Thursday, 23 March 2017

Hinton Hunt - Hungarian WIP

I have started the renovation on the first of my 12 Hinton Hunt figures and I thought I would share some images of the progress.

A reminder the unit looked like before starting.

A close up of one of the figures before hus bleach bath to strip the layers of paint and gloss.  I had an interesting painting style back in the early 70s. I was about 14/15 at the time.

I have used a black undercoat. I then off white paint leaving black around the belts etc. I will tidy up the black with acrylic ink and then finish with a full white as a highlight.

A rear shot of the figure.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Hinton Hunt - kick off

As you may have realised from last few posts I have started work on renovating my small collection of Hinton Hunt original figures.

Being a typical wargame I wanted more figures. After all I needed cavalry and few more infantry would not go amiss. Well it just so happens that John Cunningham does a few recast HH figures.

The first batch have arrived and rather fine fellows they are too.

John does a lot of different classic ranges and if you are interested why not drop him a line to

This morning I flicked through my old copies of Miniature Warfare mag and found some images of Hinton Hunt figures.

This picture is from the cover of the 1970 issue and shows Peter Gilder collection. The picture is titled 'View from behind the Sand Pit to the left of Haye Sainte'. As youngster this was pretty inspirational and even today looks pretty good.

Here are some other images of Hinton Hunt figures in action from the same magazine

Saxon Infantry advancing.

 These are all Prussians. I have ordered some Prussians from John C to see if I can replicate these classic images.

If you are interested in seeing more Hinton Hunt figures then I recommend you peruse the following blogs:-

Next I will review classic rules for gaming the Napoleonic Wars.

Also I hope to be able to complete the renovation of 12 Austro-Hungarian Infantry in the next week.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Hinton Hunt AN 102 - Painted

I finished the Austrian figure this morning and applied a coat of gloss varnish. Its been a long time since I have used black ink for lining. I used off white for the coat and this has turned out well.

I am going to start cleaning up the rest of my Hinton Hunt/early 20mm minifigs and start renovating them.

I am going to order a few recast HH from John Cunningham to add a few more units.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Hinton Hunt AN 102 - Renovation

I seem to have been bitten by the 20mm Napoleonic bug after finding my old figures.  I decided to try a bit of renovation on a mounted Austrian Officer with map HH code AN 102). I had painted this figure over 40 years ago and my painting was rudimentary at best. 

To remove the paint I used Dettol, although bleach also works. I left the figure for 24 hours before cleaning up using an old toothbrush. If using bleach then the full strength variety and leave about 8 hours. On both cases you must wear rubber clothes  gloves.

The figure once cleaned up showed up the true detail which was masked by my the thick coats of enamel paint. The figure is absolutely gorgeous and is crying out to be painted.

The figure is now on the painting table and I will post a picture of the finished figure in the next day or so.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Some more old Napoleonics

Napoleonics was one of the first periods I gamed along with the ACW.
Today I visited Graham in Otley who kindly returned some figures I gave him a dozen years ago.  Inside the box were some of oldest figures dating from early 70s.  The paint job and basing is interesting to say the least.

There were minifig 25mm figures but also 56 original Hinton Hunt figures I bought from their shop in Camden Passage in Islington.

Old Guard Artillery with cannon from unknown manufacturer.

Old Guard Grenadiers. I had originally organised my units as 20 figures and 2 officers so was clearly influenced by Don Featherstone organisations from War Games. The rest of this unit and the Austro-Hungarians below I sold a few years ago.

Hungarian Grenadiers although some have been painted as Austrians.

A Hungarian Infantry unit including a mounted officer.

And finally a unit of French minifigs 20mm painted as Austrians. I bought these from BMW Models in Haydons Rd in Wimbledon. Just down the road from Plough Lane the original home of my football Wimbledon.

Well having looked at these figures I am sure  I could sell the HH ones however I think I am going to strip and repaint them.

I wonder if any of the modern 20mm ranges will fit in with them. I know John Cunningham does a few recast HH figures amd Douglas figures but what I need is Cavalry.  I do have minifig 25mm Cavalry so perhaps, just as I did as a youngster, I could use both 20mm and early minifig 25mm figures together.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Napoleonic nostalgia

I was in my shed yesterday and came across a box. I wondered what is on it. On opening I found it contained some of my old Napoleonic figures.  I had collected these circa 1972 or thereabouts. In all there are about 60 Infantry and 30 cavalry figures plus a few gunners. There are mostly Minifigs.

I dug out these 2 Minifig Austrian Jaeger.

I think I will do a bit of paint renovation on these 2 figures and see how they come out.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Les Higgins

I painted these figures a while back but did not finish them. However inspired by the iconic images on the Hinton Spieler - blog - I thought I would finish and base them up.

These are painted as Hessian types and will be used for my Electorate of Furstenburg-Lederhosen forces. There opponents will be the imperial troops of Maxony.

Gloss finished and based on mdf painted with humbrol green (no 80).

I have enough infantry to paint another unit and some cavalry for a couple of squadrons.