Friday, 15 September 2017


I had not planned on doing any British in my classic napoleonic collection.

However having got some Fusiliers and a General Hill from Oxfam and various Garrison and Higgins figures it was only natural  that I needed a Wellington.

Well he arrived today courtesy of ebay.

I now have Napoleon and Wellington originals and a JC Blucher in my lead file.

My 6 Prussian Lutzow Lancers are underway and I hope to get more done this weekend.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

John Cunningham Hinton Hunt recasts

Over the last 6 months I have mentioned on numerous occasions the Hinton Hunt recasts available from John Cunningham.

In all John offers over 230 items and hopefully the 7 figures I sent him will soon be added.

I thought it would be useful if I posted some pictures of the recast figures I have to show how useful these figures and usable with original figures.

For those who are put off trying to collect original figures prices on ebay range from £1.50 to 2.00 for infantry to 2.00 to 3.00 for cavalry. Prices to vary depending on nationality and figure codes.

John sells recasts for 0.50p for foot and 1.00 for mounted. It is possible to collect complete armies using recast figures.

First up  are 2 French Elite Hussars (FN 315). On the left is a JC figure and on the right an original one I got as part of my  Oxfam haul.  There is little difference between these figures other than the carbine. 

Second up are Prussian Dragoons (PN 81). Again the JC recast is on the left and original on the right. These figures are a very good match  and the level of detail of the recast can be seen in the buttons on the trousers.

Finally I have a few other recast figures but dont have originals for comparison.

The first photo shows Prussian Landwehr,  Open Handed infantry and Guard Officer

I have some original Old Guard figures and bought these extra figures to be used to provide command. A standard bearer and NCO

A French mounted officer amd good old Blucher to finish of with.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Renovated British Fusiliers

Before my summer holiday I picked up 32 original Hinton Hunt British Fusiliers at Oxfam. See previous post for details

The figures were reasonably painted so I decided to do a paint renovation. This weekend I finished the renovation and basing. I now have a full 24 figure unit plus 8 figures towards a second unit. Fortunately JC has British Fusiliers in his recast range although I am going to have to do a head swap to create standard bearers.

So on to my next unit.  I have recently been able to add 10 Prussian Landwehr Lancers (PN39) and 17 Prussian Dragoons (PN81) courtesy of Iain aka Essex Boy. These are original figures and very nice too.

I paint cavalry in batches of 6 and the first lancers are being cleaned up ready for painting. These figures are crisp and need a little work with a file. 

I am going to paint these as the Lutzow frei korps element of the 6th Uhlans. They have black uniforms and red piping and should look good with a gloss finish.  One thing I am not sure of is if they used black horses but even if they did they might just be a bit too much black.

In other news yesterday I posted some original Hinton Hunt figures to JC to use as masters for his recast range.  These are a mixture of my original figures purchased in the early 70s from the shop in Camden Passage and others I got from Oxfam. The figures sent are:-

AN33 - Hungarian Grenadier firing
FN23 - Old Guard Grenadier Firing
AN 26 Hungarian Infantry Officer marching
AN24 Hungarian Infantry Musketeer charging
WN16 - Polish Fusilier Marching
FN 8 French Infantry of the Line 1812/15 Officer marching
FN 1 French Infantry of the Line 1812/15 Officer Charging -

John recast list has expanded recently and has around 230 recast Hinton Hunt figures listed. It is now possible to create whole armies from his range. 

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Garrison and Les Higgins Napoleonic reinforcements

Today I visited Graham to pick up a box of old Napoleonic figures which had been gifted to me by Donald. Donald was one of Grahams school wargaming friends in the early 70s.

Graham had recently met up with Donald after many years and when Donald realised that Graham knew me he passed on a file box of his old figures from school. Graham remebers they use to buy their figures from Blunts of Mill Hill Broadway. A shop a I occasionally visited.

Although there were no Hinton Hunt figures the box did contain over a 100 Garrison and Les Higgins figures. There were also 150 (ish) Hinchcliffe and Minfig 25mm figures and my son has got these out and is says he wants to play with them. He also asked about painting some.

Panorama of the LH and Garrison figures including some artillery.

Les Higgins  French Grenadiers/elites.

Garrison French Infantry

Garrison British Infantry. This has a code BN5 but I cannot find it on any list. There is a photo on Tony's Prometheus in Aspic blog.

Tony mentions that these don't come up very often perhaps because they had a short production run as they are a rather 'distintive' pose.

Garrison British Officer and Infantry.

Les Higgins British elites.

Any finally some Garrison French Chasseur a Cheval.  Back in the 70s I had a unit of Garrison Hussars so its nice to see these figures again.

Quiet a few of the figures have broken bayonets so I need to make some repairs. Of course I could just use them as they are as bayonets would only be fixed for a charge.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

French Artillery

Following my recent post on French Hinchcliffe Artillery I was contacted by Les B who kindly offered me some 20mm French Artillery he had got as part of an ebay purchase.

Les sent the guns and covered the postage. A true gentlemsn and another example of the generosity of the Wargame community.

The artillery arrived this morning and are very nice models indeed. Are these Hincliffe ?

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Lamming SYW

I must stop going to my local Oxfam. 

I had to go to down town this morning so I thought I would drop into Oxfam (again).

As a result I ended up coming away with a bunch of what I am fairly sure  are Lamming SYW figures.  

There are 20 Prussian Jager types. 

The second unit consisted of 25 Musketers, a few had broken bayonets, 5 drummers and 2 officers.

One of the signs that these figures are Lamming is the the nobly, grass like, effect on the bases.

I did compare these figures with some Les Higgins Marlburian and they are a tad bigger. 

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Hinchcliffe 20mm French Artillery

The Oxfam Hinton Hunt seam is now all worked out. The last bag of miscellaneous Napoleonic bits and pieces went out this morning.

Of course I nipped  down anyway just to see. It included some items that would prove useful. 

First up there were 5 artillery pieces although one was missing a barrel which I will have to find a replacement for.

I remember having a Hinchcliffe gun and that they had small indents in the barrels and small roundels inside the gun carriage.

Well I am confident that these are indeed Hinchcliffe artillery and I am pleased to add these to my collection.

Also included where 7 more Hinton French Officers and these will be used to officer my new battalions I plan to get from John Cunningham. There were also 2 French elite Hussars. 

Interesting there were a few other items including what I believe are Douglas Miniatures Spanish and a Alberken/Minifig 20mm British Officer.

You can just make out the DM on the figure base.

There were a few Minifig S range figures, which I don't need, however one is rather nicely painted so may make into my French army.

I have feel lucky to have found so many Hinton Hunt figures over the last few weeks and it certainly had helped to get this project progressing along nicely.

HInton Hunt French Infantry

Over the last 2 weeks I have been continuing refurbishing and basing on my classic Napoleonics.

First up is are some French.  I have repainted the white on the trousers and the front of the uniform but left the turnbacks and straps on the back packs alone. I use Vallejo Off White rather than full white.

If you do touch up the paint job on old figures then the key is to keep it simple as its easy to get carried away and end if over painting the whole figure.

The a Grenadiers had been originally painted as Voltigeurs so a splash of red and voila they are now Grenadiers.

I also had enough Voltigeurs to form s skirmish company. The officer is in fact an artilleryman. The French light firing is one of my favourite Hinton Hunt figures.

A close up of the Voltigeur shows the original, slightly yellowed white on the pack, and the fresher off white on the trousers.

I have a few old minifigs S 
Range in my lead pile and I decided to freshen up some French Artillery crew to use until I get my Hinton Hunt Guard Artillery done.

The Minifig figures are s little bigger but I do like the chap with the telescope seen here next to a Hinton officer.

My original Napoleonic collection in the 70s consisted of figures from a range of manufacturers and they all happily coexisted in my games. I do have a few S Range Minifig cavalry which may get a refurb so I can start playing some classic games whilst my forces gather. John Cunningham has added more Cavalry figures to his recast list so I will be recruiting some cavalry soon.

To finish off I have have based a unit of 12 Portuguese I got from Oxfam and the 12 Hungarians I painted earlier this year.

Until I get the rest of the full Hungarian unit done I will just have to combine these into a rather odd wargame unit.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

British Fusiliers

This morning I received a call from my local Oxfam to say that a few more figures had gone on sale including some British Crimean.

Although I was not interested in Crimean War I thought I would pop down anyway.

Well they are certainly original Hinton Hunt figures.  A quick visit to Clives Hinton Hunter blog confirmed that they were indeed Napoleonic 30 * BN72 British Fusiliers charging and 2*  BN70 Fusilier Officer charging.

In addition there was a mounted General Hill from the Alberken/early Minifig range.

Included were 3 later minifig command figures. 2 of the chunky ones, and a thinner earlier standard bearer figure. The chunky ones are of no use however I can use the slimmer figure. He will need a new flag.

A comparison showing the slimmer minifig figure and a Hinton Hunt Officer.