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Richard B.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:47 pm    Post subject: French colonial Spahis (pic heavy) Reply with quote

Well here we are, my first attempt at a Group Build project. the unit has been on the drawing board for quite a while. You can see the various stages of the build here - http://theguild.informe.com/viewtopic.php?t=1701

I`ve gone for the Khaki tunic so I can use them for both me french colonial African 1920s games and they can fight for the Vichy in Syria/Lebanon in 1941.




A couple of shot of the troopers (Warrior SCW Moroccan cavalry with Raventhorpe heads, I added the cloaks) This is trying to show how I built each cloak slightly different to give each figure a less "cloned look" this is about as far as my skill level takes me......


French NCO and bugler - the NCO was once a Japanese cavalryman from the Russo-Japanese War by Combat Miniatures (I gave him a Raventhorpe head and cloak) I`m quite pleased with him, hes even got chevrons on his cuffs, the bugler is a Warrior Minis SCW mounted Infantryman (again with head-swop and added cloak).

Officer & Spahis - the officer is a Raventhorpe figure (I added the cloak);
the Spahis is an Irregular Miniatures SCW Moroccan (nice figure) all I did here was add the cloak.


These will certainly not be the best you`ll see here, but i did finish first - and i`m very pleased with them.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You used a wash on those Richard Very Happy

Nice unit.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charge! They look good en-masse Smile

Kudos to you as ive not even decided what I'm going to do yet!

Cheers

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks lads

I`m planning to use them to frighten the hell out of my mates Aussies in a Syria game over the Bank Holiday weekend.

R35s, Ft17s, Laffly A/Cs and now mounted cavalry - they don`t stand a chance Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've come a long way with those, Richard. They look magnificent! Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Very imaginative use of the various figures and the cloaks are superb.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't wait to see them in action Richard.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are Spahi-licious! Always great to see colourful cavalry...looks like the circus came to town Smile

I hope my SCW Moors come out as nice. Good work!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wonderful work Richard, and i'm amazed at the speed with which you dashed them out... beautiful work on the cloaks too!

so will you be entering another cavalry unit before Oct 31st? Laughing
i think you may have time???? Wink

well done mate!

rob. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are really cool...

I have an urge for something colonial now... Cool

Really nice job Richard... and I thought I was quick!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What classic looking figs.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations on being the first out of the pens! The figures look good- the red cloaks contrast well with the beige of the uniforms. How come the NCO does not have a coloured kepi? <- you can tell I'm an innocent when it comes to French colonials, can't you?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am amazed you got these done so quick Richard well done. Very good work on the cloaks they hang good and don't look overthick or anything...

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Akosion wrote:
Congratulations on being the first out of the pens! The figures look good- the red cloaks contrast well with the beige of the uniforms. How come the NCO does not have a coloured kepi? <- you can tell I'm an innocent when it comes to French colonials, can't you?
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Not a problem, I`ll try to explain -

The khaki cover on the kepi was a regulation, the traditional white or coloured patterns (rank and branch of service colours); had been seen as attracting unwanted enemy attention Laughing So all personnel were issued with this khaki cover......... The officer has discarded his regulation kepi in favour of his Affaires Indigenes (blue) one (French officers often showed dis-regard for their personal safety with such affectations).

French officer schools still prided themselves on bravery, elan and espirt d`corps. In colonial units this was doubley important as an officers bravery "Baraka" was carefully watched by his men. Colonial units tended to become almost a family/Tribe, any outsider or new French volunteer having to earn the trust and loyalty of the unit.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2007 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard, thanks for the explanation! Sounds like Colbert's spirit ("you seem unusually reluctant to die today") was still a part of the French cavalry ethos 100-odd years later.
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