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 Post subject: Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:57 am 
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I was researching pulp characters from the 1920/30/40s looking for unique and distinctive characters to turn into customs. I came across Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion. He appeared 21 times in Argosy Magazine in the 1930s in stories by noted pulp writer Theodore Roscoe. I bought an omnibus edition of the first five tales and set out to make a figure immediately.
Not easy to find pictures of the uniform from this period, so I got out my Action Man books and used the pictures of the Foreign Legion outfit as my visual reference. So this custom now fills three niches in my collection: Action Man, Military and Pulp Characters.

This figure went through several running changes as I made him. I was originally going to sculpt the hat from scratch, but then I found a spare Raiders German soldier head with cap peak that was the perfect size for the kepi and sculpted white milliput over the top. The bottom of the coat was more of a problem. In the end, I pulled apart a RoC Storm Shadow figure and used the coat from that. The sash around the middle covers a multitude of sins. :-D ;-) I could not find a Lebel rifle in 1:18, so I went with a BBi rifle I got with some accessories. Posing him with the Cairo thugs from Raiders was a no-brainer.

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 Post subject: Re: Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:44 am 
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I dig it! Pulp Characters are always under appriciated!

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 Post subject: Re: Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:53 am 
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That is just fantastic work. Really impressed by the hat.

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 Post subject: Re: Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:21 am 
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Nice!

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 Post subject: Re: Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:37 am 
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LOVE this. Looks perfect!

Makes me wish I'd stocked up on Renegades CCs when they were cluttering the pegs on clearance.

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 Post subject: Re: Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:08 pm 
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Once I sculpted the basic shape of the hat, it just took a bit of sanding to get teh correct shape and flatten out the top. I finished painting the figure before I sculpted the 'cloth' at the back of it using milliput. I deliberately raide it off the collar before it set so that I could keep articulation in the neck.

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 Post subject: Re: Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:24 pm 
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I love it, this is awesome. I'm thinking rock n roll v2 for an arah version


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 Post subject: Re: Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:26 pm 
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Love this. One of your finer pieces of work. Now army build him some troops to lead ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:44 pm 
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That is very cool.

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 Post subject: Re: Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:31 am 
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You did well on the hat, one of the more specific details of the French Foreign Legion. I like the classic look.


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