Nile Gunboat

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Those asiduous in this webpage will recognise a recurrent theme… a lot of wargamers and modelers actually enjoy doing Nile Gunboats! Even yours truly indulged in scratchbuilding a tiny one in 25mm for my MINIFIGS (LOL) I must look in the vault to see if I found a pic… (a sorry example compared with those in 54mm).

Enjoy!

Very nice model and crew!

Another post on M.M.

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French Officer… as seen many days ago in facebook.

I am sorry I did not keep track of the author’s name… It is quite impressive the painting skills of a lot of Military Modelers. Enjoy

Fabrimore’s production…
Same as above… as seen in facebook

I own very few Military Modeling pieces… see elsewhere in this web page… I love them… but not for playing with them at all… once they are finished they are only for display… Toy Soldiers or Wargame minis have much more appeal to me because I can “do things” with them! Nevertheless it is a prominent part of our hobby and often brilliant!

Perfection

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Several dys ago I posted (a share) this awesome piece in Facebbok, I must find the author and pay due respect… found the water splashes fascinating… an unusual approach to say the least!

Indian tribes did make war to one another before the “manifest destiny” pressure (to be euphemistic)… I am not a good Military Modeler myself (say average-low) but I am duly impressed with works of art like that. I think the author is a Spaniard… Asociacion de Modelismo Alabarda is all I know…Congratulations!

Not what you will call a group of Toy Soldiers… but I do… I do… I do…

Little Big Horn

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The guidon is wrong in colors and number… but a nice impression overall. Seen in Facebook.
Much much much more realistic… as seen in Facebook too!

25th of June… LBH day… so many different approaches to it in a long lifetime… at seven years of age I would have followed Errol Flynn anywhere (Custer or the real Custer was not important at all). As so many others I was hooked on THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON… great Hollywood historical fiction… that Anthony Quinn (Crazy Horse) would end as a Catholic Pope on the flick THE FISHERMAN’S SHOES is not here not there… But I digress…

The Little Big Horn has a pathos of their own… we in Europe have Leonidas and the Thermopylae… Americans have Custer… If you read about a hundred of books on the matter (as I did) you will discover that Custer will die no matter what… and that he put himself and his battalion in a NO WIN-NO WIN situation.

The best books in my collection are those by Frederick Wagner III… you do not need to read much further than those. But there are other more general that are a good read too.

Must read… specially second from the left.

Of course at Seventy I would not have enlisted in the Seventh Cavalry in the first place… that is how time changes your perspective!

Honour the death (on both sides) of what will become the native american’s swan song…

Incidentally over the years I have build the 7th Cavalry in 15mm (MINIFIGS), 28mm (FOUNDRY), 75mm (PLAYMOBIL) and finally in 6mm (BACCUS proxies). A long life wargaming obsession…

Tired of seeing this one?… every year I am afraid… Riding to posterity (if not “glory”)

Sadly I di not take pics of the impressive 15mm lot… a pity perhaps… sold them long time ago… if 15mm is your thing there are no better “Injuns” in the market than MINIFIGS… the 28mm FOUNDRY are the most “historically accurate”.

Last Stand Hill in 28mm

and last but not least the man himself (quite idealized I agree)

Andrea Miniatures (54mm) I guess…

I will not resist the temptation and I adjoint my Playmobils too!

It finally has evolved in a long post today… but probably something in it would interest you (if you have read so far!).

Garryowen.

A-Hunting we will go…

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Not Toy Soldiers, thank you I know…but very cute figures…

Incidentally the RCMP on the HEAD PICTURE represents police officer’s NOT soldiers (as it has been said to me millions of times)… but the first ever figure I got was a “mountie”… and that’s that!

Military Modeling II

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Smacks of P.C. Wren… or BEAU GESTE to be more precise. The world is divided in two big groups those who have read it and those who do not care…

A book that is “different” in such a way… that the “lessons” you learn are not the same at 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 or 70 years of age. I know because I have read it at those ages and the perspective changes a lot. A critic would accuse Wren of racism, xenofobia, antisemitism, prejudices, mysoginia, white (anglo-saxon) supremacy, his phobia about “mixing races” etc etc etc… but he penned a masterpiece about “the decent thing to do”. It’s a fictional novel but with “morals”, it is a novel of adventure (boy’s own) but only in the surface… it is a Police Mystery novel (a “polar” the French say) but not quite… is it a “love story” (only in a way)… it is a Military novel and the abuse of power… (not at all but it served me right when I did my compulsory military service in the Spanish Army when the Sahara was still in Spanish hands… 13 months of boredom… so I know what “le cafard” is first hand)… I recently gave copies of the book to my grandchildren… would they ever read it?… I do not know at all… but I have passed it away anyhow…

Hope they do a lavish edition for the Centenary of its first publication.

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Ok. Let’s pay homage and follow suite… guess those pics of Grenadier Guards by the talented Mr. Dilley will suffice… after all I was born in 1952 and she has always been there as a Queen (“THE” Queen in fact)… so it is part of my life too!

Outstanding models as usual… and never take this for granted…

You can even read the battle honours!… and YES thay are 54mm…
Just to be “complete”