Tuesday, 11 February 2020

A Proper Mixture.

 These days  you are supposed to have units of identical perryclones, the "discussions" about millimetres are endless and while it can matter in 15mm vs 18mm  at least some of the time within the ranks of anything from "25mm" via "28mm" to "30mm" it matters far less than  you would think.
  The   company of the 92nd here actually has  five different makers within its ranks. None of them  sold as "28mm" which as a size did not exist when they were made. It has to  be said now that one or possibly two of the makers now call the same figures 28mm to follow the Foundry fashion of the mid 1990s  .
A Proper Mixture. 

 The rest- those that are still available are called 30mm
 So the makers are  Hinchliffe(Foremost), Connoisseur,  Stadden , Willie and Minot of which only the last is now unavailable.
All of these model are at least 30 years old - some significantly older- the Willie and Stadden figures sculpted in the 1960s or early 70s the Foremost a little later and the Connoisseur either side of 1980 but before 1985  I think and certainly well before 1990.
3 officers  Stadden, Connoisseur and Willie.

I like the mix- most are a bit OTT as befits a unit who are about to charge along with the Scots Greys they fit the bill for me. There is none of the tedium of so called perfection here. I like my units to move to be animated- at least some of the time and for some periods.

Sorry lads the Greys are at the other end of the table ! 

9 comments:

  1. Andy,
    Absolutely spot on and well said of course don't forget the new scales of 28mm heroic or 32mm to you and I !

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    1. Marginally aware of those bits of silliness but since I don't do fantasy then they don't really count- and they are- like 28mm merely marketing traps for the unwary

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  2. Yup. Throwing a couple of very different bulk/style/height figures into a unit of clones looks odd but a proper mixture looks natural.

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    1. Agreed. I hesitate to use the word "artistic" in the presence of wargamer ! but I have always viewed the presentation of the models as a (very) minor art form.

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    2. You say that... I used to play in a pub that was part of the local art scene and the function room doubled as a gallery. Once we were in full Napoleonic flow when a couple came in and watched us for a while. We asked if they were interested in joining in and found out they thought we were doing performance art! Nice couple; actually thought my toys were better than the pictures on display. Which was true. But I am clearly the wargaming equivalent of Gilbert & George.

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  3. That touches a nerve. I am considering writing a book The Hierarchy of Anoraky - A Sociological Perspective.
    For a while I attended s trad ish folk club and for just a few weeks the corridor to the club room was occupied by a wargamers' group. Imagine my delight when I spotted s squadron of steam tanks and appropriate infantry on one table with a WW2 skirmish on another so I settled down for a brief chat with these strangers. Great! Or was it? As I entered the folk club and paid entry a couple of "deep" follies were having disparaging chat about these wargaming weirdos.
    It does appear that people often choose their territory of interest and then attack anyone who is not part of that. It happens all over. One lunchtime I was listening to a colleague giving a very technical appraisal of a play she had been to see. Such details, I was fascinated. And then the conversation moved on to the film the English Patient and in the interest of being technically correct I pointed out that a particular German vehicle could not have been fought at Tobruk as it was a much later type (38t flakwagen). This technical theatrical type suddenly stopped the conversation and looking down her nose at me said "Andrew (me) you are Such An Anorak!" I had to agree she was right and we were both in the same boat. We were not friends.
    The reason for this digression is that it is not a digression. My issue is that far too many people occupy holy ground and as zealots of their own world view happily attack outsiders who enter their gunsights. The letters pages of magazines are sadly full of conflict, often vitriolic, waged by insecure folk who could write the Senator McCarthy playbook. I remember with distinct sense of schadenfreude a response to an attack by Bill Horan in Mil Mod which began with the observation that a total stranger had decided to do a hatchet job and presumed it was OK to call him Bill. Subtle or what. The rest was a most gentlemanly put down but I guess Horans victim lacked the intellect to appreciate the process.
    I believe it is this resolve to play one up all the time that needs to be addressed. I do wonder whether it is the competitive drive which is at the root of it all. I am a member of a camera club and see the same sort of attitudes at play. Now I resolutely avoid all competitions I really enjoy my photography and have stopped looking for the competition winner something most other club members claim they never do....oh yeah? Just watch their faces when they don't win.
    Well that's the introduction to my Anoraky Opus. If any other like minded outsider model painter would like to contribute please do. It's worth an acknowledgement in the biblio from my frien "ibid". Time for the witching hour mother's ruin. Nite nite folks.

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