I have always wanted to make a set of toy soldiers and have been collecting ideas over a number of years.
This boxed set of ’25 Soldiers on Parade’ contains 25 guardsmen, marching 5 abreast in 5 rows.
Each of the rows of soldiers measures very nearly 1 inch (2.5cm) in width and is attached to a wooden batten – traditionally they would have been nailed to the batten, but these have been glued.
They are made from 200gsm, acid free paper (the thickness of thin card) which has been strengthened by applications (on the reverse) of waterbased glue and coloured varnish.
(I did try making a set from the thinnest plywood possible, but this was brittle and snapped easily – so in this case treated paper proved to be a great deal more robust than wood!)
The set also contains 2 scenes of Horse Guards Parade (in London) and both of these can be removed from the box and will stand very well independently – due to the two ingenious folds on the the bottom edge.
Both the the box and the scenes are made from lightly textured, acid and lignin cellulose free, card.
This set was inspired by one made by McCloughlin Brothers at the end of the 19th Century and the box lid is a reproduction from the original.
The set in its entirity is, however, an invention of my own – and I hope it has a timeless appeal.