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'A gaping silken dragon,/Puffed by the wind, suffices us for God./We, not the City, are the Empire's soul:/A rotten tree lives only in its rind.'

Thursday 10 June 2021


 Old School.

After my recent brush with the Bad Mahdi, I thought I 'needed' some more Jacklex 20mm figures. I love the little chaps, they have a real air of bravado, élan even, captured in their tiny tin and lead frames. I'm pretty sure that the last time I bought Jacklex figures, they were from Spencer Smith. However, as this was some years ago, I may be wrong. This time when I searched for Jacklex, I discovered they had migrated to a rather fine site, called, not surprisingly, Jacklex Miniatures. The worthy tin men are in the hands of a fine recruiting sergeant, Mr Mark Lodge, who has mastered the Old School approach, not least by sending one's reinforcements like this:

Packed in very nice little cardboard boxes and, joy, sawdust!  Just emptying out the box took me back nearly 50 years, to the early 1970s. A poor grammar school boy was I, with little disposable income, but influenced by George Gush's famous Airfix Magazine series, 'Renaissance Warfare', I bought a few Polish winged hussars (those saviours of Vienna and Europe) from Minifigs. The sawdust they arrived in has long gone, but not the box:

Just look at that. Instant time travel thanks to a cardboard box, some sawdust, and some tin men.


  1. So *that* was why there was a pile of sawdust on the dining room table! 😁

  2. I look forward to seeing the new recruits painted up. Sawdust as instant basing material? I found some Elastolin boxes in the shed the other day. Battered but I couldn’t bear to bin them. Minifigs boxes and Hinchcliffe too were a delight as well.

  3. It is a wonderful thing.

    Winged Hussars? Having been a longtime fan of With Fire & Sword, Minifig Winged Hussars were amongst my earliest metal 25's.

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