Excellent Hussars painting job.

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28mm nappies painted to perfection (as seen in Facebook)

I know, I know, I know… a lot of Napoleonic stuff lately… after wargaming the period obsessively for thirty years it is quite normal to have a soft spot for those minis… In a way my own painting of them (mine can be seen under Waterloo or Napoleons posts in this web page) was much more an approach a bit more detailed than a traditional Toy Soldier (Think Britain’s 54mm) but never did I achieve that detail!… my bases were plain green (green grass with a bit of flock) and never painted eyes on them!… Those here today are simply superb! and shows that 25/28mm has the potential of been “Collecting stuff of the first order” due to the sheer quality of the casts… and the skills of the painters. Enjoy.

Not Napoleonic (for a change!)

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The Sport of Kings (as seen in Facebook)

I’ve been seeing a lot of nice Napoleonic stuff lately in Facebook, but thought it would be nice to show something different today. The Charles Grant (father&son) approach of the tricorne period was always appealing to me (not that this pic is related to them…). Charles Grant III is more WWII oriented I think…

Well, once I get home from this extended leave posts would be more profesional… not that it matters much… but I would be able to do it with my normal computer instead of the “mobile one”…

Britain’s II

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A very rare set of Britain’s… (even The Pope have soldiers!)

Spring is in the air… Cole Porter’s songs go around my head (I am more of a Beatles fan you know… that was my generation)… because I love nearly ALL music… but frankly the Swiss Guard is pertinent as a line for “Let’s fall in love”… …/.. even the Pope’s do it …/… I do not mean Pope’s collect Toy Soldiers (I do not know at all THAT)… but they have probably the most archaic guards uniforms around… and I would not mess with Swiss Guards… they have proved their Swiss Contract Loyalty dying to a man in several ocasions over the centuries…(probably one of the oldest serving units around) so do not confuse REAL LIFE with HOBBY LIFE… I am at pains to keep them separate at all times… Simply enjoy!

Britain’s

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Britain’s hollow cast “mounties” in 54mm are the ancestors of my own RCMP.

Not everyone has a collection of them (meaning Britain’s hollow cast), me neither… I had a big box of Coldstream Guards when a child and fortunate I was of having it!

Today the best way to complete your collection or start a new one if that is your taste in 54mm is going for REPLICA (Andrew Stevens)… I guess this summer he will have completed his move to a new home and quarters… and able to produce sets again. I wish him the best of luck!

Some colonials…

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In retrospect or with a lot of hindsight Imperialism (of any Century or era… so have a little perspective!… sometimes it was called simply “conquests”) was on the whole a bad thing (specially for the conquered). But if you love your History and know an average about it… inevitable somehow… That produced objectives for Nations (mainly as usual economic) and colourful units when “national” manpower was put to the test and found wanting…

So after a separation from my computer (a long week) here you can have a pic of some Colonial chaps… Enjoy.

Displaying your collection.

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The ultimate goal (for some of us) is the cabinets…

It seems a bit silly, but of course it is not… you are proud of your collection and what is the best way to show it?… a cabinet (or shelves)… sometimes the task of a lifetime span. This is my particular way of thinking (I try to keep the boxes too but first and foremost I like to display my collection). So I am all for this way of “showing” as this gentleman did on Facebook!