I decided to take a standard box of Airfix figures, in this case the rather quaint and well loved WW1 German Infantry and see what my modest efforts could do to swish them up a bit. I'm a firm believer that a bit of effort with undercoating and dry brushing in white or grey before applying the final coats is a great way to bring out the detail in a figure. Some simple head swaps and throw in a couple of bits and bods from the spares box and you have the makings of some jolly nice figs.
|Infantry on the March somewhere in Belgium.|
In this shot you see that a bit of imagination can convert the flame-thrower figure into a drummer, the rather oddly posed bod with the obligatory flailing rifle into a standard bearer, and some spare heads from the lying down figs for head swaps to add some variety to the marching poses.
Sorry, Airfix cant take credit for the mounted officer. He is the Brit officer and horse from the excellent Waterloo Anglo-Sudanese colonial infantry set with a simple head swap.
And yes, in case your laughing out loud about the incongruity of it, some regiments did carry the colours unfurled in the opening stages of 1914 and there is a very poignant photo of a dead German drummer with his drum lying beside him taken just after the Battle of the Marne. Possibly some sneaky French photographer staged that pic to confuse future generations of modellers...I wasnt there?
This is my version with no embellishments...why mess with such nice figures.
Another group of figures I painted straight from the sprue, as it were, was the machine gun team. I'm told the machine gun is incorrect on lots of counts, mainly the tripod mount, I recall a photograph of, I think, Hungarian Infantry with tripod mounted Maxims so who knows...frankly who cares, I just like the little guys and their natty gun. I'm rather taken by the relaxed, casual poses of the crew. They look like they've just opened a picnic hamper and are about to break out the champers... I say Hans..would you mind passing me that chicken leg when you're done hosing down those pesky Frogs.
|Picnicking machine gunners!|
|Bugler...sound the charge!|