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23 Jul 2022 9:59 p.m. PST
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  • Changed title from "Britains American civil war in the 60s" to "Britain's American civil war in the 60s"

23 Jul 2022 9:59 p.m. PST
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Tango0123 Jul 2022 9:17 p.m. PST

Do you remember…?




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Grelber23 Jul 2022 9:34 p.m. PST

Ah, yes, I have a William Britain's Union cavalry unit from the late 60s.
Hmmm . . . I wonder where they are.

Good memories

John Armatys24 Jul 2022 3:45 a.m. PST

I do!

From memory the infantry were 1/6 (7p in the new money) and the cavalry were 5/- each (25p) (very expensive!) I had a few, and the gun, but far more of the Timpo ones which only cost 6d (2p) for the infantry….

arthur181524 Jul 2022 3:48 a.m. PST

I also had some and the Napoleon artillery piece. They were beautiful figures – wish I still had them!

Royston Papworth24 Jul 2022 11:19 a.m. PST

John, I paid 9p for infantry and 18p for cavalry..

Tango0124 Jul 2022 3:53 p.m. PST

Good memories!… Thanks!…


donlowry27 Jul 2022 8:48 a.m. PST

I not only still have some of those, and I also have some of the metal Britains that preceded them!

Tango0127 Jul 2022 3:35 p.m. PST



Robert le Diable17 Aug 2022 7:13 a.m. PST

Yes, I remember these very well, in particular the Infantry and that famous gun-team (one only; I think Confederate), but none of the Cavalry except – perhaps – the guidon-bearer, who was Union. My memory is, in addition to the heads being interchangeable and, I think, the arms, that the muskets were likewise separate and the backpacks too, these being kept in place by thin elastic straps/webbing. Elegant figures, but expensive and really quite a limited range.

Also, you could make bigger armies with the little Airfix ones!

steve dubgworth10 Oct 2022 11:54 a.m. PST

yes i bought all of mine in a little shop in Bridlington while i was on holiday with my grandparents. some with saved up pocket money the rest by my indulgent parents.

i did rather prefer the herald acw figures for the animation of the solid figures.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2022 4:50 p.m. PST

Steve Dubgworth, I agree, the Herald ACW figures got the most out of four poses! I grew up in the US with unpainted miniatures and didn't discover painted plastic figures until I was 12 on a vacation trip to Vancouver Canada. I bought all the Herald ACW figures I could afford, plus begging and borrowing from my parents. Six months later I had managed to scrape all the paint off of them, playing in the dirt in the backyard.

CHRIS DODSON19 Oct 2022 1:52 p.m. PST

Yes, I had some of these.

Wonderful figures and great childhood memories.


Tango0121 Oct 2022 8:52 p.m. PST



Brechtel19810 Nov 2022 5:11 p.m. PST

I still have the Britains Herald plastic/Eyes Right Civil War figures as well as the earlier hollowcast metal sets.

I have all of the plastic figures, and all of the usual hollowcast sets, including the double row sets including the artillery and the picture packs and two of the half sets.

The picture packs have the Union and Confederate cavalry at the halt-officer, trumpeter, and trooper, as well as the kneeling officers with binoculars.

Great pieces and sets with hours of great play time and wargaming with my eldest brother.

Footslogger11 Nov 2022 5:36 a.m. PST

I really wish I'd bought more and kept them.

Bill N11 Nov 2022 5:48 a.m. PST

I kept mine into my late 20s. At that point the plastic was starting to go bad.

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