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Review WW1 Moroccan Tirailleur

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Nap A Fixture

    Hi again ,
    My goodness I am a busy little bee !!!! hot on the heels of Saladin we have another bust from Chiron products , this time its a WW1 Moroccan Tirralieur .

    Lets have the history lesson first though about these brave troops :
    The Tirailleurs (commonly translated as riflemen) were founded in 1857 The Tirailleurs were engaged on the front lines from the beginning of WW1. In the opening weeks of the war, four Tirailleur battalions suffered heavy casualties on the Yser River at Dixmude, but held their part of the line while three out of four were wounded or killed
    By October 1915, 30,000 new conscripts and volunteers were recruited for the Western Front. A decree of 9 October 1915 ordered the mobilization of Africans over 18 years of age and authorized a 200-franc bonus for volunteers. An additional 51,000 Africans were recruited under this decree in 1916. In 1917, seventeen Tirailleur battalions were engaged on the Somme. By then 120,000 Africans were serving in French forces. In 1918, Tirailleur battalions served with the U.S. First Army at St. Mihiel and in the Meuse-Argonne campaign.
    Of 212,000 French Africans recruited during World War I, 163,000 served on the Western Front. Of these some 30,000 died for France.

    Looking at the model itself now its a one piece casting , as with Saladin it came with little protection , unwrapped in a clear bag , with 3 views of the finished model as an insert ..again the presentation is I think something that Chiron can improve on ......the subject matter is itself a great one , a tribute to thse brave troops who fought and suffered so much in the service of France .

    Scale : 1/9th

    Material : Resin

    Reference Number : CP BU 02

    Sculptor : Mario Mathasic

    Box Art : Samy Thual

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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Lets look at the sculpting now :

    Firstly the facial and the headwear :

    The sculptor has done a great job of the features of the face , nice and fine working on the beard , his nose is well defined and is in keeping with his racial background, he has good eye details as well , I do have however a concern with the position of the left ear , it just does not look right (I will resculpt mine I think) .

    The headwear is again a Turban (bit of a theme perhaps after Saladin had one as well ..we shall see with the next release) , the turban is finely sculpted which has been produced very well by the caster .

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  3. Nap A Fixture

    Next we shall look at the clothing he is wearing :

    He has been sculpted wearing the traditional robe with a large hood , as with the turban , the folds are very natural and are all sitting correctly , the straps that cross his chest are also well done and have been sculpted "sinking" into the material which shows the sculptors knowledge of the effects of strapping on uniforms , lots of opportunity to highlight and shadow to your hearts content.

    Detailing on the collar is well done , with the crescent and star well cast which will aid painting .

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  4. Nap A Fixture

    Here is some more pictures of the box art for your enjoyment

    You can get this direct from Chiron via their blog at chironproduct.over-blog.com or by e mail to chironmodels2010@hotmail.fr at a cost of approx 40 euro's plus shipping .

    In the UK it can be got from El Greco of course (excellent customer service is assurred) at a cost of £34 plus shipping

    Phone: +44 (0)1280 840364

    Email: info@elgrecominiatures.co.uk

    Home Page: http://www.elgrecominiatures.co.uk

    An interesting subject from a very different regiment , sculpting is very good overall , with the ear being the only concern , (hopefully I have a one off in the review figure) , this will paint into a great model and has I think conversion potential as well .
    Chiron still can improve on the presentation as well .

    Marks: 7.5/10 due to the ear concern

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  5. gordy Well-Known Member

    Lovely sculpted piece, yet I see what you mean about the ear, the tragus is quite large and the lobe is non-existent, an easy correction.

    This piece would make a great canvas for focusing on flesh tones and facial hair :)

    Thanks for posting Kevin (y)
  6. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Gordy ,
    You are right it would be a fairly easy conversion , and an ideal model for the hair and flesh ...as in the painted version I feel .

    Looking forwrd to painting this one .


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  7. pmfs A Fixture

    Great Bust!

    Kevin, many thanks for this informative review.
    Great photos!:)
  8. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    Another informative review; good pickup on the ears.

    Apart from that, a good sculpt.

  9. JasonB A Fixture

    Nice review. This is the type of sculpting I like to see, VERY smooth and very detailed, the beard is outstanding. Thanks for the info on the ear, I have been working on a 1/9 ear today myself. Tricky little buggers.
  10. megroot A Fixture

    That's a nice bust. Very crispy casting to.
    Thanks Kevin.
  11. rheath Active Member

    Great stuff - very simple but overall very well done.Thanks for posting.

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