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After working almost two months to make the surgeon diorama, I took some time to make a fun, quick kit-bash of SST's 57th Virginia. The motivation was to try some of the weathering techniques I've read about on this forum.

The pictures are shown below. The figure was replaced by a SOTW, not because the SST figure is bad, but because I used him on another project and I wanted to show that the SOTW figures aren't bad if given a little TLC. The bed roll is custom. Everything else is stock SST that's been weathered. The weathering is a combination of acrylic paint and chalk pastels. I first soaked the pants, shirt and jacket in tea because I had read that it gives the clothes a dingy, worn look. And it does. It's simple to do and removes the new look from the clothes.

I also made a custom base for the figure. Other than the diorama, this was my first attempt and it turned out pretty good. I used "Celluclay" mixed with kitty litter and cocoa mix. Then while if was still wet I pressed in an actual twig and sprinkled a small amount of decorative moss on top and pressed lightly into the mixture. In my next base I hope to use "static" and see how that works.

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Brief history of the 57th

The 5th Virginia served from the Battle of Seven Pines though Appomattox. Their most enduring fame was won at Gettysburg where they briefly broke through the Yankee line sat the "Angle" thus participating the "High Tide of the Confederacy".

The 57th Virginia Infantry was organized on September 25, 1861 when five companies were added to the five extant companies of Major Elisha Keen's battalion. Keen's command was never officially recognized by the Confederate Adjutant and Inspector General's Office.

Colonel Lewis Addison Armistead was chosen as the first regimental commander and he served until he was promoted to brigadier general on April 1, 1862. Elisha Ford Keen briefly succeeded Armistead, but he resigned on July 31, 1862. Keen was followed by Colonel David Dyer who also resigned on January 12, 1863. Colonel John Bowie Magruder was next in command of the regiment and he served until he was mortally wounded at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 3, 1863. George W. Carr also served as commander of the 57th for a short period of time in 1863. Colonel Clement R. Fontaine was promoted to command the regiment in 1864 and served until the end of the war.

The regiment was composed of 10 companies, lettered from A to K (no J). The unit reorganized under the provisions of the Confederate conscription law on May 7, 1862. The companies comprising this regiment were:

Company A - Jeff Davis Guard - from Powhatan County, formerly Company F, 20th Virginia Infantry. This company enlisted on May 29, 1861.

Company B - The Franklin Sharpshooters - from Franklin County, enlisted on June 15, 1861.

Company C - The Franklin Fire Eaters - from Franklin County. This company was enlisted on June 21, 1861 as part of Keen's Battalion.

Company D - The Galveston Tigers - from Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia. This company enlisted on June 22, 1861.

Company E - The Pig River Grays - This company was formerly Company B, Keen's Battalion, and was enlisted on June 29, 1861.

Company F - The Henry and Pittsylvania Rifles - This unit was originally commanded by Captain Vincent O. Witcher, and enlisted on July 10, 1861.

Company G - Ladies' Guard, formerly Company E of Keen's Battalion, enlisted on July 13, 1861 from members of the 195th Virginia Militia (Franklin County).

Company H - The Rivanna Guards, enlisted on July 22, 1861 as Captain John B. Magruder's Company. This unit was from Fluvanna County.

Company I - The Pittsylvania Life Guards, formerly Company D, Keen's Battalion Virginia Infantry, enlisted on July 17, 1861 from members of the 42nd Virginia Militia (Pittsylvania County).

Company K - The Botetourt Guards, was organized on July 20, 1861 in Botetourt County, Virginia.

The 57th's first assignment was with the Army of the Kanawha in November 1861. In April 1862, the regiment was assigned to Armistead's Brigade, Anderson's Division, Army of Northern Virginia. Anderson's Division was assigned to the 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia in July 1862, after the Seven Days Battles east of Richmond prompted the reorganization of the army. In September 1862, Major General George Pickett assumed command of the division. The regiment served with Pickett until October 1863. At that time the 57th Virginia was transferred to Barton's Brigade in the Department of North Carolina. In February 1864 Barton's Brigade was reassigned to the Department of Richmond. In May, Barton's Brigade was attached to Robert Ransom's Division. In May 1864, Barton's Brigade was returned to Pickett's Division, 1st Corps Army of Northern Virginia and served there until the end of the war.

The 57th Virginia participated in the following battles or engagements:

Seven Days Battles, east of Richmond, Virginia June 25-July 1, 1862
Malvern Hill, Virginia July 1, 1862
2nd Manassas, Virginia August 28-30, 1862
Sharpsburg, Maryland September 17, 1862
Shepherdstown Ford, West Virginia, September 20, 1862
Fredericksburg December 13, 1862
Suffolk Siege April - May 1863
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania July 1-3, 1863
New Bern, North Carolina, February 1, 1864.
Chester Station, Virginia May 10, 1864
Drewry's Bluff, Virginia May 16, 1864
North Anna, Virginia May 22-26, 1864
Cold Harbor, Virginia June 1-3, 1864
Siege of Petersburg June 1864-March 1865
Dinwiddie Court House March 31, 1865
Five Forks, Virginia April 1, 1865
Sayler's Creek, Virginia April 6, 1865
Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865.
 

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CZ, as usual, unusually beautiful custom work. The detailing on the base is really nice. Great unit history, too:thumb

I don't know if it's the high collar & the bedroll making him look that way but the fig looks kinda short-necked to me in the first shot.

Cheers, my friend!:)
 

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CZ, that's a mighty fine Virginian, is he the SOTW OIF SEAL? That uni looks really good, rough, homespun- hind of. Your weathering takes of the new, w/o making him look like a bum. Simple and beautiful. The straw really adds to it.

I think it's a trick of the eye, RD. He looks fine in all the other shots, the bedroll rides high over his left shoulder, and the collar on those shelljackets can be just under the jaw. That and the hat pushed back on his head, give a false read from the particular view, IMO.
 

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Nice job! the weathering looks great. I've noticed the SOTW figures have some great sculpts to use for Civil War. The stand is a great idea too.

The sideshow jackets tend to have over tall collars. That may be what makes it look that way.
 

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You all are right about the collar. The workshop I went to have suggestions for fixing it. Basically you need to remove the head, build up the neck with putty, repaint and you've got a head that fits. True confession is that I didn't want to put that much work into him. I hang my head in shame. My motivation was to experiment with cellucay and try making a custom base. I've admired many of the custom bases I've seen on this site. Next time I plan to add a small rock, some grass and maybe some ferns.
 

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Whoa, CZ, no way you need to hang your head. That figure has a fair-length neck, wouldn't clipping a bit off the collar work easier, if it bugged you? It looks great to me, that one shot is just a trick of perspective, sez I.
 

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Ha Ha! That Hoa-Binh PoppoToys Jeet head I used nearly had a truncated neck too which is why I noticed - I'm sensitive to it heh heh (in fact, I'm lazy-the cheche is the only thing holding it onto the body). I'm sorry I brought it up, let's focus on CZ;s great work, folks!
 

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I was just joking about the "shame" part. (I still haven't mastered these "emotion" symbols.) I love all constructive critisim. The idea is to get better.
 

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Gul-derned neck-natzees!!! LMAO
 

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Very class act!

Don't be afraid to add even more of that thick, orange VA mud.
Having lost a shoe in it myself, I would suggest that it really sticks with you.
It seems to find every opening in your clothing...reenacting experience only but...

Anyway-veryvery NICE:thumb
 
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