Regular readers will know I'm a fan of 30mm model soldiers- specifically those of Stadden and Suren - but other makes too such as Barry Minot.
Now most of my 30mm collection is Napoleonic - see the numerous 'shinyloo' post on this blog- but I also have a number of colonials from the same makers- Stadden and Suren that is, I don't have any of Minots 30mm Colonial output yet.
I've picked up various Stadden colonials over the last few years to go with the small number of Suren models I already have(but that need rebasing and a bit of TLC to get them back on the table as they were painted about 30 years ago).. Definitely old India Hands . These old chaps have a movement and style that is lacking in many modern over produced models, even if sometimes detail may be lacking- after all you can paint that, style is not. Also you can tell one make from another . These days that is often more difficult with the upsurge in perryclones and 'received presentation'. Whatever happened to individuality?
|Stadden 30mm Sikh troops though the mounted officer is a Connoisseur figure on a Stadden horse.|
|A single Stadden 30mm sepoy. These match with most'modern' 28mm.|
|Close up of the Officer,|
All of these were for the 1897 Pathan Revolt or indeed for other North West Frontier campaigns and over the years I've added units using Old Glory models as well almost all for the British- Indian army. All I need now is to paint a load more Pathans
|A pair of old Willies- yes I have used that line previously but they are.|
These were painted about 30 years ago and are now up for rebasing and refurbishing.
The last photo on this post is a bit of an oddity.
|I only have 14 of these wonder what happened to the range?|
There are 25mm figures made in the late 80s /early 90s by an outfit called- I think Valiant Miniatures - but I may be misremembering. They were sculpted by a chap called Peter Rogerson who I know is still working as he has just made some 40mm for a client of mine. These 2 are 'French Sepoys' and the range as I recall had several Indian figures in it for the late 18th/ early 19th centuries- Wellington in India in wargamerspeak- Madras Sepoys and Bengal Native cavalry as well as a few irregular types. They were British when I knew them but migrated to the USA - possibly under another name - anyone any ideas if they still exist?
Art is imitating life these days. Too often inspiration, personality and joy in toy soldiers is being replaced by confirmation to universal "norms".ReplyDelete
(There are days when I am wonder if I'm beginning to get old and grumpy. )
but people do this to themselves ...'the public wants what the public gets ... was that the Clash ?Delete
Lovely figures, the French Sepoys especially are very nice, I have never seen them before, be interested to see if anyone knows anything about them.ReplyDelete
I'd love to find out where the range went. I'm pretty sure it went to the USA in the noughties but after that nothing.Delete
Was it not The Jam who said the "public gets"ReplyDelete
Yes I think you are right not the Clash then but the Jam ....Delete
I have a quite large collection of the Willie "Goodbye Dolly Grey" range that I use for the North Western Frontier and the Boer War. There are some lovely gems of figures to be found in the range. I had not seen the Lancers before as my own needs have been met by Mr Stadden. There are also in the Stadden range beautiful infantry in Home service dress. Just the thing for seeing off Johnny Martian. Then there are the glorious bandsmen...ReplyDelete
I have a bundle of the Willie figures to refurbish including some of the Pathan and the mountain gun mule s set. and I agree there are some gems - likewise the Stadden Indian cavalry- whch are still bare metal currentlyDelete
The mountain gun set is super. Enjoy it, but it takes up a LOT of table space!Delete