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'A gaping silken dragon,/Puffed by the wind, suffices us for God./We, not the City, are the Empire's soul:/A rotten tree lives only in its rind.'

Thursday, 10 January 2013


... Glory!

My cup runneth over. This time courtesy of Pen & Sword Books, with this absolutely splendiferous tome:

Oh, delight, joy, happiness.

I have only peeked at the contents. I want a good, quiet, clear space to look carefully, perhaps with a glass of Port within reach.


However, I am applying myself to concrete matters too. My Brigadier Grant inspired order of Foundry (Perry sculpts) stove pipe shako British have arrived, and I have started on eight centre company men. I thought I might try an idea or two taken from Tim Beresford's current masterclass series in Battlegames magazine. His techniques seem complex for a simple fellow like myself, but I thought I might try his varied undercoating approach. He argues for black undercoat for 'dead' areas of colour, such as on muskets, and white for cloth. I can understand that, so I have begun on our fine fellows from the Peninsular campaign.


  1. You cannot go wrong with the peninsula - it is simply the most complete thing.

    1. I am coming to understand that you are correct. And to think, I have put this off for so many years. But, even the late hired labourer for the vineyard...

  2. Splendid book and great to hear about the stove pipe chaps.
    Don't forget about Wellington's first victory in Europe- Koge 1807.
    I have loads of 28mm Danes of 1807 on th epainting bench.It is one of the projects for 2013...
    best wishes

    1. Now, Your Grace, do not try and introduce another campaign! Let's see your 1807 Danes - I demand a post on 'em!

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    1. Indeedly ! And, you will agree, cheer making is that which we all have much need of.