Saturday, 15 February 2014

Interesting Dutch lancers



I recently acquired these two interesting Dutch lancers on ebay. I couldn't quite work them out from the photograph - obviously some conversion work had been done on them - but when they arrived, all became clear thanks to clear codes on the base - the one on the left is FN 41, the trumpeter, with an added lance, while the other is FN 43 lancer charging, but with a replacement lance.

In some circles it is almost sacrilege to suggest converting Vintage HH figures could be a good thing, but you only need to look at what Peter Gilder achieved with his to realise the potential within these figures, particularly the one piece casting cavalry ones, even just with the addition of pin swords.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Two more Napoleonic units - British and Spanish infantry



I think both of these units may be Der Kriegspieler figures - I painted and based them quite a while ago and have only just got round to photographng them. When I feel brave I may get the Green Stuff out and have a go at adding greatcoats to some command figures for the British. The Spanish officers are from Douglas Miniatures - not a very good photo I am afraid.

I do have a large number of Spanish and Portuguese infantry battalions which I have acquired and which are waiting painting - the Portuguese are eight line and two cacadores battalions, all Hinton Hunt, with a third Der Kriegspieler cacadore battalion; and four and a half Hinton and three Douglas Spanish line battalions. It may be a while until I get round to these, but it will beef up all my Portuguese brigades in British Divisions to full strength, and bring my Spanish contingent up to one and a half strong or two weak divisions.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

The Elusive Mr Hunt

I am indebted to DC of Unfashionably Shiny fame for this and a number of other items from his stash of the Bulletin of the British Model Soldier Society. This advertorial piece appeared in the Special Edition (celebrating 1,000 members) in August 1969.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Colonel General of Hussars 1804



 I am sitting here looking at a large collection of military postcards which arrived today. There are around 80 sets of Rene North Paint Your Own Cards, unopened in their original envelopes,around ten unopened packets of Charles Stadden and others, along with some loose cards from the Imperial War Museum and other series.

If anyone has an FN 358, General Andoche Junot in his uniform as the Colonel General of Hussars, ready to paint this card may provide an additional reference to the Hinton Hunt painting instructions posted here.

I will add this image to that post as well. Blogger is messing up the format of this post - I apologise for this and will try to fix it later

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Saxon Chevaulegers



These are eight David Clayton castings of SXN 41, one piece Saxon Chevaulegers charging. These came from Jack and in the absence of any Saxon infantry they will be brigaded with their cuirassier brethren within my Polish divisions.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Prints Militaire

Hinton Hunt issued a series of plates drawn by Gerry Embleton, together with painting instructions. I am not sure whether these were aimed more at their 54mm figure customers than their 20mm ones. Whatever the case, they were attractive and useful painting aids. Thanks to John and to Richard I have had access to a nearly complete set, and have posted them below, as part of my drive to preserve some of the Hinton Hunt ephemera.

The original description and lists of Prints Militaire from the big Hinton Hunt catalogue are reproduced below.


Prints Militaire NA1 Austro-Hungarian Infantry 1809-15


Prints Militaire NA2 Austro-Hungarian Infantry 1809-15


Prints Militaire NB1 British Infantry of the Line, 1812-15, officers and drummer


Prints Militaire NB2 British Infantry of the Line, 1812-15, NCOs and men


Prints Militaire NB4 Royal Horse Artillery, Britain, 1812/15


Prints Militaire NB5 The Black Watch, 42nd Regiment, 1812/15


Prints Militaire NF1 Infantry of the Line, France, 1808-12 (other ranks)


Prints Militaire NF2 French Imperial Guard, Polish Lancers of the Guard 1807-14


Prints Militaire NF3 Chassuers a Cheval de la Garde, France, 1800-15 officers,musicians etc


Prints Militaire NF4 Infantry of the Line, France, 1808-12 officers,musicians etc


Prints Militaire NP1 Prussian Infantry of the Line 1811-15 privates


Prints Militaire NP2 Prussian Infantry of the Line 1811-15 officers, NCO and drummer


Prints Militaire NR1 Russian Infantry of the Line 1812-15


Prints Militaire NR2 Russian Light Infantry 1812-15


Prints Militaire NR3 Russian Field Artillery of the Line 1812-15


Wednesday, 11 January 2012

British Stovepipe Infantry


Not a great picture, but I have finished all my early war British infantry with this two-and-a-half-battalion brigade.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Peninsular early war cavalry





A long time following the last post, here is my completed Peninsular early war cavalry division (minus artillery and command, yet to be assigned - the Heavies will be Ponsonby's, I'm undecided about the lights - probably it will have to be Stapleton Cotton.

The Heavies are missing plumes, which seems right for campaigning, and the Spanish Dragoons are I think a conversion of the Austrian Chevauleger with a bicorned head, which have then been cast up.

I have always wondered why the rule for British Napoleonic ranges has been for them almost always to be in Belgic shakoes for the infantry and foot gunners, bell topped shakoes for light dragoons, and helmets for heavy cavalry. This tends to mean even where earlier war figures were produced, they have far fewer poses or variations, and are far harder to come by.

Stovepipe infantry, tarletoned light dragoons and bicorned heavies are far more versatile, so I am glad to have been able to add these early cavalry. I have two and a half battalions of stovepipe infantry which are the next in line for painting - that will give me 6 battalions in stovepipe, plus a battalion of marines and a naval landing party, supported by four battalions of sepoys, for my early war expeditionary forces. they also have access to vast numbers of horse artillery plus

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

BN 213 British Light Dragoon in Tarleton



My first Napoleonics completed in a while, and the picture was not helped by needing to use the flash.

I am hopeful of eventually being able to field three regiments of these light dragoons and two of their heavy counterparts in bicornes. These will then provide the cavalry element for my early war British. I have a division's worth of line infantry in stovepipe shakos and at least a division's worth of light infantry and rifles. Just need to properly organise my French Line into pre Bardin and post Bardin divisions.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Don't use this at home...




Don't be tempted to try printing these off and see if any figures arrive...

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Old Shop New Shop




From the oldest Hinton Hunt catalogue I have seen to date:

original contact details for the first shop
announcement of the new premises

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Hinton Hunt Painting Instructions: and 1001 posts

Today I have mostly been adding around 60 sets of original Hinton Hunt painting instructions to the blog. The catalogue described these a "for the collector who likes to paint his own figures" and were typescript single sheets of paper. A recent joint purchase of a big Hinton Hunt collection included a large number of these - thanks to John C for scanning these. This is the kind of ephemera which can easily disappear so I am very happy to be able to make them generally available through the blog.

After a little thought I have decided the best thing to do was to add them to individual figure posts. There are now (I think) 139 posts including these instructions - some covered four or five different figures - eg all the foot artillery poses, or 1812 fusiliers.

Searching using the "painting instructions" label will show you which posts now include these. However, I also thought it might be useful to have a list of which figures are covered so I have produced one and attached it below. It goes without saying that if anyone has copies of any further sets of these which are not represented here, I would be very glad to receive them or scans of them for inclusion here.

Although the painting instructions date back to the 1960s Marcus Hinton was a thorough uniform researcher, not least because for his 54mm collectors figures. This is also apparent from his scrapbook. The painting noted for Napoleon, his marshals and generals are particularly interesting.

While going through this exercise I also realised I needed to add a post for FN 304, French Imperial Guard Red Lancer. What I failed to realise was that this made post 1000. So I have missed the millennium, but only just.