Andrew Stadden 4mm figures


Line dance, 4mm style. I’ve been painting some figures from Andrew Stadden’s excellent new range of Edwardian 4mm figures.



A batch in primer, showing the detail of the figures.



Being pewter, the Stadden figures are a little harder to modify than whitemetal ones. It’s not impossible though. This gent had his bag removed…



… making him look more like a railway employee. I sometimes file the caps to represent the GWR kepi, although photos from the 1900s suggest that in practice, several different types of cap could be seen at the same time during this period.



 I still struggle with figure painting. In particular I can't seem to master that illusive shadow-work - but it helps a lot that the figures are so well modelled.



On most of the figures, the close-fitting headwear conveniently hides the upper face, which I find particularly hard to get right. This is driver J. Chuzzlewit, a seasoned man of the footplate and known for his rough driving, poor jokes, and fanatical interest in leeks.



 Here we have GWR Policeman W. Walmsley of the GWR Goods Department at Farthing. This figure was modified from a guard/inspector. It required a bit of research since little has been written about GWR police uniforms. My theory is that in the 1900s the GWR police force had lost much of its former status, and the main distinguishing marks on their uniforms were a gold patch on one sleeve, and brass numerals on the collar. Later (possibly in 1918), they started wearing helmets.  For more info, see this thread on RMweb.



Detective F. Benton of the GWR Detective Department at Paddington. The GWR seem to have had a separate Detective department from quite early on. Considering the total value of goods being handled by the railway, that’s not really surprising. I’m sure there was a scam or two going on!



Stages of undress. What’s the weather like today? And what task is at hand? Miraculously, the temperature at Farthing always seems to be moderate, which is why some staff wear a coat, others wear vests, and the hard-working men only a shirt.



 I’ve decided that this trio will serve as Slipper boys in the GWR goods department at Farthing. Slipper boys, as I understand it, would assist horse shunters with tasks such as “scotching” wheels and handling the horse’s chains. Clothes mattered a lot in Edwardian days, and photos suggest that even non-uniformed, lower staff grades could be smartly dressed. Even so, a couple of these lads look very smart indeed. Is there something fishy going on? Watch this space...


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  1. Those figures look superb Mikkel, the castings have really come to life thanks to your skills with the paint brush. You modestly say that you still struggle when it comes to painting figures but I find that hard to believe and if I could match your standards I would be very happy indeed.

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  2. Thanks Geoff, with the excellent castings made by Andrew (usual disclaimer) the figures don't need much painting skill to come to life.

    I don't intend false modesty but when I look at what some people can do with 4mm figures I become impatient with my own efforts :-) I've tried the various shadow techniques but need to practice them more. And as for the faces, how some people can paint 4mm eyes that actually look like eyes is beyond me. Still, I'm happy enough with these for the time being.

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  3. Excellent skills with the paintbrush. I know the figure painters that you mean...but after a certain point it doesn't really make much difference, being simply an exercise in "I know it's there" especially with the eyeballs! Your figures are superbly painted. The detective is how I imagine Edward Marston's D.I. Colbeck to look like, although I prefer the writing of Andrew Martin. The figures really are works of art, not the least bit caricatured and yet somehow full of humour and character...

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  4. Thanks Iain. Maybe you are right, and I should forget about eyeballs (odd sentence). I'd still like a bit more shading of the faces though.

    I've just looked up the writers you mention. I'm embarassed to say I've never read either (I think), and clearly as a railway enthusiast I have missed something! Must see if I can get my hands on some of those titles, thanks very much Ian!

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    1. You are very welcome Mikkel- I would recommend Andrew Martin's "The Liverpool Highflyer"...Edward Marston's books are also entertaining, but not in the same league. I probably have a couple of Andrew Martin's books about somewhere if you have difficulty in obtaining them.

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  5. Thanks Iain, I found the Blackpool Highflyer in paperback on Amazon (I assume that's the one you mean). I'll order that and one or two others for reading during the daily commute.

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    1. Yes, sorry...senior moment :-) I hope you enjoy them!

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    2. Mikkel,
      Thank you for sharing these figures, Edwardian figures are not easy to source and I had not heard of Andrew's work before. Instead, I used Preiser for Lübars, unfotunately not always suitable for loco crews.

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    3. Hello Tim, yes I think Andrew's figures have been a bit of a game changer when it comes to Edwardian figures. He now also has loco drivers with separate arms, which is very handy (no pun intended!).

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