Thanks Bob! Glad to know you are following along!
The last component and the one I have been eagerly awaiting to sculpt... the leggings or puttees. Nothing says “The Great War” like puttees. Combatants on both sides wore them. To sculpt them, I had to do a little research, and found there was definitely a trick to wearing these, and if not put on correctly, one could run across the airfield and end up with their puttees dangling around their ankles! (That actually sounds dirtier than it is. Lol!) How embarrassing. Their function was to keep dirt out of your shoes and provide a measure of support for your legs. Lothar must have liked them, because he is wearing them in a lot of photos. They were amazingly simple to create in clay, just made a string of clay and wrapped that around the leg, keeping the spacing exactly as Lothar’s pair. Then feathered them into the leg. Last detail was the little clip on the side and texture.
As I was sculpting the legs, I kept remeasuring Lothar’s legs, for they seemed pretty darned skinny in comparison to his upper body and bulky coat. Nope, they are dead-on to the photo I blew up to true quarter scale. The guy had skinny legs, “bird-legs” if you will, which is fitting for an aviator I guess!