Monday, 6 November 2017

About done!

Finally, the 40 Hinchliffe figures that comprise the Kings Lifeguard of Foot are all painted! This unit seems to have taken me ages to complete, but as I explained on my other blog recently there has been considerable domestic upheaval and things are just beginning to settle back down to normal again. They do of course require basing and flags, but I hope to get that done this week. The unit consists of 12 pikemen, 24 musketeers plus the 4 figure command group who will sit behind the pike block as usual. As it's bit of a special unit I decided to go with 2 standard bearers, both the same code, although I am still in two minds about replacing one with the splendid Minifigs casting you see below from which I removed the moulded flagpole and drilled out the hands. It's one of the few Minifigs that I have but it has a character all of it's own, I acquired him ready painted but over painted the red uniform to bring him into line with the rest of the unit.







The Minifig standard bearer, I will probably use him in the command group.




ECW musketeer retro style!



Seven of the pikemen are conversions with head swaps to helmets and painted tassets to give a good mixed armoured block look, I wanted to keep the red quite bold and dark so started with Vallejo Burnt Red followed by two coats of Flat Red. The musket blocks were painted in batches of 6 figures at a time and I included a couple of officers, one for each 'wing'. I have a yearning next to do another big unit, this time representing Rawdons Yellowcoats.

A few weeks back I ordered a few samples from Essex Miniatures to see how they measured up to my Hinchliffes, unfortunately they are a little too chunky as you can see from the Priest figure that I painted. He will be used on a command base with my Cromwell figure, but the rest are up for grabs if anyone can use them? Only a few mounted command figures with horses (the horses are huge!) plus a few sample musketeers, no point bothering with eBay so if you can use them just contact me as usual. I have to say they are lovely castings with large detailed faces and hands.


L to R Hinchliffe, Minifig & Essex.



12 comments:

  1. Lovely work Lee - the Minifigs figure looks as if it will blend in well.

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    1. Cheers Ian, the Minifig is a nice little figure.

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  2. I still have my old ECW Hinchliffes, 'Lee. If you continue like this I'll be forced to get them all out and repaint them. Your troops are looking magnificent. Can't wait to see the flags.
    WM

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    1. Hello Matt, Things are progressing slowly at the moment but this unit came together eventually. I was determined to paint 24 musketeers! Appreciate the comments, coming from such a superb painter as yourself it means a lot :)

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  3. Nice work Lee. Mind you it is strange how different interpretations work. -I have some Hincliffe cavalry on Essex horses and they are shorter in the shoulder than the same figure on an old Old Glory horse or indeed a Hincliffe heavy horse. Equally I've put Essex cavalry on Hincliffe horses as an experiment and it looks fine to me. You have set me thnking I can see some photos are in the offing.
    ANdy

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    1. Hi Andy - I must try a few combination to see how they look. One thing with Hinchliffe horses - and the figures come to that - is that scale and proportion can vary a bit.

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  4. Nice work, great to see these lovely figures

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  5. Lovely work on these classic figures, it's funny I've just put up an ECW post and in one of my Essex /warlord regiments I've managed to squeeze in a minifigs standard bearer too, as an aside I got some artillery crew from ebay a while ago, they're hinchcliffe and no matter how I try to convince myself they don't fit in my warlord Essex army, do you fancy them?
    Best Iain

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    1. Hi Iain, sorry once again for the delay in replying. I would be happy to use your Hinchliffe artillerymen, maybe in exchange for the Essex bits I have here? I think it's half dozen personalities and horses a few musketeers and a couple of heavy cavalrymen, beautiful castings but way too chunky for my Hinchliffes.

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  6. Did you ever get my last comment to your previous post about where I lived as we didn't both get to SELWG? I believe you have my email address form Wellington Man if you want to get in touch as I don't have yours.

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    1. Hello Rob,

      I found your previous comment, sorry about that! I'll add my email address to the end of this comment. What I would like to do in the near future is to stage a large ECW game, possibly in a sideroom of our village Hall (Dymchurch, Kent) on a Sunday morning, and get a few bloggers to come and play if possible. My idea is for a classic ECW encounter based on Edgehill, played on an 8 x 5 table to my slightly tweaked WRG rules that I will circulate once fully completed. I'm guessing now would be looking at early New Year sometime?

      Lets keep in touch:)

      Lee

      lgramson@yahoo.com

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