Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Airfix Imperial Guardsman



Photo by TK

This is the latest from our unnamed genius in Budapest - who I shall call Mr. M. This is an old kit, an Airfix French Imperial Guardsman that I found in a box of stuff at the back of a model shop, along with a collection of other old Airfix kits. It seemed a shame to leave him there. Mr. M has done a really bang up job on this chap, very neat work.  TK sent me some pictures and I look forward to taking delivery.

For all his finery, Francois here strikes me as being all business. Like Cassius, he has a lean and hungry look.

He thinks too much, such men are dangerous.
Photo by TK 

Francois is clearly on a green field, possibly a shell torn field in Belgium, I imagine.  I'm quite looking forward to seeing him in the flesh as I want to get a closer look at that face.

But this one of the Emperors Immortals will be guarding part of the bookshelf once he arrives, along with his hussars and lancer brothers.

14 comments:

  1. Another very fine objet d'art.
    You are a lucky guy to have an artist on retainer.

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  2. He is wonderful, isn't he? Now imagine a unit of 48-60 like him (with a mounted officer) on a rather large tabletop. I'm giddy just thinking about it.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. Calm von Boffke. That way madness lies.

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  3. I had one of these back in the early 70s but it didn't look anything like that - great work!

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    1. And none of it mine - but I appreciate it all the more. It is fantastic.

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  4. Like Stryker I remember making a right lash of one as a much younger StW.. what a beautiful model... you're a lucky man

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    1. I am a very lucky man Steve. He is a fine fellow isn't he?

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  5. That is a fabulous looking figure. I'll be the first to admit that I am a Francophile so double points for nationality! :D

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    1. I'm very fond of him for all that is he a frencher.

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  6. He's splendid. I like what I can see of the face, which looks tough but amiable. He looks like the sort of comrade one would want to hear telling stories over a pipe and a camp fire.

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    1. Giving expression to faces is one of the things that only works with big figures. Not something I have the chops to do, but I can admire it in others.

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