|Taking a break after hard labour|
Just one small post for me this week as I continue to stumble along to not making my Challenge goal! This week it is a group of 6 French pioneers for my ongoing Sharp Practice project on the Seven Years' War in Western Germany.
The figures are from the Perry's AWI range and are sold as British Dragrope men, hired (or "volunteered") help for manhandling artillery pieces around. As with the rest of this range they are lovely figures with lots of character and very nice to paint. I had previously painted up the Continental Dragrope men as Hanoverian Pontooniers. I've been focusing on the Anglo-Allied side of the equation for the most part during the challenge but these figures seemed better suited to their French opponents.
The is one of those cases where the figures were bought before I figured what I was going to do wit them. I liked the poses and they looked like they could be morphed into SYW pioneers or sappers with a bit of work. I have painted them as if they had taken off their uniform coats and are dressed in their sleeved waistcoats, which are left open for comfort to show the white shirt underneath. In addition they have taken off their gaiters and swapped the tricorn for forage caps made from last years uniform coat.
If the War-games Fashion Police are watching I am in big trouble here. The figures were cast to represent British Infantry in the AWI with their long coats cut down. Originally I had some idea to trim down the lace etc to make them fit better but then realized that Swiss and German regiments in French service had laced waistcoats and an easier plan fell into place. Also it meant that I didn't have to take an Xacto to these lovely figures. So if anyone from the WFPD is watching I confess to the following.
- The"waistcoats" should close but in this case won't close - the figures are wearing (in cut down form) the AWI coat with lapels cut in the Prussian style (like early French Nappy Infantry).
- The "waistcoats" have inappropriate cuffs and collars if you look closely enough.
- The "shirts" are actually the original waistcoats, there's a pair of pockets placed like suit jacket pockets visible in several figures
|I especially like the figure squatted on his haunches and the fellow offering help to his comrade who is obviously in some distress.|