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WIP General Rollet " Father of the Legion "

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Nap, Jun 14, 2020.

  1. captnenglish Well-Known Member

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    I too like painting medals, so I will be following your progress
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  2. Nap A Fixture

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    Your very welcome ...do share how you approach the painting if possible

    ...share some pictures in the V bench or completed parts of PF

    Happy bench-time

    Nap
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  3. Nap A Fixture

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    Hi everyone

    Verbal up date ......Working on the Kepi he wears and looking at the references I have added a line of lace around the inside top of the Kepi using very very thing putty

    The next question was ..is the colour black or a very dark blue ? ......off went the question to Piere with this reply

    "Hello Kevin,

    Ah, that elusive blue/black so favored in continental officers' parade uniforms!

    To the eye it is black, but not a dead flat black which tends to look greyish, but an extremely dark blue. In oils I mix it by adding ivory black and a speck of burnt umber to indigo , never never use straight black.

    In the French army, this colour was what distinguished an officer's dress from all the blues of the common soldiers' uniform, a bit difficult to capture well in paint.
    In the Belgian army it is extensively used in the parade dress of the Royal Military Academy and in army officers' mess dress."

    He also sent several videos of officers at the Belgium Academy ( easier than sending his actual uniform ! )

    Once again THANKS PIERRE

    So based on this I went for a midnight blue with a touch of umber and black .....this is now looking good

    All gold embroidery on the Kepi top and sides at basecoated with a dark brown and the red top is completed

    Will next basecoat the flesh and hair/ beard and complete the eyes

    Stay tuned

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  4. Nap A Fixture

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    Hi everyone

    Couple of updated pics

    Kepi all done , eyes all done, collar done , all else base coated, still working on the uniform colour ( thanks to Pierre again for his help )

    NMM used

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    WIP 010.jpg WIP 009.jpg

    Thanks for looking in

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  5. Chris Oldfield A Fixture

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    A lovely job you've done on that kepi, Kev.
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  6. Nap A Fixture

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    Thanks Chris ..just need to get the uniform colour right

    Nap
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  7. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Lovely painting.
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  8. Nap A Fixture

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    Cheers Bob ....he will look better !!!

    Nap
  9. DioramaArt A Fixture

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    You’re going to have lots of fun painting those medals, looking good mate. :)
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  10. Nap A Fixture

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    Hopefully Marcus !!!! ........going between pieces is a little confusing to my small brain cell ...going to have to try just doing one at a time !!!!

    Thanks for commenting

    Nap
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  11. Nap A Fixture

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    Hi Folks

    Bit of verbal ...working on aguilettes atm ..nice to get a bit of colour on him , red one is for Legion d'honneur the other yellow and green is for Medal Militaire

    I asked the very helpful Pierre ref collar ..box art shows gold ...seems unlikely so after much checking from both sides of the English Channel ...lol

    Hello Kevin,
    After looking very closely at the best known picture of Rollet ( below ) , one can clearly see the difference between the collar’s color and the gold braid of the epaulette retaining straps on his shoulder"

    So I have gone for the same as uniform colour , highlighting texture ....now completed as well as badges and shoulder bars


    More info from Pierre

    The grenades on his collar shouldn’t be golden bulges but open cantered.....done with paint effect

    His service chevrons are gold braid...still to be painted after aguilettes

    THANKS AGAIN PIERRE

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  12. Nap A Fixture

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    Hi everyone

    Good benchtime yesterday ....working on aguilettes using these references .....Legion d'honneur ( red ) completed , the other Medal Militaire ( yellow and green ) ...just needs the green detail added

    Both of the metal ends have been painted

    The collar is been repainted again as uniform highlighting texture

    Cheverons also finished on left arm in NMM gold

    Starting to come together now .....will be adding head very soon !

    Will get pics sorted hopefully later today

    Happy benchtime

    Nap

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  13. Nap A Fixture

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    Couple of enlarged areas of the above picture I will be using as reference

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    Nap
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  14. Blind Pew A Fixture

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    Kev, this would've driven me crazy long ago. This is a monumental project. Top stuff.(y)
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  15. Nap A Fixture

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    Hi BP

    That's where I've an advantage ...I was crazy before !

    Will post pics later ...off to bouffant styled

    Thnk for looking in

    Nap
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  16. Jimbo A Fixture

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    Blimey!...That's some incredible medal detail sculpting on the breast, you must be in your element with this one mate (y)
    Cheers
    Jim
  17. Nap A Fixture

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    There is a lot ...and all jumbled up on each other .......should be interesting !!

    Nap
  18. Nap A Fixture

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    Hi everyone

    Couple of update pics //quickly done but you should get the idea...still to put green on the Medal Miltaire aguilette

    Happy bench time

    Nap

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  19. Nap A Fixture

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    Hi everyone

    Couple of iffyvision pics ...uniforrm repainted ..happier now , both aguilettes completed ....all ready to go on the bling ! then it's just the flesh and beard etc

    All comments welcome

    Happy benchtime


    Nap



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  20. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Lookin' good sir! :)

    Cheers,
    Ken
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