Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Horse restoration!

Maybe restoration is too strong a word, but those 36 'filthy Cavaliers' featured in my last post purchased from Ian Hinds via ebay have come up a treat. Firstly a good wash with a brush and water, followed by repairs to broken swords, trumpets etc and then a bit of twisting and turning of heads and arms before a run through with paints, touching up cracked/ lost paint, bit of re painting of saddle blankets and generally trying to bring each unit together. I don't mind different colours of doublets etc within units, that's realistic, but I do try to keep things fairly matched tonally.



Bearing in mind that these each cost the princely sum of £3.25 and that the casting cost per figure would be about £2.00 for horse and rider, (Hinchliffes really are that reasonable), you can see why I consider them such a bargain and why I have gradually bought up as many as I could over the past six months. I'm sure they are all vintage castings, I have found a couple of small details that differ between the originals and the newly re moulded figures, one being the length of the swords being slightly reduced on the latter castings.

While in the process of texturing the bases I ran the camera along the line. The bases need to fully dry before dry brushing with lemon yellow. There are a couple of Garrisons among the ranks, and a couple of odd figures that I removed to become command figures. They have a charm of their own, I think one maybe a Warrior figures (sword raised) but stand to be corrected, the other I have no idea, he is very slim and quite tall, any ideas?



And as I approach my goal of 12 regiments of pike shot, each 40 figures strong I bought these, again a re touch project, but it's another complete pike block and command base plus some extra useful musketeers, again a bargain at £40.00 for the 28 figures. That's my lot now from Hinds/eBay at last!


Just one non Hinchliffe ...... an Essex officer?

Hinchliffe code ECW 25 'Pikeman charging'

10 comments:

  1. Good work on the cavalry restoration!

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  2. 480 Foot and 250 Horse is just about spot on for armies with 2:1 ratio of Foot:Horse - kudos for doing it in style. Looking at the photos of your Foote units your large group bases would be ideal for an ECW variant of 'To the Strongest' (TtS). Simon Miller (aka Big Red Bat) is about to release an ECW variant called For King and Parliament (FKaP) - not sure I'd have changed the rules in the way he has to do ECW (I have play-tested a couple of versions) but it is good for fast moving big battles with what I think is a fun activation system - I would recommend it as an alternative to the WRG variant so you can play games with a different feel from time to time. Sorry forgot mention it's played on a 12x8 grid so provided you have a table that will take your units in whatever size grid square they need basing is irrelevant.

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    1. Only just realised you'd pasted a video as well as pictures - they look even nicer in action so to speak. On the video the odd figure painted differently (different colour doublet, etc) really adds to the charm as with such a range of different poses the regimental toy-soldier paint-job is somehow less fitting. Clearly your next challenge is to produce a video to top the TTV Edgehill episode.

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  3. Fantastic! You've saved these figures from obscurity and they should be going strong for another 50 years!

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    1. Sorry for the delay in replying Ian - Thank you, something just clicked for me with the Hinchliffes, it probably is nostalgia and being able to collect them again has given me a real boost.

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  4. Really great bit of restoration, so Montrose and Covenanters next?
    Best Iain

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    1. Hi Iain, I'm close to calling it a day with this collection, almost 800 figures once the last units are done. I did consider going North of the border, but I think I know what will follow. Another nostalgia project using Old Glory 25mm ACW's the original range. Again I have tried the modern big chunky figures, very nice, but I always liked those OG slim castings, especially the 'marching' poses (right shoulder arms I guess), they had a real sense of movement and lots of variants within each pack. Probably going to be painting these in Spain though.

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