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A work in progress to mark a now-missed anniversary:

My American Expeditionary Forces doughboy for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I: November 11th, 1918

I would have posted him on the 11th, but I was marking the occasion with a whole row of French 75s, Casablanca style:



On to the figure...

Photos are from the SSCC's November 2018 club meeting on 7 November. I tried like mad to finish this guy for our club meeting and just ran out of energy and time with my work schedule. Most of this figure is from Battle Gear Toys - meaning he is expensive - and regrettably there are some sizing issues with some of the items I bought from BGT to kit this guy up.

I've been interested in WWI for a while now - but really decided I needed to start on a figure or two in earnest after watching American Experience documentary The Great War on PBS in April of 2017. The latest Gatsby movie helped as well... but that's another thread for another time.

Finally, there's really a lot that could be done despite the scarcity of the DiD and Sideshow figures - if one knows how to scrounge and modify some things.

Without further ado, an AEF rifleman on the Western Front:















Probably the thing I'm most proud of on this kitbash thus far:





A modified DML RTV canteen - making it the early M-1910 canteen with the aluminum dome cap.

References:

Uniforms, Equipment and Weapons of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I by Brett Werner

Osprey Battle Orders No. 6: The American Expeditionary Forces in World War I

Osprey Men-at-Arms No. 386: The US Army of World War I

Osprey Warrior No. 79: US Doughboy 1916-19
 

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"All's [far too] Quiet…"

Very impressive work, sir.

Indeed, "The Great War…" And not a bad piece.

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Fred, very nice work and you made me happy having a chance to look at it. Thanks for sharing it with us all.
 

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Well done Fred, he's very nice. Making custom items is an immensely satisfying activity, as you have no-doubt discovered, and when it finishes an excellent figure, doubly so.
 

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Thanks, guys!

I will have to get back to him and finish him up - then update this thread!

Tony - thank you for your help with some of the WWI items I've acquired over the past few months! I appreciate your compliments! And you're quite right - every time I make or modify something I think to myself, "Why did I beat around the bush? I should have just jumped in and made this months ago..." - I've had a lot of luck with the custom pieces I've made thus far in the hobby, the early 1910 canteen being no exception to my luck.

GMGrayRock - fascinating history about your grandfather! Thank you for sharing it and your compliments!

Thanks guys! Glad you've enjoyed him!

Fred
 
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