There is always something very rewarding about breathing new life into older things (people included!). The Tennant collection has done just that for me as I have breathed new life into each and every battalion. This week I was able to upgrade some figures in my Highland battalions thanks to a lucky eBay find of some original Hinton Hunt Highlanders and a lovely modern casting of a Highland Colonel from Art Miniaturen in Germany.
|The newly minted command stands and Lt. Colonel Robert Macara of the 42nd Highlanders (Black Watch)
|Lieutenant Colonel Sir Robert Macara of the 42nd Black Watch and his men attacked by French Lancers at the Battle of Quatre Bras on 16th June 1815 during the Napoleonic Wars: picture by William Barnes Wollen
|Here are some comparison shots of the older Der Kriegspieler NCOs that have been replaced by Hinton Hunt originals (right).
|The DKs are much more slender in build and never really fit in with the rest of the Hinton Hunt figures in the Battalion, so I was very glad to be able to find a replacement for them. Painting those kilts is a bear I must say!
Now on to the French army. Below are the Colonel and Chef de Bataillon for the 69th Regiment of line infantry. The command figures are new, but the battalion is famously pictured in Bruce Quarrie's Airfix Guide to Napoleonic Wargaming published in 1974. Because these were such iconic figures, I did not want to make too many changes, and confined my efforts to refreshing some paint that had dulled or chipped over time. I did trim the bases to be more in line with the rest of the Tennant collection (The bases were not shown in the photographs of the Airfix guide, but covered in ground flocking), and modified the position of the eagle bearer just to add one little touch to the battalion to make it my own.)
|Colonel Benoit-Antoine Guinand (right) and his Chef de Battailion, now promoted to Major thanks to an astute reader.
|Colonel Guinand on the right is another masterpiece available at Franznap. I can't say enough how beautifully sculpted that range is.
|Without further delay I give you the premier battalion of the 69th Regiment of the Line. Note the rather odd black boots with white gaiters. This is in all likelihood a mistake on Dick Tennant's part, but I left it as a tribute to the original work.
|With rather limited figure choices at the time, Mr. Tennant had to do a lot of customization, often just through his paintwork. Note how he has simply painted over the long trousers to make them look like black boots.
|I believe all of the figures used in this battalion were manufactured by Alberken, though at the time let us say there may have been some almost direct copies of Hinton Hunt figures incorporated into the line.
|Note the rank insignia on the sleeve of the lead Fusilier. Mr Tennant incorporated amazing levels of detail and accuracy into his work.
I recently agreed to help a friend find a home for some of her father's collection of miniatures. The majority are 54mm figures from the 1960s - Rose, Stadden, Hinton Hunt and Bussler (IR) miniatures primarily. I would love help with positive IDs if someone out there recognizes the pieces. Basically I want to get a reasonable but not necessarily collector level price for these, if you see anything below that strikes your fancy, please do drop me a line at David.L.Crenshaw@Gmail.com and make an offer on what you think would be an attractive price. All proceeds will go to the daughter of the collector and I will be retaining a few pieces for myself in payment for finding these lovely miniatures a good home. One little item I will be keeping for myself is a letter written to the collector and signed by Marcus Hinton 3 days after my birth!
|Britains Hollow cast One horse is missing his tail.
|Britains Hollow cast? Edit: This is a Britains French Cuirassier 1870. Broken heads were common with this line of hollow cast figures, and were repaired using a match stick to reattach the head.
|WWI National leaders with original painting instructions Edit: L-R SP-121 Tsar Nicholas II of Russia 1914, SP-109 Kaiser Willhelm II Germany 1900-14, SP-120 Franz Joseph 1914
|British Colonial Indian set Edit: The figure at far left is a Stadden. The one in the bag with the yellow uniform is an Imerie-Risley figure of Skinner's Horse.
|54mm Napoleonics Edit: All three of these are probably Imerie-Risley, but not 100% sure on the two French. The figure far left is a US infantryman in 1812.
|I had the Greeks set as a kid. Fun to see a set in the original box!
American Civil War
(Matthew Brady Figure SOLD!)
|Grant? and soldiers set
|Matthew Brady with Camera - original painting instructions included! Imerie Risley or Bussler
I also have this amazing 54mm American Civil War artillery set with limber and horses - unpainted. This is not my auction but apparently shows the original piece fully painted. He's asking $600 Canadian for the unpainted set, but I think that may be priced a bit high.
There are a few more items as well that I have not pictured. There are a number of 54mm WWI castings, some Historex and Metal 54mm Napoleonic Hussars. There is also a rather nifty complete set of American War of Independence reproduction buttons and badges, each with its own descriptive narrative booklet. Let me know if there is anything of interest. Thanks to Roy, Tom and Terry for some help with IDs!
American War of Independence Button Set- SOLD!
Mexican American War?