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Some early WWI French Infantry

Posted by Marvin on 30 Mar 2018, 09:50

Hello

After producing some Serbian infantry, I've been tackling some more WWI figures. These are Caesar Miniatures 1914 WWI French infantry figures. I think their figures are pretty darn good. :-)

Firstly - the poilu figures:
https://suburbanmilitarism.wordpress.co ... ntry-1914/

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And the rest of set - the mitrailleuse teams featuring the Mitrailleuse Mle 1907 T or St.Etienne model machine gun:
https://suburbanmilitarism.wordpress.com/2018/03/18/la-mitrailleuse/

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My best,

Marvin
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Posted by FredG on 30 Mar 2018, 10:08

You wouldn't want to be standing close to the chaps with the slings would you.
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Posted by Marvin on 30 Mar 2018, 10:14

FredG wrote:You wouldn't want to be standing close to the chaps with the slings would you.


All suspiciously wounded in exactly the same way. What's French for self-inflicted wound? ;-)
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Posted by Wiking on 30 Mar 2018, 10:45

Great done Marvin.
The contrast between the light color red and the dark color blue is in a natural way compensated with your painting.
:yeah:


The officer do he use a whistle ?
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Posted by Marvin on 30 Mar 2018, 11:18

Wiking wrote:Great done Marvin.
The contrast between the light color red and the dark color blue is in a natural way compensated with your painting.
:yeah:

The officer do he use a whistle ?


Thanks!

Yes, that's right. He's blowing a whistle like a football referee, Useful means of communication in the trenches!
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Posted by Bramble15 on 30 Mar 2018, 13:20

Brilliantly painted. I am a big fan of your painting style.
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Posted by Kekso on 30 Mar 2018, 14:31

Splendid work Marvin. I wanted to comment on nice uniform colors but Wiking took my words.
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Posted by Mai Strac on 30 Mar 2018, 15:42

Great paint job, this Caesar French soldiers look better than the Hat ones. :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 30 Mar 2018, 16:20

Your painting style is a natural fit for the muddy and dingy conditions of WWI. I should have thought of that and suggested it to you years ago!
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Posted by C M Dodson on 30 Mar 2018, 18:29

These look wonderful. I really like the dark blue colour.

Well done.

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Posted by Bill Slavin on 30 Mar 2018, 20:04

These are so so well done. Beautiful painting!
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Posted by Marvin on 31 Mar 2018, 10:01

Thanks for the comments, chaps! :mrgreen: My first time painting Caesar figures - they've impressed me a lot.

Bluefalchion wrote:Your painting style is a natural fit for the muddy and dingy conditions of WWI. I should have thought of that and suggested it to you years ago!


I've some other WWI figures that I'm hoping to tackle soon. It's an irony that I love to paint colourful uniforms but then spend all my effort making sure that those colours aren't too vibrant and appear more muted. :eh:

When I look at those heads wearing red kepis in the firing line of the men lying prone, it makes me realise just how vulnerable these lovely French uniforms made the men on a 1914 battlefield. Those kepis are like bullseyes on a dartboard! :shock:
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Posted by Lacc on 31 Mar 2018, 20:52

I like your style paint the faces and the colours of uniforms, very realistic. Good job, friend.
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Posted by Egbert on 31 Mar 2018, 22:37

Very nice painted figures ...
I really like them! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Posted by Xantippos on 02 Apr 2018, 21:37

Unpainted I found these figures rather uninteresting, but you have made me change my opinion.... ! your figures look full of life and now I'll have another set on my wanted list.
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Posted by zulu`s 1000`s of em on 02 Apr 2018, 22:01

The painting is pretty darn good too.
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 02 Apr 2018, 23:48

The blog entry and discussion about these figures is well worth a visit. One of you commentators suggested heating the plastic rifles on a stove top to get them to straighten. Boiling water works better and is far less hazardous to modelor and plastic figure, I have found. Just dip the offending rifle/pike/spear/antenna/limb into the hot water, leave it there for 20 seconds or so, then bring it out of the water and pull it out in a straight line from the figure to the desired position. It will cool and reset in the new position.

For Caesar figures, an even better idea is to swap out the weapons (and almost always oversized hands) for those of another manufacturer.
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Posted by Erich von Manstein on 03 Apr 2018, 04:42

Very nice & era characteristic paint job ably & authentically implemented on the already excellent Caesar figures. :thumbup:

Bought several boxes myself last December and agree that they are far better than the mediocre Hät Poilus.
Hope that Caesar will gradually expand their hitherto slim WWI range. Following their own catalogue the logical next sets could be early German & late French infantry. Wouldn’t mind if they would add early war Austro-Hungarians & Russians in their great sculpting style as well. ;-)
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Posted by Susofrick on 03 Apr 2018, 17:00

Very nice! Really very nice!
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Posted by Kostis Ornerakis on 03 Apr 2018, 18:08

Wonderful as usual!! :yeah: :-D
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