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.

Friday, 13 November 2020

ROYAL NAVY FIELD GUN & LIMBER completed

Decided to go straight ahead with some of the naval figures so kindly furnished by Paul Watson. Here is the field gun and limber. Its apparently an early model produced by Dorset Miniatures. Decided to dismantle the figures and equipment so I could utilise my favourite superglue, and to ensure a close join between the torsos and arms. I also wanted to use milliput to fill any casting defects, replace the officer's nose, and work on any irregularities in the naval hats. Some 28mm cut-down bayonets served well to repair the tips on several rifles. At this point, I seriously considered removing the shield on the artillery piece as this dates it to post1900. But I felt bad breaking away from the original model. Looking on the internet, similar toys appear to have a combined chain and rope system for the runners, and I was able to find some suitable materials. I don't mind admitting it has given some serious weight to my British Empire collection, and it was a real pleasure painting the model.

MGB




16 comments:

  1. Fantastic work! These figures and equipment look superb.

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    1. Most kind Sir, thank you. It was actually quite smooth running as projects go, didn't even cover my hands in superglue!
      Michael

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  2. Great looking models , liking the chain and rope work .

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    1. Cheers Tony, it does seem to have come together, and kept its traditional toy look.
      Michael

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  3. Well done! The end result looks well worth the effort.

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    1. Thanks Ross, got to get some paint stripper before I can start on the remaining naval figures Paul sent, need to complete them soon for some amphibious actions in retaliation for the recent invasion of the Empire.
      Michael

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  4. Turned out nice again as George Formby might have said. These are great figures, not to mention equipment, loud Huxxahs all round!

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    1. Allan, my British 'Blue' contingent is really coming together, thanks to Paul's generosity.
      Michael

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  5. They are absolutely stunning Michael - really impressed; they've finally got the wow factor they've deserved for some years. For the record, I'd never noticed that the ratings have water bottles :) More power to your paintbrush, Skipper :D

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    1. Thank you Paul, they will be participating in a Dominion game as soon as the other naval figures are ready. The water canteens are the older, round type, noticed some victorian re-enactors using some cloth covered, with straps, rather doubt mine are accurate but its a nice contrast. to the dark blue. Hope to paint strip the remaining figures today. Regards.
      Michael

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    1. Thanks Mark, it really is a morale booster to my collection.
      Michael

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  7. Really captures the table top toy solider look. Superb.

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    1. Cheers George, the only problem now is I need a naval fleet to go with the landing party lol.
      Michael

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    2. Time to break out the balsa wood!

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  8. See Royal Navy for latest posts.

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