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Patton Addresses the Third Army
A figurine of General George S. Patton delivering his famous speech to the US Third Army.
About this creation
General George S. Patton was given command the US Third Army in January of 1944. Between that time and D-day (6 June 1944) he gave a number of speeches to the various elements of the Third Army, with the most famous being the one delivered on 5 June 1944 (i.e. D-1). That famous speech was reenacted in the opening scene of the Academy Award winning film Patton (1970), which featured George C. Scott in the title role. In addition to Best Picture, Patton won six more Oscars, including Best Actor for Scott for his portrayal of the larger-than-life military commander.

The "speech scene" featured Scott standing in front of a giant American flag delivering a sanitized version of Patton's original speech (the real Patton had a fondness for using profanity -- which endeared him to the enlisted men, but often caused his superiors to cringe). That scene is now one of the most easily recognized in the history of film making. It has been copied and parodied on numerous occasions.

This build shows Scott portraying Patton as he usually appeared during his speeches -- in full riding attire, including his crop, which he often used to punctuate his sentences with a crack. Before anyone points it out, I know that I have some of the details slightly wrong, including the arrangement of the four stars on Patton's helmet, but I would have had to go to a much larger scale to do things exactly right.

This MOC has now been blogged on BrickNerd.






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 I made it 
  June 7, 2014
Quoting Bill Ding Appropriate for the D-Day anniversary (70 years ago TODAY!)
Yes, I agree. I had considered waiting until D-Day to release this MOC, but decided to publish it ahead of schedule.
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  June 6, 2014
Appropriate for the D-Day anniversary (70 years ago TODAY!)
 I made it 
  June 6, 2014
Quoting Spencer D Awesome MOC!
Thanks! It's pretty appropriate for today -- the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
 I like it 
  June 6, 2014
Awesome MOC!
 I made it 
  May 27, 2014
Quoting Lego 4 Life Great work! The design is brilliant, and great history lesson too
Thanks! Patton was an interesting character, including the way he dressed, so it was a fun build to do.
 I made it 
  May 27, 2014
Quoting Alex Sonny What a great piece of history! I'm a fan of the Patton tanks, but he himself wasn't too shabby either. The way you handled the riding gear is superb!
Thanks! Indeed, although he had his faults, Patton certainly deserved to have a tank (or several) named after him.
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  May 26, 2014
Great work! The design is brilliant, and great history lesson too
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  May 25, 2014
What a great piece of history! I'm a fan of the Patton tanks, but he himself wasn't too shabby either. The way you handled the riding gear is superb!
 I made it 
  May 21, 2014
Quoting Bill Ding When I saw the photo I knew exactly who it was! An MOC is always wonderful if you can tell what it is without reading the label. Nice job! 5/5
Thanks! If you've seen the movie (and I'd expect that most people from my generation have), it's hard not to recognize that opening scene -- it's simply classic.
 I made it 
  May 21, 2014
Quoting Marcus Paul Stunning design!
Thanks!
 I made it 
  May 21, 2014
Quoting Brian Lyles Looks great. I knew who it was just from the thumbnail. great modeling on this one.
Thanks! That immediate recognizability was once of the things I was shooting for. I figured the flag in the background would really help with that.
 I made it 
  May 21, 2014
Quoting lovemaomao zheng Great job!!! One of my favorite general in WW2
Thanks! Patton is one my favorites, too.
 I like it 
  May 20, 2014
When I saw the photo I knew exactly who it was! An MOC is always wonderful if you can tell what it is without reading the label. Nice job! 5/5
 I like it 
  May 20, 2014
Stunning design!
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  May 20, 2014
Looks great. I knew who it was just from the thumbnail. great modeling on this one.
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  May 20, 2014
Great job!!! One of my favorite general in WW2
 I made it 
  May 20, 2014
Quoting Yann (XY EZ) The realism is impressive! Great job!! 5:5
Thanks!
 I made it 
  May 20, 2014
Quoting Stephan N Absolutely incredible, the medals look really fantastic.
Thanks! To be completely accurate with the size and number of medals, I probably would have had to make the figure about twice as large as it is, but I think I got the effect I was looking for even at this scale.
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  May 20, 2014
The realism is impressive! Great job!! 5:5
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  May 20, 2014
Absolutely incredible, the medals look really fantastic.
 I made it 
  May 19, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee He has returned! Oh wait, wrong General. XD This is really quite impressive. Those medals are wicked clever and I expect everyone and their brother will be duplicating it soon. I think every AFOL of a certain vintage remembers this scene in Scott's Patton vividly. Perfectly executed with astonishing detail. Outstanding!
Thanks! Funny that you should mention Dugout Dougie MacArthur, because I gave some serious consideration to doing him, with his characteristic pipe and sunglasses, instead of Patton. I might still use him as the subject for a MOC at some point.
 I made it 
  May 19, 2014
Quoting El Barto ! Well done! Like a still shot from the movie!
Thanks! Yes, the still shot from the movie served as a point of reference for this build. I'm glad it is recognizable.
 I made it 
  May 19, 2014
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) Wow, I think figures are your forte! Love the medals! :)
Thanks! I don't whether figures are my forte, but I'm having a lot of fun doing them -- it allows you to capture a moment in history in a MOC.
 I made it 
  May 19, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Excellent work Matt! What a striking and commanding presence your creation projects, just like the individual it portrays . Fabulous details like the face and the metals on his chest. Brilliant work Matt!
Thanks, Clayton! It sounds like I was able to achieve the effect I was looking for then. The image of Patton (Scott) standing in front of the giant flag is pretty powerful.
 I made it 
  May 19, 2014
Quoting Michael Rutherford Ah... so it is a figure of George C. Scott... I thought it was a little slim to be the man himself. Great build! It must be pretty big! The level of detail on the figure is astounding. I would love to see a shot with you hand or something for scale. As Patton said: "Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory." Well done. Attack!
Quoting Michael Rutherford Oh, and who could forget the smartest thing the guy ever said: "Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more." Whats not to like?
Thanks! As far as the scale goes, the figure stands about 36 studs tall -- almost 12 inches. Patton is indeed very quotable. One of my favorites (and I'm paraphrasing here) is "Lead me, follow me, or get the h*ll out of my way!" -- that pretty much sums up my philosophy for driving a car.
 I made it 
  May 19, 2014
Quoting Tom Simon Fantastic!
Thanks!
 I made it 
  May 19, 2014
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Excellent figure building Matt. It appears your Lego building skills know no boundaries!
Thanks! I seem to be in a figure-building mode right now, and I'm likely to stay there for a while -- at least until I run out of good ideas.
 I made it 
  May 19, 2014
Quoting Chris Maxter It looks amazing!
Thanks!
 I made it 
  May 19, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett It actually does look like him. Amazing.
Thanks! I don't know whether it looks that close to the real Patton (or Scott), but I did work pretty hard to get a scowling expression on his face.
 I made it 
  May 19, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Fantastic. The medals look really great, super MOC.
Thanks! I was able to take advantage of the new claw pieces, and they seemed to have worked out pretty well.
 I like it 
  May 19, 2014
He has returned! Oh wait, wrong General. XD This is really quite impressive. Those medals are wicked clever and I expect everyone and their brother will be duplicating it soon. I think every AFOL of a certain vintage remembers this scene in Scott's Patton vividly. Perfectly executed with astonishing detail. Outstanding!
 I made it 
  May 19, 2014
Quoting Cheryl P You have done General Patton proud. Marvelous Brick Build Figure if ever I saw one.
Thank you very much!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2014
Wow, I think figures are your forte! Love the medals! :)
 I like it 
  May 19, 2014
Well done! Like a still shot from the movie!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2014
Excellent work Matt! What a striking and commanding presence your creation projects, just like the individual it portrays . Fabulous details like the face and the metals on his chest. Brilliant work Matt!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2014
Oh, and who could forget the smartest thing the guy ever said: "Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more." Whats not to like?
 I like it 
  May 19, 2014
Ah... so it is a figure of George C. Scott... I thought it was a little slim to be the man himself. Great build! It must be pretty big! The level of detail on the figure is astounding. I would love to see a shot with you hand or something for scale. As Patton said: "Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory." Well done. Attack!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2014
Fantastic!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2014
Excellent figure building Matt. It appears your Lego building skills know no boundaries!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2014
It looks amazing!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2014
It actually does look like him. Amazing.
 I like it 
  May 19, 2014
Fantastic. The medals look really great, super MOC.
 I like it 
  May 19, 2014
You have done General Patton proud. Marvelous Brick Build Figure if ever I saw one.
 
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