Thursday, 23 July 2015

Tony's Massive Collection! - A True Tale of Dedication

 Gather round and hear a story remarkable, some may say epic, but true for aye that...
Tony, fae Glesga toon, with input from pals long scattered, had a passion for Napoleonics with, astoundingly, no desire to war-game...just collect and paint, collect and paint...plastics.
 When he started there were but a handful of types to be had but, by conversion and the ever expanding ranges that became available, he decided to do, well, everything!
 Russians (both cut about French  and eventually Esci) Prussians, Austrians, Brunswickers, Belgians British and, of course, the French. Basing is not his strong suit, but that's not necessarily a draw back when you consider the scale of his endeavour.
 The collection grew and grew...
 ...General Staffs added...
 ...cavalry mustered 30, 40, 50 to a regiment...
 Regiment upon regiment...
 Some Prussian units 24 apiece...
 Austrians nearly 60!
 Whatever took his fancy, he did...
 ...and on a huge scale...
 When we put on Waterloo Tony came down to see it play out.
 He said he had a big collection but that he had never seen it out all at once, not in all his twenty plus years of painting and collecting!
 "Bring it down and we'll set it up" says I. " A dream come true!" says he. It's the last thing holding me down, he said and I want to travel so I'm going to sell the lot but I want to see it all up just once.
 So, set it up we have but it has taken six evenings to set out and to count, definitively, what he has
 He says he'll put it on eBay by the army! Good luck with that!?
 ...but it's all there, carts and all...
 ...he's done a few additions and conversions...
 ...quality varies but it's overall good, some is smashing, some basic...
 Waterloo put 7,134 figures on the table. It was the most I'd ever seen of plastic figures in one place in one battle...
 ...but this collection is mega, even though it ranges from 1805 to 1815 in some styles.
 The whole collection...
..foot and mounted...
 ...comes to a handful shy of...
11,000...I kid you not...eleven thousand!

"By the way..." says he, "I've got 54's as well."

Pass the smelling salts...

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Dragooned into changes afoot...

 The Prince of Polymer, his royal high panjandrum of plastic surgery, Colin, has come up with a tale of daring do the like of which we haven't seen since last time. Foot Dragoons, no less, conversions in plastic and 'how the deed was done'...
The requisite tools
Take your chosen figures.
An 1805 French infantryman, mounted on a freshly squeezed shot glass.
 A shockingly uncomfortable Italeri/Zvezda Dragoon...
...mounted atop a 'just that moment emptied' shot glass...
 Off with the head...view from shot glass
 ..and the pack but leave the collar on.
Trim the horse hair crest.
 Remove the head, above the collar. Drill out the head. Affix to wire.
Drill out the neck.
Take a strip of metal tape or thick foil and, if you can still see straight, cut out two square patches to cover the knees and glue them on...what do you mean "why?" well, he has his reasons.
Cut away the gaiters and trouser ends over the feet.
 Pin the head to the body with the wire and super-glue...using another emptied shot glass
 ..now seeing double...the work you've done...
Now, paint. Now, you see! That's why he cuts out the squares and shave his legs (no, not because he likes to be called Doris at weekends) to make the riders boots Dragoons were issued with, see. Clever, that is...he went to school and everything.

 Repeat until bottle empty/run out of shot glasses/blindness.


The effect is really good. For the history of why French Dragoons ended up sans horses...read a book.
Same technique...
Vary the effect...
 Airfix Imperial Garde are just as easy to convert. Horse hair on, horse hair off, at this stage who cares!


 You can get completely carried away!




 And don't worry about the rest of the figure because you can make other conversions like these Spanish cavalry...

Clever stuff. Thanks to Colin for his 'how to' pics and we'll probably see them in action soon...as soon a he recovers, that is.

Coming soon: Tony's collection (once we've been able to set it all up) and a promise from Kracken man to poly bash some Russian WW2 horse-gun limbers into existence....it's all go you know.