Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Hinton Hunt Figures WATERLOO

I have just obtained this document dating from 1965 and the 150th anniversary, possibly from the Wargamer's Newsletter's Military Festival at the Duke of York Headquarters in Chelsea on 20th March (see this post on Doug Crowther's admirable Unfashionably Shiny blog).

I have also come into more Hinton Hunt painting instructions. These are not particularly legible as some of them are bad carbon copies, but when I scan them I will photoshop them as best I can.

On a more long term basuis I might consider typing them all up in a word document or series of documents, if there was a demand for this.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Interesting Dutch lancers

I recently acquired these two interesting Dutch lancers on ebay. I couldn't quite work them out from the photograph - obviously some conversion work had been done on them - but when they arrived, all became clear thanks to clear codes on the base - the one on the left is FN 41, the trumpeter, with an added lance, while the other is FN 43 lancer charging, but with a replacement lance.

In some circles it is almost sacrilege to suggest converting Vintage HH figures could be a good thing, but you only need to look at what Peter Gilder achieved with his to realise the potential within these figures, particularly the one piece casting cavalry ones, even just with the addition of pin swords.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Two more Napoleonic units - British and Spanish infantry

I think both of these units may be Der Kriegspieler figures - I painted and based them quite a while ago and have only just got round to photographng them. When I feel brave I may get the Green Stuff out and have a go at adding greatcoats to some command figures for the British. The Spanish officers are from Douglas Miniatures - not a very good photo I am afraid.

I do have a large number of Spanish and Portuguese infantry battalions which I have acquired and which are waiting painting - the Portuguese are eight line and two cacadores battalions, all Hinton Hunt, with a third Der Kriegspieler cacadore battalion; and four and a half Hinton and three Douglas Spanish line battalions. It may be a while until I get round to these, but it will beef up all my Portuguese brigades in British Divisions to full strength, and bring my Spanish contingent up to one and a half strong or two weak divisions.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

The Elusive Mr Hunt

I am indebted to DC of Unfashionably Shiny fame for this and a number of other items from his stash of the Bulletin of the British Model Soldier Society. This advertorial piece appeared in the Special Edition (celebrating 1,000 members) in August 1969.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Colonel General of Hussars 1804

 I am sitting here looking at a large collection of military postcards which arrived today. There are around 80 sets of Rene North Paint Your Own Cards, unopened in their original envelopes,around ten unopened packets of Charles Stadden and others, along with some loose cards from the Imperial War Museum and other series.

If anyone has an FN 358, General Andoche Junot in his uniform as the Colonel General of Hussars, ready to paint this card may provide an additional reference to the Hinton Hunt painting instructions posted here.

I will add this image to that post as well. Blogger is messing up the format of this post - I apologise for this and will try to fix it later

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Saxon Chevaulegers

These are eight David Clayton castings of SXN 41, one piece Saxon Chevaulegers charging. These came from Jack and in the absence of any Saxon infantry they will be brigaded with their cuirassier brethren within my Polish divisions.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Prints Militaire

Hinton Hunt issued a series of plates drawn by Gerry Embleton, together with painting instructions. I am not sure whether these were aimed more at their 54mm figure customers than their 20mm ones. Whatever the case, they were attractive and useful painting aids. Thanks to John and to Richard I have had access to a nearly complete set, and have posted them below, as part of my drive to preserve some of the Hinton Hunt ephemera.

The original description and lists of Prints Militaire from the big Hinton Hunt catalogue are reproduced below.

Prints Militaire NA1 Austro-Hungarian Infantry 1809-15

Prints Militaire NA2 Austro-Hungarian Infantry 1809-15

Prints Militaire NB1 British Infantry of the Line, 1812-15, officers and drummer

Prints Militaire NB2 British Infantry of the Line, 1812-15, NCOs and men

Prints Militaire NB4 Royal Horse Artillery, Britain, 1812/15

Prints Militaire NB5 The Black Watch, 42nd Regiment, 1812/15

Prints Militaire NF1 Infantry of the Line, France, 1808-12 (other ranks)

Prints Militaire NF2 French Imperial Guard, Polish Lancers of the Guard 1807-14

Prints Militaire NF3 Chassuers a Cheval de la Garde, France, 1800-15 officers,musicians etc

Prints Militaire NF4 Infantry of the Line, France, 1808-12 officers,musicians etc

Prints Militaire NP1 Prussian Infantry of the Line 1811-15 privates

Prints Militaire NP2 Prussian Infantry of the Line 1811-15 officers, NCO and drummer

Prints Militaire NR1 Russian Infantry of the Line 1812-15

Prints Militaire NR2 Russian Light Infantry 1812-15

Prints Militaire NR3 Russian Field Artillery of the Line 1812-15

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

British Stovepipe Infantry

Not a great picture, but I have finished all my early war British infantry with this two-and-a-half-battalion brigade.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Peninsular early war cavalry

A long time following the last post, here is my completed Peninsular early war cavalry division (minus artillery and command, yet to be assigned - the Heavies will be Ponsonby's, I'm undecided about the lights - probably it will have to be Stapleton Cotton.

The Heavies are missing plumes, which seems right for campaigning, and the Spanish Dragoons are I think a conversion of the Austrian Chevauleger with a bicorned head, which have then been cast up.

I have always wondered why the rule for British Napoleonic ranges has been for them almost always to be in Belgic shakoes for the infantry and foot gunners, bell topped shakoes for light dragoons, and helmets for heavy cavalry. This tends to mean even where earlier war figures were produced, they have far fewer poses or variations, and are far harder to come by.

Stovepipe infantry, tarletoned light dragoons and bicorned heavies are far more versatile, so I am glad to have been able to add these early cavalry. I have two and a half battalions of stovepipe infantry which are the next in line for painting - that will give me 6 battalions in stovepipe, plus a battalion of marines and a naval landing party, supported by four battalions of sepoys, for my early war expeditionary forces. they also have access to vast numbers of horse artillery plus