A companion to the Hinton Hunter and the Old Metal Detector blogs, dedicated to the first "true 25mm" figures of the Minifigs S Range, produced between 1968 and 1975.
Monday, 28 May 2012
ECW Unit - one piece Lobsters
This unit shows the earlier one piece casting cavalry figures to advantage. Some of the flash which requires cleaning off (eg inside the sword arm) show why the move to separate riders might have improved things (and in theory allowed you to have more riders than horses, and re-use horses for whichever units you have on the table). In some circumstances separate riders are a little easier to paint.
I don't have a particularly large number of S Range ECW figures. I am painting some of them up now (or refurbishing them) and I must say I like them more and more. They have a very pleasing look to them, are simple and paint up well. I acquired these figures in silver armour. I tried them with a more authentic blackened scheme but didn't like it, so went back to Vallejo Oily Steel.
This site is one of a family of (currently) three blogs for people interested in old 20mm and "true 25mm" wargames figures. The others are the Hinton Hunter (concentrating on Hinton Hunt) and the Old Metal Detector (other manufacturers).
Minifgs S Range figures can be hard to identify with absolute confidence, partly through a lack of contemporary photographic catalogues, partly because the code numbers scratched on the underside of infantry figures' bases may be obscured by later basing or by filing, and because code numbers are not present on cavalry figures, while one Napoleonic Lancer looks very like another.
If you spot any mistakes in the attribution of any of the figures here, or can supply pictures for any of the figures missing them, I would be very glad to hear from you.
Contacting the Lone S Ranger
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