However, I had on the table some conversions I had started before I went and I slowly - very slowly - set about painting and finishing them. The idea stemmed from an article I read I about some of the Frei Corps in the Schelswig Holstein War and they seem very much like civilians who turned up with the minimum of uniform - maybe an arm band and a flag. This set me wondering if I could make some civilians who could fit into any of my 1866-1870 periods.
The French Revolutionary War Citizen (FR5) with musket is an excellent starting point.
I tried to go a bit further and make a fuller coat. I use bits of drinks can cut with scissors and glued in place and then filed smooth. This was a bit of a pain but worth the trial for a bit of variety but he is going to be very much a one off.
Having seen pictures of 'cadets' and university students wearing a peaked cap of sorts I did a head swap with a Saxon infantryman head I had left over from a another conversion to give still more variety. The Spanish infantryman with up turned brim also readily available can also be used 'as is' or you can swap as shown below. The absence of back packs makes them more like civilians or Frei Corps troops/civilians rushed into action.
This is a lot less daunting and simpler than swapping heads and gives instant variety to a single pose.
Whilst I was at it I also trimmed the coat tails on a couple of the Revolutionary War figure for variety.
|French Revolutionary with Perry Hat and plume|
Some more variants
|French Revolutionary with hat cut back to just leave hair|
|French Revolutionary with long tail coat cut back and Spanish head swap and plume|