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, 12 June 2022

NAVY RECRUITS (Ebay)

Rather pleased with this Ebay purchase. Costing £11.85 delivered, these naval figures will be very useful. The two Wrens will not be touched (you have my word). But the others will be paint stripped and repainted. Most will be attached to my French 1870-1930 collection.

Four are unusual English-made castings. I assume they represent Royal Navy, but shoulder rifles in the French manner, on their right side. Sometime back Paul Watson sent me one of these figures, and it painted up well as a French seaman, a hat pompom being the only conversion. Three others will be likewise converted to French, to man a ship's gun. The remaining Crescent figure will join my RN fleet. 

Well, no need to fork out money trying to get some Starlux 'marin' toy soldiers, this now gives me ten figures manning my two French gunboats.

Here are the figures completed, and now serving on my French gunboats.
Please note, due to other projects, I'll be reducing my number of blog postings.
MGB

13 comments:

  1. Great work. I look forward to seeing them in action.

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    1. Thanks Q, priorities must be to replace my garden fence, lol.

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  2. What a great purchase MGB and looking splendid as marins francais

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    1. Thanks MJT, a nice addition to my French collection!

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    1. Hi Tony, the fleet is about to sail.

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  4. Fantastic job, skipper - glad the matelots got some shipmates. You've really done the 'Navy Lark' proud.

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    1. Cheers Paul, the naval contingent is something I am particularly pleased with. Now busy replacing a garden fence, lol. Michael

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  5. Wonderful figures Michael! They look right at home aboard your beautiful gunboats! Very well done!

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    1. Thanks for the support, Brad. I also think they look appropriate on the toy ships, Scales have to take a backseat with 54mm figures.

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  6. Suitably inspirational. I have been gifted by family a handful of some of the plastic (Starlux?) French sailors you recently featured. A project for the winter ...

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