Toy Soldiers Geneva Convention.

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Excellent Models!… but I hate Indirect fire… it is perhaps too much realistic for me!

Do not misunderstand me those are Toy Soldiers (BRAVO!)… but as an ex-infantryman I loathe mortars and distant Artillery you know… so I am all for the line of sight gunnery approach… no wonder I like to wargame the ACW. This is perhaps too close to reality I fear. Something of a beast gun.

So perhaps we need a Toy Soldiers Geneva Convention after all… I know War (and wargames) are based on the point of throwing “things” to the enemy… but limits would be nice.

Probably the limit (read “my limit”) on the tabletop… LOL

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.

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.

70

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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”

Tony Dilley (again) II

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The Wagon “service” is an interesting model concept. 54mm Conversion.

Busy days. Not so busy as to do not appreciate the work of Mr. Tony Dilley again, if there is a frontier or red line between Toy Soldiers and Military Modeling Tony walks along it nicely and without apparent effort (just love his work!).

I do not “convert” a lot (a bare minimum in my Toy Soldier collection) and never with that quality of craftsmanship. Have run out of place actually… my cabinets look like the tube in Tokio… considering to put an end to collecting in 54mm for good (see next posts in the following days). I am nowadays only tempted to add 3 or 4 figures by the talented Andrew Stevens from REPLICA if ever bridges can be restored…

Enjoy!

Silly Hackers (extra post)

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I am sick of them. The purpose of this web page is – non commercial – and pretty harmless… I think. I only post pics and comments related to Toy Soldiers and gaming with them (that includes Wargames but NO Boardgames obviously).

The access code is unique and not used elsewhere by me… so it is idiotic to try to break it!… sadly it distorts my statistics… I am near 100.000 visitors (including hackers as per today) but the number of visits (near 300.000) is not relevant because it includes the robots who search the code… A sad world we live in… Is this going to bother me?… in fact NO… as long as someone is interested I will daily post.

Tcha!… needed to get it out of my chest.

54mm Custer at the LBH (idealized)… I am as stubborn at least! Cor!