Tag Archives: Old School

Memory Lane: Minifigs British

Some old Minifigs British and a Highland battalion. I was seriously thinking of re-basing these guys to see how they look alongside my newer Old Glory, Front Rank, Perry and Victrix units. Maybe a little day project over the Christmas break.

Anyway, here they are in all their glossy, enamel paint goodness.

 

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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.

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 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.

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Old School Napoleonics c 1977-80.

I was hunting through old boxes and found these guys. Some of these were painted when I was still at school. Humbrol enamel paints, a Size 0 brush and gloss varnish. Based for the WRG Horse and Musket rules of the time. We had some pretty good games with that rule set, even if they were a bit haphazard.

French Hussars. By some miracle these minifigs horses still have their tails. I seem to remember that tails snapped off minifigs horse as easily as Victrix plastic bayonets do nowadays.

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French Light Infantry. There are chasseurs, voltigeurs and carabiniers in that lot.

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My go to brigade for many a battle. Swiss infantry (various regiments). Note the eagle around the wrong way on the flag pole and the hand painted flag.

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The battalion on the left shows that even 30 odd years ago I had the propensity to mix manufacturers in the same unit. It is lead by a mounted Hinchliffe colonel and a Hinchliffe Old Guard officer.

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French infantry battalions.

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Portuguese Legion infantry – still covered in cobwebs.

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A battalion of French Old Guard.

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While I was taking these pictures I had a nosy visitor. He was checking out his future home – the BBQ.

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