mike, Happy 2021 to you too. I hope you and your family are all well too.

    I'm sure you will present great work as always.(y)(y)(y) I wait to see him!
    Mike - The Kiwi and Nap like this.

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