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Garde Mobile, 1870: My Latest Figure

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Billhoran, Feb 5, 2005.

  1. Billhoran New Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Attached are photos of my latest figure (also based on an contemporary painting) of a Garde Mobile during the winter of 1870-71. The Mobiles were basically National Guard units, mostly of lesser fighting abilities. Once most of the French Army was captured during the initial stages of the Franco-Prussian War, the Gardes, together with Zouaves, Marines and other oversees units that arrived late, bore the brunt of fighting in the latter part of the war.

    Bill

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  2. Billhoran New Member

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    Photo 2 of 3 ...

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  3. Billhoran New Member

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    Photo 3 of 3.

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  4. Ernest A Fixture

    Country:
    Venezuela
    I can't say a word.......... :eek: :eek:

    ................ :eek:
  5. Johan Well-Known Member

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    Belgium
    ... Great ! (y)

    I see you have also noticed how the black colour in reality must have worn off quickly from the tops of the leather gaiters, with the brown leather colour shining through - this is a detail that you see quite often in contemporary paintings by De Neuville etc.

    Another great figure !! Congratulations, Bill !
  6. JCOX Active Member

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    :eek: WOW! :eek:

    -jim cox
  7. Brad S Member

    Bill

    You are a true inspiration!!!
  8. Guy A Fixture

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    United-States
    Beautiful work Bill......thanks for sharing with us.
  9. jjgurk Member

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    United-States
    In a word....superb.

    John
  10. bert New Member

    Bill, just one word I can say, Fantastic !! As usual.

    I would ask you one question : where does your interest for the Franco-Prussian war come from ?
    In fact, this period of French history is not really a subject of interest for many of my compatriots.!! Certainly I guess because of the feelings due to the defeat...

    Thanks a lot anyway for sharing your figure with us.

    Best regards.

    Bertrand
  11. Billhoran New Member

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    My interest really comes to a great extent from the very inspiring paintings of DeNeuville and Detaille. But really, I am interested in the war for the same reason all of us are interested in military history generally. The strange combination of courage endurance, heroism and comaradery, mixed with (usually in equal measure), cowardice, incompetence, fear and tragedy. In short war seems to capture in microcosm all the best - and worst of the human race. The Franco Prussian War, which was a comparatively brief campaign, seems to encapsulate all this in a very concentrated manner...plus I like the uniforms.

    Bill
  12. captnenglish Well-Known Member

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    Can't wait to see it in person next month.
  13. Guayo New Member

    Hi Bill, as you say, this war was the beginning of the end of the romatic era, the big impact of the fall of the Second Empire to the french society would last almost to the middle of the XX century.

    Is just Amazing to see the hope of the French people in the National Guard, but sadly it proved a hopeless task , after the fall of Sedan and some bloody confrontation with the more discipline German Army, the new army lost 70,000 men through desertion, virtually the equivalent of the entire German force facing them.

    I like the face of the figure, he must be mad with the novice NCO giving orders without sense. Another problem at the end of the war, the lack of officer and NCOs in the National Guard.

    I send you a postcard that my Grandfather left me, it was from his private collection. they are Tirailleurs Sènègalais, may me it would help you in a future project.


    Thanks,
    Eduardo

    [IMG]

    PS: I been looking for this book, but can not find it :( , I friend toll me that is the best resource for uniforms of the French Army of Africa. May be you are more lucky.
    http://www.brocase.com/brocase/armee_afrique_1830_1962.html
  14. yeo_64 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    (y) (y) (y) Bill !!! Thanks for sharing it with us. Cheers.
    Kenneth.
  15. lbfactory Well-Known Member

    Country:
    France
    Hi bill
    amazing figure you have post here :eek:
    thanks for us, french to do such great figures :) about our History
    laurent
  16. RobH Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Thought you'd been quiet!

    excellent character, and as usual so much in a static figure.

    (y)

    thanks for sharing
  17. Figure Mad Well-Known Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Bill

    Beautifully done, as per usual

    Dave
  18. rafaelega Active Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Awesome work.

    Rafa
  19. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Excuse me while I pick my jaw off the floor.

    Un- be- lieve- a- ble!

    All the best,
    Dan
  20. Von Bock Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Bill,
    Well as I sat and stared at your figure in total amazement, :eek: I thought to myself why do I do figures again? :( Then my wife walks up and looks over my shoulder and says "WOW it's a wonder you still do figures after seeing work like that". Needless to say the thought of a large sale came to mind. Wonderful work I'm glad to be a member here and really glad you are willing to share such work. :) Regards Brock

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