Union Cavalry Lunch Break

Kurt G

Sergeant Major
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May 23, 2018
This is a piece by Series 77 that I bought many years ago . I started the horse , but the kit sat unfinished for a long time . It is very well detailed for the time (1980's) but the saber is clunky and the trooper's head was replaced by a much better one from Michael Roberts . The trooper is about 4" tall . The bottle and stump are commercial items . The food items on the ground are made out of epoxie putty .

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Booner

2nd Lieutenant
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May 4, 2015
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Boonville, MO.
Such a nice job of painting! Most of the early figures I painted were Series 77.

I have the same figure, and painted it 28 years ago, and mine looks just like the box picture. it seemed to take forever to paint the horse. It's a special figure to me and my son. I painted the figure right after he was born, and my painting room served double duty as his nursery. I'd lay him down in his crib, which was next to the desk I used for painting, and every once in a while I'd have to stop my painting to rub his back when he whimpered in his sleep or give him a bottle for one of those late night feedings or a change of diapers. It's remarkable how you can bond with someone when you have to change their britches.

The only thing I added to my figure was some "meadow muffins" on the ground behind the horse. I thought it gave the figure a realistic look.
 
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Kurt G

Sergeant Major
Joined
May 23, 2018
Such a nice job of painting! Most of the early figures I painted were Series 77.

I have the same figure, and painted it 28 years ago, and mine looks just like the box picture. It's a special figure to me and my son. I painted the figure right after he was born, and my painting room served double duty as his nursery. I'd lay him down in his crib, which was next to the desk I used for painting, and every once in a while I'd have to stop my painting to rub his back when he whimpered in his sleep or give him a bottle for one of those late night feedings or a change of diapers. It's remarkable how you can bond with someone when you have to change their britches.

The only thing I added to my figure was some "meadow muffins" on the ground behind the horse. I thought it gave the figure a realistic look.
Very nice story .
I had considered adding the "meadow muffins" but the base was too small.
 

Booner

2nd Lieutenant
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Location
Boonville, MO.
Very nice story .
I had considered adding the "meadow muffins" but the base was too small.
My original figure used the based supplied with the figure, The an accident happened, and the horse got detached from the base when it hit the floor. So I made the base bigger so it was maybe more in scale with the figure when I repaired everything. I added a fence and some groundwork so it looked like the soldier was taking a break along the roadside to enjoy an apple with his buddy.
The figure is all metal and is rather heavy and I'll never understand why some people want to grab the figure and not the base when they want to take a closer look at the figure,
 

Kurt G

Sergeant Major
Joined
May 23, 2018
My original figure used the based supplied with the figure, The an accident happened, and the horse got detached from the base when it hit the floor. So I made the base bigger so it was maybe more in scale with the figure when I repaired everything. I added a fence and some groundwork so it looked like the soldier was taking a break along the roadside to enjoy an apple with his buddy.
The figure is all metal and is rather heavy and I'll never understand why some people want to grab the figure and not the base when they want to take a closer look at the figure,
Yes , it is heavy ! The horse was not easy to paint because of the weight. When people do look at my figures , I usually pull them out of the display cases and tell them "please don't touch the figure." That works....most of the time .
 

Bigred

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Feb 16, 2016
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UK
very nicely painted..love the tone in the colours,and the detail in the food a great eye for detail
 
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