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grambo17 Aug 2022 12:20 a.m. PST

For your delectation and delight may I share these photos of over 800 painted Hinchliffe ECW's, initially collected and painted by myself but for the last few years in the hands of new owner Rob who has turned them into the most amazing collection with touch up highlights, new additions, hand drawn and painted flags for every unit, rebased, wire reins for the horses and then a couple of heavy coats of gloss varnish. Many of the casting s are original 1970's with some units painted back at that period which have been cleaned up (restored) to former glory that was buried beneath decades of dirt and dust!

Here's just a taster for you, loads on the link all photos provided by Rob and shared with his permission.



Straw Plaiter17 Aug 2022 1:33 a.m. PST

Stunning. Photos like these got me into wargaming nearly 50 years ago.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2022 3:29 a.m. PST

A fantastic collection.

bobspruster17 Aug 2022 5:25 a.m. PST

Wow, what a super collection!

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2022 5:36 a.m. PST

Very nice collection. Flags are excellent

cavcrazy17 Aug 2022 6:02 a.m. PST

Old School Cool at its finest.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2022 6:08 a.m. PST

You know, I've got just those figures on the painting table right now, and my results won't even come close. Great to look at, though. Thanks for sharing.

John Leahy Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2022 6:15 a.m. PST

Wow, those are impressive! Just look great! I own a bunch that I haven't painted.



nickinsomerset17 Aug 2022 6:48 a.m. PST

Excellent stuff,

Tally Ho!

Midlander6517 Aug 2022 12:24 p.m. PST

Those look splendid. Like Straw Plaiter, it was seeing figures like that that really inspired me when I first got into wargaming in the late 1970s.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2022 1:15 p.m. PST

Those were "state of the art" when I started ECW a few decades ago. Sadly they were too expensive at the time so my army had very few. When funds were improved they had become "old School." These are beautiful, especially the flags.

Wargames Designs18 Aug 2022 8:59 a.m. PST

Beautiful. absolutely beautiful!

KeepYourPowderDry18 Aug 2022 11:09 a.m. PST

Concur with Shagnasty, particularly the cornets. My cap is doffed.

marmont1814 Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Aug 2022 11:20 a.m. PST

They look great we have several pistures shared with us on the Hinchliffe site of these beautifully painted figures shared with us by Rob and and others


Gray Bear18 Aug 2022 10:20 p.m. PST

Awesome. Thank you for posting.

grambo19 Aug 2022 8:44 a.m. PST

Thanks for all the comments, I will pass them onto Rob who has put so much work into bringing them up to this classic old school style.

When I started the project about 6 years ago it was to replace a collection that I had sold back in 1978 when I was a young man struggling to pay my rent! At that time I used to buy Hinchliffes from a shop beneath Charing Cross station. I sold them to John Tunstall who had a wargaming shop called 'Soldiers' in London, he offered me a fair price and when I popped back a couple of weeks later they were on sale for double and all were later sold! Nostalgia called on me 40 years later and I started again and being somewhat better off I purchased every painted Hinchliffe ECW I could find on ebay being sold by Ian Hinds which proved to be a treasure trove of vintage Hinchliffes. I'm really glad they are now in the hands of Rob :)

Please excuse my nostalgia, I just love model soldiers.

Should you wish to see what they looked like before Rob got his hands on them and made them shiny I made a video with them all laid out and close ups.


Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2022 8:52 a.m. PST

Like Straw Plaiter, photos of massed, shiny figs like this (on the covers of Mil Mod) got me enthused for historical wargaming back in the day.

Gulfcoastdaddy01 Nov 2022 12:19 p.m. PST

I had some of those in high school, well about 200, in the 70s… I miss them, they were nice

KeepYourPowderDry01 Nov 2022 1:16 p.m. PST

Gulfcoastdaddy they are still in production via Lancashire Games link

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