Saturday, 1 September 2018

Lamming additions

An update on recent new Lamming Roman and Britons acquisitions.

As mentioned in a previous post I had been looking for some British chariots. Once I had found two (from a slightly unexpected eBay source) I had a hankering for Boudicca's chariot. A while later I picked up another four, including Boudicca (that's her on the left). I think I need to add reins to finish these off. I think six is enough now.

I'd also had a successful appeal a while ago for some Eastern archers and thought I had enough but when these turned up I couldn't avoid picking them up. Already painted, they only needed rebasing

They came with these Garrison Roman Archers, which are very compatible and add variety with a different pose - a very welcome addition.

I also picked up from the same seller this small group of Roman Auxiliaries, again very welcome.

Finally these Ancient Britons had been painted for a long time, they just needed the addition of wire spears. I am not sure how historical the horned helmets are (I know they are now thought not appropriate for Vikings, but I don't know about earlier Ancient Britons).

 So I don't have any remaining gaps in these forces, with loads of Roman and Celtic cavalry. Of course something interesting might still crop up...

Monday, 19 February 2018

GHQ Guardsmen

I have posted this listing from the Walthers catalogue before and I am now indebted to Bob D from the States for sending me the following pictures of the sets of figures he has. The first five pictures show how the figures came in their boxes.


The remaining pictures show individual figures:

French infantry, showing separate heads and assembled:

French infantryman (firing) and Line Chasseur a Cheval:

Cavalry figure in three parts, showing the distinctive design and assembly:

And finally the underside of the bases, showing the stylised "G" marking.

There is also a photo of two boxes of ACW infantry:

I have some packs (Prussian Fusiliers, Grenadiers and Dragoons) of the GHQ Guardsmen 25mm SYW figures manufactured in the UK by New Hope Design. These were sold in small plastic bags with card headers, and separate compartments for bodies, heads and muskets.

I may post some pictures of these later if there is any interest.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Miniature Figurines 30mm Napoleonic Range

Over on his Glorious Little Soldiers blog, Andy Copestake has posted some pictures of his recently completed Miniature Figurines 30mm range Chasseurs a Cheval of the French Imperial Guard. From the various comments it is clear not too many people know Minifigs ever made these, and Andy himself says he has never seen any horses (his chasseurs are on Stadden or Willie mounts) or a listing anywhere for this range.

Always willing to help, here is the list, from the 1972/3 catalogue:

No horses here but there is a picture of one in an earlier post (from 2010) here, on which I see Andy had actually left two comments. This is the John Cross review of Miniature Figurines S Range and 30mm figure ranges from Military Modelling Magazine in August 1970. Some at least of the figures had separate arms.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

British Colonial Wagons

Two photos of two Colonial Wagons.

These are a mash up of Hinchliffe 20mm equipment range wagons, Minifigs S Range horse teams, and Jacklex crew and drivers.

I need to get round to photographing my S Range and Minifigs 20mm Colonial Project, which took up a fair bit of time earlier in the year. These will provide their logistic column.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Lamming Roman Empire RE4 Eastern Archer

By the miracle of the internet and the generosity of Dave in the States these RE4 Lamming Roman archers arrived shortly after my last post. Not the best time to be buying figures from the US but I was ready to make a special case for these. This means my Lamming Romans are finished - but if anyone has a couple of Lamming British Chariots going spare I am still on the lookout for those (hint hint)

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Lamming 1st/2nd Century Romans

I don't do Ancients but I have always had a soft spot for the Lamming Romans, which I used to buy one or two of a year from Bill Lamming at the Durham shows organised by Derek Sharman in the Student Union ballroom.

I've acquired these over the last twelve months or so in batches on ebay - a couple of units of legionaries painted, which I have just rebased, glued weapons and shields back on, and plastidipped them. The rest have been painted in the last six months or so and my recent run of clearing things that have been waiting on the painting table for a while.

Cavalry - there are two types here, cavalryman and Praetorians, but I am not sure which is which. Also decurions and a mounted general figure. I have too many cavalry for the size of the army but I couldn't just let them go...

Infantry: legionaries, auxiliaries, standard bearers, cornicers, centurions, and a tribune.

The two units of legionaries which were bought painted.

I could do with four of five pilae and shields and another infantry standard - if anyone has any spare I'd be glad to take them off your hands. I guess I could do with some RE/4 Eastern archers and one or two British Chariots, if anyone has them.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Minifigs 20mm and S Range Gurkhas

This (above)  is CI 2 Gurkha Rifleman advancing from the Minifigs 20mm range while below is CI 2s, the same figure from the later S Range. Both are good figures and the photos demonstrate the differences between the ranges, the 20mm coming first and being replaced by the S Range.

Personally I like the Minifigs 20mm figure best, in light order as it is. Somehow you expect Gurkha figures to be slight, don't you?

Sunday, 4 September 2016

A bit of a curiosity

Acquired recently from ebay, stripped and repainted, what I think must be a Minifigs 20mm/Alberken General's Coach. This is down to the driver figure and horses, which are too small for S Range. I do have an S Range open topped carriage - I haven't compared the two but this one seems a lot smaller than my memory of the other one.. However I haven't found any reference to a carriage in any Minifigs 20mm list.

A nice model, certainly unusual, and I was glad to find it.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Lamming SYW Range - further discoveries

I have recently acquired some largish reinforcements of Lamming SYW foot figures. Nothing new here but there were a snall number of cavalry figures. There are dragoons with two horse varieties - these look similar to those already posted earleir, I have only compared the photos so far rather than the figures themselves; a cuirassier who seems different to the Prussian figure I have seen before; and a hussar variant with busby rather than Mirliton.

I am mainly concentrating on Medievals at the moment but once I start painting up the SYW foot I will have a go at constructing some kind of listing of all the Lamming SYW figures of which I am aware.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Lamming Guard Chasseurs a Pied

Lamming didn't list any Chasseurs so these will be Grenadiers with a slightly different paint job. The pioneer/sapper is an S Range figure.

These figures came together with the SEGOM Dutch Grenadiers which can be seen here.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

More Lamming SYW

I recently bought a mixed ebay lot of some very heavily playworn S Range Jacobite Rebellion figures and some very nasty recasts of Lamming SYW figures.

I'm not complaining about this, as it was clear from the photograph, and they didn't cost much. but they did help with identification. The lot contained one Lamming SYW figure I had never seen before and another I have had examples of for a while, but hadn't realised was Lamming.

This means we can add to the Lamming SYW listing:

Highland officer
Highland grenadier
Highlander (I don't know enough about the period, but perhaps the shield slung on his back indicates Jacobite rather than Government Highlander?)

Minifigs 20mm Colonial Cavalry

Another ebay find has been these Miniature Figurines 20mm colonial cavalry. There are already some photos of these two figures elsewhere on this blog - BCC 3 17th Lancer charging and CC 1 Bengal Lancer - but as these ones are painted in a pleasing glossy style and the Bengal Lancers have their original lances I thought it was worth putting them up here (and adding them to the previous posts).

More Kirk cavalry

Another recent purchase from ebay. They are not pretty but reasonably effective. Hussars and Cuirassiers.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

More Lamming SYW French Light Infantry

Like buses...

having spent at least ten years with no Lamming SYW figures in sight, soon after buying Bill Lamming's display models for this range at auction in Driffield I bought two units of S range SYW French light infantry on ebay. The second unit, identified as a Croat Infantry battalion, included around 15 Lamming kneeling SYW figures. I think they work well together, as skirmishers and a formed company with command on which to rally.

Possible Lamming SYW Highlander

The quality of the casting and the shininess of the metal suggests this is not an original figure, but its similarity to some of the Lamming SYW figures leads me to think this may be a Lamming SYW Highlander grenadier. As I have never seen a list of the Lamming SYW range this suspicion is almost impossible to confirm - unless you know different, of course.

Unit Pictures - Douglas Napoleonic Spanish battalion

using NP1 and NP3 figures