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    Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    MONS
    Corporal, 4th Royal Fusiliers.


    This weekend is the 100th anniversary of the first clashes between British Expeditionary Force , the BEF , and the
    Imperial German Army around the Belgian town of Mons.

    The BEF arrived on the 21st , cavalry patrols clashed on the 22nd, and on the 23rd nine and a half British Battalions along a nine-mile front fought all day to hold off four German Divisions from von Kluck’s First Army. They inflicted appalling casualties on the very brave Germans , but were forced back by numbers.
    This photo of the 4th Royal Fusiliers was taken in Mons on the 22nd. They look suitably hot and bothered.



    Right in the centre , just north of Mons around the village of Nimy, the 4th RF were engaged defending an important bridge over the Canal du Centre , from about 7am until forced to withdraw around 2pm .Lieutenant Dease, their machinegun officer, won the first VC of the war holding off the Germans while the rest of the battalion made its withdrawal. He was wounded many times, and when he died his Maxim was taken over by Pvt. Sidney Godley,who was wounded and captured , and also given the VC .
    The 4th Royal Fusiliers were reservists, and thus older than most regular soldiers , in their thirties rather than their twenties, having served their time with the colours but who were liable for recall in the event of war . They were experienced, steady men, but often out of condition. The campaign thereafter developed into a continuous fighting retreat , marching all day in very hot weather, with men suffering badly with sore feet .



    The figure :~
    This is mostly from DiD “Albert Brown”, his uniform subtly recoloured , and with new buttons , a new cap , improved equipment and a new rifle, a correct SMLE.Mk.III, with the volley sights and magazine cutoff.
    I’ve made a limited batch of these in resin .I make my own putties from brushed cotton, which is much nearer the coarse woolen texture of the originals than the DiD tape versions .
    He has photoetch shoulder titles for “ RF “ .



    I’ve replaced all the coarse tape on the1908 webbing with something finer and more in scale . The cartridge pouches are still symmetrical , since it was during this campaign they discovered that the lower left hand set needed stronger fastenings, the clips falling out when men lay down or leant against a bank. For the rest of the war the left pouches were produced with an extra strap : anyone doing a Tommy from later in the war needs to bear this in mind .
    The cap is still the stiff-topped variety, which didn’t outlast the autumn, being replaced by the “ Gor-Blimey “ soft trench cap in the coming winter.
    He’s dumped his greatcoat as too much to carry, hence the near emptiness of his large pack. Doubtless, if he survives , he will have to pay for it , but just now he has other things to worry about...



    The Royal Fusiliers had always been a London Regiment , based at the Tower, where their Museum , I believe, still exists.

    Here they are forming at camp before being loaded on trains for embarkation .




    This figure has gone to Taiwan for Weylen’s Taipei exhibition, hence the rather rushed pics.

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Outstanding.

    It is such a pleasure to view your craftsmanship and devotion to getting all the details just right.

    Thank you so much for sharing it.

    Dan
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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Beautiful craftmanship as always.

    I am tempted to have a crack at 37 pattern webbing in the man er you construct yours.

    Stu

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    The old Corporal's a tough looking sort, all right. He looks a bit weary, understandable from what you describe. So very fine.
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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Beautiful work Tony.

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Pro as always.

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Superb figure as usual, and I enjoyed reading the history too.

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Superb work as per usual.

    CHEERS!

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Nice!

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    I enjoyed the history behind this figure and he is nicely done.

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Great work as expected and always a good history lesson with it!
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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Outstanding craftsmanship as ever. Always a pleasure to see your 1/6 art.

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Great work tony

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    " and just what would you do with a Brain, if you had one"? "Prince, harley....come on....Cooper you are such a goofball
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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    OUTSTANDING Work!
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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Excellent work as usual.

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Simply fantastic.
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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    I was at their museum about a month ago at the Tower of London and your concise history lesson is spot on. They should have your figure displayed there!

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    And speaking of history, if I may...."The Angel of Mons".....

    http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com...gelofmons.aspx
    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    stunning, I always look forward to your posts!

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Tony

    Your work Inevitably leaves me just admiring the pictures
    For long stretches as my mind slowly deconstructs all the
    Beautifully done custom work! Always a pleasure to see one of yours!
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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Lovely figure, Tony. Catches the moment well. I've spent the past year reading up on the Great War. It's been good to unlearn some of the myths spread since the 1960s and find out how good the British Army was (and became during the conflict). I'd recommend Lyn Macdonald's "Somme" and Richard Homles' "Tommy" to anyone wanting to find out what the war was really like for the men fighting it. It wasn't Blackadder!

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Tony, your figure tells the story well. Excellent work on this and a fine job of making him appear hot, dusty and miserable. I have always admired your work on the web gear, I really enjoy that cap of his.......Jim

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Hallo!

    Most EXCELLENT as always!!

    Bonus points for the white chalk dust!!!!!
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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    Great work as always!

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    Re: Mons, August 1914. 4th Royal Fusiliers .

    A thoughtful tribute, with Tony's usual excellent craftmanship !

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