Wednesday, June 20, 2018

After the Bath - Marshal Ney is Like a New Man

I ordered some 3M "Safest Stripper" (an Eco-friendly paint and varnish remover, safe for indoor use and no evil fumes) from the internet, and was somewhat disappointed to learn upon arrival that what I ordered was a "semi-paste."  Nonetheless, I was determined to give Marshal Ney a bath and remove his old uniform, so I put enough in a jar to cover the figure and left him overnight.

The next day, I fished him out of the paste and used an old toothbrush to scrub the figure.  Traces of his uniform remained, so back in the jar went the Bravest of the Brave, and the next morning I gave him the toothbrush treatment again and below are the results.  First, photos of the dusty and battered  uniformed figure, fresh off the retreat from Moscow, and then the bathed and refreshed Marshal of the Empire, ready for a new uniform and the challenge of the Hundred Days.

The mounted Marshal in his old uniform (before).

The mounted Marshal after his bath (after).

From the front (before)

From the front (after)

In reverse (before)

In reverse (after)

He is now in line for a new uniform and a fresh mount after the Prussian 6th Uhlans (though, being a Marshal, he will get his primer coat this evening.  Rank has some privileges).  We are starting to build up a log-jam on the painting bench.  

O.K., time to get busy and paint!


  1. The stripper worked wonders. Ahem...they usually do.

  2. I enjoy stripping the layers of paint of old figures to reveal the details underneath.

    Ney is as good as new.

  3. Looking forward to seeing Ney in his new uniform!

  4. I'm new to stripping but starting to really like it, taking the paint off old figures to give them new life.

  5. I can't wait to see what you do with him, CN. My Ney ended up with the most awful grumpy expression, as if permanently outraged.