Man of TIN Advent Calendar 2019 Day 5: Armed Edwardian Police

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I was sent these four odd crude homecast figures with very chunky lead rifles as part of a job lot by Alan the Tradgardmastre of the Duchy of Tradgardland blog.

Rather than painting them as the more obvious Victorian colonial troops, I thought they had a look of armed Sydney Street Siege era Edwardian police with rifles.

The Siege of Sidney Street of January 1911, also known as the Battle of Stepney, was a gunfight in the East End of London between a combined British police and army force and two Latvian revolutionaries. Home Secretary young Winston Churchill witnessed the event at close hand as did Pathe Newsreel.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Sidney_Street

There is some fascinating British Pathe footage https://streaming.britishpathe.com/hls-vod/flash/00000000/00093000/00093523.mp4.m3u8

All I need now are some armed anarchist figures, a young Winston Churchill  and a built up area.

One needed a new Prince August head, another needed a replacement rifle (wire insert wrapped with masking tape).

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 5 December 2019 – Advent Day 5.

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 “Man of TIN Advent Calendar 2019 Day 5: Armed Edwardian Police”

  1. I think there was a free board game of this in one of the old Miniature Wargames summer specials, l will have a hunt for it today…
    The figures have painted up well and look the part. I imagine one could do figures for the Guards relatively simply in lead or plastic. I was really interested to see the footage of the incident, really makes the past present in a powerful way. The fire brigade stand out in their helmets. I was fascinated by the crowds watching as the horses galloped by. In my twenties I had a football season ticket and remember the mounted police controlling the crowds. Even moving slowly there were large and to be kept out of ones way. Fascinating reading too Mark,another super Advent Calendar window opened for us.

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