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Monday 29 March 2021

Medieval Mayhem

Ever wondered what happens when a box of lead soldiers is dropped from 7ft from the top shelf?  Well it is not a pretty sight.  That is what happened to me a year or so ago.  I was repainting, renovating and basing around 100 Medieval figures when the disaster occurred.  I was so annoyed that I simply put them back on the shelf and forgot about them.

A couple weekends ago I opened the box and tipped out the contents.  Most of the figures were just paint chipped and twisted.  A few lances and pointy bits had broken, especially the standards. The cavalry were worse off and I am still working on those figures.

Anyway, having finished off my ECW project and in between other things, I have been working on restoring these old figures. They are mainly 25mm Minifigs War of the Roses and Hundred Years War items.

Most of the infantry has been sorted out:

Monday 22 March 2021

Some Seven Years War stuff

Over the last few days I have been working on renovating some of my 25mm SYW units.  I purchased a load from the Eric Knowles collections and there are some items from other sources.  The first lot are these SYW Austrian Grenzers, consisting of two light infantry battalions and regimental artillery.  They are supported by a couple of squadrons of Hungarian lancers.  These are Minifigs S Range figures from the collection of Eric Knowles:

 The next lot are Gendarmes Anglaise, expat British in French service by Minifigs:

Then some more from the Eric Knowles collection.  The first are 25mm Minifigs Hungarian Hussars:

And finally some Prussian Hussars, mounted and dismounted.  The mounted figures are Minifigs, the 'horse holder' is a Ros Figures napoleonic horse artillery gunner and I am not sure about the three firing hussars:



Wednesday 10 March 2021

Hinchliffe 20mm WW2 US Infantry

I have been slowly collecting these figures for years and recently I acquired the last piece to make up, what I believe. is a full set of the vintage 20mm WW2 US Infantry.  There are five in the series, numbered A1 - A5.  Here is the set:

They are charming little figures with that 70s naivity.  Here is my complete collection - all eight of them:

Unlike the German and British sets Hinchliffe do not appear to have made any support weapons or gun crews, but I may be wrong - I usually am!

Saturday 6 March 2021

WW2 Indian Army

I acquired these figures last year and was not quite sure what to do with them.  I have decided to paint them to represent Indian soldiers serving in th Middle East, although they could be used in the Far East and Northwest Frontier:


Vickers Team:
Support weapons, Boys Anti-tank Rifle, 2" Mortar and Bren LMG.
I used a quick paint method of a few block colours, a sepia wash and a bit of highlighting. I have some more riflemen on the paint table. I have no idea what make they are, but they are quite nice castings.

More Wofun Fun

I continue to play around wit shading for the edges. Next up are some Carthaginian elephants. In this case I have used a light grey brown (Humbrol 72) for the edges.  I think this works quite well and is less stark than the black:


Thursday 4 March 2021

Minifigs 25mm Afghans

I was sent these figures last year and I believe that they were from the Eric Knowles collection.  They were unpainted and I thought it was time that they joined the eight that I had already painted.  They will be useful for a number of scenarios for the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  There was also a pile of around 40 Sudanese riflemen in the box.  They will be painted over the coming months.

Here are the Afghans.  The command figures are by Irregular Miniatures.  I am not sure of the origin of the standard bearer: 

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Wofun Punic War Armies

 A couple of months ago I bought a Wofun starter set that provided two small Punic War armies.  I have had mixed feelings about these figures and so I put them away for a bit.  Now, with a little more time on my hands, I thought that I would take another look. The two things that I do not like about these figures, which are neatly painted and look quite nice, are the bases and the clear plastic edges.  The edges are paticularly obvious with the 18mm figures, at around 3mm thick - much greater than the more traditional paper figures.

Here is a unit set out.  The clear/white edges are quite pronounced.  Also, the dark edges of the base do not help either:

After some deliberation I decided to paint in the edges of the figures and paint the bases to match my 'sand' playing area:

I think I prefer the painted samples and this is likely to be the way ahead, although it will be a bit of a chore doing two armies worth!

Monday 1 March 2021

Lockdown2 Project - Completed

 During the last few days I have rebased and tidied up my remaining ECW cavalry figures.  I have also decided that this will be the end of this project, certainly for the time being as I now have sufficient figures for some reasonable sized actions.

These cavalry figures are really lovely.  They are not my work and I must give credit to the original artist, whomever that may be.  All that I have done is touch them up and rebase them. These latest figures allow me to deploy two 12 figure regiments:

So, I now have 11 foot, four cavalry and three artillery units.  There are more to paint, but they can wait until later - another lockdown maybe!