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La Legion etrangere

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A stylized portrait of the French Foreign Legion.

This piece was created in Illustrator CS and is entirely vector.

Art available here: www.cafepress.com/MercenaryGra…
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AlekVulken94Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bloody good, nice work as always.
superweapons1956HUN's avatar
That looks great
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MercenaryGraphicsProfessional Digital Artist
Many thanks!
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MercenaryBladeHobbyist Writer
Enlist now! Well done sir
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MercenaryGraphicsProfessional Digital Artist
Merci!
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Emillie-Wolf Traditional Artist
Très classieux !
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MercenaryGraphicsProfessional Digital Artist
muchas gracias!
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HailMyselfStudent
Even they a ENEMY. But i must say they Uniform is more cool then my army uniform.
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MercenaryGraphicsProfessional Digital Artist
Merci!
zupergozer's avatar
bad asses the lot of them
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Alpha-CatProfessional Digital Artist
Damn hot
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MercenaryGraphicsProfessional Digital Artist
Why thank you!
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La, voila du boudin, voila du boudin, voila du boudin
Pour les Alsaciens, les Suisses et les Lorrains
Pour les Belges yen a plus, pour les Belges y en a plus
Ce sont des tirreurs au cul!
Pour les Belges yen a plus, pour les Belges y en a plus
Ce sont des tirreurs au cul!

A Tonkin la Legion immortelle
A Tyuen-Qang illustra notre drapeau
Heros de Camerone et freres modeles,
Dormez en paix dans vos tombeaux!

Au cours de nos campaignes lontaines
Affrontant la fievre et le feu
Oublions avec nos paines
La mort qui nous oblie si peut

Nous la Legion!
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MercenaryGraphicsProfessional Digital Artist
Actually I got an enthusiastic call from a former Legionnaire about this piece.

Have to admit,it was a nice getting that sort of recognition!
DecoEchoes's avatar
If you're interested in the Foreign Legion, you might enjoy this short story of mine:

[link]

About 75% of the incidents described therein are based on real events (especially the entire battle of Bir Hakeim, a sadly forgotten chapter of WWII history).

Interestingly enough, I recently learned that two of my great-uncles were in the Legion. One wanted adventure (he certainly got it) and the other was Shanghaied (the recruiting officer got him drunk and made him sign the enlistment papers)! Both died at the battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam.
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MercenaryGraphicsProfessional Digital Artist
Damn!
Those are formidable credentials!
I will give them a read, thanks!
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I'm actually in the midst of making a Legionnaire costume (Bir Hakeim uniform) for a party. I have only the Kepi left to make. I'll let you know once I have photos!
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MercenaryGraphicsProfessional Digital Artist
Those are easy enough to find!
The 1950's version are a close enough match.
I will dig up an old photo of my self also.
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The uniforms at Bir Hakeim were pretty irregular; in fact, they essentially consisted of khaki shirts and shorts with British Pattern 37 webbing and either kepis or brodie helmets ([link]).

Strangely enough, I own a complete set of Pattern 37 Webbing (with pistol holster, canteen and Bren/Sten magazine carriers) as well as a replica Sten Gun and some sand goggles. Like I said, all I need is the Kepi!
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MercenaryGraphicsProfessional Digital Artist
if you were a little closer, i could sell you a spare!
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Truly one of the toughest bunches of men ever to walk upon the earth. Vive le Legionnaire!
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Vive la mort! Vive la guerre! Vive le sacre Legionnaire!
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