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. I would also like to mention George S. Mills, who kindly furnished a quantity of plastic figures which allowed me to complete another five or six military units, serving in several collections.

Thursday 30 March 2023

MORE NEWLY PAINTED (and recent acquisitions for March 30)

Went to work clearing the fourteen Airfix US Paratroopers that were in the box recently received. Here they are painted and based. Converted the riflemen laying down into a LMG team, which can operate separately if so required. At a later date I will add some unit patches.

My spares box has furnished three old lead figures which can now serve as WW2 Dutch policemen. This allowed me to transfer my original two to my pre1950s British police. So both can now contribute small arms fire (my rules need three figures firing for a dice throw).

Quite a few auction wins recently. My aim is to restore a collection of old LONE STAR post1945 British Parachute Regiment figures. I rather like these 1960s figures, and even had a few in my late 1960s childhood. Well, I have gone slightly mad, having purchased a large number. I will have more to comment on these in a later post.
Here is the first delivery to arrive, costing £10 in total. A bit dear, but I wanted the Lone Star seated figures. Rather nice picking up an original Timpo Duke of Wellington. The 8th Army figures are chalky Timpo castings, so I will need to repair or even replace their arms (gun and limb).

A recent acquisition from a local charity shop is this metal and plastic vehicle. A Chinese made toy, but not a bad model. It only cost 50p and is perfect in scale. Will probably just keep it as a civilian piece.


  1. The Paratroopers look great Michael, a wonderful paint job! The Dutch Police are very unique and interesting. I can't tell you how many times I've purchased a lot of soldiers just to obtain 1-2 rare pieces. Sitting figures are very hard to come by, excellent buy! You find some wonderful items at your charity shop, that vehicle is perfect and looks brand new!

    1. Cheers Brad, I suspect you have acquired an interesting collection! Two more deliveries arrived today, will post shortly on the new formations, these are 1960s Lone Star. I also picked up a nice batch of 1950s lead Cherilea, which might interest you. Hope they arrive safely.