It's okay, relax, I'm not getting into Star Wars, this post's subject matter is purely historical. In fact it's more personal than that, it's a little piece of my own history.
The other day I was sorting through boxes and came across two 54mm (1/32) figures that I had made in the late 80s/early 90s. I've moved countries and houses several times in the intervening years so I thought they had long disappeared and was delighted to rediscover them. They have a bit of a story behind them.
I was living in London at the time and wasn't doing any miniature gaming. I had two very young children and what little hobby time I had was taken up painting the odd, one-off 54mm or larger scale figure. Any gaming time I could squeeze in was confined to hex and counter games.
I had developed a fairly big interest in the Victorian colonial period and was drawn to painting figures of British soldiers fighting in obscure campaigns in far flung parts of the globe. Much inspiration came, as it often does, from Osprey books. In particular I had a handful that covered the British Army on campaign during the 19th century and they were chock full of lovely ideas.
A couple of images in particular had grabbed my attention. One was an officer from the 72nd Highlanders during the Second Anglo-Afghan War. I particularly liked the the contrast between his decorative tartan trousers and the more muted khaki jacket and helmet cover. It was like a nod to the future with an acknowledgement of the past.
I decided to have a go at making them by converting Airfix 54mm (1/32) multipose plastic figures. I had a box of their US Marines with several unused figures and decided they could work well as the basis for the conversions.