Tuesday, 23 June 2020

OF 10 Napoleonic Cantiniere


Not to be mistaken for OF 8, American Civil War Cantiniere (previous post here). In practice I think they are interchangeable and could also easily be used for Crimean War and Franco Prussian War.

BN 28s, 29s Marine advancing, and officer


Small but very versatile and useful unit of Marines with an officer.

PtN 1s Portuguese Light Infantry Cacadore


Small unit of Portuguese Cacadores, essential for the Peninsular War.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

FN 42s French Sapeur


I recently acquired four of these figures - true to form one of the veterans has sloped off somewhere, and gone temporarily AWOL.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Ancient Romans - housekeeping

I've done some housekeeping on the blog, taking advantage of some photographs sent to me by Bob the Painter, to review the posts under Codes AR and ARC, and to add two new posts under Code AFA (Ancient Field Artillery).

I hope to do some more tidying up in the coming weeks, to take photographs of some figures I have acquired since listing them on the blog, and to correct any misidentifications which may have crept in.

I'm also going to try using photographs of the "new" Minifigs from a 1978 catalogue to see if they can help with identifications of the S Range SYW figures which can be hard to identify - different grenadiers in mitres can be hard to tell apart.

AFA 2s Catapult


With thanks to Bob the Painter for the photograph of this item of equipment...

AFA 1s Ballista


Shown here with two crew figures - AR 20s Roman Artilleryman pulling lever (R) and AR 21s Roman Artilleryman holding bolt (L).

With thanks to Bob the Painter for the photograph of this item of equipment and the figures.

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Small amount of maintenance on AWI posts.

I've done a small amount of maintenance on the AWI posts, this has involved adding three new photographs and moving one which had been previously misidentified to the correct post.

I hope to do a similar review of the SYW posts and also possibly the Ancient Romans in the next week or so.

AWI 5s Georgia Infantryman advancing


AWI 10s British Light Company Infantryman advancing


AWI 13s British Light Company officer


AWI 16s Canadian Light Infantryman advancing


Sunday, 22 December 2019

Uncoded - packs for mules 1-4 and the rocket's red glare




The photos above show (L to R) - head on and then sideways on:

Pack 1 Wheel Pack
Pack 2 Body Pack
Pack 3 Ammunition Pack with Ammunition Boxes and Poles
Pack 4 Rocket Pack with Ammunition Box and Rocket Containers

These were listed without codes as Packs for Mules @ 5p each without Mule & Gun (this was to distinguish them from the Colonial Artillery set  CFA 4s Pack Set of 3 Mules with Barrel, Wheels, Body and Ammo Packs). This included one each of Packs 1,2 and 3, along with 23 mules (I am currently unclear whether this was the same animal as NFAH 2s pack Horse - from the single model I have, compared to the catalogue photo of CFA 4s below it seems to be the same model but with two different descriptions).


CFA 4s - from L to R Packs 2, 1 and 3


NFAH 2s

Unfortunately taken from the other side but I think clearly enough the same animal

If you bought these items (the packs) separately you also had to provide your own animals and gun model separately.

It was also possible to use Pack 4 along with BNC 10s Mounted Rocket Batteryman and normal cavalry horses to form a mounted Rocket Troop, as below.



The photo below appears in the catalogue but isn't ;listed as a set so I think this was put together from these other components..

There was one specific foot Rocket Batteryman figure listed, BN 34s carrying rocket.



To complete your Rocket Units, S range also offered:

NFA 7s   Rocket Launcher
NFA 17s British Rocket Battery Caisson
NFA 18s Siege Rocket Launcher
SFA 8s    British Rocket Battery Caisson Set of Caisson, Limber, 4 Horses and 2 Drivers
SFA 13s  Rocket Battery Set of Launcher and Three Crew
SFA 14s  Siege Rocket Launcher Set of Launcher and Three Crew

Clearly there were two further Rocket Batterymen on foot which were only available in the sets (as I have seen a figure firing the rocket which does not appear in the BN lists). I think the difference between siege and standard rocket launcher models may have been been the angle of firing, the regular being lower than the siege ones.


These are both marked NFA 7.

Seeven Years War identification assistance - Russian Grenadiers?



For Seven Years War experts - could these be RSW 4s  Russian Line Grenadier Officer and RSW 5s Ruissian Regiment Grenadier Advancing? The grenadier is missing his fixed bayonet.

Identification help - American War of Independence



Question for American Revolution/War of Independence experts - could this figure be AWI 11s British Guard or Fusilier advancing?

Friday, 20 December 2019

Uncoded weary draught horse


No code on this one and I can't find it in any list - I think of it as the weary horse, either very tired or pulling an extra heavy load. It may well be an Alberken/Miniature Figurines 20mm horse predating S Range.

OF 1s Set of French Stretcher Bearer party of 2 bearers,stretcher and wounded man


Component parts were also available separately, listed as

OF 1 French Stretcher Bearer
OF 2 Wounded Man
OF 3 Stretcher

I also have still to assemble

SFA 2s Baron Larrey's Flying Ambulance set of ambulance, 2 horses and driver

with which which these will form a nice group.

After the introduction of the "New" Minifigs this was recoded in catalogues as WAG 2, and joined by WAG 10 Flying Ambulance of the Garde

Mystery Chariot Horse CH 1s


This horse and its code don't appear in any listings I have. Irt is very clearly marked CH 1s. other chariot horses have ACH codes.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Miniature Figurines "Intermediates"



Miniature Figurines British Foot Guards Grenadier Advancing in Shako
BN 54 (intermediates) in centre, BN 54s (S Range) on flanks


To my knowledge very little has been written about what has come to be called (or at least I think of) the Miniature Figurines "intermediates" range, These filled a gap between S Range and the later (and still current) fat a*sed chunky dwarves.

I haven't found any mention of them in any catalogue, in any review, and have no recollection of them ever being issued or seeing them with a chance to buy them.My local wargames shop (imagine such a thing) went straight from a display of S Range figures to the new (current) range with nothing in between - this would have been around 1973 or 1974.

Having said that you do see a fair number of them on the second hand market so they must have been in at least restricted circulation for at least a short while. The Intermediates are much closer to the S range figures (with which they work quite well to bulk out original S Range figures) than the later (and current) ones.

They seem to have been Napoleonic foot figures only - I haven't seen any examples from other ranges. They are very slightly larger proportions that the S Range figures but haven't gone what I will call full chunky dwarf. They can be recognised by this but most clearly that the codes are embossed in the top of the base, like the current figures, and not scratched on the bottom of the base. It also gets confusing when you find some examples of S Range figures with codes on the underside of the base where the S has been omitted from the end of the code, and even one or two which seem to have been given completely the wrong code.

Goya has kindly sent me some photos of S Range figures and their intermediary counterparts, but I need to have a further think about how to present these, and to take some photos from my own collection which will take some time and a lot of rummaging about in the loft ,and then a fair bit of photographing and posting. So this will happen it just may take some time. Ideally I would make a number of posts with three photos for comparison - S Range, Intermediate, and Current - for each figure, but I am unlikely to have current ones and these are mainly available in the Miniature Figurines on line catalogue with Caliver Books..

So this post is half a pace holder and half a statement of intent. If anyone has any more information on Intermediates in the meanwhile I would be glad to hear from you via comments.