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Officer of the Newfoundland Frontiersman, 1914

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by ghamilt1, Nov 11, 2020.

  1. ghamilt1 PlanetFigure Supporter

    This is my finished heavy conversion project which portrays an officer of the Legion of Frontiersmen, Newfoundland in 1914 just as these men were being incorporated into the Newfoundland Regiment at the out break of the Great War. I offered a more detailed historic explanation of who these men were in an earlier post in the vbench WIP forum here, so feel free to check out the steps that brought us here and some back ground on this pretty unique figure.

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    I would be happy to entertain and questions anyone might have, and thanks for having a look.
    salonikios, 1969, swralph and 10 others like this.
  2. valiant A Fixture

    Love it - really appeals to my love of the offbeat!!(y)
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  3. ghamilt1 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thanks Steve. Off beat might be an understatement here. I would be floored if there is another figure of a Legion of Frontiersman member out there. Most people in Canada aren't aware the organization even existed, so I can't imagine folks outside of Canada would know about them.
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  4. DEL A Fixture

    Proper modelling...mightily impressed, kudos pal(y)
    Interesting back storyas well.
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  5. ghamilt1 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thanks Derek! I think there's a lot of interesting stories out there just waiting to be told.
  6. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    Wonderful paintwork again

  7. Nap A Fixture

    Hi there

    Great finish on this very unusual and as Stve said offbeat subject , he's come out really well

    Good SBS and reworking prior to painting to this high level

    Great background info , I certainly had no idea about these guys

    Why not put a piece into FOTM as well as Vignette & Diorama comp

    Thanks for sharing

    Happy benchtime

  8. oldtrousers Well-Known Member

    Excellent work on a fascinating subject. Well done!

  9. ghamilt1 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thanks Scott, Mobo and Nap.
    I'm very happy to have brought some attention to the service of the people of Newfoundland. That area didn't become a province of Canada until 1949, so they were technically rendering service to the British Empire at that time. But their story is all the more interesting because of it. They served with the Anzac and British forces at Gallipoli. No other "Canadian" unit had that distinction. Their most famous, or infamous story comes on July 1, 1916 when as part of the assault battalions that took part on the first day of the Somme offensive, the Newfoundland regiment was effectively wiped out at Beaumont-Hamel, with only 68 men answering roll call out of an original contingent of over 800 officers and men. So in Newfoundland today, while the rest of Canada celebrates July 1 as Canada Day, Newfoundlanders also pause to reflect on the sacrifice paid by that small colony.
  10. swralph A Fixture

    This is a cracker:).
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  11. 1969 A Fixture

    Excellent work and finish to this figure, this is the part of the hobby I love seeing the most. Great initial idea and completed to a high standard.
    Nap and ghamilt1 like this.
  12. ghamilt1 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thanks Steve. I also enjoyed doing the research on this one, because it's such an obscure subject. Maybe that's the old history teacher in me coming to the fore front.
    Nap and 1969 like this.

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