Friday, October 29, 2010
Here's a few other units, A Lucky Toys Prussian Grenadier unit, a Giant French and Indian War unit, and some commercial figures. First is an almost Charles Grant unit of Scots Greys made of Strelets Crimean War Heavy Brigade figures, and 4 units of Mars Polish Haiduks.
This lot are mainly WW2 US soldiers that one finds in Dollar Stores. I made plasticene coats and tricornes. The first three units are Austrian, and then there's a French unit.(December edit: You know, I mixed up some of the figures in the units, didn't I? Somewhere in a shoe box or other are the rest of these figures. I know I have a half dozen Austrian type units, and 8 French, but I also have a few odd units inspired by Marlborough's Danish mercenaries. Oh well, I'll find them some day.)
I imagine a lot of people buy those bags of dollar store soldiers for an item or two and look at the rest and wonder what use it might be. Anyway I have a lot of these type of toys and it occurred to me that I could make generic armies roughly based on WW2 armies. Just a suitable paintjob and enough old Airfix figures and these would be usuable. He's my generic early war Germans. I also painted up an ersatz Focke Wulf 190
I use a lot of cheap Made in China stuff. Here's a Giant Limber, painted field grey. With the addition of a gun shield and a converted barrel, it would make a decent WW1 type gun. Also I put a picture of a 25mm limber made from the Airfix World War 1 British Horse Artillery and a Giant brand gun. The horses and men are Napoleonic Prussian Dragoon Officers from Warrior Miniatures. I used a plastic gun as the lead ones cost a few bucks, and I have a bucket of these around(well, maybe a big coffee can anyway).
I won an auction for a box of napoleonic figures. The paint jobs were basic, so they needed some touch ups. Inside were some 20 cannon, several hundred cavalry and infantry.
I was pleased to find over 90 HaT Industrie Russian Cuirassier, so I made 4 Regiments in true Charles Grant fashion, 24 other ranks with 4 Officers, Trumpeters and Guidon Bearers:
I haven't flocked the bases (Dollar Store Dominos, 3/4 inch wide by 1 1/2 inch long). I'm not sure if I will use Woodland Scenics or Games Workshop flock, or static grass.
I store the figures in plastic containers.
Here's a unit of French dismounted cavalry. They started life as WW2 Japanese. There were a number of dismounted cavalry units on the Franco Bavarian side prior to Blenheim, due to an illness that struck down many horses. These guys fought on foot near Blenheim.
I started making some Marlburian style British Infantry, based on Airfix's US Civil War Federal infantry. I also used some WW2 soldiers in the command group. The flags are those cheap plastic flags you get in dollar store bags of toy soldiers. The artillery is Esci, and the female personality on the horse is Maid Marion from the Robin Hood Set. I started making some Charles Grant style personalities from Airfix's Civilian set.
Here are some more of the Lucky Toys "204 Revolutionary War Set" cavalry. Fanciful uniforms for my Charles Grant style battles.
The commander is a slightly modified cavalryman, with a plasticene hat with sand feathers, and a plasticene shabraque.
Here are some pictures of more Lucky Toys, as well as some Esci Hussars. Sadly they never made shabraques for these, so I made some out of plasticene, and some Revell Swedish cuirassiers mounted on Giant horses.