Monday, 22 May 2017

Welcome!

This new blog will be dedicated to my nostalgic attempt to rebuild forces of the English Civil War using the Hinchliffe range of figures, now owned and sold by Hinds Figures. It is a shameless attempt to recreate my long sold collection, and to present them in a traditional painting style. The project is very much inspired by the late Peter Gilder, designer of the range, the series of articles by Stuart Asquith that appeared in' Battle' magazine and finally being able to watch the 'Battleground' Edgehill edition featuring Duncan Macfarlane & John Tilson that I had searched for decades to find.

My plan is to discuss individual figure codes as I paint them, and units will be assembled in line with the WRG rules written by George Gush as I used exclusively. The entire range is now available from Ian Hind of Hinds Figures Ltd and Ian assures me that the current moulds are in 'A1' condition. I hope to have my initial order within a few days, Ian responded to my order within 24 hours so it's on it's way to me.

I'll probably start where I started in the late 1970's, with a small unit of Cuirassiers inspired by the below image by the late Rick Scollins a Military Artist who certainly got things going for me.  At the time I painted them as Heselrig's Regt of Horse, the famous 'Lobsters', but this time they will form the Kings Lifeguard of Horse as my intention is to base this project upon the 'Kings Oxford Army' and the Parliamentarian army commanded by Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex. Hinchliffe codes ECW9 & ECW10 will form the Lifeguard possibly with a couple of other flamboyant characters thrown in.

ECW10 from the Hinchliffe (Hinds) website, still a magnificent looking figure 40 years on!

Rick Scollins magnificent artwork, from the late 1970's.

The cover artwork that inspired a huge collection!
I hope that you will enjoy following me on this nostalgic journey.

12 comments:

  1. Hi Lee - I'm really excited by this project and look forward to seeing it develop. My first completed wargames army was a Royalist Minifigs ECW one using the intermediate range in 1971-72. I wish I still had those!

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    1. I remember the early Minifigs range and had quite a few myself. I can't quite recall what eventually made me go with Hinchliffe.

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  2. Looking forward very much - my own project has become moribund in the face of sticking heads and pikes on the next regiment - I may well re-think the whole thing, so you blog is apposite...

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    1. Steve, when you were looking for suggestions for ECW ranges I completely forgot about the Hinchliffe range. It was seeing some images on Unfashionably Shiny blog that made my mind up to take a fresh look at them. I wasted a fair bit of cash on plastic Warlord figures before realising that they just did not do it for me, far too chunky, almost caricatures.

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  3. Lee, need a Follow button!

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  4. You can count me in 'Lee. My only other army is Hinchliffe 25mm Royalists which I painted extremely badly in the late 70s. I still have them, It's about time I learned what they should really look like!

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    1. Thanks Matt, in fact this project was partially inspired by seeing what have done with your vintage castings, especially your excellent conversion work.

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  5. A couple years ago, my buddy went into ECW in a big way, using Foundry figures. I had Hinchliffes. His figures are objectively better, but I much preferred mine, originally purchased 30+ years ago, only to languish in a box until now!

    Best regards,

    Chris Johnson

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    1. Hi Chris - I'm keen to see what I can do with these older style castings, I wish I had held onto my original collection!

      Cheers,

      Lee.

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  6. Lee
    These are Fine looking figures - I have a couple of vintage Hinchliffe ECW foot figures on my desk, the only ones I was bought by my Dad. English Civil War were my first proper metal figures, albeit the tiny 15mm Peter Laing's that I bought which are still campaigning today. It might have been the flags, it might have been the Osprey books, it might have been By the Sword Divided on the BBC and the Cromwell film but I am still fascinated by this turbulent period.
    Cavalier or Roundhead, such a difficult choice?
    Very best wishes for your new Hinchliffe ECW project. I look forward to watching this with interest. Mark, Man of TIN blog.

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    1. Hi Mark - I share those early influences, I was sent a copy of By The Sword Divided last year and really enjoyed watching it again, and Cromwell was definitely a major factor. I hope that you enjoy watching this project develop.

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