Author Topic: Rating, Royal Naval Division, Antwerp, 1914 --- Tommy's War 54mm (WIP)  (Read 89 times)

Offline Old Man

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 I don't do figures often, so when I do get one, it's because I really want to do one, and therefore I tend to pile straight in whatever else I may have planned or on the plate.

 

I have had some interest in the Naval Division at Antwerp since back in high school, when I came upon an article on it in an academic history magazine in the school library, and then read Mr. Churchill's history of the Great War. I was interested to discover the Tommy's War people did a figure of an enlisted man in the unit, and found I could get one from a state-side supplier.



There was a pretty significant mould mis-alignment on the lower legs....



I dealt with this as my first step, it being something I know how to do....



 After this comes the tricky bit (ie just about everything else...)....

 

I started with the eyes and face because if these aren't at least passable, nothing else is going to matter much. I am pretty much a duffer at figures. I did not try anything fancy, and will spare you the preliminaries: what is pictured here represents the result after the third complete stripping of the face down to white primer....









I'm going to put the head aside for a bit, so I can come at it with fresh eyes after a spell. I expect I will want to try and get a little more dark color at the edges of the eye-lids, and perhaps add a couple more touches of glaze/wash on the cheeks and chin. But next on the agenda is putting on the arms and beginning to paint the clothes.

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Assembled the figure itself (sans head and equipment), and started in on the uniform.









The trousers I am pretty well finished on, the navy blue portion shirt got a bit more paint after these were taken, and may still get a little more. Of course the tricky bits, the stripes on the neck-cloth (or whatever it is called) in particular, remain ahead....

 

I did a little more work on the eyes and face (eyes mostly), doing my best to get decent eye-lids in.