Friday, April 30, 2010

British Grenadier 10th Regiment of Foot, 1775

Possibly the most frightening site to those early colonial militiamen was the British soldier with fixed bayonet coming right for them. You could place this chap at Lexington and Concord or Bunker Hill. Though few of the Crown's troops had seen action before the American Revolution, they were well disciplined and knew how to use the bayonet with great effect. It would take a winter at Valley Forge to give the American soldier confidence to stand against this formidable weapon.

The head is from Historex. The putties from AVES and Kneadatite. The musket is a Shenandoah conversion. I'd like to thank Anders Heintz for the castings he sent to me. Also a big thanks to Gary D. who is always willing to share his knowledge.

Thanks for looking.







10 comments:

Gary Dombrowski said...

Jason, Awesome job pard. the paint job on the cap plate is really good. Would one of my Brown Besses be too big for that? If so that must have been a lot of work to convert a Shenandoah rifle. Hey go to Playlist and download the tune British Grenadiers. Maybe I'll get to see this in Gettysburg next week. If not that's cool I'm sure a collector will want to take this gem home. It's also a special treat to see something new from you. ~Gary

Jason said...

Thanks Gary! Converting the Shenandoah isn't too hard. I've done a few this way. The key is to not over shave/file the barrel to rid the bands. I have some metal rod that is good scale for the rammer and the lockplate is pretty straight forward. The particular shape of the butt-stock takes a little work though.
Your bess is the best on the market. I have have one but it has a slight warp. It would be fine for a "at attention" pose or just carrying at the "trail" but would be very pronounced in this action pose. Thats why I HATE resin weapons!

Ubique said...

That is one fantasctic looking figure! I certainly wouldn't like to be on the receiving end of that cold steel.

Regards,
Matt

Radek Pituch said...

Jason, this is brilliant, always love to see you working with sculptures. I like the way you painted the reds, a li'l bit crimson alike. Inspiring stuff man.


Radek

Gary Dombrowski said...

Jason, Boil some water and submerge it in the hot hot water. Take it out and tape it to a hard surface like a piece of tile or wood. This might just work in making it straight.~Gary

Jim Johnston said...

Really sweet Jason, you are prolific and talented. I look forward to seeing a lot more from you. MFCA?

WendyRaf said...

Nice work Jason! You're a machine! :D

Jason said...

Wow! Thanks for the kind word everyone. Much appreciated.

Jason said...

Jim, yes I'll be there. This will be my eighth MFCA. Can't wait!

Gary, I heard of that trick, may have to give it a try.

WendyRaf said...

I use a chip clip and a couple pieces of cardboard after heating the piece with hot water. :)