Friday, August 26, 2016

A balm for the toy soldier lovers soul


Sir Colin Campbell

I went on a trip to Wales recently to see Old John and it was time well spent.  The food was good, the company excellent and it was a trip absolutely stuffed to the gills with toy soldiers. Amongst them were these Crimean British troops, which I bought from John Preece last year, but only managed to collect a few weeks ago. 


The Gaaaaards! 

I would go on, but I think these fellas stand on their own merits.  They are Stadden 25s, tall and elegant and I think a reasonable match for many 1/72 figures. But even if they weren't how could you resist these visions of shiny toy soldier loveliness? 


A think red streak tipped with steel

Having looked at these, I've actually scrapped by planning for a 1/32 Highlander colour party. I will have to repaint the kilts and copy John's approach here. I had been trying to paint tartan as it is and John has just managed to do so much more with just a suggestion of colour.  Every figure is a master class in composition. 


The damned rankers 

These will hopefully give me the kick in the pants required to get weaving and play some more Crimean games. I shall have to photograph them properly soon. 



Met this friendly fellow out and about 




He was rather demanding. 





22 comments:

  1. John paints so very very stylishly. You are a lucky fellow.
    Cheers and bravos,
    Bill P.

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    1. Doesn't he just? I am very happy to have them.

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  2. Conrad Kinch,

    Very nice ... both the figures and the cat!

    All the best,

    Bob

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    1. Thank you. The cat was more of a spur of the moment thing.

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  3. Wow! Those are magnificent. Have you got any S Range Minifigs, Jacklex or Hinton Hunts to stand them up against?

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    1. I do - actually now that I think of it. I don't think I have any Jacklex, but I've some Minifigs and Hinton Hunts. These boys are heftier than the HH, but do well if in different units.

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  4. Well they certainly look rather special.

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  5. Cats often are. I quite like those fellows. I seem to recall gazing wistfully through glass at a few that looked much like them, quite a few years ago.

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    1. John did a wonderful job on them. I love his composition.

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  6. Lovely figures beautifully painted. I agree on the tartans, drives me crazy seeing them painted as a maze of bright colours or big cheques. In life, at 10 ft away most of that doesn't show.

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    1. It's one of those feels wrong, looks right moments.

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  7. Lovely, especially the highlanders!

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  8. Yes but why does The Borg keep changing companies for his games . Tricorne is going to cost 100 dollars with postage ,to Ireland

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    1. I wish I knew. I know I ordered it anyway, because I'm a sucker. But I'm really holding out for the SYW version.

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  9. I guess Cynthia cooked as you say the food was good?:-)

    I always thought the stadden are too tall for 1/72?

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    1. Hush now...it takes skill to burn cornflakes like Johnny.

      You may be right about the Staddens, but they were just too beautiful to leave.

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  10. Nice figures, and even more so as they are Crimean. - They look a bit like the current Tradition 25mms, which maybe using the old Stadden moulds?

    Bob

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  11. These are marvellous, and naturally I went straight to the Traditon website.

    Who manufactured the mounted Officer? He's a treat?

    Greg

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