The Second US Cavalry as portrayed in SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON. (VIII)

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Quite effective (and boring) session today… doing dark blue saddle accoutrements on the horses… tedious yes… but nearly there… LOL

Seriously what I can notstand is SUPERGLUE in my fingers… now I use the same gloves as in pandemic times.


PS: Keeping yellow colour for the last touchs!

Lateral view of the lot!
The other side…

The Second US Cavalry as portrayed in SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON. (VII)

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Well, yes I could do the faces (not yet finished of course… it lacks eyebrows, eyes and mouth + sole moustaches and full beards…). So for those who expected Buffalo Soldiers it is not the case that was the primer colour all over.

Coming up slow but sure.

Would be fun to paint the non regulation scarves in differet colours.

And yellow stripes on breeches blue only for NCO’s and Officers.

As I have said horses would be the last.


Lateral view
Another perspective

6mm Parcel of odds and ends…

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Just when I wanted a bit of quiet… that parcel arrives… and with it a series of questions opens up (as always).

6mm stuff, the one scale I use for wargames with a bit of perspective… It was meant to be the one parcel and order to end several collections, let’s see: the 93rd Crimea Highlanders (the original thin red line) for Balaklava (OK I will add the flags and show again in the near future); A couple og guns for my Gunboat (Omdurman); Small units of ACW Cavalry it would be too long to digress about them and why I needed them badly… maybe some other day!; The already shown on the Blog model of Rorke’s Drift (by Daniel Hodgson from REVEILLE!) but with the Baccus minis I finally was tempted to get! (have to work out some bases for the unbased painted minis); Artillery for Isandlwana; and of course when you are at it enough 24th to do both… Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift!

But maybe I am tiring you!… there are also mounted colonial Officers to repaint a bit (TO CONVERT)… and that would be it…

Now, where is that web page for PENDRAKEN MDF bases… have to advise Leon to use a fastest method of shipping…


Maybe the last one… I don’t really know.
Mixed contents…
24th Foot British thin line…
Much needed ACW Cavalry smaller units or subunits… IF you want to do Brandy or Trevilian Stations…
Rorke’s Drift (aka Jim’s place).

That’s what I am doing nowadays. The Second US Cavalry as portrayed in SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON. (I)

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Finally I am doing them, it has been a busy task to drill the holes to fit the heads, and also put the arms in place. A normal procedure when buying casts and a bit of DIY. Of course that is after gluing together the two parts of the horse (YES the casts come in two parts and you have to glue them). Had to add pistol holster (from DORSET SOLDIERS) and add the guidon from my spares box (Old DUCAL lance). Not complaining at all but it is not my favourite time with them… I enjoy painting but the assembly part is like work in a way…

Now, the pots of Vallejo painting have been buyed long ago… I will prim the figures and let them dry. And then it would be the usual Henry Ford approach of painting in a “line of production”. That way when you have finished the last figure (54mm REPLICA) the first is already dry and so on.

Really it is more fun to show what I am doing instead of simply posting what others have done (syndrome of “look Ma what I have done!”).

You can simply skip those Posts if not interested.

2023 was a very chaotic tasks jumble with the production of the Baccus proxies for the Brigade of British Guards in the Crimean War interrupting all the time work in other scales. With them finished and out of the way finally able to do Nathan Brittles Second US Cavalry patrol.

The need to add them to my collection has always been there… but until Andrew Stevenson produced the sample (see bottom) I was not able to locate the casts at all (with my own specifications and variations).

Hope you enjoy.

General view
Priming up
On the waiting line.
Just finished assembling.
Original sample provided by REPLICA!

Closing Time! (Meaning the end of other people pics… only my work from now on).

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I’ve been doing this for years now… and in a way it is quite futile… followers of this Blog must know that from now on Saturdays and Sundays I will not Post as a rule (with exceptions). And this is just the first step… in slowing down.

AND as I have gone over the 500.000 visits mark (including robots)… I am gonna end Posting Facebook pics you can go to Facebook to see for yourself:

Go to Facebook, search for Scott Lesch, Graham Hilditch, Alan Harrison, Gian Lucca Cocchi, Daniel Hodgson, James Opie, Tony Dilley, REPLICA, Andrew Stevenson, Antony Spencer, Imperial Miniatures, Dorset Soldiers, Ducal (or Fort-Ducal), Stuart Asquith, Dan Allen, Donald Featherstone, Daniel Borris, Paul Watson, Tradition of London, RPWorldModels, Baccus, Peter Berry, Dave Mitchell, Bill Horan, John Firth, Roberto Lodoli, Al Fisher, John Clarke, Timothy Hyndman, Paul Griffith, Gavin Holliday, John Clarke, Stefano Allorini, Massimo Vittucci, Alan Green, Steve Snark, Claude Bailey, Bertolini, Howard Whitehouse, Frankowski, Der Alte Fritz, Glenn Robert Pearce, God’s Own Scale, British Bulldog, Steadfast Soldiers, New Buckenham Historical Wargamers, Perry Miniatures, MINIFIGS, Nate Fogt, Alejo Dorca, etc. Groups like: H.G.Wells Little Wars,, Playmobil Pictures and Dioramas, 6MM wargaming, W.Britains, Dixon Miniatures, To The Redoubt Miniatures, Perry Miniatures, A Gentleman’s War etc etc etc… Just browse my Posts and then go to Facebook… I am sure some of you already do.

What I intent is just Post my Own Collection or work in this Blog… including Books recommendations or reviews. This transition will go smoothly I guess, it has been a pleasure to entertain you (if I did at all).

But the scope of this Blog is turning to a more intimate diary (and no daily entries) and only when I find I have something worth to say IMHO.

Have my Best Regards!

Not bad as an avatar…

My old Toy Soldiers (Lieutenants Chard & Bromhead) modified and even repainted…

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Those are mine… and as I have told you in “CLOSING TIME” this is what I am going to Post from now on.

After buying painting and displaying the “new” Chard&Bromhead by Dorset Soldiers I did not knew what to do with my “old one’s”… finally I repainted the RPWM Bromhead as an extra officer of Royal Artillery (quite an easy job!)… and kept Chard as it was but he has joined the Royal West Kent (have not decided yet if attached as a Royal Engineer or simply an officer of the RWH.


Now Bromhead is a Royal Artillery Officer.
And Chard has joined the Royal West Kent.

Red versus Blue!… basic and delightful scheme! as seen in Facebook. (30MM)

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Mi Sitio de Guerra or something akin AZULES versus COLORADOS… we ALL started in a similar way… and it is full of reminiscences.

A game like chess… same pieces… different colours.

I love it.

Congratulations! This is in essence the purest form.


Going to War! Well’s Way
Red Army
Blue Army
Seeing the flags you know they disagree!
Highly symmetrical Armies!