More Fun With Old Glory

I had a chance to do some more work on those 15mm Old Glory ACW figures.   I’m working on a bag of Confederate command and one of Confederate infantry in march attack.     As is usual with Old Glory (especially their older ranges like this one), there are good and bad things.

The good points are that they’re dirt cheap.  15’s are pretty damn cheap as it is, and Old Glory is definitely on the less expensive end of the spectrum.  There’s also a wide variety of poses and some nice individual sculpts.

The bad points are that some of the sculpts are poor, with awkard poses, pinched or pulled faces, and freakish hands.   These figures are in the minority, so if you wanted to, you could simply ignore those figures, give them to your friends, or paint them up as separate units and dedicate those figures to be the ones doled out to those gamers that always show up but never paint anything.   

The larger problem is that these figures should have been re-molded some time ago.   I’m not sure when these figures were cast, but many of these specimens are suffering from bad flashing, bad shifting and some bad mudding.  For those that may not know, ‘mudding’ refers to the excess metal on a figure that results over time from hunks of the rubber mould being torn out as the figure is removed.  The affected areas are usually places where there would be overhangs in the mould, so common spots are around the figure’s neck, under hat brims, crooks of the arm, etc.  There were several poses in this bag of march attack infantry where the faces were obscured or even partially missing due to this problem, and others where extended hands had extra growths poking out of them.     Mudding is a normal problem when working with metal casting and the rubber moulds that most figure manufacturers use.   It can be held off longer by taking good care of the moulds, but sooner or later it will happen.  The proper step at this point is to create a new mould, but sometimes this doesn’t happen… either because the manufacturers crush the original green in the first pressing, or because the companies can’t or won’t replace the moulds due to cost issues.

In the past, one of the main pieces of advice I got about Old Glory 15s was that when they released new figure packs, you’d better get them early, because eventually they’d rip their moulds up and wouldn’t replace them when they ought to.  With these packs of figures, at least, that still appears to be the case.  

So, while I’m working on painting these figures, I’m doing my best to work around and/or minimize some of these problems.


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