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Creating WWII Italian Army Custom Figures

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This is my first attempt at creating backgrounds for my custom figures.  This is an Aquarium Fish Tank background I bought at PetCo for about $3.00.  With more time, experience and better lighting I ought to be able to create much better photos as time goes by.
 
This first picture makes a great picture of either Italy or perhaps the Invasion of Greece.  From the later war uniform I would place this in Italy near some Roman ruins.

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This next background in these three pictures I used for my North Africa Italian troops.  This is the 'flip' side of the above background. 

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This is my Artillery crew posing for a photo.  I believe I still have one or two more figures I'm assembling for this crew, but when I finish I ought be have a nice group here.  Later I plan on working on some kind of Artillery piece for them.

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My Italian Blackshirt.  Both his rifle and my Colonial Trooper rifles were painted by Philip Garcia.

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Captain of the Colonial Troops.  The inspiration for this figure came right out of the Osprey book on North African Italians.  I've always wanted to do an officer and this one just sort of came together.  The biggest job on this figure was his cap.  I converted a Hasbro US Navy cap into this version of the Italian visor cap that was not regulation for combat use, but then regulations didn't mean much in the desert.  His boots came from Old Joe Infirmary and were typical European style boots with lace up bottoms.  His shoulder boards were custom made by myself.

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Bersaglieri Light Machine Gunner

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Bersaglieri NCO

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This was my first custom Italian.  More of a kitbash, I used the coveralls from the Dragon Marcus figure, Brian Vota helmet and rifle.  The leather web gear are my own customs.

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My first Italian Tanker figure

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Motorcycle Dispatch rider

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North Africa Italian Infantryman

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From left to right:
 
1.  Artilleryman
2.  Artillery officer
3.  Italian Colonial trooper

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Alpini Infantryman, France 1940.  I was able to make this figure thanks to a trade I did with Fabio who lives in Italy.  Fabio is a passionate collector of 1/6th Italian and for this figure I got the M33 combat helmet with Alpini emblem and feather (and some incredible detailing), the Alpini cap and the early 1937 pattern tunic.  Some of his gear such as the staff, climbing ax/pick with carrier and equipment loadout I had to create myself.  The boots are German mountain boots that came with the Twisting Toyz Italian figure as well as the gas mask bag.  To date this is one of my finest Italian figures.

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Click on links below to see "How To's" and some of my custom pieces

Making Patches and Insignia

Italian Ammunition Pouches

Making a Bersaglieri Pith Helmet

Italian Cavalry M1891 Carcano Carbine

Italian Carcano M-1891 Long Rifle

Steyr Mannlicher M95 (M1895) rifle

Italian Breda Model 30 Light Machine Gun

PlasticPanzer's Artillery Cannon