Saturday, 25 June 2011

My Hero! *

(Or at least a miniature representation thereof)



John recently added some long overdue commanders and personalities to his small but perfectly formed British AWI force, and this is his Banastre Tarleton (complete with 17th LD aide). Suren figures on Foremost horses. All the large areas are oil washes on an acrylic base, detailing is mostly straight acrylics. Tarleton himself isn't the predictable Suren BL officer (N13) but instead a conversion of a Napoleonic figure (J26 Commandant of the Cameronians, Egypt c 1801 - which despite not being listed on the Tradition site is definitely available as Magnus remoulded it last year)...i mean, why go off the shelf when you can go bespoke...


* Not entirely true - young Tarleton was far too rash and tactically one dimensional for my liking, though i'd defend his reputation against rebel propagandists both then and now (yes, i'm looking at you Mel).

7 comments:

Ray Rousell said...

Very nice!!

MSFoy said...

Superb figure - excellent. I also think it's very fine that you commemorate a Liverpudlian in this way - there's not many Scouse heroes left! Mr Tarleton has fallen into some disfavour in Liverpool, because of his family's involvment in the slave trade, but - so far at least - they have not renamed Tarleton Street, which is otherwise famous as the site (long ago) of Hobbies, one the truly great model shops.

I digressed - great figure - an inspiration.

Tony

Conrad Kinch said...

Lovely figure - hmm, he didn't come across as a scouser in the movie. Are you suggesting Hollywood lied to me?

MSFoy said...

Conrad - Hollywood lies all the time. I'm still trying to find a trace of CS Forester in that wonderful comedy "The Pride and the Passion", which is a shame, since I thought Sophia Loren was easily the most memorable character in the thing.

I bet the film with Tarleton never even used his celebrated catch-phrase "Come 'ed, mates!".

Tony

DC said...

Tony - surely it was 'calm down, calm down' ?

Mike Siggins said...

Excellent. You can certainly work out the redcoat comes from the Willie gene pool!

superchick said...

if we had had two of him the rebel british would have been history, read gore vidal on what an imbecile washington was