Edward Suren was the man behind Willie figures and he was rated by John G Garratt as ‘an immense talent allied to a profound knowledge and intelligence’.

Suren was one of the newer entrants to the world of model soldiers compared with the likes of Stadden and Holger Eriksson. He started his production in 1964 and quickly established himself as a unique sculptor in his field, specialising mainly in the eighteenth century, but covering ranges from the Romans to the Franco Prussian War.

Many of his figures have separate weapons and separate horses for the cavalry. Someone told me once that he used to do most of his work in the nude (that’s him, not his figures), or least wearing very little! Oh well, now we know what it takes to become a master sculptor!!