Friday, 28 January 2022

From LeeH - French Foreign Legionnaires in Fatigue Whites - (108 Points)

I bought two styles of Legionnaire for this project. One group wear the dark blue greatcoat called a Capote and this batch just have their Fatigue or barrack whites. I plan on using these guys to defend the fort I completed last week, so it makes sense that they are not wearing their packs and coats. 



These Legionnaires wear their white Fatigue blouse and trousers with the blue sash under their belts. I always thought the sash looked terribly uncomfortable but it seems it offered good back support when carrying their heavy packs. Over the Sash is a belt with bullet pouches held up with a Y-Strap and vertical braces at the front (which was only moulded on some figures so I hand-painted them in any way). They also carry a canteen and musette bag as well as their rifle. 



The white uniform was a real challenge to paint, but I got there in the end. I applied a thin black wash to fill the creases and then dry brushed pure white over the top. It actually looked a little grey still but that was ok, I had a plan! After I had done all the straps, belts, sash, pouches etc I reapplied the white as a highlight and in the process cleaned up a few mistakes and wobbly brushwork. The result is a white uniform that really ‘pings’. Of course, being slightly nuts I couldn’t leave it there so added dirty knees and elbows as a finishing touch. 


The officers have been given campaign dress, hence the white Kepi and white trousers rather than red. The Men Who Would be Kings rules mean that each unit comes with its own Officer but I decided I needed someone to command the whole group, so I used a spare bugler and based him with one of the Officer figure as a little vignette. 


Points wise these are pretty straightforward. Four units of twelve men, plus an officer for each unit and a senior officer with a bugler on a separate base. That's 54 figures x 2 points each for 108 points.


From DaveD

So on last nights chat Ray says he "encouraged" you to buy this .and now its looking wonderful - he did suggest he could have some points for that ! Cracking job Lee - I am loving this . MORE please!!

26 comments:

  1. Ray is always happy to help a friend spend money! At least I don't have to sneak my purchases into the house via a secret tunnel. ­čĄú

    I have another equal sized batch of Legionnaires (this time in the blue greatcoat) which I will be starting on today. I doubt they will be ready for next Friday (busy weekend ahead) but I have a few sundry side items to work on while I plug away at the bigger task.

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  2. Good looking force, and in white! The dirty knees looks great, something I copy for some project.

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    1. Cheers. When I set them up in the Fort for the photo I got a rush of endorphins and a shiver of childlike glee. I'm just a big kid at heart (as are we all I suspect).

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    2. I guess you right. :) Deploying an army for non-gaming purposes is always heart touching.

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  3. Having done up a batch of FFL last year I can really appreciate this project and love the detail you have gone into Lee. Are these Artizan Figs?

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  4. Very nice project. Love the period and theme.

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  5. Great work on the FFL, really effective whites. That final shot of them all on the ramparts is very cinematic.

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  6. Another great entry for your project. Seeing them all together is quite a spectacle!

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  7. Great work Lee. What a cool setting. And still...that Fort...wow.

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  8. Great work Lee - you're tempting many of us to start another new period!

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  9. Ok I crumble - a fort has been ordered,

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  10. The Fort is still impressive and the white you obtained on the uniforms is quite outstanding!

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  11. Splendid work Lee! But somehow I hear an English voice saying „Mon Sewer“ all the time…

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  12. Big kids at heart rule and so do your figures! Lovely work on the white uniforms, and a garrison worthy of cette fortresse la. C’est magnifique!
    Cheers, MikeP

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