9 May 2015

Old Gilder figures from the collection

Beautiful Sudan British Infantry from Connoisseur

 Apologies for the lack of posts in the past two months.  The focus has been on getting copies of rules out (a big thank you to all who have ordered rules so far!) as well as getting my tasks completed for our club Waterloo commemoration game.

I thought that this would be the ideal time to photograph some units that I acquired many years ago.

Close up as the Colonel leads his men by exemplary example.  Steely determination methinks.

 I had the good fortune of timing a business trip to England with a weekend in Scarborough attending the Austerlitz weekend re fight at Mike Inghams and Gerry Elliot's wonderful WArgames Holiday Centre.  Attending on the weekend was Chris Cornwall who at the time had been up only a few months before, the agent for Connoisseur in the UK.

Wonderful and practical style of painting on these figures.  They do look tremendous.

Chris very kindly offered to drive me back to London and mentioned he had some castings still in stock as well as some painted units that had been used by him for adverts in Miniature Wargames and Wargames Illustrated if I wanted them.

I leapt at the opportunity and Chris, always the gentleman, let me have them at a very, very generous price.

This firing line pose is a favourite of mine.

According to Chris they were actually painted by Peter Gilder many years ago however he also told me that many units out there were "allegedly" painted by Peter but in fact done by a veritable team of painters in order for projects to take shape rapidly and quickly.

As they appeared in the advert.  I also have the Nordenfelt and the screw gun.

These take pride of place and though only two companies strong, still get the opportunity to serve for Queen and Country on many occasions.

Till next time...and I promise it won't be so long.