Lately I have seen some other gamers give their old (often Childhood) soldiers a new life in the hobby by re-basing and -painting them. I too have quite a lot of the figures I started out with when I was 15 years old. Two of the most coveted sets of 1:72 figures are my Revell British Life Guards and French Chasseurs a Cheval de la Garde.
In the years since, I have gathered far more of these sets, but have the originals still. Some time ago I used most of the Life Guards to portray a unit of Horse Guards, already shown on this blog, now the time is up for the Chasseurs to be renovated. I also have some Italeri French Dragoons left over from earlier days (and quite a heap of new ones at that) and some of these I will use to recreate the Empress Dragoons of the Guard.
Here are some pictures to show the state they are in before the make-over.
Two of the Chasseurs:
Some of the Dragoons:
Listening to: "Accept no Failure" an Audiobook by Gav Thorpe