Another old favourite, not as favourite as "one of my favourites" of which we've had a few already, but definitely containing one of my favourite poses.
Top left is an unfinished Union Iron Brigade flag bearer - with far too many stars! To be fair, I don't think there are even 50 either, I just did yellow dots 'till the red field was full! To his right is the only OBE, a 'Stars and Bars', then two more of mine (straight from Terry's book I think?), North Carolina (they need a new seamstress...what is that star all about!) and a Texan with a burnt corner.
Just before I left home to go off and do my bit in Berlin (and sunny Tidworth!) the Esci sets started to become available and I added a few officers, standard bearers and buglers to the two sides...I didn't like them because they had too much detail!!!! [I've got over that...it's progress - I know!] There's also a straight paint-conversion of a cowboy into a company runner/messenger.
Bottom left are my Iron Brigade, again a straight paint-job, with my little half-company made from my favourite pose. it's not that good a pose, but with only three per box and none in the Union Infantry set, it was hard to come-by so I sort of grew found of it!? I paired all the figures with two singles for casualties and the two command figures also individually based. With the half-company there were only the two singles and one was supposed to be an NCO with a crudely cut kepi
Fine detail and eyes were drawn/dotted-in with mapping pens and all uniform colour schemes were taken from the Blandford books or a couple of the early Men at Arms series...this was the late 1970's with the Esci's painted around 1982, which is 3 years earlier than PSR lists them as having been first issued?
Returning to the middle-shot for a moment, it's taken me 30-odd years (and I've had the photographs for more than ten) to notice the leg of the middle chap is covered in flocked green paint! I used to cover the base in thick paint, dip it in the flock, and then turn it upside-down to tap the loose flock off, it must have run down then!
Top-right are painted-up to represent revolution era French Line Infantry, or AWI (?) with a sort of bicorn-hat, while below them are later guards (I never know the difference between Young, Line and Imperial with these Wellintonians) waiting for the return of their heads.
You only have to look how a body recently found in an English municipal car park is going to lead to the re-writing of the entire History of King Richard The Third! Not short, not stooped, no twisted spine and he went down fighting a dozen or so of the usurper's bully-boys, so no coward either. He wasn't dragged through the streets by a cart, nor were his ground-down remains burnt, fed to pigs, dogs, or thrown in a river!
The rest are complete sets (boxed and 'sprued' ended up in storage), with a single war gamer's collection to the right, another guy's to the left, unpainted sets in the middle and a few stand-alone sets in the corners.
Finally - for now - a comparison with the French Foreign Legion set, also sculpted by Nibblet, and using most of the poses from the ACW sets, with a few more besides, the similar ones illustrated above.
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My Old 'war games' Army
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