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Regular infantry figures mannequins
27 Jul 2017 / Nino /

I am soon to release my first mid 18th-Century regular infantry figures.

Needing some proper foes for my Indians and Canadians, my first regulars will of course have to be British. French regular infantry will come next, perhaps both line infantrymen and soldiers of the independent companies in colonial service…

I would also like to expand my range of regular infantry figures to include soldiers of all the major armies involved in the War of the Austrian Succession, that is Austrians and Hungarians, Prussians, Saxons, Bavarians, Hanoverians, Hessians, Dutch, Spaniards and Neapolitans, Sardinians, and Genoese. Given my very low productivity, though, this may well remain but a daydream…

Nonetheless, I decided to plan forward, and started with sculpting a set of preliminary, partially clothed mannequins that could serve as a base for creating the masters of many figures wearing similar, but different, mid 18th-Century uniforms.

The first preliminary mannequin is that of a man in a standing, rather martial pose, wearing waistcoat, breeches, socks, and shoes, but no coat nor gaiters. At this stage, I left aside all such details as pockets, buttons, and lace.

Wearing shoes as opposed to moccasins, this man looks slightly taller than my Indians and Canadians. However, at about 55-56 mm excluding the hat, with shoes, he represents a man of about 1.73-1,75 m, that is more or less the same height as his soft-shod irregular counterparts.

Using this first mannequin as a base, I sculpted a second mannequin in a coat, worn buttoned-up and with the skirts turned back. I also sculpted a third one, this time with the skirts of the coat worn loose.

These preliminary mannequins will be a useful start for sculpting soldiers wearing their waist belt over the coat, as was the prevailing fashion in the French, British, and Spanish armies of the 1740s. Additional clothed mannequins will be required for sculpting soldiers dressed in “German” fashion, that is with their coats unbuttoned and the waist belt worn under the coat, and for the Prussians, clad in their unique, tight order of dress…