#FEMbruary challenge 1: Two Queens and one VC

 

 

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London 1945: A young Princess Elizabeth in her ATS uniform meets Civil Defence ARP workers whilst  the amazing WRVS lady provides the tea (Asset Miniatures and Britain’s Ltd.)

The first of my #FEMbruary challenges was to find and photograph some of the female figures in my toy soldier collection:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/fembruary-hobby-challenge-conversions/

This is based on a #FEMbruary challenge by Leadballoony which ImperialRebelOrk passed on, in his own words: “I would like to propose that we add Fembruary to the list – a time of year for us to collectively challenge the male domination of our collections, and commit to painting some female miniatures for a change…”

https://leadballoony.com/2018/01/29/more-eru-kin-and-the-fembruary-challenge/

I may not have painted any of these following fine toy soldiers but they do challenge the male dominance of my toy soldier collection in a big way.

If you are going to give young women (gamers) something to identify with and aspire to, why not start with the top job?

First out of the toy soldier cabinets were two very different Queens, Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria. Both are recent hand painted miniatures from William Britain’s Ltd.

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2006 HRH Princess  Elizabeth II in her WW2 ATS Uniform

This WWII young Princess Elizabeth is quite a different figure from her familiar Britain’s metal incarnation on horseback as Queen for Trooping the Colour.

https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/2002230/hm-queen-elizabeth-ii-b-1926-when-princess-elizabeth-trains-as-an-a-t-s-officer

A far less glamorous uniform, more in common with the sensible stockings and drab green of the WRVS lady, although I think this WW2 Princess Elizabeth figure rather “bigheaded” in its moulding.

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This fine Britain’s horseback Queen figure lives in a box or a display shelf. Somewhere I have a  fine parade version on her horse Burmese in the modern Britain’s Hollowcast Figure range.

Two Queens, two very different Wars, separated by a century. Two reigns ending and beginning fifty years apart.

An even finer horseback figure is the young Queen Victoria in a recent Britain’s release of Queen Victoria presenting the first VC to Commander Raby, RN for his service in the Crimea.

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Fine attention to detail. – The Navy were presented at first with a blue Victoria Cross, long before its current purple ribbon.
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The postcard shows one of the original prints or paintings by G.H. Thomas probably used as source material for this fine young  Queen Victoria figure.

Raby’s  headstone and VC are described here http://www.friendsofhighlandroadcemetery.org.uk/vc/raby.htm

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How Commander Raby RN earned his Crimean VC, the first one presented by the young Queen Victoria.

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http://philatelics.org/~allan/shrop/victoriacross/firstvc2.html

These sets look good from all angles, with excellent toy soldier Gloss style painting. Having these in your collection gives  you some fine reference points.

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So that was the top job.

Somewhere I have a rather Davros looking,  stern  Queen Victoria in her old age (Dorset Soldiers I think) to look out and finish painting for FEMbruary.

My next #FEMbruary blogpost will feature some slightly more ordinary women than HM the Queen, women such as the WRVS lady and others,  along with another Crimean figure. A female one … any guesses?

Blogposted for #FEMbruary by Mark, Man of TIN February 10th 2018.

B.P.S. Blog Post Script

Here are the candidates for my #FEMbruary challenge 2: some Featherstone Airfix footballer conversions to Wild West saloon girls …

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https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/donald-featherstones-unusual-take-on-casualties-and-campaigns/

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

3 thoughts on “#FEMbruary challenge 1: Two Queens and one VC”

  1. Splendid figures to kick off the challenge, particularly the one of Queen Victoria on horseback. I like the story I heard somewhere whereby she apparently undertook the pinning of a VC from that precarious mounted position and inadvertently pinned it through the man’s chest. Our VC recipient remained silent and thereby stoically proved himself to be a brave soldier once more.

    I’m supposing Florence Nightingalefor your Crimean figure, although Mary Seacole is increasingly well known. My own figure has just arrived through the post…

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    1. Fabulous VC story. They made em tough in Victorian times! Your Crimean guess may be right. Sadly I can find no recent Mrs Seacole figure. So my Dorset Soldiers Davros Queen Vic figure might get converted at some point!

      I too have just received my first Bad Squiddo figure very speedy delivery and free tea bag too. Well Worth a write up or review on the blog. Mark Man of TIN

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