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Piper Inniskilling Fusiliers. 1900

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by mick3272, May 15, 2019.

  1. mick3272 A Fixture

    I thought I would make a start on this, 2/3rds Figure Piper Inniskilling Fusiliers. 1900. In Traditional Dress.
    I Intend to do this one with the Green Tunic, French Gray Shawl and of course Saffron Kilt.

    Work so far cleaned up not much to do & undercoated

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  2. Cannonball A Fixture

    Looking forward to this Mick. It’s going to be nice seeing the potential different variations people make of this figure. Had a quick look at mine when I got back and it certainly looks like another top offering.

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  3. mick3272 A Fixture

    Thanks Neal,
    I will be doing the other one in French Gray Tunic, Pleased you got home ok had visions of you walking back as young Theo spent all the fare home. M.
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  4. Cannonball A Fixture

    Got back safely thanks Mick. He left me a bit of pocket change! Nice to get a chance to chat.

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  5. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Looking forward to this one Mick.
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  6. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter

    Chair pulled up and brew on. Best to see how the master does it :) before i take a bash at mine :notworthy:
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  7. mick3272 A Fixture

    Hi Steve, Cannonball & Geoff C arnt doing it. This will take some time, so make sure you have plenty of tea bags.
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  8. megroot A Fixture

    Gonna follow this very closely

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  9. Nap Moderator


    Me too !!!

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  10. malc PlanetFigure Supporter

    And me.
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  11. Mookie Well-Known Member

    Hmmm now where have i seen this bust lol.Im grabbing a Pew to watch Mr.B do some painting.If anyones doing Teas then Mick wants it builders style as strong as beggary hehe.
    Carry on Mick,No brandy im.afraid.
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  12. clrsgt A Fixture

    I'll be following this one closely Mick.
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  13. SerjeantWildgoose Member

    If I might chip in, as one who wore the caubeen for more than 30 years, the texture of this one is far too pronounced. The caubeens reintroduced in 38 (Irish) Brigade during the Italian campaign were cut from the greatcoats of Italian prisoners, but later were made either from rough serge (working dress) or fine felt (Service/Number 2 Dress); pipers would almost certainly have worn the latter. Furthermore, anyone who has ever had to shape his caubeen (And this piper's has clearly been shaped) will know that it takes a great deal of pummeling and stroking to tame it - all of which will flatten any pile.

    Also, the Skins' pipers wore St Patrick's Blue jackets and capes. Their hackles were grey (After the colour of Tiffins' Regiments coats).

    Having said that, what a magnificent figure and where do I get one?
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  14. malc PlanetFigure Supporter

    Now there's a bit of historic information.
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  15. mick3272 A Fixture

    Hi Serjeantwildegoose,
    Thanks for the input.
    They are available from Micks Mick's along with the rest of the series of Irish Regiments,have a look at the Face Book link below.
    or PM on PFigs or / email mick3272@hotmail.co.uk me to arrange purchase.
    There are two options see link for these https://www.planetfigure.com/threads/micks-micks-piper-royal-inniskilling-fusiliers-1900.142644/

    Thanks. Mick ( Mick's Mick's)
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  16. SerjeantWildgoose Member

    Thanks Mick. I'll get in touch.

    I think your sculptor has fallen a little foul of the distinctions between the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and its associated militia/territorial battalions. The figure looks like a pretty good representation of an Inniskillings piper c1900 with the exception of the plume and the pompom on his caubeen. The Skins wore feathered hackles and a caubeen without a pompom. The pipers of the Royal Tyrone Fusiliers (Which became the 3rd Battalion) wore a single feather plume and pompoms. Simkins produced quite a large collection of gouache paintings of the Tyrones and I think that this has provided one of the references, but you will note if you look at them that the capbadge on the Tyrone Fusiliers paintings and that of the Inniskillings depicted on the figure are very different.

    Great picture of Inniskilling Fusilier pipers dolling out the gunfire at Anzio, wearing their Italian Greatcoats.


    Here's an idea of the colours worn albeit from a recruiting poster of the 1950s

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  17. mick3272 A Fixture

    Hi Andy.
    When I was putting together the information pack, after seeing the Simkin print of the Tyrone Militia. I contacted the Skins Museum who were very helpful but other than confirming they did have Pipers who wore the traditional dress with a french gray tunic they did not have a lot more info, I made loads more enquiries and this is the end result. I accept that it could be argued that it is not 100% correct, but Its the best Info I had at the time.
    If you look at the other posts re this release there are a lot more pics.
    At the end of the day it is a cracking kit.
    Thanks look forward to hearing from you.
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  18. Ventress Well-Known Member

    Doing mine as we speak. Great figure, will be using the Simpkins print as my direction. Dark blue tunic and saffron skirt.
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  19. malc PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi Ventress

    Are you doing a WIP ?
  20. mick3272 A Fixture

    You should do a WIP, Yours with a Dlue tunic, my first one with a Green Tunic, and I have been told that another member is doing the French Gray tunic, makings of a good collection.
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