Monday, 31 January 2011


More piccies of my latest French. I could get quite used to painting the line infantry, even the artillery but the cavalry is just plain hard. Still practice will make it easier. This years modelling project is (Deo Vollente) to build up a Nap French army between three of us to 60 line battalions (36 figs each) 12 light battalions (36) 12 light cavalry regiments (24) 12 heavy cavalry regiments (32) 9 foot batteries (1 limber, 1 cassion, 4 guns and 16 gunners per battery and 6 horse batteries (ditto). In a word NOCHANCEATALL but set the bar high and we might get a proportion. Notice gentle reader no mention of any guard units. The reason for this omission is that the world and his wife have guard units (especially French Imperial) coming out of their proverbial ears and anyone joining in the fun would alomost certainly already be replete with them...yes, even me, the Napnovice know how many times the guard fought....not worth the paint. Having said that I must get some Old Guard immediately.

look hands

aprez vous m'suer

stop at the wall
Protect the stuff, at all costs, protect the stuff...It's bad enough people actually TOUCH your stuff but far, far worse is when it gets damaged. But lets face it stuff gets damaged usually by YOU..yes, you know who you are...vandal! I used, in the olden days, to have a cupboard in which to shove stuff. Unfortunately my wife also knew and so when we had visitors everything was thrown into this cupboard the instant visitors approached the front door. One sad day the inevitable happened and I saw an item sail through the air, through the half opened door and neatly flip a try of 20mm German infantry all over the place just as the door was slammed shut on an LMG team. Our visitors couldn't be expected to understand the stoney and shocked silence of that long evening interspersed with a gently weeping host laying a wreath and kneeling reverently at an airing cupboard door. Now wipe that tear from your eye gentle reader and I will show you my Napoleonic answer (again) but surfice it to say WW2 figures are locked in their own steel cabinet trays with a sturdy lock at least 60 yards and two fire doors away from children, pets, disinterested friends and relatives and viewed by appointment and invitation ONLY by friends who first undergo a training and vetting proceedure (white gloves optional) pressure.

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