Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Whatever happened ...to that Flanderkin bloke?

Big John Wayne, The Duke himself, was given to saying " Never apologise its a form of weakness" .

Nevertheless, and with due respect, I feel a word of apology is due to the many who have clicked on this site in the vain hope of an update. Lack of Inspiration? Laziness? Aching shoulder? A bit of all those but it suddenly occurred to me that Christmas is almost upon us and I will wish to take another seasonal look at 'Wargaming Before Featherstone'. I had better blow the dust off the keyboard and get in a little practice first.

So let us take a quick canter through the events of the last six months. I have been mainly painting the new 30mm Franco Prussian range from Peter Johnstone at Spencer Smith Miniatures. These are a new 'Classic' range of genuine 30mm figures. The best news is that they match perfectly with the old but incomplete Willie range.
Most of the painting has been done for display models for SSM, though I have managed to put in a few for myself. So I can hardly claim to be a disinterested party, nevertheless I think these are a great range and it is

wonderful to actually be able to buy new 30mm castings. On which point I would also praise the Jacdaw 30mm figures from Old Glory UK, but more on those at a later date.
div> I have also enjoyed painting the 25mm Stadden range of Crimean figures. When you think that these were designed over 50 years ago they are amazing. Above a Guards officer stands next to a Foundry figure.

These figures are great fun to paint in a straightforward toy soldier style and really look the business in a nice coat of gloss varnish.

I also took a giant step forward with a chance buy on ebay which got me all my mini fig S range Heavy Brigade with one click of the button. This is how they arrived and apart from a re varnish I don't think I can improve on the original painting.

Finally just so that not everything is Old School and pre 1970, I have been painting up some of the excellent redoubt French Indian Wars figures. I bought these when they were first released 10? years ago and finally have been painting them this summer. A very welcome contrast to the other figures.
So nothing of any literary merit, just a shopping list really. Still it has actually broken the barrier of the first post again. Who knows perhaps in my next post I may manage something a little more interesting.


DC said...


Thank goodness you're back, and finally in a sensible era (that'd be 18th c america).

I agree entirely re. the Tradition Crimeans - lovely figures, i have been drooling over them for some time but thankfully i have neither time nor money for a new period right now.

The initial Redoubt FIW releases were rather good, later figures rather let the range down a bit. I must admit i prefer my injuns from Hezzlewood or Suren, but these come a close third (and, don't laugh, some of the Old Glory FIW figures are excellent too).

And the FPW in 30mm.... madness......8-)


Anonymous said...

Welcome back...those Crimean Staddens are rather fantastic!


Gallia said...

Welcome back John!
The FPW fellows are enticing.

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Well I'm going to buck the trend as I think those Redoubt Indians are superb... I had some a long time ago, painted them, couldn't find a use for them (too big next to my beloved Minfigs), and they ended up going to the US of A via eBay... good to have you back...

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

Good thing the books are closed for me for now. Both the Tradition Crimean & the FPW figures look delightful, and just right painting. My style of figure and my period, (btw du Picq's battle studies is now available from project Gutenburg, what better inspiration could one ask?)

Peeler said...

Cracking read & pictures John, good to see you back.

marinergrim said...

Like those FPW figures quite a lot. Good too see that you're back in the saddle.