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PolarBear
01-20-2008, 11:09 AM
With the increasing popularity of the French & Indian War among collectors of toy soldiers I am starting a new thread (in the spirit of the Lt.'s excellent Zulu War thread) for members to display their FIW toy soldiers singly, in groups or as dioramas(mini-photos, diodramas, etc.) The continuing output from John Jenkins and Frontline and now Britains and other companies made me think that it would be great fun to have a special place to look at and compare these wonderful examples of toy soldiers and at the same time learn about the history of this important conflict. I invite anyone interested in this topic to participate in what I hope will be an enjoyable and useful thread.
Randy ( from the state of New Hampshire where Robert Rogers grew to manhood)

PolarBear
01-20-2008, 11:27 AM
To "prime the pump" here is an initial post to this thread

1st Foot at Louisbourg:
An officer of the 1st Regt. of Foot is shown with a spontoon symbolic of his rank on the grounds of the Fortress of Louisbourg in Canada. The 1st Regt. of Foot, 2nd Battalion, participated in the capture of Louisbourg from the French in 1758. The 1st or Royal Scots are the oldest Scottish regiment and the oldest regiment in the British army. The 1st was in North America from 1757 to 1763 and were later involved in the capture of Montreal. (The figure shown is Britains #43007 from their glossy FIW series).

wadepat
01-20-2008, 12:48 PM
Hi Randy,

What a grand idea! Since I do not presently collect French and Indian War figures, I cannot add pictures to this thread. However, I hope other collectors will participate with you by posting pictures of their figures so we might enjoy them and posting bits of history from which we can learn more about this conflict.

Keep up the great work!

Warmest personal regards,

Pat :)

PolarBear
01-20-2008, 01:34 PM
Addendum:

All are welcome to this thread, even if you don't collect FIW. I consider the thread a full and open consideration of the FIW in all its apsects, as the Lt. has done with the Zulu War. As far as figures go, all scales and media are welcome from wargame size up through 12" action figures, plastic, metal, etc,manufactured or your own creations. News about new figures, books etc. on this subject are most certainly desirable posts for this thread. Posting pictures is not necessary--just an interest in the subject:)
Randy

PolarBear
01-20-2008, 04:11 PM
Robert Warner, an officer of the Virginia Provincial Regt. of Foot, enjoys a smoke with his clay pipe in front of a fireplace in a tavern located in the colony. His unit under the command of George Washington participated in 1755 in General Edward Braddock's unsuccessful campaign against the French and Indians in the Ohio Valley. Below is the well known portrait of Washington by Charles Wilson Peale in the uniform of the Virginia Regt. (Figure is Britains #43807)

PolarBear
01-20-2008, 07:36 PM
A second (experimental) take of previous subject with background on glossy photo paper rather than matte (to get richer color for backdrop):

Harrytheheid
01-20-2008, 11:50 PM
Hi Randy,

What a grand idea! Since I do not presently collect French and Indian War figures, I cannot add pictures to this thread. However, I hope other collectors will participate with you by posting pictures of their figures so we might enjoy them and posting bits of history from which we can learn more about this conflict.

Keep up the great work!

Warmest personal regards,

Pat :)

Hi Pat,
I agree with you, this is yet another great idea from Randy.
I also don't collect F&IW at the moment but I'm becoming more interested in it. I'll have caught up with the K&C figures that I really want to get by around June and shall be trawling for a new line to collect during the second half of 2008. I did seriously toy (pun intended) with the idea of the new Britains Zulu War figures, but its looking more and more like it'll be F&IW.....especially given the new civilian releases from JJ.

Best Regards
H

PolarBear
01-21-2008, 10:41 AM
Another day. Another tavern. Not just George W. slept here--but also Robert Warner of the Virginia Regt. of Foot whom we met yesterday.

PolarBear
01-21-2008, 05:09 PM
This set is so gorgeous that it speaks for itself. It is Britains FIW Royal Artillery set #43144. My thanks to Konrad (kogu) for inspiring me with his photos of the set that he posted on CTSC. After that I was hooked:D
Randy 1/21/08

aujj65
01-21-2008, 05:44 PM
This set is so gorgeous that it speaks for itself. It is Britains FIW Royal Artillery set #43144. My thanks to Konrad (kogu) for inspiring me with his photos of the set that he posted on CTSC. After that I was hooked:D
Randy 1/21/08

I can see why....this is an excellent set. have you thought about the Gallery?

Regards

Jeff

Louis Badolato
01-21-2008, 05:46 PM
That is the nicest glossy figure set I've ever seen from Britains. Really top notch.

PolarBear
01-21-2008, 07:24 PM
I can see why....this is an excellent set. have you thought about the Gallery?

Regards

Jeff

Jeff

Yes the Gallery does seem likely . I just have to go through my folders to send them on to Pete at TF. I create all the pages for the TF Resources section and I'm trying to get caught up with those so it may be a while but I sincerely appreciate your interest. I have mentioned to Shannon the idea of having some kind of subject access to the Photo Gallery at least by time/war--i.e. AWI, ACW, WWII. etc.

Randy

PolarBear
01-21-2008, 09:56 PM
Britains Royal Artillery Walkaround:

Front
Back
Opposite Side

PolarBear
01-22-2008, 01:38 PM
Seth Greene, a private in the New Jersey Blues stands at his post outside the billet of Captain Josiah Bartlett, an officer of the regiment. (Figure Britains FIW # 43070)
Randy 1/22/08

PolarBear
01-22-2008, 01:42 PM
Getting tired of standing in the same place (the fate of toy soldiers everywhere) Pvt. Greene has moved when his owner was not looking:D)

PolarBear
01-23-2008, 09:00 AM
Now that I'm seriously collecting Britains FIW series I'm thinking of joining their collectors' club. I am wondering if anyone has picked up the FIW figure they are offering with a membership for 2008?It is figure #43013C which depicts a Pvt. of the 1st Foot Guards Battalion Co. 1754-1763. If you have one I would love to see a good photo of it. The online photo is too small to really see details.
Thanks.
Randy

PolarBear
01-23-2008, 11:00 AM
"William Parker, of Londonderry, New Hampshire, a new member of Rogers' Rangers scouts the forest in search of game."
Provincial Rogers' Ranger 1754-1763 Britains FIW Series #43145
Randy 1/23/08

PolarBear
01-23-2008, 05:21 PM
Treefrog is now carrying Allotoy Roman soldiers. They are distributed by Saimex. Shannon has told me they sell a FIW line. I checked the Saimex site and here are some pictures. Does anyone have experience with these figures? I believe they are 65mm tall (at least the Roman series are) The figures are sold in tourist shops in Italy. Randy

British:

PolarBear
01-23-2008, 05:23 PM
The French:

PolarBear
01-24-2008, 09:45 AM
"It's 1755 and 1st Foot Guards Pioneer Alexander Wallace of Inverness, Scotland now in the woods of North America takes a break from clearing trees and brush from the battalion's campsite."
(Figure Britains FIW Series #43101 Pioneer 1st Foot Guards 1755)
Randy 1/24/08

PolarBear
01-24-2008, 09:46 AM
Closeup:

PolarBear
01-25-2008, 07:10 AM
"Halt! Who Goes There?"
William Kelly of the 45th Regiment of Foot, guards the entrance to the storehouse (magazin general) at the Fortress of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island, Canada. The 45th came to North America in 1758 to help New England colonists sieze conrol of the French settlement. The 45th also participated in the Battle on the Plains of Abraham on September 13th, 1759. The regiment returned to Ireland in 1766. (Figure is Britains FIW Series #43142 British Grenadier 45th Regiment of Foot 1754-1763) Randy 1/25/08

PolarBear
01-25-2008, 10:20 AM
"In the Clearing" 1759
Nathaniel Hopkins a member of Gorhams' Independent Company of Rangers emerges from the North American woods into a clearing a few months prior to his units participation in the Battle on the Plains of Abraham. (Figure Britains FIW Series #43088 Independent Co. of Rangers--Gorhams 1759)
Randy 1/25/08

PolarBear
01-25-2008, 11:44 AM
Ken Osen made a very useful comment to me about the role of the #2 man in the new FIW Royal Artillery set. I see that Frontline has done the same with theirs. I pass it on to fellow FIW collectors. Randy
"
Just as a point of historical information,,, the No. 2 position on the 6pdr has the responsibility of tending the vent. One of the important duties here is to prevent the rush of air into the breech, through the vent by placing your finger tightly over the vent while the No. 2 man sponges the bore, or seats the cartridge and round. I love your positioning in the photo, but you might also consider placing No.2 man's hand over the vent."

aujj65
01-25-2008, 12:40 PM
Randy. Just how many of the Britains Classic range do you have now? You seem to have most of the FIW figures.

Jeff

PolarBear
01-25-2008, 01:13 PM
Randy. Just how many of the Britains Classic range do you have now? You seem to have most of the FIW figures.

Jeff

Hi Jeff

I do have all the FIW so far and have the others on orde, I also have 43086 (diorama forthcoming) and 43049 which I posted as a dio awhile back. I also have some other Bluecoats & Redcoats on order. I love this Classic series ( and this is coming from a matte finish guy) because the attention to detail, sculpting and painting are outstanding. Ken and WB have outdone themselves with this series. I am also looking forward to the new matte Regiments series which will include an FIW Grenadier in the first batch and a Highlander from an Independent Co. circa 1745.

Randy

Mister Dave
01-25-2008, 01:25 PM
Now that I'm seriously collecting Britains FIW series I'm thinking of joining their collectors' club. I am wondering if anyone has picked up the FIW figure they are offering with a membership for 2008?It is figure #43013C which depicts a Pvt. of the 1st Foot Guards Battalion Co. 1754-1763. If you have one I would love to see a good photo of it. The online photo is too small to really see details.
Thanks.
Randy

Randy, we have not received our club figures for '08 yet. Should be soon I think.

PolarBear
01-25-2008, 02:43 PM
Randy, we have not received our club figures for '08 yet. Should be soon I think.

Dave

Andy Pugio was told by the people at 1st Gear that the figures would ship in April--Just before the govt. sends those checks to boost the economy and provide for our toy soldier budgets.:D Shannon should plan a big sale for the Spring!:)

Randy

Mister Dave
01-25-2008, 04:08 PM
Dave

Andy Pugio was told by the people at 1st Gear that the figures would ship in April--Just before the govt. sends those checks to boost the economy and provide for our toy soldier budgets.:D Shannon should plan a big sale for the Spring!:)

Randy

Oh, you know part of that rebate check is going toward the Rorke's Drift Hospital for sure...Yeee-haaaaawww!

Ken & Ericka Osen/H&A Studio
01-26-2008, 01:15 PM
Hello There!
Again it might be jumping the gun, but I thought you might like to see another new Petticoats figure designed to complement Redcoats & Bluecoats in the French & Indian War period. You have been doing such a wonderful job creating storylines with your photo dioramas I will leave it up to you to title this one.
All the Best,
Ken Osen

Hudson & Allen Studio / W. Britain

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc166/handa56/1760CouplePetticoats70.jpg

PolarBear
01-26-2008, 02:29 PM
Ken
What a gem. This is going to be quite a year. The big question is will these couples eventually have offspring who play with toy soldiers:)?
Thank you for this wonderful preview.

Here is my storyline:

"The Flower of Youth" 1757
Captain Richard Mackenzie of the 1st Regt. of Foot strolls with his fiancee Arabella Stewart in the gardens near the parade grounds where the regiment has gathered prior to leaving for North America.

PolarBear
01-26-2008, 03:15 PM
"Ready for Anything" 1758
Thomas Danforth of Rogers' Rangers pauses in the New England woods with musket and hatchet at the ready for any foe coming his way.
(Figure John Jenkins Set # SRR-02 Rogers Rangers set 2)
Randy 1/26/08

PolarBear
01-27-2008, 11:42 AM
"A Word of Caution" 1758
Two members of Rogers' Rangers separated from their party during the Battle on Snowshoes proceed with caution through the woods near Lake George, in hopes of being reunited with the rest of their unit."
(Figures John Jenkins: from SRR-01 and SRR-02 Rogers Rangers)
Randy 1/27/08

PolarBear
01-29-2008, 07:04 AM
FIW re-enactors at Fort Niagara--showing British, Highland and French Uniforms.
I ran across this photo on the web and thought it gave a nice cross-section of attire of the period we are collecting and studying.
Randy

plasmapulse
01-29-2008, 08:00 AM
Randy, I came across this thread just now and am blown away. You have some photographic/scenic skills. I bow to you.

PolarBear
01-29-2008, 08:41 AM
Randy, I came across this thread just now and am blown away. You have some photographic/scenic skills. I bow to you.

Thank you Joachim.
I owe it all to the inspiration of the Lt and his mini-photo dios of the Zulu War.:)

Randy

plasmapulse
01-29-2008, 09:07 AM
Ah yes, the Lt. got me going again on the Zulu war when I joined in march last year. He is totally committed to the subject, something I admire.

PolarBear
01-30-2008, 11:32 AM
"Survival of the Fittest" 1758
Tristram Coffin of Rogers Rangers has a face to face encounter with a bull moose in the woods of New York.
Randy 1/30/08

PolarBear
01-30-2008, 02:13 PM
"She Who Hesitates is Lost" 1758
Jacques Laferriere, a member of the French Company of Marines, fires off a shot at a doe momentarily frozen in her tracks in the woods of New York."
Randy 1/30/08

panda1gen
01-30-2008, 03:19 PM
FIW re-enactors at Fort Niagara--showing British, Highland and French Uniforms.
I ran across this photo on the web and thought it gave a nice cross-section of attire of the period we are collecting and studying.
Randy

prefer Trophy figures myself..............:rolleyes:;):p:):eek:

PolarBear
01-31-2008, 03:01 PM
"A Royal American on the Plains of Abraham" 1759
Hans Guberman, a Private in the Provincial 60th Royal American Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry) keeps watch over the Plains of Abraham where several weeks before the armies of Wolfe and Montcalm clashed during the Siege of Quebec. Guberman was one of a number of immigrants recruited
for the Regiment from German colonists living in North America. (Note the background is a photograph of the actual Plains of Abraham which today is preserved as a Canadian park) Figure is Britains#43120 from the Classics French & Indian War series. Also included below is a scale model of how the Plains appeared at the time of the battle.
Randy 1/31/08

PolarBear
02-03-2008, 01:59 PM
"For King & Country" 1758
Alastair McLeod, of the 42nd Highland Division, meditates by the grave of a fallen comrade in arms. (This diorama was inspired by Robert Griffing's painting "One of their Own.")
Randy 1/02/08

Harrytheheid
02-03-2008, 07:46 PM
"For King & Country" 1758
Alastair McLeod, of the 42nd Highland Division, meditates by the grave of a fallen comrade in arms. (This diorama was inspired by Robert Griffing's painting "One of their Own.")
Randy 1/02/08

What a brilliant photo Randy. Looking forward to more and more.
Cheers
H

PolarBear
02-03-2008, 08:38 PM
What a brilliant photo Randy. Looking forward to more and more.
Cheers
H

Thanks Harry. That Frontline figure just seemed to call out for that theme.
Randy

PolarBear
02-03-2008, 08:39 PM
Closeup #1