... and beau geste
As in the old saw, 'send three and fourpence, we're going to a dance'. Or to the uninitiated, the garbled comms that should have been understood as 'send reinforcements, we're going to advance'.
But, my 42s project got some reinforcements today, in the shape of Irregular's interesting generic 19th Century armed civilians:
I based them this evening, and admired them. This will be a very useful little unit, and I'm sure the figures could find a home in many a table top war, for example, with those tall 'round hats' they would do very nicely as War of 1812 Upper Canada militia.
As part of the great migration to my shed, I have come across all sorts of half forgotten bits of kit from the past. Look at this:
Only slightly damaged, one of the classic Airfix standbys - the Foreign Legion fort. A bit of work and it will be better than new. I don't have any 20mm Foreign Legion chappies, nor angry desert fellows, but it could well do for a combined Egyptian/British sorting out the Mad Mahdi type scenario. As an aside, not so long ago our esteemed BBC had a piece on its web pages about the whole 19th Century Sudan business. Now, I know it is easy to think that the B[ritish] B[roadcasting] C[orporation] is little more than a nest of EU-loving, politically correct, North London (big insult here in Blighty, for overseas readers) vipers, but the piece on the Sudan did make me wonder. What initially caught my eye was the phrase, 'and the Victorians called him the Mahdi'. Er, no, as any wargamer knows, the Victorians called him 'the MAD Mahdi'. Doesn't mean to say he was mad, just that that is what the Victorians called him - it's known as a 'fact'. Then I realised that the piece made no mention of slaves and slaving, and that dear old 'Chinese' Gordon (our, British, version of the Mad Mahdi, but not to be confused with Charlton Heston) was rather set against such horribleness. But, then, perhaps whichever twenty something, Oxford University, English Literature graduate who had written the piece for the said nest of BBC North London vipers, didn't know that the 'Brits' (thanks, IRA) were against that sort of thing by then. The same sort of problem arises when people think about Haile Selassie - the 'Lion of Judah' - they don't know about the slaves. Mind you, the poor old fellow did come to a sticky end, when the revolting Bolsheviks murdered him. They didn't believe in slavery either. Apparently.
Now the question after all that rambling is, does the carbon monoxide alarm work in my wood burning stove bunker paradise? Of course it does! And this evening I was warm as toast, burning bits of wood that I had only today salvaged from a skip:
Sort of 21st Century foraging for firewood.