I really want some six horse limbers for my ACW armies because they just look so freaking great. But…they are an expensive addition to the army. I was looking in the Woolshed and found a box with a few dozen old Hinchliffe Napoleonic limber horses. When I say old I mean I think I got these in 1980. I looked at these, looked at the plastic Perry limber I had and thought – why not. OK – the collars are wrong, the harness is wrong…whatever. I can use the money I save to buy some dismounted cavalry.
I added a couple of Perry plastic artillerymen. One I sort of converted to a sitting pose.
At some stage I will add some harnesses from the horses to the limbers and between them etc. Not sure what I will use – maybe some crochet string and seal it with pva. Any ideas welcomed.
These cavalry figures were the first 28mm figures I ever brought. I remember mail ordering them from the UK in two batches – from Connoisseur when it was run by Peter Gilder and from Hinchliffe. This was back in the early-mid 80s. They took about three months to arrive and were paid for in postal orders that we could only buy at £2 per day from the Post Office. At the time most of the people I gamed with were using Airfix 1/72nd and Minifigs and these guys towered above them.
I have often considered stripping and repainting them but decided not to as the nostalgia factor was just too great. I confined myself to some re-basing and that was it. They had been based on cardboard painted green, then cardboard painted green and covered in bright green railway flock. What were we thinking about in those days?
So here is a regiment of Guard Heavy cavalry comprised of Horse Grenadiers and Elite Gendarmes. The Horse Grenadiers in cloaks are Hinchliffe and the rest are Connoisseur. The paint is all Humbrol enamel and plastered on thick! These guys have had standards that were originally home made and then GMB ones that faded away since removed. Graham Black sent me some replacements that I have not yet attached to the flagpoles.
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.
The 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.