kurigan

New Custom Uniforms 

Recommended Posts

I’ve actually been sitting on these since August, but finally found a couple of hours in between to make up a sample of each today. These are based on the same pattern as my naval coats and jackets but for other military roles in my little Lego world. From left to right you’ll see: 

Infantry (Red Coat), Royal Artillery, Royal Marine, Dragoon and Queens Ranger/Rifles. 

 

They are not 100% historically accurate (I know, I know) but they are close enough for my purposes. 

 1109192200a_zpsjdpew5mf.jpg

 

I had a bit of fun doing portrait shots of each. I guess they came out OK, but whatever, it’s just for fun. 

 

 

Spoiler

 

Here we have the eager young solder boy of a poor country regiment, glad to have found employment somewhere, anywhere; even the far side of the world. 

1109192250b_zps7fhuilpx.jpg

1109192250_zpspb6gw7mg.jpg

Buff facings and wooden buttons, these guys couldn't be more basic, but what they lack in funds, they make up for with zeal for King and Country.

 

See the proud artillerist, showing off his pride and joy. 

 1109192307a_zpsd79szxeq.jpg

1109192307_zpsefkz2ys7.jpg

The colors are right but the buttons are wrong. I can only do so much, especially at this scale. Who's to say its not a qurik of this made-up regiment anyway?

 

Cheeky tough he may seem, never doubt the discipline of the Royal Marine 

1109192251b_zpsjweusuxi.jpg

1109192259a_zpsmipx3iir.jpg

These guys would defiantly look more the part with the white cross belts but I haven't had the time to make them up. It'll take a bit of trial and error, cutting and measuring before I have a pattern, so I put 'em together anyway.

 

A typical Dragoon, always on about the quality of his mount. (I’m not really thrilled with how this guy came out. There's just something missing.) 

 

1109192222a_zpshr9wmz7a.jpg

1109192225a_zpsfv7u20ky.jpg

It doesn't seem to translate well in the image, probably my lighting, but the facings are dark green, not blue.

 

“So angry...” Tread lightly around these Queen’s Rangers, they are a deadly combination of well drilled and disciplined solders and back woods trackers. 

 1109192253_zpss34fazio.jpg

1109192258b_zpsrcf2kzbv.jpg

These guys are a bit of a pet project. Yes they are more than a little inspired by "Turn", which I know is quite apocryphal at points, but forgive me a bit of enthusiasm. I'm still not sure if I want to stick with the 18th c. style tri-corns or if I want to invest in shakos to make them more 19th c. They can't just be the Lego shakos though, so, yeah. Perhaps @woody64 would do me a favor :pir-look:, pretty sure I've seen his guy's wearing something like the right kind.

 

Disclaimer: 

Spoiler

Please don’t go all “keyboard crusader” on me just to say how they lose the “Lego-y-ness", that you prefer pad printing or that I could just have used this, that or the other thing for Lego or professional customizers. Not only does all that miss the point, entirely, but I don't care and I didn’t ask. It’s not a competition and this is not a challenge, I just think they are neat, and thought you all might as well. Enjoy them for what they are (the result of a lot of hard work honestly) and if you can’t say anything nice, kindly, Blok-off. 

Yes, if anyone is interested, I can and will share PDFs. Use them all you like, change them is you want, just, please, don't claim them as your own. They are actually a lot of work and it took a long time to get to this point. It would break me heart to be so betrayed. Send me a PM, though, as I don't have anywhere to host files.

 

Hope you enjoyed them!

Dave

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow, those look fabulous for custom Lego coats. I'm sure the geometry to make the patterns is difficult to get right. You mentioned that these were a pet project... how many versions did you have to go through to get these?

18 hours ago, kurigan said:

(I’m not really thrilled with how this guy came out. There's just something missing.)

Maybe it's a chunk of his face? :grin:

 

MAC

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A unique approach, and one that I think holds a lot of promise. The possibility to create proper, regimental-specific uniforms is a great advantage over standard Lego as well as the fact that you can create a proper coat that goes below the waist. You may consider experimenting are ways to get the proper cross belts as this is such an integral part of the enlisted soldier's uniform. 

One thing that looks off is the collar. Maybe I'm just too used to seeing it included on the torso, but here it reminds me of a noir detective's trench coat with the collar up more so than a colonial uniform. I think it may be that the edge gets a little too close to the mouth with makes the collar look too tall, but this may just be a compromise one has to make when working with Lego. 

I do hope that you continue to work with these and further hone your technique. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.