What a good paintjob can do for the castings (all of them) is wonderful.
Her Majesty’s Guards (or Household Division Troops) are a popular choice among collectors or simply aficionados whatever the level. It has much to do with that the daily exposure in such well know military procedures as the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, The handing of the keys at the Tower of London, and similar at Windsor castle. The more “touristic attraction” the more popularity in children minds… So, let it be.
Imagination and craftsmanship on the tabletop. Nothing to do with the real thing of course… if you fire that gun it would go backwards?… NO of course it is a self reloading mechanism that remains in place and help reload… no limits I said… that is the stuff of legendary wargames!
A very traditional Sunday morning I fear… but some pics deserve a post in their own right. Not much to comment I guess.
Going to start a new thread in the Proxies Department chez Baccus (6mm) in search of British Guards with Bearskin proxies (a la ALMA and INKERMAN) but to decide if I use 6mm instead of 54mm in A GENTLEMAN’S WAR wargame rules… there are units one fancies but not the whole Armies… and there is no better place to use them than in Fantasyland (but not FANTASY if you follow me).
So, the old question arise… what would you do?… keep them as Historical Vintage Items?… or… Repaint and Restore?…
I must admit that when confronted with it in the past I opted, after thinking about it, for the second option. Even more I sold them once restored because problems of mixing up sizes and scales in 54mm with others manufacturers…
Was I right?… I do not really know… Those below are not mine… as seen in Facebook by Arno Durieux..
That glorious moment when the job is done!… a close look at the matt will show you the hard work and love put into those Toy Soldiers… Ready to March and Fight on the Tabletop!… and remember the main thing TOY SOLDIERS never die…
Those are not mine at all but I can understand the pride of the painter!
Dear Graham does the most with a very few things… meaning soldiers, sailors and castle (or barracks) The essence is to take a tasteful pic… I could have eliminated the backgrond (see below) but it is charming as it is. Enjoy.
You won’t see many Spanish Soldiers on my web page because I do not collect the subject (and I was one of them for thirteen months and no particular glamour at all… really good Infantry if you ask me). Ten years later my little brother was in the Cavalry… no comments!
Those figures are converted Britain’s by Timothy Hyndman, the cavalry in the background are by Freddie Green. As seen in Facebook.
First two pics by John Firth and the last by John Clarke. All easy to see in Facebook if you go to A GENTLEMAN’S WAR group… I dutifully bought the rules by Howard Whitehouse… they are fun to read… but not what I do with 54mm Toy Soldiers… You need all sorts you know…
Those are very fine Toy Soldiers and excellently painted, I do not use mine with those rules, and I have to say they are more “historically collected” and only for display because I have them in 6mm too… and there is where I wargame…
Seen in Facebook as usual… I am a fan of PW output… more in a few days I guess… inventive, craftsmanship and jolly good results!… Some of those Toy Soldiers are a 100 years old… so a little respect!
It is my absolute limit. Nothing interests me after the second Anglo-Boer War… or 1900 to be precise… even the tragic end of the guerrilla war and the concentration camps I found deeply distressing and not a matter of amusement at all. So be it. This is MY limit.