Thursday, 13 April 2017

More French

I took advantage of some warm spring sunshine yesterday and took some pictures in the garden. Firstly a company of Old Guard Grenadiers marching in greatcoats, they are all Hat figures with Airfix heads apart from the officer who is metal from Tradition. These were fairly simple conversions and happily used up most of the marching bodies left over from the Young Guards painted earlier.

Working on the basis that you can never have too many Guard units, actually I think you can, I have also started a company of Grenadiers in campaign dress with Airfix heads on mostly Hat bodies. I really like this version of their uniform, but am currently concentrating on French cavalry, hence the final two pictures, an officer of Chasseurs a Cheval and the beginning of a unit of line lancers.

I try to pick up a many items as cheaply as possible from Ebay, so I can use a variety of horses, some like me getting very old, and odd figures that might be a bit bashed about but still have another life ahead (ha ha in the case of the Airfix Guards) of them.

More French next time.

We have also completed the barn for the La It Aint farm, the title keeps changing, with around 3,000 roof tiles it did become a labour of hate, so I'll put some pictures up soon(ish).

Thanks for getting this far, and do feel free to say hello or something!



  1. Stunning work as always. You can NEVER have too many old Guard, the uniforms are so nice.

  2. Great stuff as usual Eric. Just wondered where, and how you store all of your figures? I've got a cupboard with glass doors where I keep some of mine on display but otherwise it's shoe boxes (unlabelled of course!) so I can never remember which box holds the figures I need - spookily, it's always the one at the bottom of the shelf so I have to move another ten boxes to get at it!

    1. Hello Bill,
      Interesting question, like you for years I used empty shoe boxes, the current Mrs Kemp supplying a steady source. The main problem I found was that the boxes were not a standard size causing stacks to wobble in a terrifying manner, so, last summer I bit the bullet and ordered a large number of box files from Staples - other suppliers are available, this gave me a standard sized box, no wobbles, and the opportunity to label the contents. Does not get over the problem of always needing the stuff in the bottom box in the stack.

  3. hi Eric - love the Old Guard - really good result and finish. You have excellent patience to create these wonderful conversions - thoroughly inspiring, cheers, Dave

  4. Many thanks for your kind words Dave.