Could have been easily named THAT’S ALL FOLKS!… but I am quite Traditional in the Titles of those Posts… And Bugs Bunny is not part of my collection… it has made me laugh mind… but that’s not here not there. A Collection that started without the intention of becoming a Collection at all… In fact those Cabinet use to contain my 25/28mm Napoleonic and ACW armies!… A nice chance (or lucky) that I made the measures in a way that minis could “breathe”… LOL… It was never intended for 54mm at the beginning… but they fitted quite well. So there you are bit by bit they grew up to that.
And that ends (for the moment… tomorrow never knows… the Classic Collection on the Big cabinet under the stairs)…
Maybe a couple of Nurses will do the trick of completing it but that depends on Andrew Stevens of REPLICA. Enjoy. I am quite through with it.
Well, not quite… bought a couple of nurses a medical officer and a detective and a set of Military Police all from Steadfast (R.Prati). And NOW it is finished (I can hear you laughing mind).
A book that is “different” in such a way… that the “lessons” you learn are not the same at 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 or 70 years of age. I know because I have read it at those ages and the perspective changes a lot. A critic would accuse Wren of racism, xenofobia, antisemitism, prejudices, mysoginia, white (anglo-saxon) supremacy, his phobia about “mixing races” etc etc etc… but he penned a masterpiece about “the decent thing to do”. It’s a fictional novel but with “morals”, it is a novel of adventure (boy’s own) but only in the surface… it is a Police Mystery novel (a “polar” the French say) but not quite… is it a “love story” (only in a way)… it is a Military novel and the abuse of power… (not at all but it served me right when I did my compulsory military service in the Spanish Army when the Sahara was still in Spanish hands… 13 months of boredom… so I know what “le cafard” is first hand)… I recently gave copies of the book to my grandchildren… would they ever read it?… I do not know at all… but I have passed it away anyhow…
Hope they do a lavish edition for the Centenary of its first publication.
I could still squeeze a couple more of Gordon Highlanders but all depends on REPLICA (read Andrew Stevens). I am quite satisfied as it is. And YES it took me years… 11 shelves: top 3 French Foreign Legion (in the 1st Cavalry and Mules Mounted Infantry); 4-6 REPLICA Second Anglo-Afghan second war; 7 Artillery; 8 Tel el Kebir; 9-10 Royal West Kent; 11 Colonial Cavalry. Nothing post 1900 interests me as a collector.
Ok. Let’s pay homage and follow suite… guess those pics of Grenadier Guards by the talented Mr. Dilley will suffice… after all I was born in 1952 and she has always been there as a Queen (“THE” Queen in fact)… so it is part of my life too!
Outstanding models as usual… and never take this for granted…
I added two gunners on the left so to make a crew of 4, bought two nice guns (if guns can be considered “nice”) and completed the crews set with 3 more gunners… and added a sailor and an officer to the right. That was all I needed and they are at last in place. Tradition of London on the back (Two mountain guns on mules marching…). Enjoy (even if you probably had to zoom on them).
Guess it is better if I provide the zooms myself.
For those really observant… the “white towel” around the body of the Maxim is a putty “repair” because years and eons ago it came broken and I was unable to glue in place in other way… there… all explained.
They are NOT 54mm there is even a pic that shows the difference in scale somewhere in Facebook… but I liked this one… around 42mm and painted Dilley’s way but not from his collection (Graham Hilditch’s own). Awesome!
Busy days. Not so busy as to do not appreciate the work of Mr. Tony Dilley again, if there is a frontier or red line between Toy Soldiers and Military Modeling Tony walks along it nicely and without apparent effort (just love his work!).
I do not “convert” a lot (a bare minimum in my Toy Soldier collection) and never with that quality of craftsmanship. Have run out of place actually… my cabinets look like the tube in Tokio… considering to put an end to collecting in 54mm for good (see next posts in the following days). I am nowadays only tempted to add 3 or 4 figures by the talented Andrew Stevens from REPLICA if ever bridges can be restored…
I am sick of them. The purpose of this web page is – non commercial – and pretty harmless… I think. I only post pics and comments related to Toy Soldiers and gaming with them (that includes Wargames but NO Boardgames obviously).
The access code is unique and not used elsewhere by me… so it is idiotic to try to break it!… sadly it distorts my statistics… I am near 100.000 visitors (including hackers as per today) but the number of visits (near 300.000) is not relevant because it includes the robots who search the code… A sad world we live in… Is this going to bother me?… in fact NO… as long as someone is interested I will daily post.
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.