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The Last of my Rifle Volunteers...

Posted by Marvin on 26 Nov 2017, 11:27

The last in my series of Victorian rifle volunteers feature the 24th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers, aka "Post Office Rifles". These were the first group of volunteer rifles to come under fire, serving with the British army in the desert sands of Kassassin, Egypt in 1882.

Given the arid and dusty conditions, I have added a little desert onto their puttees and trousers. For some peculiar reason I chose to depict them with British-Indian army style puttees instead leather gaiters, which is what they would have worn. :eh: But, well, I like them this way!

From the blog - a little history -
https://suburbanmilitarism.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/the-postman-always-shoots-twice/
And some more pics -
https://suburbanmilitarism.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/the-post-office-rifles-in-egypt/

Cheers,

Marvin

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Posted by C M Dodson on 26 Nov 2017, 12:12

These are lovely indeed. I particularly like the faces as thus brings then alive.

Fantastic work.

Best wishes, Chris
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Posted by santifernandez on 26 Nov 2017, 19:42

Hi marvin...great paint.
nice job in faces and scene.
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Posted by FredG on 26 Nov 2017, 22:48

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..........Wot! No camels?...........

Well it is Egypt :eh:
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Posted by Marvin on 27 Nov 2017, 20:42

FredG wrote:Image
..........Wot! No camels?...........

Well it is Egypt :eh:


What do you think they are shooting at? ;-) :P
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Posted by FredG on 27 Nov 2017, 20:49

Marvin wrote:
What do you think they are shooting at? ;-) :P


That may not be the wisest thing to do. :P

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Posted by Marvin on 27 Nov 2017, 20:56

FredG wrote:That may not be the wisest thing to do. :P

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:lol: :thumbup:

At least they're not facing the much-feared Bactrian two-hump brigade. :shock:
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Posted by Kekso on 28 Nov 2017, 10:25

I wanted to say "lovely" or "great" but both terms are used already.
I really like dusty uniforms :thumbup:
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Posted by Graeme on 28 Nov 2017, 13:08

Another excellent post. The faces are very expressive and the dusty uniforms look great, mostly around the legs, which I think is right for windblown desert sand.

A fine tribute to these volunteers.

Marvin wrote:What do you think they are shooting at? ;-) :P


I assumed these guys came from the GPO's complaints department. "What's wrong with the Christmas delivery service"?
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Posted by Peter on 28 Nov 2017, 20:32

Kekso wrote:I wanted to say "lovely" or "great" but both terms are used already.
I really like dusty uniforms :thumbup:

Excellent? Fantastic? Choice enough! ;-)

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Posted by MABO on 28 Nov 2017, 20:33

You did again. Very interesting topic.
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Posted by Kekso on 29 Nov 2017, 11:17

Peter wrote: Excellent? Fantastic? Choice enough! ;-)


Nope, they're not that good :xd: :xd: :xd:
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Posted by Marvin on 03 Dec 2017, 10:33

Thanks guys, glad you like them! :-D

Graeme wrote:Another excellent post. The faces are very expressive and the dusty uniforms look great, mostly around the legs, which I think is right for windblown desert sand.

A fine tribute to these volunteers.



I assumed these guys came from the GPO's complaints department. "What's wrong with the Christmas delivery service"?


Yes - I've often had parcels come through the post that look like they've been out on a long campaign. ;-)

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Peter wrote: Excellent? Fantastic? Choice enough! ;-)


Nope, they're not that good :xd: :xd: :xd:


Grrr...that Kekso... :mad: ;-)
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