Friday, April 03, 2009

Runners & poll results..

So the poll has come to an end and on the basis of 26 votes I'd say that the jury is still out on whether the new plastic figures really are the be-all and end-all that everyone believes...

Of the 26 votes (so hardly representative!) only 4 people are actually using them, but of the rest of the votes it's split down the middle between emperor's new clothes, and either owning them but not using them yet, or waiting for the right period to come along..

I've also been working on the Marlburian runners from Black Hat that I picked up at Salute - I only have a couple of uniform sources, the major one of which is the following. This is a section of the Blenheim tapestry and the runner in question can partially be seen behind Marlborough in the centre:

My other source was the first volume of the Charles Grant Uniforms book. I think his source is the same as the above but he quotes black caps, blue livery with white small clothes and carried staff of office. In addition to this I can see (I think) orange ribbons at the knee, and perhaps a ribbon of the same colour on the cap?

The Black Hat figures are cast with the ribbons at knee and on the hat, but they're also cast with a waist sash. Bottom line I went for dark blue coats, white breeches, the greyish stockings/hose you see in the tapestry, and orange for ribbons/sash...

I suspect the orange might be reflecting something to do with the British royalty - William had been prince of Orange?? If anyone has any further information on this, please leave a comment...

I haven't based them yet as I'm considering how I'll use them.. probably based with other command figures rather than individually as I don't use a written orders system. Perfect if I did mind!

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