Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Imaginations in 42mm (9)

For my Imaginations 42 mm project - for which we still have to play our first game - I was still short of the generals for both sides. So far, both forces had a single general on foot, but I felt I should have a proper mounted general, along with a mounted ADC, such that both figures together could also occupy a hex in the game.

Instead of ordering some additional 42mm figures, I decided to take a look in one of my boxes full of old toy soldiers, and draft some of them into service (I regularly buy cheap random heaps of classic old toy soldiers on 2nd hand websites, but quality and size is variable). The drawer that contained 42mm (more or less) mounted figures, gave me 4 suitable models I could use. I have no clue about their age or manufacturer, so if someone can point me in the right direction, feel free to do so (no markings on the base ...).

My drawer with mounted toy soldiers ...
These 4 figures will become 2 generals and 2 ADCs.
They are still in good shape, although they do need a good (re)paint job, Also, there is some minor damage, but nothing that can't be repaired or hidden. As for repainting them, I will try to keep the colour scheme as close as possible to the originals.

After I convinced myself these were the proper figures to use, I wanted to clean them up. The brown horse (top right in the image above) was bent at the ankles, and I wanted to straight it out a little. And then both rear legs of the horse snapped ...

Luckily, I am not too fuzzy about that sort of thing. Yes, I wished I had been more careful, but hey, such things happen, and I have become too old to get all upset about a broken toy soldier. I will try to repair the horse, probably by mounting its forelegs on a scenic element such as a small rock, such that the whole figure has some stability. I don't expect superglue will be able to hold the weight of the entire body when I simply glue the  parts back together ...


  1. Lovely figures l look forward to seeing them in action.

  2. What delightful figures!

    I love the rearing horses but even in 54mm they can be vulnerable. I've been known to drill a hole in such a horse's stomach, impale it on a strong wire and and use foliage to disguise it as a bush.