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
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!
Sometimes, but not always, I ponder about the futility of it all… I mean what’s the real (or imaginary) purpose of this web page?… to keep you entertained? (I mean people I do not know but surely have the same interests as me)… so, you have your daily ration of Toy Soldiers from me?… surely not… Is it me?… meaning do I have such a boring old life nowadays that I feel the need to communicate with the rest of the world to “justify” my last days giving away my experiences?… LOL (It has been a hot night damn it!). Summer is prone to those divagations… so I better end in a positive note… gonna try to finish reading the OSPREY: THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG 1863 (1) (they have promised two more volumes)… and for once they have nailed the text , the info, and AT LAST! the illustrations (and I mean the new art in colour) the old photographs we know by heart!… A book I can recommend without reservation.
Funny, today I have a bit of time to write… well… the pic is to the point… by then I mixed and matched manufacturers… I did find DIXON horses fantastic coupled with FOUNDRY riders (but not exclusively… TO THE REDOUBT and OLD GLORY too!).
It was the apex of my involvement in wargaming on that scale, I had a moderate surplus of bits and pieces from here and there and I could easily change “heads” at will with my PROXON minidrill and vice… had a lot of horses of discarded projects (that I would use in fancy units as the mounted Regiment of the French Foreign Legion)… and life in the hobby was FUN.
I still used painting services for the rank and file, and only did paint myself “specials” or closer to my heart subjects. You see I had NO time enough to paint because my real life as an Architect used my time… and I have a family too!… so the only way was to organize, list, buy, get the parcels, customize, send the biggest part to the painters with full instructions… and paint a little myself.
I enjoyed those years of my hobby to the full because time was so scarce. I am older now… over seventy (bot my grandfather and father were dead at my age)… no longer can I have fantasies about long term projects… I’ve done that, been there, got the T-Shirt as they say… but surely enough those new technologies help me pass the time and share my experiences with other people with similar interests.
The Michigan Brigade of Volunteers is a pet subject (as the ACW is) and Custer was better served in the Civil War than in his “Indian times”… the famous 7th had NOT the same stamina as the wolverines… understandable too of course… I own more than a hundred volumes on the Little Big Horn and after reading them… you can have a moderate sympathy with Custer as a man doing his job… but the so called “Indian Wars” were frustrating from a military point of view.
That Custer is better known for his death in a NO WIN situation that for his campaigning in the ACW is one of those ironies in History.
Wow!… time to write without interruptions for a change!… count the present one as an extra Post. Hope you enjoy too.
I know… I sold mine with a very few exceptions… but I still can appreciate their worth… they are not suitable for me because I love BIG battles (aka Gettysburg or Antietam) and 6mm are better for wargaming those SOLO… Enjoy!
I found this pic on Facebook some weeks ago… even if you think this is not here not there… well… I love it!… it is minimalist but to the point somehow… Enjoy.
As an addendum the eagle-eyed among you would have noticed the lack of head on the figure of the Bass Drummer Guardsman… I know, you know and he (or she) probably knows that a simple order to (for example) DORSET SOLDIERS (by now IMPERIAL MINIATURES I guess) will supply the missing head (You can even buy painted and plug in with a bit of glue…)… BUT… it would not be VINTAGE then… LOL… really… in this hobby you need all sorts and ALL approaches are CORRECT! Just to clarify the point.