Marrion’s Men #1: Trumpeter, 3rd County of London (Sharpshooters)

Blu Tack is a poor way to present one of R.J. Marrion’s finest yeomen. But until now, Blu Tack is all I’ve had to keep him standing upright. I’ve previously recounted as to the long history of this trumpeter figure. Having been lost for so many years – and then foolishly mislaid again for a couple more – once he did finally return, I had to admit to him that I’d in fact given up all hope and thrown away his original wooden base. He was naturally outraged at my lack of faith.

Marrion Sharpshooter trumpeter (8)

And so, by way of apology, I’ve sourced something altogether more respectable for my straying Sharpshooter. I like to think that it presents my humble tribute to artist Robert Marrion in a far more suitable manner than a blob of Blu Tack.

Marrion Sharpshooter trumpeter (2)

The nicely turned wooden base is made of unvarnished alder wood from a purveyor in eastern Europe (on collection, my local Post Office teller gave my poor wife quite a grilling, not many Ukrainian stamps pass through these parts and what’s more you can’t be too careful what with that poisoning in Salisbury…).

I did think about varnishing the base, or maybe adding some kind of colour to it but in the end I decided I liked the natural look best of all. No frills, just the figure.

Marrion Sharpshooter trumpeter (3)

The engraving was very cheaply sourced online and labels the figure nicely, I think. I’ve abbreviated the lengthy regimental title to 3rd CLY (Sharpshooters). On the rear of the figure there is another plaque detailing rank and date.

So, here’s presenting the first of my series of ‘Marrion’s Men’; a trumpeter of the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters). In Drill Order, he dates from the early 20th century, just after the conclusion of the Anglo-Boer War, a conflict which inspired the formation of his regiment.

Marrion Sharpshooter trumpeter (6)

Marrion Sharpshooter trumpeter (7)

Marrion Sharpshooter trumpeter (1)

Marrion Sharpshooter trumpeter (4)

Sharpshooters (7)

Satisfied with my new base, I’ve ordered some more and (presuming it’s arrival doesn’t send the post office staff rushing for the phone to call MI5), I should soon be in a position to present my next in my series of Marrion’s Men – the already 99% finished sergeant from the Sussex Imperial Yeomanry!

6 thoughts on “Marrion’s Men #1: Trumpeter, 3rd County of London (Sharpshooters)

  1. Superb rendition, wish it was easy to get hold of the Chota Sahib figures I think I have Surrey Yeomanry somewhere in a box in the loft! Visited the Kent & Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum today at Hever…small museum re opened in 2015 but well worth visiting , very well layed out, good collection of Uniforms and I will put photos on Victory V Blog. This Yeomanry & Rifles thing is a bit addictive!

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    1. Thanks, I really enjoyed painting this figure – had it unpainted for so many years. It was just waiting for the right time.

      Funnily enough, I saw a Chota Sahib Surrey Yeoman on eBay some weeks ago but I was comfortably outbid. So you’ve probably got something pretty collectable in your loft!

      You should definitely blog some photos of the museum – I’d really love to see them. Kent’s a serious trek away for me, so your photos might be the closest I can get for now.

      Cheers

      Marvin

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