River Nile Gunboat 6MM. By Daniel Hodgson.

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It took time… a lot of time… but finally in my collection!

I pestered Daniel in Facebook for so long I was lucky the range of his guns did not reach ANDORRA!… LOL

Seriously, I have admired his work for years, and 99% of my real state ACW buildings in 6MM are from him (meaning LEVEN and BACCUS but painted by him).

Occasionally he even did some 6MM minis for me.

But that Gunboat is a masterpiece!… I am unable to scratch build one to be sure… not even copying the present one… so be it… my OMDURMAN project is finally “complete” (if that notion exists at all).

Many thanks Daniel.


Not much words needed.
Another view.
Frontal view.
Rear view.

Scott Lesch’s ACW in 54MM.

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Followers of this webpage, Blog, or whatever this is knows it is my favourite period.

Strangely enough I do not have a single 54MM Toy Soldier figure myself in my collection.

I have a Military Modeling one in 54MM (John Wayne in USA Cavalry uniform… but it can be a much later period… aka Indian Wars 1876… She Wore a Yellow Ribbon like… but could have been THE HORSE SOLDIERS with a black hat too! I think I have already shown that pic several times so…


CSA Cavalry
CSA Artillery
CSA Infantry
Union Cavalry
USA Artillery
Union Infantry

Working on it…

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Probably one of my longest affair with 54MM Toy Soldiers. I wanted to do Nathan Brittles patrol (SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON – John Ford film)… I know I have done it in 6MM… but those are different efforts.

Finally got some weeks ago the casts from REPLICA (Andrew Stevenson)… then I waited for some pistol holsters from DORSET, meanwhile I was cleaning the casts of bits here and there… and gluing the two part kits of horses together… yes… superglue again.

The more difficult model was the troop standard bearer (guidon), Andrew supplied a lancers arm (quite nice on its own I have them on the 9th British Lancers at Kandahar) but it was not what I had in mind… luckily I never throw away discarded parts… so I had a very promissing lance from DUCAL Life Guards I converted to sword carriyng troopers… a bit of paint…

And then an arm (it is a left arm glued as a right arm and would need a bit of putty to disguise the fact)… I was able today of drilling a hole in the hand to receive the guidon… and then I glued all the parts to the body and the horse (it still lacks pistol holster and head).

Was not easy… and I am quite satisfied with my work… so until I finish assembling and painting them… quite a long process because I can do this just an hour a day (and not every day) you will have to wait for more Posts and pics…


Assembled but a lot of work pending.
Long ago I did a very good inversion on that! A good mini drill…

British and Egyptian “squares” in the desert (well: Der Alte Fritz & Docherty’s own & friends to be fair).

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Pics seen in facebook of a massive wargame using 54MM minis. Smacks of ABU KLEA (but no Egyptians there at all) and The Four Feathers!

The squares with zarebas are well represented… one British and one Egyptian.

Always missed the chance of a convivial big wargame with lots of common minded chaps and a beer after.

Guess you can not have ALL in this world!


Seems it did not jammed!
Rather confused formation…
In real life Dervishes had a hard time!
General view!

Corps of Guides completed set: REPLICA + DORSET 54MM

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It was one of those crazy things… I have never played a game by the rules A GENTLEMAN’S WAR by Howard Whitehouse… not I intent to… but I finally fall for the units organization (one never knows).

So, here they are… finally 24 Infantry models + Brigade Commander or whatecer is my fancy…


The Corps of Guides
Gurkhas on the flank…
Actually my mobile phone seems to make pics better than my old camera…
Nice models if you ask me…


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Remember those bikes with policemen I painted in January?… well at last the General and his chauffeur are here… and now are finally displayed together… LOL

Great “ancient look” model… the only car in my modest collection!


General view.
Frontal view (ADB52 is a joke of course!)
Rear view…
In its proper place
General view of the shelve.

Lieutenants Chard & Bromhead by DORSET SOLDIERS (54MM) . (Or maybe Stanley Baker & Michael Caine)

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I added those casts as an afterthought to my order and have been painting them on and off while doing other things.

They look more Military Modeling than I thought… my intention was to use them as Toy Soldiers… but I do not know… the casts are truly excellent… practically they painted themselves!… such detail for a 54MM… what you find at default is probably my painting job…

Now… to gloss varnish or not… that is the question! (Finally did varnish them)