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Completed Tirailleur Senegalese

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Briggsy, Mar 5, 2024.

  1. Briggsy A Fixture

    A delay in starting this project, it seems I need a new hip, just another pain to add to the rest, oh well life goes on.

    Enough self pity, I bought some G&G heads and a pair of French Chassepot Rifles that I discovered are too small for a Historex based dolly figure.

    So here we go with an Airfix Multipose dolly figure which seems to work well.

    So far I have given him gaiters and baggy trousers and started on the headdress so lots to still do. My inspiration comes from a commercial figure I have seen on line but never tracked down to a manufacturer, so I decided to make my own version.


    No doubt many of you will know where to get this, but hey this is more fun, apparently, and since I can't get anywhere quickly anymore I may as well give it a whirl. Not going to get too much more done today as my Granddaughter will arrive soon after playgroup, no rest for the wicked.

    Cheers Simon

  2. Nap Moderator

    Hi Simon

    You keep whirling young man , great idea to do this .....are you going the bugler as in inspiration?

    Sure the granddaughter will be so tired she’ll just sleep .........

    Looking forward to seeing more

    Have fun....take it easy

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  3. Dr Bison Well-Known Member

    You just are a figure-making machine - what do you run on?

    BTW to get you into the mood, here's a really good film with Omar Sy on the Tirailleurs sénégalais in WW1:

    ...and the respective IMDB page.
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  4. Briggsy A Fixture

    Cheers Kev, yes he will be a bugler, I have a Historex one I shall use, but the rifle will be hand held most of the French men in my cabinet are carrying their rifles across the pack.

    As for little whirlwind, sleep nah not much chance, she generally runs from 0430 to at least 1800 without a nap, damned Duracell Bunny in the flesh.

    Cheers Simon
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  5. Briggsy A Fixture

    I shall give the film a watch later, the bombshell.is imminent.

    For me the modelling is my relaxation, with my many injuries and limited mobility there is little I can still do. No fitness training, no hill walking and definitely no playing rugby. As I really don't like sitting and watching the TV I either sit at my bench modelling or read, twice a week I look after my Granddaughter so I'm left with a lot of time on my hands and a lot of physical.pain I'm trying to take my mind off. It works most of the time and I enjoy it so why not.

    Cheers Simon
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  6. Merryweather A Fixture

    Another great idea Simon.
    I very rarely buy models to paint 'as is', it's the modelling I really enjoy( the painting is a necessary evil...), and I have often used a commercial figure as inspiration for my own conversions.
    That said, I completely agree with you that it's enjoyable to paint a well sculpted figure without all one's own modelling inadequacies spoiling the experience.
    Sorry to hear about your hip, but then it's our gain as you can't get away from the bench so easily!
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  7. clubcat PlanetFigure Supporter

    A great start to another awesome ride. You are so productive. Keep up the good work interspersed with your other challenge, you'll miss it when she's grown up, maybe :)
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  8. Briggsy A Fixture

    Oh I do enjoy the painting just as much as the modelling, if I could sculpt to a professional standard then I wouldn't need to keep buying figures.

    The hips just one of those bumps in the road, just a matter of time till it gets fixed and life goes back to normal, but thanks for your concern.

    Cheers Simon
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  9. Briggsy A Fixture

    A little respite my wife is bathing her just now, cat on my shoulder purring in my ear, it's not all bad. Yes I will.miss playing with her, she starts school.in Sep which will change her quite a bit but it's all part of life's rich tapestry. So long as I can get to my bench all is well.

    Cheers Simon
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  10. WarhammerAdjacent Well-Known Member

    Lovely stuff, I've just picked up an armature to use to make my first proper attempt at sculpting, I'll follow this with interest.
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  11. NigelR A Fixture

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  12. David Spencer A Fixture

    A lovely subject to tackle.
    The JMD figure was really nice to paint; worth getting if you choose to.
    Good luck with your dodgy hip. I hope you don't have to wait too long.
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  13. marco14 PlanetFigure Supporter

    and here he go again,you are also fast mate,djeez,I can't even follow too look at it LOL :)
    another lovely piece is coming, (y)

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  14. Briggsy A Fixture

    Go for it, use commercial.parts if need be, I can't sculpt heads to save my life. It really is worth the effort just to have that figure you want rather than 'it's close enough and will do'.

    Cheers Simon
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  15. Briggsy A Fixture

    Cheers Nigel, I knew somebody would know it and where to get it, but as Magnus Magnusen used to say, I've started so I'll finish.

    With the hip there was no build up, that said I have enough aches and pains to have missed it, but it just hit me a couple of weeks ago like a bloody bus crash, I was hoping I'd just dislocated it but no not that lucky. So now it's two sticks when I walk, getting old is so much fun!!!

    Cheers Simon
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  16. Briggsy A Fixture

    Cheers David, it would actually be interesting to get the figure as well, but would I ever paint it, yeah probably. Anyway, yeah the hip, no idea on timescale but hey ho such is life just going to have to learn to enjoy the pain somehow! Ain't gonna stop me painting so can't complain.

    Cheers Simon
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  17. Briggsy A Fixture

    Cheers Mario, I need to keep doing stuff and modelling is what I enjoy so yeah crack.on and keep.busy. Apart from the odd bottle of Brandy or Red Wine there's nothing else I can do being a knackered old cripple, well apart from.practice my dark sense of humour!

    Cheers Simon
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  18. David Spencer A Fixture

    Nil desperandum.


    It's one of the nicest, most enjoyable figs I have done.
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  19. Briggsy A Fixture

    Oh yes very nice, I really like that. Note I have given him gaiters rather than putties because I really hate sculpting putties.

    Cheers Simon
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  20. David Spencer A Fixture

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