Sunday, 19 February 2017

20mm WW1 French infantry

These are old Airfix figures that have survived me playing with them as a kid and 40 years in a shoe box.  I think they've turned out alright given their veteran status.

I've painted them field blue with blue grey puttees and water bottle, saddle brown for webbing and boots and camo beige for various bags and sacks.  The colours are blended and shaded with Agrax Earthshade.

Cyclist figure.

Grenadier and riflemen.  The running figure seems to sum up the nightmare of trying to run in full kit and greatcoat through a sea of mud.  One of my favourite childhood figures.

Walking wounded and riflemen.

Rifleman and figure digging in with entrenching tool.

Spotter team with telescope.

Sniper team.

Now to add some LMG teams and a HMG for some support.

Thanks for looking.


  1. They look the part to me.



    1. Thanks Pete. I picked up a box of the Pegasus WW1 French recently, so should be able to get some Chauchats and a Hotchkiss on the painting table soon.

      Cheers, Andy

  2. Very nice job on this infantry (and on the bicycle!), a great looking group!

  3. Nice.

    Only a few of my old WW1 French are still left in my collection and they are being used for WW2

  4. Thanks Will. These seem remarkably flexible, unlike the WW1 Germans, which are the same vintage, but I only have to look at funny and they shatter. I just opened a new box of Airfix French and they are in a much more springy plastic, nowhere near as nice as the older set.

    Cheers, Andy