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Question: French Uniforms, 1870

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by kansas kid, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hello fellow Planeteers:
    OK, I'll admit I just don't seem to really understand how to search
    for specifics on the internet. I spent over an hour yesterday trying to
    find details about the French Infantry uniform from the Franco
    Prussian War, 1870-71. Saw a lot of colour pictures, renderings, but
    none of them were the kind of help I'm looking for. I'm working on
    a infantryman from the old ICM 1:35th scale figure set of four.
    My question is in regards to the buttons on the leggings or
    white spats that was part of the infantryman's uniform. What were
    these button made from. Would they be white such as with Ivory
    buttons. Or were they shiny metal, i.e. chrome steel, copper, etc.
    I hope you can supply the answer, so I can finish painting
    this figure correctly. Kind regards, The Miami Jayhawk
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  2. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

  3. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Oh my gosh, Martin. . . thank you so much for solving that
    problem. Yes, the photo clearly shows that the buttons are
    indeed white. Hummmm, carved from horn. Excellent!

    I appreciate your imput so much Martin. This web site is
    really such a great collection of concerned and talented
    artists. My best regards to you, Sir. And thanks again.

    Rick Brownlee, a.k.a. Kansas Kid, Miami Jayhawk, etc.
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  4. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Happy painting, Rick!

  5. Rich Sculpts A Fixture

  6. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Hey Rich Sculpts: Ah . . . . OK. . . sorry mate, . . .but I'm
    still in the dark. . . Could you be more specific as in talking
    to a nine year old. Gee, I just wish I could get a grasp of all
    this new technology. . . Does being 75 yrs. mean I have to
    remain in the dark??? Yes, I can still drive. . . and I know
    where the grocery store is, the post office, the licker store.
    what ever. . . . But it can be rather daunting. . . . The old
    idea is to get an 8 yr. old kid to show me the ropes and
    explain it to me. . . Duh! In my neighborhood, everyone
    is very old. . . there are no 8 yr. old kids to ask squat.

    Yeh well. . . . So it is on to the next thing. At least I
    now know that the buttons were carved from bone. So
    they would be off white. . . . zzzzzzzzzz

    Miami Jayhawker
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