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Posted by Santi Pérez on 28 Sep 2020, 21:28

After the fantastic British childhood dreams, now come the no less fantastic French childhood dreams. Great work, Egbert. :love: :love: :love:

My best regards. :thumbup:

Santi.
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Posted by Bessiere on 28 Sep 2020, 22:53

This was the very first set of figures I ever bought, which was over 50 years ago now. I think I paid .$.33, maybe $.35 w/tax. Being a child I thought US marines would make a good opponent for the french. Lots of memories with this set.

You've done a very nice job of sprucing these big headed fellows up Egbert. I do like the variety of poses even though many are unrealistic. It adds a naive charm. Anyhow, well done sir!
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Posted by Peter on 29 Sep 2020, 21:46

Bessiere wrote:This was the very first set of figures I ever bought, which was over 50 years ago now. I think I paid .$.33, maybe $.35 w/tax. Being a child I thought US marines would make a good opponent for the french. Lots of memories with this set.

Then you must read this topic if you didn't do this yet. ;-)

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Posted by Susofrick on 30 Sep 2020, 10:32

The Nappies were not my first figures, rather my last for quite a while, but I do remember them very fondly whatever we can say about the poses. (the Grenadiers and the Prussians would have to wait for some time before I had grown up and could buy them :-D ). Very nice to see the redone like this!
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Posted by Egbert on 27 Nov 2020, 13:16

Hello everybody,
after several months of exhausting painting,
the characters of the "Waterloo French Infantry" are finally finished.
Here too it was very difficult and arduous
to get something sensible out of the old Airfix figures.
But I am very happy with the result.
I painted them as a French line infantry at the time of the Battle of Waterloo.


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Posted by Peter on 27 Nov 2020, 13:38

Egbert you did a fantastic job on these old figures! Never seen them painted like this! And don't forget the conversions you made! :thumbup:
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Posted by Beano Boy on 27 Nov 2020, 14:23

Re-issues are still being produced by HAT,if anyone wants to paint those AIRFIX figures in their own unique style.
I must admit that Egbert , has made them look delightfully pleasing to my eye. :thumbup: Well Done.

i remember in the cold winter of 1972 that they flew off the shelves in the WOOLWORTH stores in the nearby city of Norwich. However it would be many years later before i attempted to paint some.
My three Daughters still have found recollections of seeing their Dad, painting them. Trying to,i must add here. :mrgreen: They would make anyone smile BB.

:coffee: i agree. BB
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Posted by Konrad on 27 Nov 2020, 15:16

I always found the poses and anatomy of these figures a bit strange.
But you made little masterpieces out of them.
My compliment.
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Posted by Kostis Ornerakis on 27 Nov 2020, 18:34

Wonderful work as always! :yeah: :-D
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Posted by pedro on 27 Nov 2020, 23:03

You made art. I have not words to describe my feelings looking your paint style. Absolutely impresive. :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
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Posted by Santi Pérez on 29 Nov 2020, 00:47

Amazing paintwork on these Airfix's classic, Egbert. Kostis already said it..."as always", hahaha. ;-)

Best regards. :thumbup:

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Posted by OwenChpw on 29 Nov 2020, 01:37

Wow you really did justice to these figures! I love the neat black lines separating the jackets and sashes and of course I don't have to comment on the painting!
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Posted by MABO on 29 Nov 2020, 14:57

I have never seen them better painted before. Amazing work and conversions!!
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Posted by Egbert on 02 Dec 2020, 15:57

Hello my dear friends,
thank you to all for your nice comments.
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Posted by StellarX on 03 Dec 2020, 00:43

Absolutely wonderful paint jobs and conversions. Your younger self would be proud!
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Posted by PhilC on 03 Dec 2020, 08:01

Incredible, I'm very impressed by your level of conversion and painting on these old dear chunky figures. I always thought I should try to paint some, maybe this time is coming thanks to you.
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Posted by C M Dodson on 03 Dec 2020, 08:40

Hi Egbert.

Once again, congratulations on not only a superb painting effort but your imagination in creating these poses.

It is a pity that Airfix did not have you as a designer in the first place.

Best wishes,

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Posted by Minuteman on 03 Dec 2020, 08:54

Quite outstanding! I have never seen Airfix Waterloo French infantry looking as good as these, with the excellent painting and conversions.

I still have hundreds of these chunky figures, and I remember in the past being in mild despair that Airfix had not produced a better range of poses and finer sculpts for what was, in the 'olden days', the main set for all sorts of Napoleonic infantry, French and otherwise. If only Airfix had had the imagination and skill to produce the figures that you have now converted! The standard bearer with a proper eagle, the standing fusilier with shouldered musket and the fusilier with musket at high port are all a joy to behold.
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Posted by Ben90 on 03 Dec 2020, 09:51

I missed this topic completely (shame...shame...)! Very impressive what a skillful painter can do with these old figures!
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