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Completed Sgt 6th Inniskilling Dragoon's , Boer War 1901

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Nap, Sep 1, 2023.

  1. Nap Moderator

    Cheers Nigel ....I took advice from experts ! .....Bit the bullet ....but learnt a lot

    Will do mate .....making the rounds should be fun .......

    Currently reworking the water bottle stopper a touch to the 1895 pattern as in the Pierre Turner book .....oh and drilling little 'oles

    Couple of pics of water bottles and haversack for future use in the build

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    Earlier patterns
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    Various bandoliers

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    From the Turner book

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  2. Briggsy PlanetFigure Supporter

    Good set of references there, I've always gone for the red-brown leather from the illustrations but the faded real examples are interesting. Age will have paid a part in the colour fades but then so would arduous use on Campaign. Be interesting to see what you do.

    Cheers Simon
  3. Nap Moderator

    No idea what it will look like but hopefully good ....drilling 'Ole's is fun ! .....looking at using cocktail stick ends for rounds ....either that or a lot of delicate putty work

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  4. Briggsy PlanetFigure Supporter

    Don't revert to putty when you can use something that is already the right size and shape. Cocktail stick ends will need just a little clean up but getting consistent looking results from putty isn't always all that easy.


    These for instance are simple bits of brass rod nipped off and glued into place. Still not brilliant but hand on heart I can say I didn't put too much effort into it, as you can tell from the painting.

    Cheers Simon
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  5. Nap Moderator

    I like that figure

    Drilling went well on bandolier

    I sanded down 5 cocktails sticks ....taking a long time so out came Putty ...now drying .......we shall see what happens

    ....the rounds ....they will need cutting down once hardened

    image.jpg ..... if these don't look right ...out will come the sanding pads !

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  6. Briggsy PlanetFigure Supporter

    So they will just slot into the drilled holes? Definitely gonna look the part, always worth the effort for the extra detail.

    Cheers Simon
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  7. Nap Moderator

    Hopefully ! ...lol

    They won't actually fire though.....!!!!

    Mick sent me this great picture ....look at the rounds in the front kneeling .........the reason for different lengths ....

    "wear on the round pouch.Its the 82 pattern so may be an older one that was used for the .405 boxer cartridge, which was a bit thicker"

    Look at the variety of headwear as well !....

    ....and shirts , issue,striped , checkered , civilian !! ........and belts !

    Love finding stuff like this out


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  8. Briggsy PlanetFigure Supporter

    A right motley bunch, guess nothing much ever changes in the British Army, the only time we ever have the right kit is at the end of a conflict and always start with the wrong stuff so it's a case of make do and mend for most of the time.

    Shouldn't complain though, no matter how bad it may seem those who went before seem to have had it a lot rougher, proper hard men.

    Cheers Simon
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  9. Von Bock Well-Known Member


    The other figure I have is the stormtrooper figure in the slouch hat shown earlier. Mine won't get worked on for sometime I will get to them someday. Regards, Brock
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  10. Nap Moderator

    A nice sculpt and a slouch hat as well ...isn't there a bare head option as well

    Look forward to seeing that on yr bench

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  11. Von Bock Well-Known Member


    Not 100% sure but I believe there I a bare head. Regards, Brock
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  12. Nap Moderator

    After a lot of muttering under my breath , drilling out the bandolier and then fitting the rounds in various sections ....

    Currently looking like its needing a dental visit !

    Also reworked the water bottle to the 1895 version

    Now fitting the straps onto the bottle , need to wait for these to harden then onward with painting

    Have FUN @ the bench


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  13. Nap Moderator

    Hi to all

    Prior to getting to the bench ....this has had more episodes than Eastenders !!

    Wasn't happy ipwith uniform colour ...so stripped it back and rebasecoated using Panzer Aces from Vallejo 332 Japanese Tanker .....then mix P3 Hammerfall Khaki

    looked like this ...... IMG_3279.JPG

    After a lot of mixing again with highs and shadows looks like this

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    Click on for larger images !

    Now tightning things up on the uniform colour ...need to get going today ....my beloveds birthday tommorow .....ARRRgggggHHHH...LOL

    Happy benchtime all

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  14. Briggsy PlanetFigure Supporter

    Looking pretty damned good Kev, the colour looks right and will contrast wonderfully with the leather. Happy birthday to Mrs Nap for tomorrow.

    Cheers Simon
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  15. Nap Moderator

    Quick piccy update

    Belts and bandoliers basecoated .......will tidy up around as I paint !

    Click on for larger images

    Will probably revisit the helmet cover

    Happy benchtime


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  16. Briggsy PlanetFigure Supporter

    Looking good Kev, gonna do any sweat stains, on the bust I mean. Cheers Simon
  17. marco14 PlanetFigure Supporter

    that is looking great,it must be nice if you can sculpted things,you can add ore remove things and make the figure better
    keep it going Kev (y)

  18. Nap Moderator

    I don't think so .....there's more than enough sweat from the painter ! ........

    Painting the belts atm ...coming along

    Thanks my friend ....not sure about the sculpting though ...lol

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  19. Nap Moderator

    Quick update

    Reworked the water bottle strap


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  20. NigelR A Fixture

    Nice detail work!
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