Marrion’s Men #3: Officer, 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)

The third in my series of 54mm figures inspired by Robert Marrion’s illustrations is another figure from the 3rd County of London Sharpshooters. Featuring on the front cover alongside my first figure (the trumpeter), the officer wears Camp Church Parade Order as seen circa 1905.

Sharpshooters Yeomanry Marrion (6)

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The figures which I managed to source on eBay sadly were without the sword which appears in the RJ Marrion illustration. No matter as I sourced a couple of 54mm scale swords for my men to lean on. They came in their scabbards and so I had to slice off the rings. I had to also cut off the end off to shorten the sword into a size which would fit between his hands and the ground.

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OK, so maybe my sword looks a little, ah, short and somewhat stocky. Not so much a rapier, more of a cutlass! Ah well, it’ll have do until something else better comes along…

There are two figures and I’ve based them both. One of them is still awaiting an engraved plaque to place at the front.

Sharpshooters Yeomanry Marrion (3)

Sharpshooters Yeomanry Marrion (2)

There is one more figure that I’m currently working on in this series of figures – more on that in a future post. After that, I’m simply waiting for any more of these figures to pop up, assuming that there were any more made from this range. Given the fact that I’ve sourced two figures from a single book cover alone, and that the number of books in the Ogilby Trust sponsored series numbered 15, one has to assume there are more out there somewhere…

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9 thoughts on “Marrion’s Men #3: Officer, 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)

  1. I cannot remember who you said the original maker was but the BMSS (British Model Soldier Society) folks should know how many types were produced. Alternatively If you know someone with a good run of Military Modelling from that period they might have adverts or listings of reviews for these range of figures.

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  2. That’s a good call with the BMSS, I might try that. The original manufacturer was Dorset Metal Model Soldiers. I enquired with the current Dorset Miniatures company and was informed that these figures were likely to have been the work of the previous owner, Giles Brown (it being under new ownership two years ago).

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