Over the last few years I have amassed a fair collection of 30mm models for the 'shinyloo' project. Most of these have been Stadden with a few Willie and some not quite 30mm Connoisseur or Hinchliffe 'Foremost'. The point being that they were all designed before 1984 some having been sculpted 2 decades or more earlier.
|Four Minot 30mm French Cuirassiers giving it some ! I have another half a dozen of these in various stages of disrepair.|
However another maker from the latter part of that time I have become something of a fan of is Barry Minot. Probably best known for his rather esoteric fantasy ranges, he had several ranges of 30mm historical figures out there as well. I am aware of 5 - though there may be others.
A Battle of Jena range of which I only have 2 examples.
A Zulu War range centred around Rourke's Drift- some lovely active figures though I don't currently have any.
|Another view of the Cuirassiers.|
A retreat from Moscow range with lots of cold looking French which I have and some predatory Cossacks which I don't. Those I do have need quite a bit of TLC before a public viewing.
A Sudan range - which I have seen pictures of.
|For a long time this was the only Minot model I had.|
A Waterloo range which a have quite a few of and are the pictures on this post. I would not claim to have them all as I only have 2 highlanders and by no means all of the British Infantry. Doubtless there are plenty of others to find as well.
|French Imperial Guard. This was the first completed Minot unit. I now have plenty of these to paint in most of the poses that Minot made.|
I love the movement of these blokes even if compared to some the small details may be lacking- but of course that means no buttons the size of golf balls or such other silliness and anyhow you can paint the details in. It is not that hard. Or leave 'em off if you prefer.
|British Infantry. These paint up really well and once I get some of the more active poses into the collection .....|
All in all these Minots make a decent addition to the 'Shinyloo' collection.