I have been busy this week working on some wounded lead soldiers and horses. Whilst waiting for recast arms and heads to arrive, I spotted this pile of metal detecting finds on sale online.
A couple of pounds later, a tiny parcel arrived and as I cleaned them up, I posted the online auction picture to see what battered lost treasures and delights my blog readers could spot in the pile.
Some of my blog readers were pretty accurate in their view of what was in this earthy pile of broken lead. They variously identified: a bronco cowboy, an old toy racing car, a weird gnome, highlanders in kilts and guardsman. Well spotted!
The strangest of the lot was a metal dwarf or garden gnome figure. It might even be Father Christmas with the red paint?
As I cleaned the dry earth from inside and out, I recognised some broken bits as fragments of old lead toy soldier figures that I have in my collection by Britain’s and other makers.
Where I could, I checked them against my originals.
I use Gloss Acrylic paints and will eventually varnish the figures to get that old toy soldier look.
As I began to clean ready for undercoat and painting, I started on some simple traditional repairs using glue, wire and matchsticks.
Repairs may not be pretty but they are designed to be robust, using what materials I have to hand, and aiming to get these lovely figures fighting on the tabletop or in the garden again soon.
Another order of recast heads from Dorset Soldiers will be required soon to finish these figures.
I shall post pictures of the completed figures, like RLS’ poem The Dumb Soldier, back from the earth when suitable new recast heads arrive.
A very satisfying few days of tinkering and mancrafting.
Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, Bank Holiday weekend May 5 / 6 2018.