....represent a snappy Grenz Staff Officer (left) by converting a Perry Figures Carlist War command figure (right). The major difference in the end would be that the subject Grenz officer is in a tailcoat and the figure is not. As I was painting what was visible of the trousers on said figure, my mind was wandering, as it tends to. I was especially thinking about this as I was making the most of the little bit of black and yellow braiding that was visible. This brought to mind the the difference between the tailcoat, with trouser leg exposed, and the mostly covered trouser under the tailcoat. Which then started me thinking about other likely figures--and it was then that I realized that there might be a closer match. And so there was, from the Perry Napoleonic range...
..specifically, the staff officer in the Perry DB 1 set (Prince William of Orange Command). This figure is spot on. And since both are Perrys, the proportions would be consistent. Even better, I had this figure set on hand! (No more fussing over having a lead pile for me!).
Conversion of the DB 1 figure, above: ready for priming as soon as the green stuff sets. As before, I shaved down the uniform ornaments, clipped the bicorne a bit to fit the lines of the subject, and then clipped the small tuft and added the more pronounced, hanging feather tuft using green stuff. This figure includes a nicely sculpted sash (I was thinking of whether I was going to try and work that up somehow on the other figure.
I suppose I could have just gone ahead with the original plan, but once I knew that there was this closer match I found myself aiming to do it later, anyway. So I figured it was better to just switch lanes before things had gone too far and go for it now. At least this is a minor shift in a small project, which helped with the decision. (That's my story and I'm sticking with it!)
Now, while I'm painting this fellow, I'm sure that I'll be dwelling on ways to use the original figure, and goodness knows what madness that will bring on.
Well, we're on the eve of the Thanksgiving Holiday here in the US. After an interlude of good food and drink, there should be some quality time for painting, too.