Vignette

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This kind of work is absolutely awesome, I would never get to this level I am sure… but enjoy the work of others. Quite humbled when I see one like this…

Technically it is a Vignette… but I have always considered this pure Artwork!

Some M.M. for a change…

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I have never been “into” the middle ages… but to say them provide inspiration for great modeling is an understatement. Have already explained elsewhere in this webpage why… so I will not repeat myself.

Progress on Paul Watson’s Gordon Highlanders continue… have not lost my hand thanks God, but to get the same colours as REPLICA uses is more complicated that I thought… well, I guess from a distance (No not a mile!) they would be alright.

Facebook seen… sorry I did not keep the author’s name… just fantastic painting job.

Another Knight’s Group.

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It is a bit funny I keep been impressed by those pics of Knight’s (and men-at-arms) because (also) I never indulged that particular warrior period (among many others)… in this case I learned too soon that for everyone of your lovely pageantry Knight clad figures you had to paint 10 not so decorative men-at-arms and a hundred peasants (scruffy if you please!) or bilmen or archers or whatever lesser folks… that put me off. It is really funny how the mind of a wargamer works… you need all sorts you know. Enjoy.

As always seen in Facebook

Mastery

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I know, I have posted his work before… but well you must forgive me because I think it is superb Military Modeling… Not my field of expertise at all, but I am not immune to it. So here we are again.

Captured in facebook… work by Alberto Bertoni

John Firth’s Own (II)

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Lets have some cavalry from the same author.

Really you can field exotic uniforms of Yeomanry and Volunteers that way, curiously enough THE BATTLE OF DORKING intended as a “depressing and alerting” book is somehow revered by the wargames fraternity as an opportunity to turn the tables on the willy foe! (You need all sorts you know…)

Fancy uniforms… the stuff of ZENDA!
And again…

Maybe some more tomorrow. Enjoy.

British Napoleonics 28mm

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My first love when I discovered metal soldiers was the Waterloo battle (see elsewhere in this same web page), then I was convinced that it was a British/French affair (lol)… much later I discovered the King’s German Legion, The Hanoverians, The Dutch&Belgian, the Nassauers and of course the Prussians! (LOL). It was a long journey… and now at seventy I know that the main pleasure was in the “journey”… all those years buying books, reading about it, checking (and double-checking ) my Armies compositions etc etc etc.

It was a great hobby, and I was entertained for more or around thirty years by it!… I have no regrets. But I must comment that one of the things that put me out of it was when the “finish of the painting job” become Military Modeling like!… I have nothing against it mind… but in my mind the point was not there, the pic of today shows what can be achieved in that scale (and inferiors too) by extremely good painters. Transforming a wargames unit (I must admit I was more Toy Soldier focused) in a mini diorama. You need all sorts you know!… Suddenly my painfully researched and balanced Waterloo Armies looked as “past” as a British Two Seater if you know what I mean (my other hobby been cars). So I quitted.

Military Modeling like minis…

Not wargaming mind, I still have the thrills!, but you’ll need a magnifying glass to see my 6mm ACW paintjobs! (lol again)… seriously even having a permanent quite big table (see elsewhere in the webpage) I love to have more “room to manoeuvre”… “no secure flanks”… and “lines of supply”… I understand perfectly the trend to downsize the minis and have more fun with the game itself. Now I simply collect in the traditional 54mm scale (as I have always done), display them on cabinets ad hoc… and wargame in 6mm.

Mind, I still love those units as the pic of today shows but my time for them has passed away, nor I have the room to field them, nor the funds or time to get them “right” (I have abstained to enter in the argument of “parade look” versus “campaign look” on purpose… I always preferred the former…).

So, without much more to say today… I will let you ponder on it. Enjoy.

Repainted for the better…

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What a good paintjob can do for the castings (all of them) is wonderful.

Her Majesty’s Guards (or Household Division Troops) are a popular choice among collectors or simply aficionados whatever the level. It has much to do with that the daily exposure in such well know military procedures as the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, The handing of the keys at the Tower of London, and similar at Windsor castle. The more “touristic attraction” the more popularity in children minds… So, let it be.

Hardly original subject… but a CLASSIC IMHO. As seen in Facebook.
Even with a bit of patience you can do it with Playmobils. (Those are my own).
By the end of your “collecting life” you would have gone megalomaniac (well, a bit). Those are mine.

Excellence

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A picture is worth a thousand words… so…

I have many times explained that this is not my particular field of interest as a collector or simply aficionado… but one has to take his hat off when see something like that (in facebook of course!).

THAT is excellence in Military Modeling

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.