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Wednesday 24 August 2011

Old Glory -Wars of Marlborough.

As a period I've looked at Marburian on and off for the last 25or so years. I once had a small mixed force of 20mm Higgins and Douglas Miniatures I bought second hand- sold 'em about 15 years ago. I had a load of Minifigs Marburians and painted about 6. Thought about Foundry but never really liked 'em- too stiff and samey.
Dave Allsop was sculpting the Old Glory 25mm range when he died. As a range they are a good bit smaller than most OG stuff and closer to "true" 25mm- wahtever that means. The Infantry are covered in depth with 28 different packs . Cavalry less so since Dave died before these were completedand what we had was finished by another sculptor. Artillery represented by 1 pack of crew and a couple of different guns though other useful guns are available in the ECW and Jacobite ranges- including Mortars and Gallopers.
On the OSW Yahoo group the moderator opined that these had big heads. I don't agree- especially compared to Front Rank or Dixons BUT having said that one or twop do have small bodies. The heads were sculpted separately to be added one all the body variants were done and a couple of the bodies do look a bit small. Still not bad for a range that is getting on for 20 years old.
Ilove the 40mm Drabant Marburian range and am very very slowly painting up several of those without any clear idea of what I'll do with them but I've fallen for the little Bluemoon 18mm range and now have 4 units done and another on the way- I don't paint these little fellas .
This means that on the whole I'm not sure what I'll do with the Saxon artillery in the picture- There are about 80 infantry too- needing basing same painting style no longer to my taste I'd need to "Bring 'em up" before I used them. They date from a few years back when I part owned Reiver castings and we did a GNW range. The Saxons were to be opposition for the Swedes I painted which I think are in the current owners collection but as so often happens other stuff got in the way. They have been in their box since then until this morning... when I was remined of their existance.


  1. Andy, Dave here, could you look at my blog:
    keep an eye on it and any advice would be welcome. It's the first time I've done this and to say I am a Luddite would be an understatement! However I love painting figs and even if only a few people look then it;s better than them sitting in a box.
    I will give you both a ring before the show as there are some 10mm WSS figs I want, or is it need! oh deer,
    Dave Huntley.

  2. I recently developed an interest in Charles XII and wargaming in the GNW period. I considered this range, but was disappointed that there was so little that could be utilized for GNW in these offerings. For example, no figures with collars and turnbacks (for Swedes), no pikemen, etc. Consequently, I shifted to Blue Moon 18mm, but am not very happy with the sculpting on these figures, nor the lack of pose variations that I usually associated with Old Glory products. Any suggestions?

  3. The Wars of Marlborough range was never meant to include the GNW as Marlborough wasn't there so no Swedes were ever planned.
    Since the Bluemoon range is selling rather well most chaps do seem rather happy wqith the models and as far as I'm aware they are currently the only range on offer in this size then no.