Monday, 21 December 2020

French Veterans

I was very pleased to recently receive an email from wargame rules author David Brown who wanted to know if I would like some Hinton Hunt troops that he had in his collection. He said he’d followed my blog for a while and wondered if I’d like the figures as they didn’t fit with his Perry and Connoisseur troops and he therefore never used them.

FN/9 Grenadier (marching), FN/8 Officer (marching), FN/6 Drummer (charging), FN/4 Colour-Bearer (charging) now in my possession courtesy of David Brown.

Well of course I was quite chuffed about this because I have long been an admirer of David Brown's General de Brigade rule system. In fact, I was about to embark on 15mm armies based for use with those rules when the Hinton Hunt’s came back into my life and I went down the vintage rules route instead.

6 x FN/9 from the collection of the late Eric Knowles.

The figures are fifteen marching French line Grenadiers together with an officer, standard-bearer and drummer. By a happy coincidence Tony passed on six more marching Grenadiers from the Eric Knowles collection the last time I saw him (that seems like 10 years ago) so together they give me a full 24-figure unit.

A full unit of Combined Grenadiers.

My thanks to David (and Tony) for such generosity, I hope to give the troops a spruce up and get them back into action sometime in the new year.

20 comments:

Rob said...

Who's a lucky boy then! They'll scrub up a treat with a nice coat of shiny varnish. Tell me, are there any HH French infantry with greatcoats or did Marcus prefer not hide pretty uniforms under greatcoats?

Stryker said...

Rob, yes Christmas come early. There are Grenadiers and Voltigeurs in greatcoats but for some reason no line infantry.

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

What a Christmas windfall!

Best Regards,

Stokes

Stryker said...

Stokes, I must have been good after all!

Aly Morrison said...

Splendid... sometimes the world turns in the right direction...😁

Wellington Man said...

Three cheers for the Old Schoolers! These will make a splendid battalion.
I'm also about to embark on a gift set.
Merry Christmas!
WM

Mark Dudley said...

It must be serendipity.

I have a few units that need a few figures to complete. I keep searching.

James Fisher said...

You have made these old fellas very happy Ian—and look d@mned nice too!
Regards, James

James Fisher said...

(I should have read the text instead of just looking at the pictures! That will teach me.)
A fine windfall. They will be a great addition to your army.
Regards, James

Stryker said...

Thanks Aly, it probably always does!

Stryker said...

And a Merry Christmas to you too WM.

Stryker said...

Mark, if you wait long enough the figures do tend to turn up.

Stryker said...

James, the plan with these figures is to refresh them rather than repaint them which in theory is a quicker process!

KEV. Robertson. said...

So good to have good Friends IAN. The French HH look great and will fit in nicely with your Collection.

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

What did he think it was, Christmas time? Warms the cockles when someone passes on old figures so that someone can enjoy them as they were meant to be.

They look magnificent btw.

Stryker said...

Thanks Kev!

Stryker said...

Ross, you're not wrong there!

Matt said...

What a lovely gesture!

Stryker said...

Yes Matt, it certainly was.

David said...

Such fine gentlemen in this hobby of ours. A lovely gift. Will eagerly await your touch up.