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It must be frustrating (or not at all) not be able to comment on this Blog. So therefore I have created in Facebook a Group called (or named) and in it once you are a member (quite easy if you ask me) there you can comment, ask, and even disagree!

Thought it would be worth to mention.

And now what I do everyday… post some pic or pics as eyecandy…


A small delightful paddle steamer…
A pic seen in the chat! Wonderful miniatures!

Police (on Bikes)

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As Dan Allen once said my collection is basically Toy Soldiers… but I have some Policemen (notoriously the Royal Canadian Mounted Police)… so… I’ll give you on my birthday a couple of motorbikes with them… a joy to paint… specially the dial.


Imperial Miniatures 54mm
Another view!

And my last British Dismounted Officers.

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Due to my strange ways of collecting I had a number of horses without rider (because they were meant to be there when the chap dismounted I guess… “Empty Horses” as David Niven mentioned in his memoirs a Movies Director saying so – too much of a gentleman to say who – well… to cut a story short I am a firm believer in symmetry at the start (not that you can not game asymmetrical games of course!… but better have the option)… so if the French had two dismounted ADC’s… the British needed them too… life is like that… sometimes years pass between one action (buying stuff) and the other (completing collection)… LOL

An “Empty Horse”
Andrew Stevens (REPLICA) model…
My work… thin layer of plasticine to make boots instead of puttees… using DORSET/IMPERIAL FIGURES CASTS.
Back view.

Charles Saganne

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Or my newest French ADC (finished) see previous Posts… IMPERIAL MINIATURES (Thanks to Antony Spencer).

Curiously the idea come to me “in the making”, I was an ADC short in my collection, but the idea of using the character Charles Saganne (from the French film epic FORT SAGANNE) was not in my head at all… and then after priming the figure and consulting book of uniforms… Officer of Tirailleurs Algeriens if you please… the jigsaw pieces in my mind falled in place.


Final shot varnished in gloss etc.
Lateral view.
Another view.
Back view.

Deano’s painting in 6mm

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At first I did not thought that was posible. But it is. OMG!

Some time ago I saw those pics in the Baccus GALLERY Forum… simply looked at them and forgot about it.

Then suddenly confronted to a difficult project in 6mm I revisited the GALLERY and something clicked on my mind… Oh Dear! to think that I sold my 25mm astounded by the level of painting of the Kevin Dallimore’s etc. What to do now?… sell my 6mm and go 3mm?… NO NOT AT ALL!… just look from a distance (a few meters will do!).

Enjoy the artistry!

Camel Corps in 6mm… would you believe it?
Dismounted skirmish lines
I must say I have something like this in mules… but can not compare…


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Many days without talking about books, without them the hobby would not exist… it is as simple as that. Get a view of what I have just finished or I am reading today… Nowadays you buy books either for cover&description or to get something you already know (meaning sometimes you read as you have written the thing yourself!), a well trodden path they say… I simply will not discuss Little Big Horn books (Custer at the end dies with all his battalion… not the complete 7th… sorry for the spoiler!)… I was fortunate enough to get Bill Rini’s article about Keogh’s fight from the author himself (excellent what if!)… all tales about Custer are WHAT IFS…

OK, nor more digressing… I am now reading HURRAH FOR THE LIFE OF A SAILOR! if I still could review in amazon (not that I am banned at all) I would gave it something like four stars… Interesting to a point… but I expected much more and less “chaff”. STILL RECOMMENDED MIND! (In fact it gets better once past the first chapters…)

On the table also a 5 stars book which is an oldie THE OXFORD HISTORY OF THE BRITISH ARMY… dense, full of data, hard to read quickly, you have to digest a lot of things specially from 1910 onwards. RECOMMENDED.

Allan Mallinson is best know for his works of fiction… but he wrote a cracking History book THE MAKING OF THE BRITISH ARMY… with some little holes in it. A solid 4 stars. How he can “pass” from INKERMAN is a puzzle… and his colonial African pages are not the best of the book… but a very good read. Also RECOMMENDED but if you have to choose get the anterior.

I am not a great reader of “Biographies” mainly because of the embellishments and down right lies on them or even search of sensationalism… but Churchill is a subject that has always fascinated me… THE LAST VICTORIAN AND THE FIRST LILIBETHIAN… I guess I found his early years much more interesting than most. If you like the man get it.

On a more dedicated (and to the point of this Blog) subject… an homage to Donald Featherstone his book BATTLES WIT MODEL SOLDIERS (5 stars and reedited) would have avoided me the trouble to write one myself if I had read it beforehand!… simply unavoidable for wargamers (specially NOSTALGIC!).

There, you can not expect much more on a Sunday morning!



Not a marvel… but quite down to earth… have too few books about the Royal Navy.
Actually reading this one… very good.
Not perfect but well written…
Interested in his early years as a subaltern… but will read through to the end…
Just finished… wish I have read it on the early eighties… a crack book!
I added this excellent pic from The Vault as a Bonus!

A matter of ADC’s

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I must be boorish today talking about me projects… you see I am still “squaring” units, so while DORSET SOLDIERS does the last 16 soldiers to complete ny British Army (Khaki)… I am doing some odds and ends because of some old horses I got (do not remember why at all)… First I did Young Winston (see elsewhere in this Blog)… now I am working on Charles Saganne (Depardieu) as a French ADC (mounted) … he is already primed for paint… and his horse has got a new “rouleau” just for the fun of it! (I am getting better with plasticine or milliput)

More to the point a couple of dismounted ADC’s for the British Army (see pic).

And what is even much more fun a couple of motorcycle riders! Full circle I guess (they were my first toys those kind of chaps!)…

So … try to Enjoy!

This is the chap my ADC’s are based on…
The Horse with “rouleau”.
Primed and prepared for painting (see horseman on the left)
On a more sunny job I corrected the medals on my French General! Count that as a bonus against boredom.