Sorting the lead mountain

Yesterday I decided to begin sorting out the ‘lead mountain’ I had found hidden and forgotten in a toolbox in the now-defunct shed. (I had mistakenly thought that it contained tools … until I tried to pick it up!) I expected to find the lead mountain was little more than lots of odds and ends of broken and damaged figures from half-finished and forgotten projects, with the occasional painted figure.

I was wrong.

Almost as soon as I started to go through the contents of the toolbox I began to find 25mm-scale American Civil War Minifigs that I painted in 1974. I remember that I had begun this project just before Minifigs changed their figures over from the previous thinner style of figures to the chunkier ones that I think that they still make. As a result I ended up with a mixture of figures in both styles.

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The figures were undercoated with grey matt enamel paint and then painted in gloss! (Good old Humbrol!) This probably accounts for the reasonably light levels of damage to most of the paintwork. After all, they were painted forty years ago and have survived several house moves since.

The toolbox also contained quite a number of unpainted Hinton Hunt, Douglas, and Rose Miniatures American Civil War and Crimean War figures …

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… and a very mixed selection of unpainted Peter Laing 15mm-scale figures.

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I am currently about a quarter of the way through the contents of the toolbox, but I hope to find quite a few more Hinton Hunt, Douglas, Rose, and Peter Laing figures. I expect that examples of these figures may well find their way to other collectors in due course.


16 Comments on “Sorting the lead mountain”

  1. Robin Sutton says:

    A wargamer's dream – uncovering long lost/long forgotten piles of lead?

    On a much smaller scale I yesterday discovered a pile of unpainted 6mm WW1 figures left over form our epic Marne refight in Christchurch NZ using Great War Spearhead in 2008 .. unfortunate, because now I have no real excuse other than ' I want some of those' for buying any of the new Baccus 6mm releases. Lorraine isn't quite convinced by that line, even after 35 years. LOL

    I'm enjoying the story.. what will you rediscover next?
    Kind regards

  2. Trebian says:

    Truly you do have more in your forgotten stuff than I've got in my active collection.

  3. Ian Dury says:

    Quite a find. I can always find a good home for any Laing figures you don't want!

  4. old john says:

    Brilliant finds, put me down for the Douglas, Hinton & Rose Crimea & ACW figures
    cheers Old John

  5. Robin Sutton,

    I am only a quarter of the way through the lead mountain, and I can only guess what I have yet to find. (More of the same I suspect!)

    The story of your 6mm-scale figures sounds all too familiar … and I doubt that my wife believes any of my 'I need some of those figures to just finish of this project' protestations either.

    All the best,


  6. Trebian,

    I am discovering that have far more stuff than I ever thought that I had … and that it will have to be pruned as I know that I will never use some of it.

    All the best,


  7. Ian Dury,

    I hope to pass some of the Peter Laing figures on to you … and I am sure that you will ensure that they are put to good use … possibly as masters for recasts?

    All the best,


  8. Old John,

    I guessed that you might be interested in them … and with luck there may be some more in due course as I still have three-quarters of the toolbox left to sort out.

    All the best,


  9. Jim Duncan says:

    It won't take too much effort to get those painted figures into action.

  10. Jim Duncan,

    I think that a little bit of re-painting would fix most of the damage done to these figures.

    But first, I have the rest of the toolbox to sort out.

    All the best,


  11. Stryker says:

    That shed continues to delight – what will you come up with next!

  12. A quarter, you say? Ye gods…

  13. A veritable Aladdin's cave.I follow your delvings with fascination…

  14. Stryker,

    There is lots more to come!

    All the best,


  15. Archduke Piccolo,

    I have sorted through a quarter of the contents of the toolbox and extracted what I think I or other people might find useful. The majority of that quarter has been set aside for further 'mining' in the future.

    All the best,


  16. Tradgardmastare,

    There is a lot more to come …

    All the best,


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