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Tirailleur in hell

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by madeg, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. madeg Active Member

    This one was started a long time ago . I just finished it . It is a French tirailleur in Verdun during WW1 .
    These troops are wearing the same outfit as the poilou's but in a different colour .
    The model is from John Smith modelbau . I changed the head and aded a bit of realism to the scenery .
    The scenery is included in the kit , exept from the wooden plank and the barbed wire .
    All is done with oils and acrilycs .
    The mud is done using a mixture of MIG powders and glossy varnis .

    ps the new one from JSM has been posted here a while ago ; its a 120 mm resin figure .Showing a German officer in his trench . Highly detailed well casted.
    Evening watch.


  2. eissteban Active Member

    hello Marc
    Really beautiful French soldier and ground.
    I love the first picture in the dark.
    BBRRR we're back in Verdun.
    Great work, bravo.

  3. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Marc - Extremely well done! I'm not a painter, so I can't comment on the shading or whatever, but the uniform and insignia colors look spot on for "moutarde khaki", as this uniform combination was known. Would the collar and sleeve piping have been in the same color as the unit insignia on the collar? Or possibly just light yellow? I checked my references and I have photos showing the piping in light yellow, but not on the great coat, only on the shorter double-breasted coat. I also like the head you used - good fit to the vignette. My only quibble - and it's a small one and based on personal preference mostly - I would prefer a lot more mud on the figure, especially the lower edges of the great coat, the knees of the trousers, and the putties and boots. One more point - apparently many of the French Colonial troops had personal weapons that they brought from home - very large single-sided knives like machetes mostly. So - again, just a suggestion - you could add that for more "authenticity". Again - very well done!

    All the best,
  4. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Marc, very nicely done! More, nud? Eh, maybe, but over all this is one sharp piece!

    Jay H.
  5. megroot A Fixture

    I really like what i see. Great painted figure, maybe to clean. When i see the trench, looking at his age, he is there more then one hour. So, a little mud on the man couldt do no harm. Your trench is awesome.

  6. diosytexas Member

    hi marc. not much left to say. well done. dave.
  7. flart1943 Active Member

    Hi Marc
    Well done Marc simple but effective conversion with a great paint-job. I am also a fan of JS figures. Hope to see more of your work.
  8. madeg Active Member

    Thanks guys .
    Dan : I've got my info from militaria ( a uniform magazine ) it shows reenactment groups with these uniforms . The overcoats are all over the same color. I had no reference with yellow piping there .

    Mud : spending hours painting this little guy I always have trouble to add to much dirt on it . I know it brings a lot of realism to the subject .
    But this one is going into a painting competition .
    Maybe the pictures are not that clear, but at the bottom of the overcoat and on his legs there is mud , but in a modest way .
  9. periklis_sale Member

    Nice one Marc!!!! Is he not a bit old for fighting????????
    Love the flesh tones mate!!!!
  10. vergilius New Member

    excellent job. Very good groundwork too
  11. megroot A Fixture

  12. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Good luck on the competition, Marc!

    All the best,
  13. madeg Active Member

    Marc ; Indeed it's going to be in Antwerp at the AMSS .
    I'm with the group from Gent . I'm sure you know Sonja , normally she's a jury member . Due to my job I'm going to attend the show only at Sunday .
  14. megroot A Fixture

    Ik ben er 2 dagen. Zal wel achter de touwen staan als beveiliger/controleur.
    Als ik vrij ben kunnen we wel een boompje opzetten.
    Vergeet de badge van PF niet.

  15. madeg Active Member

    Ok ik zie je daaar dan wel .
    Ik ga ook naar de nieuwe wedstrijd van de SBF in april . Enkel de zondag .
    Ik ben benieuwd . Het is niet de eerste maal dat het evenement nieuw leven wordt ingeblazen .

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