Old Hinchliffe Dutch Grenadiers c 1977-78

Some more of the old stuff I found in the Box of Holding. This time a unit of Dutch Grenadiers of the Imperial Guard. When I was at school I swapped a bunch of my old dinky toy cars for metal wargame figures. I got hell from certain family members about it but 37 years later I still have my wargame models and can play with them. I am sure if I had kept the cars they would be long gone.

Note the hand painted flag complete with ultra fancy fringes. That was pretty cool back in the 70s, especially when practical every other unit in my army, and those of my friends, were made from Airfix French or British plastics and had the one piece plastic figure/flag castings that came in those sets.

ImageThe bayonets on these guys are even more spindly and fragile than those on Victrix plastics.


 I actually am almost tempted to order a few more of these and paint them to match these to make a unit of 24 figures. They are still available at Hinchliffe Miniatures.


5 thoughts on “Old Hinchliffe Dutch Grenadiers c 1977-78”

  1. Great stuff Brian, it nearly brings a tear to my eye.

    It almost inspires me enough to drag out my Hinchliffe British, with their mixture of their glossy coats and matt facings.


  2. Brian, reading your comment on the brittle bayonets reminds me of the week I spent at Peter Gilder’s Wargames Holiday Centre in the mid-80s. All of the figures were Hinchliffe and Peter had replaced all of the bayonets with pins that he had soldered on to the muskets. The pins served two purposes: one, to strengthen the bayonets, and two, to ensure that gamers picked the figures up correctly – you only did it the wrong way once!


    1. Now that is a good idea. My guys probably don’t get quite the handling that Wargames Holiday Centre models do though.


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