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

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Bare Bearskins

For the curious, here is what 90 year old Britains Toy Soldier guardsmen look like after they have spent an hour in Natura Safe Strip followed by a quick rinse. Amazing sometimes what details emerge from under a thick coat of gloss enamel.

Is there a competition for messiest work desk?


Don't worry the Old Soldiers already have their undercoat on so they don't catch cold.

15 comments:

  1. Hi Ross,
    I'm like you - I like to make one hell of a mess of my work bench whilst building a new model-then, I have a thorough clean up ( just to restore my sanity)...do prefer being neat and tidy. Good fortune re-furbishing your Britains Guards. Cheers. KEV.

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  2. Were you listening to “The bare necessities!” as you worked on the figures ?

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    1. No but I have a feeling that I should be able to put a tunes to that.

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  3. They look to be in perfect condition - I'm sure they'll appreciate the issue of new uniforms!

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    1. Bound to stand a bit taller eh? (well except the prone one)

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  4. There is a surprising amount of detail on Britain’s hollow cast toys...
    All the more impressive given how they were made

    https://www.britishpathe.com/video/toy-soldiers-1/query/Toy+soldiers

    https://www.britishpathe.com/video/toy-soldiers/query/Toy+soldiers

    You have probably seen these before... but they are always worth another look

    All the best. Aly

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  5. Perfect timing! I have been wondering what to use when stripping old Britains (which sounds really wrong if I think about it too much), as I have been eyeing more than my fair share of them on ebay - many in need of far more than just a touch up.

    Also, while I like Tradgardmastare's suggestion, I would go with Billy Vaughn performing "The Stripper": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic80iuhDbLs

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    1. Well at least no one suggested Chris de Berg's "Patricia the Stripper"

      There are lots of choices for stripping paint off old soldiers but I prefer Natura's combination of fast, effective and environmentally friendly.

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  6. Now figure stripping is something I've not yet tried .

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    1. Never too late to start. (Which is to say, 1st time was just a couple of years ago and this is only my 3rd or 4th go.)

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  7. Only recently discovered your blog, and am enjoying it immensely. Merry Christmas and may your gaming be ever enjoyable.

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    1. Glad you're enjoying it Stephen, feel welcome to browse to your heart's content, there's a few posts accumulated over the years. Questions and comments always welcome.

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  8. Nice to see there’s no corrosion on these veterans. And as for the messiest modelling table prize - get in line!

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