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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

1959; [Ceremonial] Guards Colour Party, S2 / 01702 / 01702-2 - HO/OO

If you're going to have guards misicians, you might as well have guards marching with rifles, and a few setries to march past! The is one of the more unusual sets from Airfix in that there are a large number of duplicates of a single figure and just a few other pieces.

The second type artwork, again - courtesy of Greek contributor Kostas - and the catalogue images he sent me. A colour wouldn't lead a quarter-guard like this, but it's a fine piece of artwork none-the-less, with everyone looking stern and determined!

A few shots of the 'pink' figures. I have delt with the pink in detail with the Guards Band in the 'newer post' (above this one on a scroll), but you can see here, quite clearly that they are not pink, but rather faded-out red, with this set the red is clinging to the recesses of the detail, folds in the cloths and - obvious on the sentry-box - larger flat areas.

The make-up of a Colour Guard, varies from army to army and unit to unit and I can't remember ours that well, but an officer with drawn-sword or sabre leads, two young subalterns (sub-lieutenants), or Second Lieutenants referred-to as 'Ensigns' carry the colours (flags), one being the Queens Colour the other the Regimental Colour. They are escorted by Colour Sergeant's, the rank above Sergeant in the regular infantry, and they may be accompanied by the Regimental Sergeant-major (RSM) or similar, making up to six 'chaps'.

There are so many exceptions and variations to this that the collecting of military bands and colour parties is a whole hobby in itself. Suffice to say that the above vignette is attempt to picture a Colour Guard, with Captain, sword drawn, between two Ensigns followed by two Company Sergeant-majors (CSM's) with rifles shouldered.

The upper shot shows the main colour variations of the plastic for this set, basically the same as the Guards Band set.

I was getting-on to rendering 2D on my CAD course when I was photographing these (about two years ago; where does it go!), so quickly knocked-up this 'palace' frontage for the photo-session. The unit accompanying the colour is known as the Escort for the Colour/s (while the colour/s is/are being presented) and Escort to the Colour, once the Colour/s has/have joined their ranks.

Here the upper photograph shows the changing of the guard, with an escorting officer or senior NCO bringing the replacement sentries or stags, at each post a small ceremony with much stamping of feet will ensue. the chap to the far left is counting out his prowl, usually this is done in tandem, and they count out so they turn or stop at the same time.

The unit mounting ceremonial guard changes quite regularly, at Windsor castle for instance, it's every two days.

Useful Link for Guard's ceremony in London.

 I also CAD'ed some tree 'flats' and took the Regimental Colour on patrol!

The carded Guards from Hong Kong, are not really copies of the Airfix figures at all, or at least; only the legs have been used, so...

...they're worth a quick look. As you can see, there are four poses, with long and short 'pop-guns' held to the left shoulder or to the right. I covered the set Here on the main blog. The long-weapons are sort of 'Port Arms' and the short ones are sort of 'Shouldered'?

Unknown nation's troops represented here with a bit of a bearskin-cut! Naples? Nassau? Anywhere beginning with N! Back in the day there were loads of these conversions, they were very useful for both Napoleonic and Crimean war gaming, and I seem to recall Terry Wise had a page of them in his 'Introduction to Battlegaming'. Scan of an photograph, so not the best quality.

Comparison between the Airfix and Spencer Smith 'Royal Salute Presnt Arms' poses, there's no piracy involved with the 30mm figure, just the same pose, it's like a big-brother home on leave showing little-brother how to do it with the Airfix SLR and disappearing bayonet!
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