Quite old 54mm!

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First Empire… Napoleone Buonaparte the “corsican”

It is funny what History “makes” of some figures or “personages”… the collective of wargamers (me included) focus on the uniforms (gaudy) the generals leading from the front (that was a nice thing) and other colourful items of the period (same can be said of the XVIIIth Century of course!) and we tend to forget the horrors of those real wars… there are some positive aspects as civil populations were not involved to a point (try to go explain that to a German city who suported “billeted” French Napoleonic Garrisons or for that matter to a Spaniard who simply wanted the French OUT! and did his/her best to make war -even the nasty guerrilla war- to produce that result).

Be that as it may Napoleon was one of a kind, an exponent of meritocracy (and ambition) post Revolutionary (1789) he reformed laws and promoted a more just living in France (generally)… the ideas of the Revolution are now widely accepted in modern democracies… but of course were a shock for old monarchies in Europe (count aristocrats IN)… Europe made war to Napoleon as a consequence (even if he favoured moving and striking first!).

A fascinating human being with lights and shadows but a high IQ. It is, of course anachronic to “judge” Bonaparte by modern standards with hindsight and all that jazz… he marked a period of History for better and for worse.

Nice Miniature by the way… as seen in Facebook!

PS: Passed the 110.000 visitors bar today… a solid third of them from the USA!…quite puzzled by it.

Lancers for traditional AGW wargaming…

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First two pics by John Firth and the last by John Clarke. All easy to see in Facebook if you go to A GENTLEMAN’S WAR group… I dutifully bought the rules by Howard Whitehouse… they are fun to read… but not what I do with 54mm Toy Soldiers… You need all sorts you know…

Those are very fine Toy Soldiers and excellently painted, I do not use mine with those rules, and I have to say they are more “historically collected” and only for display because I have them in 6mm too… and there is where I wargame…

French Lancers
Rather fancy lancers…
The officer is out of THE PRISONER OF ZENDA… aka Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Send a Gunboat!

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There was a time when the Gunboat policy was efficient… that is MY time… As if you do not know it… not interest at all in modern times on my own particular selective pastime or hobby. Of course I am not an Imperialist in real life but those were romantic times…

In fact I think like the child I once was in matters of Toy Soldiers… not that I am not aware of modern times… I keep posted enough thanks… got my dose of real news every day in this mad world.

Reading and enjoying Kipling if you know what I mean.

There was a time when that was enough! (Quite French if you ask me… see sailor)
Paul Watson’s own gunboat! See in Facebook the evolution of the Deep Sea Diver… great!

Vignettes to end a collection…

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You must be tired of my wanderings, but that surely completes the big cabinet.

Now, if only Andrew Stevens admits orders in September I would be sorely tempted in adding three or four figures to the other cabinet…

Nurses and a Medical Officer (STEADFAST)
And the Military Policemen set by STEADFAST
Could not resist adding Lestrade (Plian Clothes Detective STEADFAST)

TINTIN like soldiers…

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Seen in the H.G.Wells Group in Facebook (in fact even before my holidays)… I found them very Tintinesque or Tintinophile look alike. Do not know the scale exactly but the caption in Facebook must help I guess…

Kevin Dallimore, painter extraordinaire, just posted this. 30mms from Mark Copplestone’s new inter-war range. Look for NORTH STAR MINIATURES.

Borduria’s own Army I guess… or is it me?

Maiwand /Kandahar… Second Anglo-Afghan War.

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Back from Holidays… LOL

I do not know why they call them holidays at all… but well I am a bit conservative so let’s go away with it!

Hope diplomatic relations with Andrew can be restored…

“Saving the Guns at Maiwand”… Have the 54mm Toy Soldiers thanks to Andrew Stevens from REPLICA.
Here you have them (again). Some of them are for Kandahar of course!
Playmobils…
Indian Mountain Battery
Guides Cavalry
Gordon Highlanders
Gurkha’s
Corps of Guides Infantry… all boxes by REPLICA!

A BIG BANG!…

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Gun with a big bang… probably can outshot the limits of your tabletop…
Where can French Chasseurs charge British Infantry? ,,, answer: In A Gentleman’s War…
Much more my kind of Artillery… BTW see the face of the General seen his Hussars flee!

It all started with a BIG BANG… but today I have decided to take a rest… as The Kinks sung I’ts Too Hot!…

Shall I post in the future Yep never fear… as a matter of fact I will add a Post today of my pet subject… the ACW… finally decided to update the Post before this one with an ACW pic… it is good to go with a BIG BANG!