Napoleonic & ECW wargaming, with a load of old Hooptedoodle on this & that


Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Dog's Chance


I'm really pleased with this. The refurb job on my ex-Eric Knowles British Royal Horse Guards (for Waterloo) suddenly became rather more complicated when the extra figures (Eric's units were bigger than mine are) offered the chance of making some of them into the Life Guards as well. The numbers were a bit tight - through the marvels of digital communication (and Old School analogue kindness) an extra recruit is now on his way from New Zealand to swell the ranks (will he get a seat to himself, they wondered?), and a broken figure needed to be fixed to complete the establishment.

Ah.

Fixed.

Right.

So here is Trooper Lazarus, now of the Life Guards. The horse was broken off its base, years ago, at ankle/fetlock height - tricky in 20mm. I had both the casualty and his base, in the boxes. No problem for Count Goya's Magical Manufactory of Miniature Marvels - the legs and hooves have been drilled, wire braces inserted and appropriately fiendish glue applied. He's as good as new, matron. Marcus Hinton himself could not tell he'd been repaired.

I'm delighted with him. I couldn't have done this. Thank you very much, Your Excellency.

The rest of the unit will follow along as soon as the chap from The Colonies arrives. Trooper L is thrilled to have the chance of getting back into action after all these years of being dead.

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  1. I look forward to the whole ensemble.

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  2. Nope. Cannot see the join. Good job. Very good job.

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    1. I was very dubious it could be done at all, regardless of quality.

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  3. I can see in the background that you had a funeral urn all lined up for him too.

    The new recruit hasn't quite made it to the post office yet, but he will early next week, I promise. I'm booked into a history conference starting tomorrow, where I'm supposed to be giving a paper, so finding the wherewithal to do it earlier was a bit of a failure I'm afraid.

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    1. Ah yes - the urn is my special 175th Anniversary Winsor & Newton brush pot, which was awarded to me because that's how long I've been using my current jar of Galeria varnish.

      As for the recruit's travelogue, I was speaking figuratively (I do little else) - I shall be very grateful to see him whenever he gets here - thanks again. You do work very hard - an inspiration to us all. Take care.

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  4. Nothing short of miraculous - well done to all concerned!

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    1. Scary or what? - do you think he might fix false teeth?

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  5. Looks good! I've attempted such repairs before so salute the accomplished surgeon!

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    1. I've done some ambitious repairs myself, but my eyesight was a lot better then...

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  6. A remarkable recovery! Looks great!

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    1. Puts real pressure on to get the rest of the unit finished. Weird though - what's the satisfaction in a classy repair if no-one can tell it's been done?

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  7. Brilliant, a job well done I hope Trooper L shows his gratitude in future engagements

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    1. He says he was hoping to get a pension, so I need to talk him round.

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