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?










10 comments:

  1. That's an excellent find Lee, they'll fit in nicely with your own brushwork and what a boost to recruiting!

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    1. Yes Ian, that's a good slice of the planned horse done already!

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  2. That's a bit of a result there! The flag work is exceptional.

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    1. Hi Matt, I love the flag, it's a brilliant piece of artwork, just wish I could match that quality.

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  3. I'd have had those if I'd seen them!! Good find.

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    1. Andy, I was surprised to see them so just had to grab them!

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  4. Bargain - I make that £3.50'ish a figure which is less than the bare metal price of most ranges these days!

    PS. Thanks for the measurements I'll get up the loft and do a virtual comparison

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    1. I had not really thought of that Steve but I know a Hinchliffe horse and rider comes in at just £2.00 so you are right, a real bargain compared to 'modern' ranges and even the warlord plastics are not far off that.

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    1. Thank you Ross, I was not even searching for Hinchliffe ECW's it just came up as a suggestion and then I realised there were more! I had to restrain myself due to budget but I'm glad I got the three units I did.

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