|2 shots of the repaired Hussar. Painted as the British 7th Hussars. I have another half a dozen or so of these to restore- none need as much work as this chap did.|
This is not to say that all modern stuff is boring, far from it, there are a good number of modern makers I like and respect,but a good bit of it really lacks movement and style and that indefinable "difference" that makes it stand out from the crowd. Of course if you want your collection to be the same as everyone else's in some kind of conformity dictatorship go ahead , but not me...
As I type this I am reminded of an incident that happened on one of my trips to Historicon- a good few years ago now. I was doing a stint on the Old Glory booth and was talking to a rather pleasant chap who was interested in Napoleonics..... but wasn't going to buy any because he had to get WW2 "because Randy said so". Said Randy seemingly owned the gaming group because it met in his house of somesuch- the details now escape me but I still recall my own distaste at this .. after all it wasn't Randy's bloody money. Even then my thoughts were unprintable vis a vis Randy even though we never met. Peer pressure - shove it where the sun never shines- hopefully with sharp edges.
So perhaps the foregoing illustrated in part my distaste for that kind of conformity in life as in wargaming-
"What are you rebelling against?"
Some things never change !
So these older 30mm are distinctive and different that is why I like them.
There is a downside. I often buy second hand groups of these and they are sometimes not in the best of conditions so restoring them has become part of the hobby for me. The Stadden 30mm hussar in the photos arrived without a sabre and his Willie horse without a tail. I also had to add a saddle girth and other harness. From metal foil from a decent bottle of Burgundy as I recall but almost any such foil will do. The sabre came from the spares box and if French as I didn't have a British 1793 pattern in hand and the horse's tail from an old Old Glory horse which I had managed to break at sometime in the past. .
|Guard Horse Artillery. These did not need a huge amount of restoration beyns a few tools and a repaint.|
The Imperial Guard Horse Artillery are all Stadden 30mm crew but with Sash and Saber guns as the bag of crewmen were gunless when I bought them.
All of these figures will go into the ongoing "shinyloo" project which is currently growing a bit for a public outing later this year.. Of course when I bored with old and shiny I will go off and paint some new and matt- Sikh Wars or Indian Mutiny .... But for now it is shiny in the driving seat ... but then I do have those Sikh Cuirassiers to finish......