Thursday, 21 November 2019

Imaginations in 42 mm (14)

After a hiatus, I decided to start painting a new unit for the Imaginations in 42mm project.

Over the years, I have bought up quite a lot of old toy soldiers through 2nd hand sites. Sometimes this is a ragtag collection of all sorts of strange figures, sometimes they fit together with figures from another lot, etc. Since my units are only 4 strong for cavalry, and 8 for infantry, it is not too difficult to compose coherent units.

One unit on the painting table now is this group of 4 flat cavalry figures. I prefer not to clean them up too throughly, since I want some of the characteristics of the old figure - including imperfections and the original colour scheme - to show through. I already painted the helmets in a new bronze, and their tunics in blue (they were blue, only a shiny blue with a white sash), when I realized I had to take a picture of their original condition. So here they are, although already handled a bit ;-) I also prefer to keep the original colour scheme as much as possible, since I feel you have to "respect" the toy soldier, and leave him in his intended state as much as possible. But that doesn't mean they will not get repainted completely, it simply means I respect the original colours as much as possible.

I have no idea of the original manufacturer, but I suspect they are not too old. They might even have been promotional figures. Judging by the glossy paints, they were probably repainted at some time during the last decades, but I am not entirely sure.


  1. Hi!

    This are castings from a SCAD mould from 1975. A small series of rubber home casting moulds from a company named 'SCAD Apex Spiel und Hobby GmbH, Nürnberg'. The Figure here is mould number 202, labeled 'Cuirassier of the Brandenburg Regiment'. The Series had only 25 moulds and produced Figures for the Napoleonic Wars and the French-German War from 1870/71. Nice moulds, nice figures with a lot of details but the series was very incomplete.

    The Company folded like so much others with the downturn of the 'creative hobby market' at the beginning of the 80s.

    There are signs that the figures that were used to make the moulds may be have been licenced from a french miniature series. But nobody knows.


    1. Thank you for identifying these figures! Interesting ... I'll have to paint them in their original intended uniforms after all ;-)