Saturday, July 21, 2007

Mustering in Recruits to the Artillery and Infantry Part II

As evening approaches, the men are mustered on the parade ground for review. Their drill instructors regard them sardonically. In past years, most of these men would have proven completely unsuited to the call of Mars; their uniforms shed like peeling paint upon the first encounter with the enemy. As a consequence, many, perhaps even most, generals have come to speak with contempt of such malleable recruits.

These drill instructors, however, have new technologies at their disposal, which allow them to bond these men to a military polish for lifetime service. Increasingly well-known, such tools as this plastic primer have allowed the fine detail and realistic proportions of such recruits to gain increasing respect.

With grim purpose, the drill instructors set to bonding these men to their undercoats.

The observant student of the art will note that the individuals have not been removed from their initial framework. This is so that the undercoat may be more uniformly applied by rotating the entire battalion of recruits on its frame while being undercoated.

While the men accustom themselves to their basecoat, their boots are piled before them on the parade ground, and cleaned and degreased as were the men before. The boots are separated into bases for each man and readied for issuance.

2 comments:

Bluebear Jeff said...

Do you seal the gaps on their "boots"?

I use strips of those self-adhesive "address lables" that I often get in the mail. That way there are no "gaps" underneath my troops feet.


-- Jeff

Herzog Ignaz said...

If I spread the glue thickly enough, I can fill the gaps with the sand/glue mixture. If not, a second treatment fills in the gaps left.