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.

Sunday 28 January 2024


While unable to lay out the gaming table I have been able to clear some more projects.

I spotted a useful box of five Soviet naval infantry on eBay for £7.79 delivered. Now these often float around for £15 or more. I now have a Soviet boat crew of six, another of four, and a well armed landing party of eight figures. 

Today I painted and based them. I would like to say it was a pleasure working on them but, in truth, it was a chore. The torsos had only slightly visible belts, and while the instructions for each figure were fairly simple, working out the accoutrements from the five distinct listings and sprues was time consuming. However, this system provides gratis a reserve of spare helmets, weapons, and accoutrements, which is useful. But still glad the project is over.

  Have always liked this 1954 'Herald' plastic figure of a farmer with shotgun. A lit match removed the hat furing. and a good priming, paint and varnish, has completed the squire. He can also serve in my Canadian United Empire Loyalist battalion. It cost £3.05 delivered.

Some more farm animals painted and ready. A mixture of old lead and plastic castings. But I need some static materials!

Have restored and painted three old lead figures and their bench.


This is one of those plastic 'warriors of history' that were free in cornflake boxes during the 1970s. I remember getting several ancient Egyptians, Vikings, and Turks, but I always wanted the British Grenadier and Crusader! This figure is meant to represent a WW1 Tommy but the shirt and tie. while looking smart, is confusing. Oh well, it can serve with the armed farmers for now. The original manufacturer was Nabisco.

My 19th Century German troops has acquired a flag for a converted plastic guardsman. This ensign belongs to the Reuss Infantry. The flag is correct for the Elder branch of that state. Rather boringly, it's the same as the current German flag, nothing of artistic interest!

Thought this old lead figure might as well join my County Police Constabulary.

Rather pleased with these. The French nurse was kindly donated by Paul Watson. Decided to paint it as French WW1. The second was picked up in my local collectables shop for 25p, and has been completely repainted.

This Soviet infantryman is a home construction. The torso was an Indian from the "Box that keeps on giving". And the arms holding a rifle also came from that source. A spare head completed the project. It has now joined my Guards Division.

I must apologise to those kindly posting comments, it is not my way to fail to return a reply. I will eventually sort this out. MGB


  1. More splendid restoration work MGB. The Herald farmer is a lovely figure indeed.

  2. A wonderful variety of figures Michael, all beautifully painted! The French nurse is excellent and a figure that I have not seen before!

  3. Glorious figures they are. The nurses look great - every toy soldier game needs them. Quinn