Painting more French and Indians

01 May 2021
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I have recently enjoyed painting a few more of my French and Indians. While in the past I used to paint my figures with HUMBROL enamels (see a few of my older French and Indians in the GALLERY page, here and here), this time I have employed VALLEJO acrylics instead. Painting in acrylics is undoubtedly [...]
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Now available! Cimarrons!

17 Apr 2021
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Here are the masters of a few more Cimarrons, or Maroon Negroes, which I have sculpted to increment the new range of Black African native figures that I have started some time back (see here and here). I have already made the rubber molds for most of the new figures, and resin castings are now [...]
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More on the scale of my toy soldiers

02 Jan 2021
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At times people inquire about the exact scale of my toy soldiers. Although I have discussed this issue briefly in the home page of my website (here), I am happy to spend a few more words on this subject. Traditional toy soldiers used to be commercialized as being in the “54mm scale”, which, however, is [...]
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Painted French Fusiliers

11 Dec 2020
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The general appearance of the French fusiliers of the 1740s was regulated by a King’s ordinance of 1736, which replaced the one issued in 1729. The subsequent ordinance of 1747 was issued only a few months before the end of the War of the Austrian Succession, but probably sanctioned changes that had already been informally [...]
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Now available! French Line Infantry Fusiliers!

09 Sep 2020
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I have now completed the production molds for nine of my recently sculpted French Line Infantry Fusiliers (see here), which I have added to my CATALOGUE page. These are: FR-C-01: Standing, holding musket at ready. FR-C-02: Standing, firing musket. FR-C-03: Standing, thrusting bayonet. FR-C-04: Running, holding musket at level. FR-C-05: Running, thrusting bayonet. FR-C-06: Kneeling, [...]
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Banana trees

20 Jul 2020
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Banana, or plantain, trees are actually no trees at all, but rather a giant form of grass. Indeed, bananas are the largest of herbaceous flowering plants… Bananas come in two species, Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana, both originating in South-East Asia. The Arabs brought them to Africa in the Middle Ages, and the Spanish and [...]
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Highland command figures

27 May 2020
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Realizing that command figures be a much needed addition to my range of toy soldiers, I decided to sculpt a Highlander officer and a sergeant. British and French line infantry officers should follow at some future time… Planning ahead, I started with sculpting a mannequin that I would use as a base for the masters [...]
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