Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cardinal's Guard


The latest addition to the collection from our man in Budapest.  This is a 1/16 Cardinals Guard from Mini Art and very lovely it is too. I remember being quite confused as a young adult when I finally read Dumas unabridged and discovered that D'Artagnan and Cardinal Richelieu end the novel as not quite enemies and almost allies. 


The richness of the red in the tabard is really something. 


As always, our man's faces are excellent. This fellow is definitely not someone to be trifled with.  I'm always amazed by the character he manages to impart to a relatively humble plastic kit. This chap will be taking over guard duties on one of my bookshelves.  One thing I've noticed is that these larger figures can get quite dusty after a while.  A feather duster doesn't seem to be the way to go, but I'm sure there's a way of keeping them bright without damaging them. 


Of course, I think everyone of my age who took an interest in Dumas came across him here.  I am happy to announce that this is proving a real hit with the Kinchlets.  One thing that struck me about the programme is actually how demanding it is of its viewers. The Kinchlets like the music and colours, but something that completely passed me by when I watched it originally is that it actually tells a reasonably close version of the three musketeers story in something like thirty plus installments. 

It really surprised me to see a children's television programme that believed its audience would be able to keep up. 

"What are you up to Daddy?"

The Kinchlets continue to be a joy albeit a tiring one.  Girl Kinchlet is crawling now and suddenly Sir Harry Flashman VC is leading a new and very exciting existence that mainly involves sleeping out of reach and keeping his tail where he can see it. 

22 comments:

  1. I use a very soft no. 5 paintbrush, carefully, when dusting big or fragile models.

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  2. He is handsome... and the Kinchlet isn't bad either... ;o)

    Thought about some of these to keep him dust free??

    http://hobby.uk.com/finishing-products/display-cases-domes.html

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    1. I have one of those...but I use it for something else.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdhRqO4mFEw

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  3. Cats are (become) masters at staying out of reach. The children are looking well (and growing so big) as is Monsieur D'Artagnan. Enjoy them all.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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  4. Striking work on the musketeer. The red is especially pleasing. The little Kinchlet looks happy to be mobile.

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  5. Crawling then walking things going to get hectic and items moved up a level out of chewing reach

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    1. There are no end of things that can end up in a Kinchlet's mouth.

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  6. My daughter also loved Dogtanian, so much so that she can still sing most of the theme tune! When I was a lad the kit firm Aurora had large figures about twelve inches high of the individual musketeers and I drooled over a made up set in the local model shop for months. Only got given the knights though.

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    1. It is incredibly catchy. After reading this, I went looking for some Aurora figures. Crikey - they are pricey.

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  7. Good to see the troop coming along nicely.

    I'm always amazed and pleased at how closely the Macdonald-Fraser movie follows the original book despite the abridgement and inserted slackstick. Of course with a cast like that it would have been hard to go too far wrong...

    "One must be careful of what one writes and to whom one gives it".

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    1. That movie is rather excellent and great favourite of Mrs Kinch.

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  8. My compliments to you on the guard and the truescale Baby Kinch, Sir! I'm sure that scale creep is just around the corner :-)

    Dusting figures with a soft sable brush or cheap makep brush works for me. the Kinchlet will probably have to be soaped and powdered as per mainstream Mummy Protocols - they do scrub ip nicely though.

    Regards, Chris.

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    1. The Mummy Protocols are a particularly complicated ruleset. Almost Quarrie like in that respect.

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  9. Absolutely great work there :)
    I remember Dogtanian, I need to revisit that again! Ehrm, for the little kid, of course. Ahem.

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  10. I use a "blusher brush" to dust mine. The soft haired brushes ladies use for putting on make-up. NB - get a clean one - don't pinch one from Mrs Kinch's make-up bag. Experto crede.

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    1. That may have to be an authorised expenditure.

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  11. Fantastic model, superb painting, great pic of Fraulein Kinchlet, delighted to hear she's crawling, things will get even more tiring when MeinHerr von Kinchlet starts rambling too, sounds like Flashy VC needs a high perch
    cheers Old John

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    1. Thanks John. Flashy VC is doing his best.

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