Sunday, April 23, 2017

A trip to the Concord Museum

            My daughter is a sophomore at Salem State (Dean's List) . This week she announced that I had to take her to Concord, Mass for an extra credit field trip as she doesn't drive and she didn't know anyone in her literature class who would drive her. "Oh OK" . It turned out to be a pleasant trip and we were home by noon.
            One stop was the Concord Museum where I qualified for the senior ticket. Good local museum overall. I finally saw this diorama that I had only seen in photos. It's the British side of the Battle of Concord Bridge and I was told that it was done in the 1930s. Crude figures but a lively diorama,



I like this little detail of the Light Infantryman on tip-toes trying to see the action.






Later we went out to the real North Bridge.



Of course Rachel posed in the Redcoat at the visitor's center.



Anyway. I'm a good dad.







Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hinterland Female Hussars revisited.

I repainted a group of these figures to match the blue uniformed figures and match a larger group.















Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Replicant Smugglers. Painted 54mm Plastic figures

           I bought these figures back in the fall and finally finished them yesterday. It was a bad case of "painter's block" and me kinda hating these figures were to blame. Several figures are pretty good but most needed a lot of work to clean up the flash and replace poorly formed hands, a head, and weapons. They are meant to be English smugglers from the late 1700s and could be used for pirate characters.

 The "squire" or customs man with lantern and the man with a signal lantern. Having a small figure with a light source just doesn't work without a light.



 I had to replace the head and hand on the signal man.


 Again. A guy with a torch or light source needs to be self illuminating .


Two guys with barrels. Not bad figures for a number of duties.


The ring leader of the gang in disguise. Sort of like the "Scarecrow of Romney Marsh."


Bilbo Baggins with a blunderbus.



Awkward guy with a belaying pin. I had to replace the left hand. These eight guys cost me $40 USD. You might like them with Replicant's 1745 Culloden British as Revenue Men.  Photo from Steve Weston's site.
http://plasticsoldiers.co.uk/index.php/manufacturer/replicants/






Saturday, March 18, 2017

I didn't get the joke until.......

I saw this postcard and thought that the woman was using German World War One Pickelhaubes as
falsies.



As you can see the lower caption reads "new helmets".  Here is what was meant. Proposed helmets for the French Army early in the 1900s.





The artillery version here....




With another example of humor with the artillery here from La Vie En Culotte Rouge.



These helmets were not adopted, only tested.