EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Pour encourager les autres.

Apparently gloss varnish and a spot light really don't make low light cell phone photography better, but we knew that.

I'm distracted by household duties this weekend, a small celebration for my live-in mother-in-law's 90th birthday  looms, so I pushed ahead and finished one zouave to see if they would look ok when done. I decided to simplify (cheat/wimp out) on the lace on the jacket  but he still looks good to me. Better in person than the fuzzy/glare-y picture where I can't tell black belt from blue jacket. Oh well. Trust me.

And a hint of just how messy and ill organized my desk is and a glimpse of some of what's up next.

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    1. Thanks Rob, I'm happy now that I did decide to do them as traditional zouaves.

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  2. Good start, Ross. Interesting figures and ones I've never seen before. Are these Merten still in production or are they older figures ?

    Like the Medieval civilians lurking in the background too.

    Regards,
    Steve

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    1. Thanks Steve. I haven't been able to find out much about Merten but the figures date back to the 50's and 60's. I'm not sure when they ceased trading. I have found a website with scans of some old catalog pages http://www.greatwesternmedicineshow.com/Toy%20Soldier/merten2.htm?

      They come up on ebay fairly often, usually as factory painted but occasionally as kits.

      The ladies have been waiting a while but I hope to start on them soon as part of my Prince Valiant collection.

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  3. Figure looks great and I look forward to seeing the rest of the unit finished.
    best wishes
    Alan

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    1. Thanks Alan, I'm looking forward to it also, something new & different

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  4. Of course we trust you, Ross! Zouaves were just 'made' for the toy soldier manufacturer and wargamer - your chap looks the business.

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    1. Indeed, dashing and colourful, real crowd pleasers.

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  5. Although I can't see the black versus blue I like the figures a lot. Nice work.

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    1. Thanks Sean, I'm actually having trouble seeing dark blue from black in life as well once I move them from under my desk lamp. Same olf blue but I guess I haven't done a lot of black belts recently.

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  6. Nice figures - glad to see other peoples desks are as disorganised as mine .

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    1. The clutter seems to happen when I'm not looking.

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  7. Hi Ross,
    That is a striking figure and no mistake.
    Well done.

    Regards,
    John

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    1. Thanks John, they will certainly stand out from the crowd when the Blue Army next takes the field.

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