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.
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.