Friday, 30 June 2017

"Ready with either weapon" ....more ECW restoration!

This week I have completed another Regiment of Foot (10 pikes, 16 muskets plus 3 command) a Royalist Grey coat unit, painted a Saker gun and 4 crew, rounded the dragoons up to a 10 figure unit and painted the wonderful Cromwell OPC sculpted, like much of the range, back in 1978. All of these are based but awaiting texturing so point in photos yet, should be finished over the weekend with luck.

But I also took delivery of another 24 painted horse from Ian Hind, and yet again after a good clean up with a brush some fine detail came jumping out at me. I was surprised by the wonderful hand painted quality of this flag, I could not see any of it before I cleaned it! I'm certain this unit is by the same hand as the previous 'medium' unit, the painting is of a high quality. Here's a few shots of this unit after cleaning but before re basing, I'll probably match all of the saddle blankets to the red/yellow theme and the trumpet needs repairing with superglue. I then have a second unit to work on bringing my cavalry total to around 100 painted figures.

I would love to know when and by whom these fine figures were originally painted, but whoever he was the brushmanship is superb and I am proud to own them.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

The collection so far!

It's only been a few weeks since I started this project but things have progressed very well and the collection now stands at 7 regiments of horse (68 cavalry) 4 mounted Generals, and 82 foot. The foot includes 2 full regiments off pike and shot (35 & 31 figures) plus dragoons and a unit of 'commanded' musketeers. I hope to complete a third pike and shot regiment this week, to be followed by a couple of Sakers and crews which will give me enough to fight a small engagement under WRG rules.

This morning I assembled the horse units together for a few shots now they are all on matching bases. I'm delighted with the overall impression, bearing in mind that I wanted an 'old school' look and feel to them all. It's a bit more of a pain doing the bases with filler and paint, but it's worth the extra effort. I have ordered quality printed flags for all the units, should here this week. The unit front centre will retain it's wonderful hand painted flag of course.

First up, the horse:

Now the Foot to date, I'm rounding the dragoons up to 10 figures.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Before and after cleaning..... ECW horse.

A quick post this one, by the weekend I hope to have all three ECW horse units acquired via eBay re- based retouched (only where necessary) and gleaming! This is a quick 'before and after' cleaning comparison of just one of the units, only water on a soft brush, but it's really bought out some nice detail and crisp brushwork. All three units were VERY dirty, they turn the brush quite black after a gentle scrub, but as you can see what emerges are fine bright figures and horses.

Clean figures on the right, as they arrived on the left!

Close up.

I don't know if these pics show the true difference, but it's quite staggering!

And the 'dirty' base after a good clean with brush and water, compare with above.

Ready for rebasing.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

eBay acquisition... more horse!

Today I took delivery of two parcels from Hinds Figures, one was my recent order and the other contained three fine units of Hinchliffe ECW cavalry bought via eBay but again from Ian Hind who has been buying and selling painted figures since 1993. I had intended to painted everything myself, but once I had seen these units I just had to have them, and having seen them in the flesh I'm delighted with my purchase. As you can see they are painted in a delightful 'vintage' style and I have no doubts that they are all vintage castings. They are clearly by different hands, but all seem to sit nicely together, they are all in need of a bit of TLC, a good clean is main thing they need and possibly a re-varnish in satin. As they are on slightly smaller 20mm frontage bases and the base styles differ I intend to gently soak them off and rebase them to match my other horse already painted.

They comprise three units of 12 horse, my favourite is the ECWC 1 cavalry in pot helmet at rest unit, as you can see they have a superbly hand painted flag. Unit number two comprised mostly the plumed hat at rest post, all in buff coats with some fine detailed touches and what appears to be a Warrior (?) standard bearer on a Hinchliffe horse, he being the only non Hinchliffe figure. UNit number three comprises 12 cavalry in back & breast plate with pistols and the pistol arms have been bent into numerous poses for variation.

Together with the 36 cavalry already painted by me (just finishing the horses for the last 8 figure unit) these chaps will bring me up to a total of 72 painted horse, a very good start which means I can focus on painting the foot regiments. I offer up these shots for contrast to when I have finished the required restoration work,  as I say, a good clean up first then rebasing, but I have no intention of touching the existing paint job, they have a charm of their own.

Lovely 'old school' detail.

These are the horses for my 8 figure blue themed unit, Hinchliffe horse are lovely animated castings.
I must confess there is one more 12 figure unit I am tempted by on eBay via Hinds Figures, I might just grab it as I do have a fair bit of stuff to sell back including loads of Warlord plastic ECW sprues which should cover the cost of all these painted figures. I paid £125.00 for the 3 units, 36 cavalry including postage and I consider them worth every penny.

Finally for now, 'Steve the Wargamer' has asked how Hinchliffe figures measure up for scale against 20mm Tumbling Dice ECW's. I don't have any of them around as the many units I painted were done on commission a couple of years back, however I hope this shot taken against a measure will give some idea Steve?