James Opie

Visits: 63

Scot’s Greys on foot… he loves them!
The hardback copy (must get one pronto!)

Somewhere else in this collection of posts I have already mentioned his great contribution to Toy Soldier literature (specially Britain’s), and still consider his book COLLECTING TOY SOLDIERS “the” reference book. Of course he advises Auctions and has a job connected with buying and selling items… but this is not here not there. He has (still) a fantastic collection (much revised and streamlined if you know what I mean). So he deserves a Post of his own. Enjoy.

Paperback (the one I own)

Some fun

Visits: 79

The real spirit of “A Gentlemen’s War” (Howard Whitehouse)… figures by John Clarke

A bit of fun today! This picture seen in Facebook made me laugh and that is a good thing… I do not indulge in much humour myself in connexion with the hobby but those are excellent archetypes of caricature. You will excuse their introduction here… now… what about some drinks in the mess?

Britain’s II

Visits: 99

A very rare set of Britain’s… (even The Pope have soldiers!)

Spring is in the air… Cole Porter’s songs go around my head (I am more of a Beatles fan you know… that was my generation)… because I love nearly ALL music… but frankly the Swiss Guard is pertinent as a line for “Let’s fall in love”… …/.. even the Pope’s do it …/… I do not mean Pope’s collect Toy Soldiers (I do not know at all THAT)… but they have probably the most archaic guards uniforms around… and I would not mess with Swiss Guards… they have proved their Swiss Contract Loyalty dying to a man in several ocasions over the centuries…(probably one of the oldest serving units around) so do not confuse REAL LIFE with HOBBY LIFE… I am at pains to keep them separate at all times… Simply enjoy!

Britain’s

Visits: 96

Britain’s hollow cast “mounties” in 54mm are the ancestors of my own RCMP.

Not everyone has a collection of them (meaning Britain’s hollow cast), me neither… I had a big box of Coldstream Guards when a child and fortunate I was of having it!

Today the best way to complete your collection or start a new one if that is your taste in 54mm is going for REPLICA (Andrew Stevens)… I guess this summer he will have completed his move to a new home and quarters… and able to produce sets again. I wish him the best of luck!