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Canadian Mounted Rifles Scout - Boer War
Schnauzer
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Posted: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 04:42 PM UTC
The idea for this figure came from seeing George W. Hill's Boer War monument to the Canadian Mounted Rifles and Strathcona Horse in Montreal. Didn't know what category to put this in because, to me, the Boer War wasn't quite a Victorian period war and, of course, also not WW1. Anyways...

This figure of a frightened, rearing horse and a dismounted CMR trooper with field glasses is in 1/16th scale and was made using a Verlinden horse. The horse was modified, all hair and saddle and related horse furniture removed and re-sculpted. I sculpted a western saddle, but otherwise what I think is Canadian military cavalry kit. Head, hands and other resin kit parts were used. The hands were slightly altered to fit. A DJParkin metal SMLE rifle was converted to a Long Lee Rifle. The terrain is combinations of a resin base, MS, rocks and pumice paste with various green and brown grass, moss, shrubs and flowers. The terrain has been washed with various acrylics. The model sold unpainted as you see it and I've never seen photos of the painted version.

Hope you like it!

All the best,
Dan








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Posted: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 08:27 PM UTC
I've lived in Montreal for over 65 years and that monument doesn't look familiar to me. Where is it located? Obviously somewhere downtown.
Schnauzer
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Posted: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 09:48 PM UTC
Dorchester Square in Montreal. The memorial was sculpted by George W Hill.

Wikipedia says "Dorchester Square (originally Dominion Square) is a large urban square in downtown Montreal. Together with Place du Canada, the area is just over 21,000 m2[1] or 2.1 ha of manicured and protected urban parkland bordered by René Lévesque Boulevard to the south, Peel Street to the west, Metcalfe to the east and Dominion Street to the north. The square is open to the public 24 hours a day and forms a focal point for pedestrian traffic in the city. Until the creation of Place du Canada in 1967, the name Dominion Square had been applied to the entire area."

All the best,
Dan
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Posted: Thursday, September 03, 2015 - 06:54 PM UTC
Funny! I used to work downtown and must have passed Dominion square thousands of times in the last 35 years. Never even noticed it! Tourists have all the fun!
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Posted: Friday, September 04, 2015 - 03:39 PM UTC
I don't know how many years went by until I noticed the magnificent Pioneers statues in downtown Omaha. By all means take a few minutes next time you are downtown in Montreal and visit the Mr. Hill's monument in Dorchester Square. You won't regret it!

All the best,
Dan