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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2017 4:58 a.m. PST

Progress with the Rifles firing line conversion towards Adam's Brigade at Waterloo. The 71st I have shown, 52nd are done and just need some photos. These were inspired by Three Armies' work shown here before
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….Perry/Victrix plastics (Rifles trunk, Line Infantry legs and Victrix arms) and a mounted metal officer plus much Greenstuff. 36 figures in total…and a dog! Much sawing and hemicorporectomy (cutting a body in half, but you knew that)
Early stages still and since taking these shots I have finished the cuffs, added tassels to the officer's Light Infantry sash and added many more caplines.

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foxweasel Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2017 6:36 a.m. PST

Looking good, can't wait to see them painted up.

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2017 8:06 a.m. PST

Love the conversions. A lot of skilled work. I cannot wait to see them finished either.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2017 8:24 a.m. PST

Much camouflage went into the design, to hide the join at the waist. I moved the ammo pouch forward, to the ready use position and added that little emergency pouch (which is a simple block of white plastic). The sword hilt also helps.

Of course, once they were all done I realised that many a right arm was now unusable…as the elbow fouled on the ammo pouch. Groan…….

Still work to do before painting. Bit of cutting to trim back the cuffs before undercoating, as in the lace edge on the magnified image above.

The Bakers are just a sawn off Brown Bess, with a bayonet tip stuck on the right muzzle…..that clip that held the sword. Swords from Perry AWI British command sprue or Prussian infantry.
Powder horn stretched sprue.

bracken Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2017 8:34 a.m. PST

Now that's some dedication, I love doing projects like this! although not quite on this scale. The biggest group of figures I've ever converted at one time is 24 figs so hard off to you! Look forward to seeing how this project progresses.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2017 10:36 a.m. PST

you raised a laugh here.

Let us just say that 'er indoors was not best suited.

After 71st and then 52nd, the 2/95 and 3/95 proved the proverbial camel's straw. It took a couple of nights in an incredibly expensive hotel to get back into favour. Dedication…you mean obsessional neurosis

von Winterfeldt17 Sep 2017 11:45 a.m. PST

great effort – well done.

Marc at work18 Sep 2017 4:41 a.m. PST

I like them – just a shame you have done them in the wrong scale… grin

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2017 5:46 a.m. PST

But at least in the right material………

Converting plastics is just so easy. the snag is that the highspeed tools I used on metals just shred the plastics. Have to resort to electric screwdrivers and even hand operated files. Imagine, in the 21st Century having to saw and file by hand……

HP2Sport18 Sep 2017 9:33 a.m. PST

Looking great. Good work. Hopefully the paint job will do them justice,

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2017 6:36 a.m. PST

Mega impressive!

Lord Hill19 Sep 2017 11:15 a.m. PST

Great stuff! Such dedication with all those shako cords!

Tell me about the shoulder tufts – would the original line inf tufts not suffice? I'm puzzled (and panicking that my conversions missed this!)

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2017 12:54 p.m. PST

I remember yours well. Where do you think I got the idea from? Three Armies did something similar and I have seen others on a smaller scale.

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These, my conversions' shoulder tufts, are overdone (Indeed the shako cords are a bit overscale too) and would be better at the Alma 40 year later than at Salamanca. They serve the same purpose as the ammo pouch moved forward and the little ready use pouch, they hide some nasty joins!

Victrix arms, indeed the figures generally, are chunkier, but the firearms with them are infinitely better than Perry plastic ones. So I used them (in every other way Perrys's mouldings are far better). The snag is the arms are designed for a wider thorax than a Perry rifleman's…hence the gap to fill. I may still cut them back as well as tidy up the cuffs….snag is how busy work is…and I am meant to be retired and a part timer!

Thanks all for the encouragement!

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