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Russian Infantryman 1904

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Martin Rohmann, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. Joe55 A Fixture

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    Looking mighty fine there Martin. Excellent work in adding the texture and details (y)!

    Joe
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  2. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    40. Day, December 22, 2015

    Head ready painted...:

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    I will continue here after Christmas...
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  3. Nap A Fixture

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    Martin ,

    That cap looks great , really like the edging and the way the top has come out as well .

    Thanks for sharing this part of the SBS..

    Have a well deserved rest and a Happy Christmas to you and the family .

    Nap
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  4. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    Thank you very much, Nap!!!

    Happy Christmas to you, too.

    Cheers
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  5. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    41. Day, December 28, 2015
    After beautiful and deeply relaxed Christmas Agen I turn now - the head's finished - to the torso of the...:

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    First, the thing gets two holes on later invisible places: first, to secure the torso with a steel bar in a working block, the second to here to avoid having a "backup toothpick" to beware the torso can rotate on the steel bar later.

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    Then, the torso is cleaned off. For this, I use the "white stone", a "miracle" soap, which is often offered on flea markets ...:
    [IMG]With the stuff you get almost everything from ALL back down - and in the many undercuts the bust I wanted to play it safe.
    This soap has intus relatively large abrasive particles, making the surface rough but this unvisible - good for the primer and the paint.
    After thorough rinsing I put the torso aside to dry ...
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  6. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    42. Day, December 29, 2015

    Torso fixed to the working block and primed...:

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  7. Nap A Fixture

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    Liking this Martin , it's certainly a big bit of resin to work on ...

    And at least it's not all white with the blanket/ greatcoat across ....

    Looking forward to seeing what you will do with the epaulettes

    Thanks for sharing

    Nap
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  8. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    Hi Nap!

    Thanks a lot - you will see it here when I will paint the epaulettes.

    But further on it is painting "white"...


    Cheers
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  9. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    43. Day, December 30, 2015

    Before I begin tomorrow to paint the shirt, at first a little research.
    The summer uniform shirt of the Russian soldier was at that time still called "kittel" and was white ...:

    The group in the picture, however posing for a photograph after a after receiving an order (they all wear the St George cross on the chest) ...
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    ... and - maybe - they had given it back afterwards.

    The reality was quite more confusing!

    In the Russian army, the field force from the depots was delivered not finished uniforms but bales of cloth, buttons, etc., from which the regiment taylors then made uniforms.

    Although there was a formal regulation...

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    ... but the floodgates were by this system for deviations, preferences and "fashions" opened - hardly a "kittel" was like the other one hundred percent.

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    Russia had the Russo-Japanese war indeed provoked and were told at the casinos and wrote grandly in the media: "Let them come, this little yellow monkeys. We cover them alone with our caps!"
    When the war was there he found Russia completely unprepared in truth!
    Every bit of supply of uniform fabrics, food, ammunition and soldiers had to be transport with the Trans-Siberian Railway to easterrn asian theater of war.
    Only the Trans-Siberian Railway was not yet ready at this time!
    It lacked the stretch to Lake Baikal - the trains ran only to Irkutsk, then everything was unloaded and loaded onto ferries (some units even had to march around the lake!). Then was reloaded onto trains and it went to the theater of war.


    The "Transsib" was also by then only one lane expanded - and alone completely overloaded by troops and ammunition transports!


    So you had to take in the units on the battlefield for uniforms etc. often, which was to get on the spot - which contributed not a little to the different appearance of the uniforms.
    Actually that should have "kittel" two buttons at the collar and two more on the placket. Had no buttons, was spared such a way that one of the "kittel" a button sewed to the collar.
    On top of that the white shirt was unspeakably impractical! It made the soldiers on the ground to an ideal "target" for Japanese shooters, resulting in huge losses.
    During the war, they went quickly to the Russian side about spending more practical Shirts on brown fabric and the caps finally miss a screen which protected the eyes of the soldiers from sun and rain ...:

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    The different look of the "kittel", (later called "Gymnastiorka") incidentally, was after a nine-year period of peace at the beginning of World War 1 the same.

    On the next picture - taken in August 1914 - shows three soldiers of the same unit wearing all different shirts with different buttons. The standing man in hunter base wears the - 1910 actually abolished! - peakless cap...:

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    And anyone who thinks that was only at the regiments with the "high house numbers" so, you are wrong!

    The next picture shows a soldiers of an guard unit (indicated by the colored braid on the placket) - and each one carries a different shirt ...:

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  10. Nap A Fixture

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    Martin,

    That is excellent reference material very interesting to see and read about .

    Looking forward to more

    Nap
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  11. MarquisMini A Fixture

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    i've always enjoy your sbs martin, lovely work on this russky
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  12. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    Thanks mates!!!! :)(y)

    Cheers
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  13. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    44. Day, December 31, 2015

    Started painting the "kittel" - a segement at the back side...:

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    I will continue here next week....
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  14. Nap A Fixture

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    Hi Martin,

    Nice start on the kittel like the shadows you have achieved

    Looking forward to updates from you

    Nap
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  15. Ferris A Fixture

    Interesting bit of background info Martin.
    At least they agreed to wear their caps consistently tilted!

    Cheers,
    Adrian
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  16. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    Thank you, Nap and Adrian! :)

    Cheers
  17. Joe55 A Fixture

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    Leave it to you to even come up with a pattern for the 'kittel'! One thing for sure is that their uniform wasn't all that uniform, as borne out in the reference pics. Your detailed project continues to impress (y). Happy New Year to you Martin :)!

    Joe
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  18. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    Thank you very much, Joe! (y)

    Cheers
  19. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

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    45. Day, January 4, 2016

    Today we come to the wide fabric belt, worn by our hero on his shoulder. This belt belongs to a large shoulder bag, as seen in the next picture as well...:

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    In those bags food, equipment and personal items were transportated - the colors could differ considerably ...:

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    And it is the rear part of the belt is finished ...:

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  20. Nap A Fixture

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    Martin,

    I am liking the way this is looking especially with you using less a colourful pallete


    Thanks for sharing

    Nap
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