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grambo Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2017 7:22 a.m. PST

Recently started this project and it's already topped 400 painted figures. It's an attempt to re create the old Hinchliffe armies I owned (and sold) over 30 years ago! The range has been recently remoulded by Ian Hinds of Hinds Figures Ltd, and the castings are in tip top condition. So if you don't mind a few musketeers in helmets here and there please come and take a look, it's very much an image led blog and I would welcome any comments.








robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2017 7:28 a.m. PST

Well done! I had some back in the day, but my painting skills were not worthy of the castings.

Guillaume deGuy Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2017 7:48 a.m. PST

Very nice looking and brings back many good memories. As to Musketeers in helmets, I still have the Minifig Parlmentarian musketeers in three-bar pot, front and back plates and tassets!

grambo Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2017 8:54 a.m. PST

Thank you chaps. I should just add here that many of the horse units have been bought ready painted and are clearly vintage castings that have been given a lovely old school paint job, very well detailed and with hand painted flags (a little on the large side, but they just have to stay!).I was lucky enough to find numerous units of horse that were clearly painted by the same (talented) hand.


I remember that Minifig musketeer too!

Timmo uk27 Jul 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

Lovely to see.

I have a similar project using Minifigs 25mm ECW although they are matt varnished and don't have any infantry in lobster pots. Broadly speaking, with the odd exception, I use Royalist codes for all my infantry and Roundhead codes for most of my cavalry. The true old school look with gloss figures is still very attractive and I still prefer the size of old school 25mm figures to modern 28mm.

The artillery pieces that Hinchcliffe had made for the range are still the best looking ECW artillery pieces.

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2017 11:44 a.m. PST

Looking at Frank Hinchliffe's figures in a model shop in Stockport (ECW dragoon, firing dismounted) amongst others, made me want to get into wargaming. That was in 1976. I am still at it!

Colonel Bogey27 Jul 2017 2:48 p.m. PST

Very nice, and full of character!

Ostrowski27 Jul 2017 4:20 p.m. PST

These look fantastic. What a great retro look.

grambo Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2017 1:53 a.m. PST

Thank you for the comments :)

Timmo, Minifigs are still widely collected and I have a few in my collection, my Villagers/Clubmen are old minifigs for example.

herkybird – Same here and about the same time, I saw them in a local model shop and fell in love with those neat blue boxes of shiny soldiers! I have painted a unit of those dismounted dragoons only recently, you refer to these I think?


Among the painted vintage castings I have are some wonderful hand painted flags (cornets?). they are big but I could not bear to replace them, this is a great example "Ready with either weapon"(look closely!) I love the humour of it.



Early stages, I now have 170 Hinchliffe Horse in 15 units.




Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2017 10:51 a.m. PST

I have painted a unit of those dismounted dragoons only recently, you refer to these I think?
Indeed! Really takes me back.
A few years later, I went with the Stockport gamers to Meltham (near Huddersfield) to see Frank and his factory, I came home with loads of figures straight from the foundry!
What a great time I had, seeing the casting and meeting the people!

grambo Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2017 11:51 p.m. PST

herkybird – I envy you that visit to the factory :) This might take you back to that visit, apologies if you have seen it already but it's a real gem of a piece and I'm a fan of all things Hinchliffe/Gilder!



Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2017 1:54 a.m. PST

Thanks! I hadn't seen that article!

Certainly brings back memories…:-)

jambo1 Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2017 8:58 a.m. PST

Great article, Hinchliffe ECW range is still very nice, I have some sitting in the lead pile to do but this may spur me on!!!!

grambo Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2017 11:08 a.m. PST

I have really enjoyed re discovering the Hinchliffe ECW range, very much a nostalgia project that took me back to the late Seventies when I was first buying these figures. Sold them off to John Tunstil at 'Soldiers' in Kennington, London ( a short walk from the Imperial war Museum), when I was struggling to find my rent as a young apprentice going out with a student nurse to whom I have been married for 34 years, a sacrifice worth making I think :) Very pleased to have them back again.





jambo1 Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2017 9:47 a.m. PST

Lovely looking units, great to see these beauties, This range was the first metal figures I ever bought, and they are still very good minis.

Bindon Blood08 Aug 2017 10:54 p.m. PST

They look great.

Looking at that article, Hinchliffe were shipping 140000 figures a month!

I wonder how that compares to firms these days…?

grambo Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2017 6:03 a.m. PST

Thank you both :)

BB, that is indeed a huge number of figure sales, I guess there was far less competition back then, mainly Miniature Figurines as they were then? I'd love to know how it compares with say Perry or Warlord.

The Hinchliffe ECW's are currently on offer for 75p per foot figures and 90p per horse as part of Ian Hinds Summer Sale, so I have taken advantage to stock up as that price is hard to beat for 25mm metal figures.

Prince Ruperts Regiment of Horse retro style! Now expanded to 16 figures, deliberately slightly bright:)


Hal Thinglum Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 1:18 p.m. PST

Wonderful figures and great looking photos. Love the Hinchliffe line.

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