EXCERPT 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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Resurrecting my Ft. Henry Guard

The Work has begun.
Overnight in Natura Safe Strip to remove both original Britain's enamel and '70's hobby paint then onto the work table for repairs. (in progress)
Somewhere there is a B&W snap of these lads converted to War of 1812 models but it is hiding. Anyway, the plan is to cast one unit of 6 as originally issued and another wearing gaiters since one figure has them carved in. I also want to do a unit in combat poses wearing shakos and maybe, just maybe, a Fantasian unit in shako.

My 2nd FHG c 1999. All from Soldierpac, except the goat who is an old goat, nearly as old as me but "not dead yet". He'll be back, still in original coat.

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  2. What do you suppose is the USA equivalent of “natura safe strip?” I have a couple of figures that need paint removed. I look forward to seeing how your figures turn out.

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    1. Its the house brand of an alliance of independent hardware stores (Home Hardware) but I'd be very surprised if it was unique. It does have an EarthCare stamp on it signifying its environmentally friendly status and I'm sure there must be an equivalent. I was skeptical when I bought it last year and dumped some 90 year old Britain's in but it works a treat.

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    2. Thank you for your description. I found a similar product in the USA (environmentally safe paint and varnish stripper) and ordered some online. After soaking, do you have to use a toothbrush on the figures?

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  3. That old photo is filled with promises to come. I am really enjoying this current project of yours. I am glad the goat will be appearing too.

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  4. Good going there - lots to do and good progress being made- well done.

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    1. Lots to do indeed. I just need the right balance between rushing to everything and leaving myself stuff to enjoy later.

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  5. Your paint stripper worked a treat!

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  6. I recently persuaded 'Dorset' to do me a head with plume rather than ball. It gives more variety of possibilities. It may be in their list by now.

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    1. Thanks, good idea. I can especially see a rifle company with plume.

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  7. Decisive goat superiority achieved.

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    1. And I'm going to milk it for all its worth. Hmm unless its a Billy.

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