Thanks to feedback from the Brians - Berke and Carrick (alphabetical, no favourites here!) and Tim Peterson we can reduce the question marks in the post on Colonial Insurgents I posted the other day while introducing another maker of these chaps.
Almost as soon as the post went live Brian (B) pointed out another maker's figures were similar, Brian (C) confirmed the base question and I had an email with the contents of set 9. I will update the original post, but here is the all-important shot -
Muster List (not necessarily in correct order)
1 Standing Minutemen
1 Indian Scout
1 Kneeling Hessian
1 Standing Frenchman
This leaves us with the fact that there wasn't a standing Hessian? This will explain the Minuteman's legs on my example!
Brian (C) said he purchased the figures at the time and they were unmarked and dark green, so for some reason the full marking was only on the Petrol Premiums with the pale green bases?
Meanwhile the make known as Star or 'S for Star' (who made some of the better Hong Kong swoppet copies) had a stab -
However - there is an obvious Timpo copy horse (without blanket/saddle?) and the coat-tails look heavier and more Timpo-like? The gun only serves to further explain the mass of them out there, but I'd like to compare it side-by-side with a MO76 one, there are probably slight differences which would be worth noting.
Star was also responsible for the 'Regiment' sets of Britains Swoppet 'Khaki Infantry' copies in various colours, similar Mexicans, other Wild West/ACW types and the Action Jack articulated action-figure (copied from an Italian toy?) which was ultimately re-produced as the risibly bad Montaman by Montaplex.
"The attached photo in the centre shows two mounted Americans painted by me.
The plain lead (probably pewter) castings were sold in a Farm Museum at Cooperstown, New York a town better known in the US for The Baseball Hall of Fame, and for being on Otsego Lake the setting for James Fennimore Coopers stories, Last of the Mohicans etc.
This is the sort of area where the plastic AWI figures would be sold if they were available."
The Tourist figures look like old home-casts and painted-up well? I'm more interested in what's happening on the far right; I think she needs a Perspex oblong laid on her so she can serve as a pop-art coffee-table a'la' Clockwork Orange! There's a lot happing in the picture actually - loving the Mekon lurking in his deep box frame, and the little group of French 'pilou' are interesting . . . Lucotte? Minot? At least three makes!
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