Highlander command figures

27 May 2020
Nino /
Realizing that command figures be a much needed addition to my range of toy soldiers, I decided to sculpt a Highlander officer and a sergeant. British and French line infantry officers should follow at some future time… Planning ahead, I started with sculpting a mannequin that I would use as a base for the masters [...]
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French regular infantry masters

08 Feb 2020
Nino /
You can see here the masters of my first French regular infantry figures, a much needed addition to my War-of-the-Austrian-Succession range. These French line infantry fusiliers (equivalent to British musketeers), come in the following poses: Standing, holding musket at ready. Standing, firing musket. Standing, thrusting bayonet. Standing, charging bayonet breast-high. Standing, thrusting bayonet shoulder-high. Kneeling, [...]
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More Coureurs-des-bois

07 Nov 2018
Nino /
Here are the masters of three more Canadian Militiamen, or perhaps Coureurs-des-Bois, all wearing the usual mix of European and Native American items. The running Militiaman is dressed just like my other Canadians (see here), in a coarse linen shirt and cloth breech-clout, while his standing-and-firing mate also wears wool leggings, or mitasses, a convenient [...]
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Highlanders!

26 Sep 2018
Nino /
The rugged mountaineers of the Highlands of Scotland were the first British regular infantry units to be employed in petite guerre operations. As such, Highlanders make a most natural addition to my range. Sculpting my first Highlander figure has been a bit of a challenge for a number of reasons. The first obvious problem consisted [...]
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Audubon’s Wild Turkey

20 Mar 2017
Nino /
John James Audubon (1785-1851), the famous French-born American painter and naturalist, is the author of The Birds of America, a collection of plates covering virtually all then known species of North American birds. The Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), which Audubon painted in 1825 and choose as the frontispiece plate of the first edition of The Birds of [...]
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French colonial infantry muskets

18 Mar 2017
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French colonial infantry were organized as independent companies under the jurisdiction and in the pay of the Ministry of the Marine (hence Compagnies Franches de la Marine). From the close of the 17th Century, the soldiers of the Compagnies Franches were issued flintlock muskets manufactured by the gun factory of Tulle, France. By the early 1730s these muskets, [...]
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More Woodland Indians

19 Jan 2017
Nino /
I wanted one of my Woodland Indians to wear leggings, or mitasses. The option was between wrap-around cloth leggings or center-seam leather ones. In the event I choose the latter. The leggings are suspended to the warrior's waist with narrow strings attached to the breechclout belt. In addition, colorful ribbon garters are worn just below the knees. [...]
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