Friday, September 17, 2010

Reporting in

Well, now.

I've been a bit quieter than I'd expected to be over the past little while.

We've been re-stumpung the front of the house this past week. Well, when I say "we" I really mean some extremely-well remunerated tradespeople. More power to them, says I - it's a filthy job.  This is being followed up by another gentleman taking up the weekend polishing our floorboards.

The sum of this activity is that very little painting of toy army men has been done, although I have received sufficient inspiration from watching "The Horse Soldiers" this week that I have managed to paint a dozen dismounted cavalry.

They are very nice figures that are not overburdened with detail and were really very quick to paint.

Photos to follow.

On painting, I took a while to adapt to painting these figures. As a true 25mm figurine, the Staddens (I think of them as 'baby Staddens') are more like painting 1:72nd plastic in terms of the fineness of the detail. Because they are quite small and also because I intended to take a lot of photos of them, I have chosen to take a quite "high contrast" approach to painting them to make the colours pop out. The induvidual figures don't really have elaborate paint-jobs, although I do elaborate what's done to the key figures as they are the ones most likely to be picked up and examined by casual passers by. I did do the trick recently though of amalgamating all my union and rebel troops into two super-regiments and they do look pretty spectacular if I do say so myself.


The Old Metal Detector said...


just found your blog. I have (here in the UK) a bunch of original Stadden figures, mainly command and possibly some artillerymen, which I am unlikely to expand with rank and file so I would be very happy to send them to you if they would help your project's expansion in the future. If you would like them let me know, I will dig them out and let you know what I've got. You can get me by using the "Contact Me" e-mail link on my Vintage Wargaming blog at - it's in the right hand column under the followers



Anonymous said...

"The Horse Soldiers" is a fantastic film and strangely enough having watched it a couple of weeks ago I am still adding more ACW cavalry! Keep up the good work and enjoy your shiny floorboards!


Old School ACW said...

Hi Matt,

Everyone knows that shiny is best!



Stokes Schwartz said...

Photos of the combined super regiments, please. Photos, say I!

Best Regards,


Dopplebockdunkel said...

Wonderful blog, really inspiring. How do you find mixing Hinchliffe with the Stadde miniatures? Do they work together well?

Kind Regards