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The Cheshire Greys

Posted by Marvin on 24 Sep 2017, 21:32

Hello all

I've been working on some 28mm Perry Miniatures figures. They're a set of Zulu War British infantry but they also come with home service helmets (i.e. the helmets have spikes on them and regimental badges displayed).

This got me thinking that I could turn them into some Victorian Rifle Volunteers. One of our forum members "Edwardian" produced something similar in 1/72 scale for the Group Build this year. The volunteer movement began in 1859 and were intended to be a reserve to the regular infantry and militia. The movement featured countless small Rifle Volunteer Corps scattered about Great Britain. often formed from men with a common bond, such as representing a local town or formed with men from the same employer (e.g. the Post Office Rifles).

So, I've produced a small vignette of men from the 1st Cheshire Rifle Volunteer Corps, also known as the Cheshire Greys (on account of their uniforms). They appear on their local rifle range under instruction from an officer. For their shooting practise they are using Martini-Henry rifles at a distance of 300 yards from the target (as indicated by a white marker post). I've written more about them - and their rifle ranges! - here:

https://suburbanmilitarism.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/home-on-the-range/

Hey, maybe one or two might even hit that target! :eh: :xd:

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And now for the final touch - they deserve a plaque! :mrgreen:

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I'm already working on my second corps...

Best wishes

Marvin
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Posted by Ben90 on 24 Sep 2017, 21:36

Very very skillful paintjob! They look fantastic!
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Posted by Susofrick on 25 Sep 2017, 07:46

I think they would have to change uniform if they would go into WWI. Love this kind of work, a little bit like Dad's Army. Nononono, not Remco, the TV-series!
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Posted by Graeme on 25 Sep 2017, 11:55

Wonderful! A fine body of men.

Another lovely paintjob from you Marvin. In fact, it's so realistic that I wouldn't mind looking in those haversacks to see if they've got any cheese.Image
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Posted by Marvin on 25 Sep 2017, 21:55

Susofrick wrote:I think they would have to change uniform if they would go into WWI. Love this kind of work, a little bit like Dad's Army. Nononono, not Remco, the TV-series!


:lol: I would be proud if you'd meant either 'Dad's Army'! ;-)

Graeme wrote:Another lovely paintjob from you Marvin. In fact, it's so realistic that I wouldn't mind looking in those haversacks to see if they've got any cheese.Image


Thanks Graeme - if you look carefully you will see the fellow in the middle is reaching for some cheddar cheekily stored in his ammunition pouch! :P
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Posted by Graeme on 26 Sep 2017, 05:06

Marvin wrote:if you look carefully you will see the fellow in the middle is reaching for some cheddar cheekily stored in his ammunition pouch! :P


A Cheshire man reaching for a lump of CHEDDAR! :shock: Only if he's baiting a mousetrap.
No, he looks a patriotic chap so I'm sure he has Cheshire cheese in red, white and blue varieties.

Jokes aside the painting here is exquisite. Lovely shading of the uniforms and, especially, the helmets. And the faces are full of character.
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Posted by Marvin on 26 Sep 2017, 20:01

Graeme wrote:A Cheshire man reaching for a lump of CHEDDAR! :shock: Only if he's baiting a mousetrap.


:lol:

And thanks for the kind words, Graeme :yeah:
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 26 Sep 2017, 21:49

Those came out looking quite good!
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Posted by Beano Boy on 27 Sep 2017, 00:38

Yes very nice pickle headed troops Marvin, and well painted. BB
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Posted by Kekso on 03 Oct 2017, 20:08

Somehow I missed this one. I hope it is not too late to compliment your work Marvin.
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Posted by Marvin on 04 Oct 2017, 09:10

Kekso wrote:Somehow I missed this one. I hope it is not too late to compliment your work Marvin.

Absolutely not too late :-) Thanks Dali. :yeah:
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Posted by Kekso on 04 Oct 2017, 09:41

Well, I changed my mind... I wouldn't compliment it :mrgreen:
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Posted by Marvin on 04 Oct 2017, 10:51

Kekso wrote:Well, I changed my mind... I wouldn't compliment it :mrgreen:

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Posted by Konrad on 04 Oct 2017, 15:25

Always impressed by the way of your painting.
Very nice!
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Posted by Marvin on 04 Oct 2017, 19:12

Konrad wrote:Always impressed by the way of your painting.
Very nice!


Thanks Konrad, I can tell you that the feeling is mutual!
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Posted by MABO on 21 Oct 2017, 21:19

I am too late as well: Very great figures. We have a similar entry at the last GB. Do you remember the entry from the Edwardian, Marvin?
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Posted by Marvin on 21 Oct 2017, 21:55

MABO wrote:I am too late as well: Very great figures. We have a similar entry at the last GB. Do you remember the entry from the Edwardian, Marvin?


Thanks Jan, and yes you're right! In fact I do credit Edwardian's figures in the blurb at the top of my post. His were also Rifle Volunteers too, part of the British Victorian response to occasional invasion scares.
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Posted by MABO on 22 Oct 2017, 14:36

One of our forum members "Edwardian" produced something similar in 1/72 scale for the Group Build this year.


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Posted by Peter on 03 Nov 2017, 18:42

I like them Marvin! Lovely figures! :thumbup:
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