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OFFICIER DES VOLTIGUERS INFANTERIE DE LIGNE CENT-JOURS 1815

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by maui, Mar 6, 2020.

  1. maui Active Member

    Country:
    Italy
    Hello guys, I present my latest work.
    A Napoleonic officer of the voltigeurs company, kit Metal Modeles. As documentation I needed an article published some time ago on the Tradition magazine containing a very beautiful table by Patrice Courcelle.

    Historical notes written by Stefano De Gioannis:
    Main source: Tradition Magazine nr. 194
    Private collection

    There are several elements of this subject's uniform identify as belonging to the period of the end of the Empire Restoration.
    The slightly flared shako upwards of 1812 introduces in style what will be the 1820 model, and in this case yes note the absence of the imperial eagle above the plate,
    the result of a change made during the first Restoration, no longer replaced in the excited stages of the rearrange the Hundred Days.
    Shoulder straps are also typical of the late Empire period slightly larger and moved forward and the boot tight ankle and with a so-called "flue" shape.
    Also interesting is the "surtout" of sartorial production with cut rather out of order especially to the chest made very shortened to discover the breeches flap. The distinctive color of the elite company, yellow (chamois) is only present on the collar.
    Last notes, on the style of the typical late empire hairstyle announcing the Romantic Restoration fashion with i curled hair, long and thick mustache and the appearance of the "Mouche" (the little beard triangle under the lower lip), and on the small one brass water bottle suspended from a string that kept a few sips of alcohol for a quick pleasant moment!
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    Before the painting, I simply added the lateral leather reinforcements on the shako and the small brass flask worn over the shoulder.
    The soil was prepared with textured grout, adding powdered earth and various natural and fiber elements to recreate the low wild vegetation.
    In the last photos we can see the figure after the face painting and the first basic colors of the uniform.

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  2. NeilW A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    An interesting piece and a great discussion of the background and variations from the earlier Napoleonic period.

    Will watch developments with interest.
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  3. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Metal models yum yum, following.
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  4. Gary_81 Active Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Great start, your colours really stand out and pop.

    Gary
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  5. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi there Maul

    Nice to see you posting your work and that's some interesting information on the uniform details

    Groundwork is impressive

    Together with a great start on the figure ...do like the fleshwork on him

    Following with interest

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  6. clrsgt A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Nice start; like the flesh tones in particular. Will be following. Nice bit of info on the uniform as well.
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  7. Djoubri M Well-Known Member

    Country:
    France
    Very nice painting !
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  8. SUPER ANTO Active Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Very nice!!!!!!!. I await more updates.... :) :)
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  9. taliesin2013 Active Member

    Fine work.
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  10. Jed Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Lovely work
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  11. MarquisMini A Fixture

    Country:
    Argentina
    Great job!!
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  12. maui Active Member

    Country:
    Italy
    Hello guys,
    these are the photos of the painted officer.

    I used Vallejo and AK acrylic paints for the uniform.
    For the face I finished with oil paints, and the same for the leather parts of the shako and boots.

    Skin tone: VA 876
    to lighten with: VA 815, VA 926
    to darken with: VA 859
    To finish with small touches then faded with Mussini oil colors: Alizarin Crimson, Burnt umber, Naples yellow, titanium white.

    Sortout: AK3125 dark blue, VA 899 dark prussian blue, AK3007 black, VA 927 dark flesh,

    Trousers: VA 950 black, VA 921 english uniform, VA 820 off white

    Shoulder strap: VA gold 71.066 VA 921 english uniform
    to lighten with: VA 953, VA 948, VA 951
    to darken with: VA 941 and VA 822
    washing with sepia ink

    Metal details: typographical gold, burnt umber, ivory black as Mussini oil colors

    So these are just some of my short technical notes that everyone can interpret with their own artistic sensitivity. and I hope you like it.

    See you soon

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  13. NeilW A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Great work (y)
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  14. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Superb painting, thank you for your notes on the colours used.
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  15. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-States
    Absolutely beautiful painting and simple but effective groundwork. (y) Nicely done!

    Cheers,
    Ken
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  16. Cannonball A Fixture

    Super painting.

    Neal
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  17. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Wonderfully done.(y)
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  18. maui Active Member

    Country:
    Italy
    Thank you all for your compliments. I'm glad you enjoyed my work.:)
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  19. bonehead A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Nice job Maurizio! (y)(y)(y)

    I especially like seeing the dark blue rendered correctly as so many tend to over-highlight this color....
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  20. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

    beautiful work and painting

    Mobo
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