SPECIAL THANKS. I would like to thank Paul Watson for his sponsorship of several lead figure collections on this blog. Having decided to clear his spare/surplus figures, he generously forwarded them on with no other requirement than they deserved to be restored.

Sunday, 22 November 2020

IRISH GUARDS FIELD DAY

Yesterday I completed the colours for my Irish Guards, which are now twelve figures strong. The castings are pre-1950 lead CRESCENT figures, so I was tempted to rename them the Crescent Guards. I have also included a photo of four somewhat larger castings, painted up as Scots Guards. The Irish Guards ensign was originally a bassoon bandsman. Easy job to drill out the hands, add a sword, and milliput a sash.

MGB





8 comments:

  1. Those look nice and shiny ! , good conversion with the Colour Bearer .

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    1. Cheers Tony, it is nice to see them finally formed up.
      Michael

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  2. Restored to martial splendour, even more so than the day they left the factory!

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    1. Thats kind of you, Mark. Some will only restore Britains, but I like all the old manufacturers.
      Michael

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  3. They look great.

    I had a few Crescent plastics when I was young (inc guards), they always seem to be aiming way to the left.

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    1. Hi Ross, I could have just slanted the metal bases so they point forward, but if I did that the 2nd row would be unable to touch green bases with the front row, their rifles getting in the way. I suppose I could have done deeper bases, but I wanted this unit to be quite compact. And all well drilled regiments were more than able to fire at targets not necessarily to their direct front.
      Michael

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  4. Those paint jobs are a hell of an improvement on the old Crescent figures. There's a few more sailors on their way to you plus an exuberant sailor charging with boarding cutlass :) 50 more cavalry and I'm done until some more recast first pattern Britains Boers arrive from Replica :)

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    1. Thanks Paul, I will have to appoint you Head of the Admiralty. Don't forget to send me photos when your collection is complete, for my viewing. (And whether they can be reproduced, I fully appreciate 'priority' must go towards your plans.... elsewhere.)
      Michael

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