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WIP NWMP 1876-1878

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Ray Welshman, Apr 26, 2015.

  1. Ray Welshman Active Member

    Hi There,

    I've done 3 early era mounties all for other people now this one is for my shelf :)

    Ive always been fascinated/interested in the start of the North West Mounted Police. It was a force based on a military formation and most of its early members were military. In the early formation and march west they even carried lances and cannons.

    The figure I will be depicting here will be winter 1877 or 78 when their kit hasn't been fully formalized. The horses and gear originally procured was woefully inadequate and most of the big cavalry horses from the east actually died as they couldnt adapt to the harsh western environment. The same for the saddles and tack just wouldnt suitable for the harsh winters. As a result for the first two years the force used what they could get from the United States and other areas.

    This guy will be on one of the acquired horses that came from maybe Montana or North Dakota. Its a smaller horse/pony which I plan to paint as a palomino, Rifle will still be the snider single shot and accoutrements will be a mix of US Cavalry and British kit. The saddle is the US Cavalry version which was used for a period before the California saddle was settled on.

    Lastly he is still wearing the pith helmet which fell out of favour in later years and he will have a buckskin tunic over his red serge.

    Horse is verlinden 120 mm US Calvary horse, legs are from the same kit, Head is a spare verlinden and the start of the torso is baked sculpty but the rest will be from apoxie sculpt/green stuff mix I like to use.

    wintermountie1.jpg wintermountie2.jpg
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  2. valiant A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Ray, that's looking good, so far. I like the pose, Ill watch with interest!

    Steve(y)
  3. OldTaff PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    So will I,......it's already got that sense of purpose about it, if you get my drift.(y)

    Alan
  4. MCPWilk A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Looking forward to this.

    Mike
  5. ghamilt1 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Canada
    Looks good so far Ray. Having the legs already set must be a huge advantage and hopefully will help you speed along. Look forward to seeing it in person. Just don't *@&$ it up!
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  6. trooper Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Looking forward to this. Always a soft spot for the Mounties. Was the Winchester model 1876 musket model made for the NWMP available to all Mounties?
  7. Ray Welshman Active Member

    HI Trooper,

    I think it became standard issue eventually. This guy will be using the snider carbine. In the first two years the uniforms, saddles/tack, weapons were practically all over the map. It even got to the point where the only indication that they were NWMP was the either the strip on the trousers and there were even cases of a strip of red cloth on the hats, which were more like cowboy hats than the famous stetson of the today. The stetson started to become the standard long before it was official.

    Cheers

    Ray
  8. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    A friend of my son's is a senior RCMP officer. While acting as federal police, I believe they are still officially considered a military formation, classified as dragoon regiment in the Canadian orbat.

    Looking great Ray!

    Colin
  9. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Love the Mounties!!!!
    It's one of the few truly Canadian symbols or identifiers of this great country. I prefer the Mounties as a symbol of Canada as opposed to beaver... no matter how majestic the beaver may be.

    I look forward to this piece developing. I enjoy your work on your Canadiana subjects.

    Carry on Dudley Dooright

    Colin
  10. John Belcher A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Great start. Looking forward to follow your progress Ray.
    John:)
  11. MCPWilk A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Although the RCMP is a civilian police force, in 1921, following the service of many of its members during WW I, King George V awarded the force the status of a regiment of dragoons, entitling it to display the battle honours it had been awarded.

    Mike
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  12. Richie A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Hi Ray,
    I really enjoyed your last Mountie rendition and I'm looking forward to seeing this one develop.(y) Even us chimps love the Mounties;)
    cheers
    Richie
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  13. Babelfish A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Brilliant work on a very unusual subject, and clearly well researched. Looking forward to seeing more progress.

    - Steve
  14. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    An engaging and worthy subject, well-referenced - a fine pose - Very well started Ray! I look forward to seeing more!

    All the best,
    Dan
  15. Ray Welshman Active Member

    Thanks for the encouragement everybody. I started filling out the torso last night , pics to folloW

    Richie you got me thinking now :) I have the large airfix bengal lancer, find one of the old Planet of the Apes figures, mate it up...........


    Cheers

    Ray
  16. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
  17. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Aaaaah ya got me!
    I suggested a different species of beaver but the CBC said it wasn't exactly family friendly and could only be aired after 11pm. I was confused to say the least... they air Don Cherry at 8 and he's an ass.
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  18. bwildfong Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Liking it so far, Ray - and a Canuck to boot!

    Brian

    Hey Colin!

    Here's the best of both worlds - two Mounties leading an ass...;)

    [IMG]
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  19. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanks Brian, you just made me laugh a mouthful of coffee across the lunch table here at work. Now they made me sit by myself :(
  20. Huw63 A Fixture

    Country:
    Switzerland
    Don't they do that anyway? Happens to me too lol
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