Hi guys While some of you have been swanning around Folkestone, most of us have been doing figure modelling I've started base coating this lovely JMD figure and converting him to an Australian soldier of the 21st Battalion AIF, Sergeant Albert Lowerson VC. Sgt Lowerson was awarded the Victoria Cross for 'most conspicuous bravery and tactical skill' on 1 September 1918 at Mont St. Quentin, France. Sgt Lowerson directed his men, leading them to their objective, capturing twelve machine guns and thirty prisoners. He was severely wounded in the thigh but refused to leave the front line until the prisoners had been dispersed and the post consolidated. The Australian victory at Mont St. Quentin was described by the English newspapers at the time as the "greatest feat of arms of the entire war" and consolidated the ANZAC Corps Commander Lt General Monash's reputation as one of the most brilliant generals of the war. Two days after the battle, Lowerson was evacuated for medical attention, rejoining his battalion on 17 September. On 5 October 1918, he was wounded for the fourth time and returned to Australia medically unfit. Albert Lowerson died in 1945. I remember reading about Sgt Lowerson as a boy and thought this figue would be easy to convert to represent him. To convert the figure all I've done is add diamond shaped colour patches on the sleeves above the sergeant's stripes, "Australia" brass flashes on the epaulettes and a small rising sun badge on the collars. Unlike British and New Zealand troops in WW1, who wore black leather boots, Australian's wore red-brown leather boots. I have started base coating the figure with Vallejo acrylics, and it still looks very rough. The base is a resin vignette scene given to me by a friend which depicts the rubble and debris of a destroyed building. I hope you like it.