Captain Colin Douglas Maud (RN) – 28mm Stoessi’s Heroes

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that this year’s theme for the Plymouth Modelling Club Annual show in June is D-day.  This year will be the 75th anniversary of the Normandy beach landings, an event which turned the tide (forgive the unintentional pun) in favor of the allies and brought the second world war to conclusion in 1945.

My main contribution to the theme was my “Road to Carentan” diorama …

… which I completed at the end of last year.  In addition though I also purchased a few other figures from “Stoessi’s Heroes” with the aim of making a few smaller contributions and this represents the first of four, always assuming I complete the other three!

This figure represents Captain Colin Douglas Maud, a Royal Navy officer who during the Second World War commanded the destroyers Somali and Icarus and acted as beach master of Juno beach at the D-day landings. He “possessed the outward appearance of a latter-day buccaneer and was endowed with exceptional boldness and tenacity to go with it”. His blackthorn stick and dog Winnie provided an image when portrayed by Kenneth More in the film The Longest Day. He was described as “one of the most popular officers in the British Navy”.

Some of you will also recall that in a recent Musings post I made mention to a purchase of old-fashioned wooden cotton reels.  Now I know the article blew some of you away while for others the subject was lost in translation.  Well, in the hope of providing some visual clarity I decided to set the figure on one of my spare “wooden cotton reel plinths” .

Photo’s below.



28 thoughts on “Captain Colin Douglas Maud (RN) – 28mm Stoessi’s Heroes

  1. Figure’s OK, but nice cotton reel! Oh, I might have got that the wrong way round! No, honestly, very nice all round, certainly conveys the Beach Master’s presence and my wife likes it ’cause there’s a dog! Like the weathered/worn title on the plinth as well.

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  2. Really good mate ,love the figure but the use of the cotton reel is very clever and totally agree with John’s comment about it ,It’s amazing the effect you get with such few figures ,It’s no wonder you can shift them ! ,I would love to sell mine but getting them into the post box?, AAAHH HAAA ! .

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  3. Looking great, the whole thing works brilliantly, the weathering on the text looks amazing. The cotton reel was inspired 👏👏👏👏. Now if you converted it into a cotton reel tank he could advance up the beach😉

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  4. Awww mate he’s fantastic! Love Winnie too. The cotton reels steels the show though mate. I hope our friendship isn’t hanging by a thread after this awful pun 😉
    The aged label/lettering looks fantastic mate. How did you achieve it?

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    1. I’ve gotta say that one had me in stitches! 😉 As for the label, written and scaled using Word, printed on ordinary printer paper, stuck on the reel, allowed to dry before applying varnish, applied earthshade wash once varnish dried, allowed to dry again before rubbing away bits of the wash to leave an aging look.

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    1. Thank you. If you scroll through the WW2 section on the main menu then after the dads army figures you will find some more of your miniatures including a large diorama which contained several figures. I have done a few others for commission work and I must say they have been a joy to paint.


  5. I really like this one as well. I’m probably biased because I’m a dog owner but the addition gives this piece a lot of life. I really like how you’re putting 28mm on fairly simple display bases. I’ll have to remember this idea as I could see myself wanting to do some WWII miniatures but I doubt I’ll ever game in that era as the armies are so large. Your site is full of inspiration!

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    1. Some figures are sculpted so nicely that a simple base is all they need. For me that was true here. Anything too much would distract from the figure. I’m not a wargamer but dropped down to this scale because 54mm takes up a lot of space, especially when you are doing dioramas. Nothing wrong with doing figures for an army but neither is there anything wrong with just painting, basing and collecting figures either. In your case why not do both?

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      1. I imagine that 54mm can be quite time consuming to paint as well. I’m used to 28mm so I like sticking with that for that reason but the space you can save is also really nice. I like your suggestion and plan on doing that. Should add a bit of variety to my hobbying 🙂

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