I have been given a publication date of July 21st - that would be NEXT WEEK DUDES ! for the publication of this my first book so you can see I'm just a tad exited about this. Looking forward to it.
Last Christmas my wife Carole bought be a subscription to the BBC History magazine. I'd bought the mag of and on from newstands for several months before and found it always interesting and occasionally fascinating. Now the is not a Military History mag but rather general History and frankly all the better for that. Let's face it quite a number of the wargaming fraternity have a pretty narrow view of History - just like much of the general population only more so - therefore getting a more rounded view of the past cannot be but a Good Thing (Sellar and Yeatman take note !) I may not always agree with the writers but they make you think which again must be accounted a Good Thing. The precise worth of individual copies will depend upon individual tastes but in the above issue alone we have mention of - Old Noll as you can see, but also Mary Wollstonecraft, The Tokyo Olympics- 1964- and Slime mould to mention only four highlights in a magazine that is full of both longish readable articles and fascinating little snippets. Past issues have included pieces on the Battle of Thermopylae, the Peasants revolt and the Sikh War.
All issues also have a plethora of book reviews and notices of historical events and event of interest to the historically minded. Never had a totally duff issue yet... wish the same could be said for wargames mags.
After a bit of heart- searching I have decided to unload my Front Rank Seven Years War units. I know plenty of chaps like Front Rank models and they do plenty of lovely stuff but these have never been entirely to my taste. I bought them when I was building up my 28mm Seven years War collection but the time has come for them to move on.
All are for the French army. Most of them are cavalry as that is what I was short of a dozen or more years ago but there some Schomberg light Infantry and an artillery piece with crew as well. Most were professionally painted, either by Steve Skinner or Rob Anderson. though the gun and some of the dragoons are my work.
|Schomber Dragoons- Painted by Steve Skinner 15 figures|
|Schomberg Light Infantry 26 figures painted by Steve Skinner|
|Royal Dragoons and a gun and crew. Painted by me.|
|French Line Cavalry painted by Rob Anderson.|
|More French Line Cavalry. Painted by Rob Anderson.|
|2 shots of the Royal Dragoons. Painted by Rob Anderson.|
So in total there are 26 foot 57 cavalry and a gun and crew. These is also a 2 mounted figure command group - also painted by me but I don't yet have a pic of that.All of these pics were already in the files so to speak. the 3 Rob Anderson painted units are each 12 strong.
Once I get a bit of time spare- rare currently- I will post each unit individually on FB Historical Wargames Buy Swap Sell . But if anyone fancies the lot well offers in the region of £700.00. Shipping cost will depend upon where you live of course.
So I am finally able to show some finished figures. All of which will be going into various "Indian" projects. All of these figures are Old Glory 25 or indeed 28mm (Yes Dudes they are the same thing for most people unless you have 3mm angst!). They come from various ranges - Indian Mutiny, North West Frontier, Crusades and Renaissance Persians.
|Persian High command. These will, of course end up as Mughals.|
|A lovely mob. Models from the Cursade and the Indian Mutiny range . Old Glory 28mm.|
|Pathan Command. Lots of variants in this one- even the same bodies have head variants.|
|A smaller mob. These from the Old Glory Indian Mutiny range|
|Another shot of the Pathan Command. The chaps with Sniders and Martini- Henry will be for the 1897 Pathan Revolt. The chaps with Jezzails will become part of a Rohilla mercenary band for the 18th century.|
So the assorted India project move on - slowly but they move. Quite chuffed at how many Old Glory models I can use to get into the earlier parts of British India . Next up are a bundle more Sikh Goracharra cavalry.
I don't often buy books on Naval matters but over the years I have amassed a small number of volumes about messing about in boats- and not only by Kenneth Graham either.
I have A.T.Mahn's Influence of Sea Power Upon History - a portentous and now dated but still useful volume about warfare in the Age of Sail.plus a small collection of WW1 and WW2 naval books - probably less than 20 volumes all told. So when doing the supermarket chore the other week I was surprised to find Max Hastings' book OPERATION PEDESTAL concerning the Allied 1942 attempt to get supplies through to Malta
Now Hastings can read and write but sometimes is a bit right wing for my taste but this one is a good un. He spares no one in the story of cock up and courage occasional cowardice and sheer bloody mindedness that was the four day battle to get supplies through to beleaguered Malta - which was only a bare few weeks from starvation . Operation Pedestal has been treated as one of those British successes against adversity by the nationalist propagandists of WW2 and up to a point so it was but it was also a collection of balls ups- by both sides which turned- for the Axis a victory- which they trumpeted into a mere losing draw. Losses for the British were heavy- including a carrier sunk, an Admiral doing a runner and only 5 merchant ships actually reaching their destination. Yet it was enough. Just- to enable Malta to survive . Of course if the prize was worth the cost is another matter but that does not stop the story being something of an epic in itself. Well worth purchasing especially if you can get it cheaper than list -which I did. Nice one Max.
I am finding out that there is more to publishing a book than writing the thing. Currently going through the final proof before the book goes off to the printers. Checking the 8 pages of colour plates and the captions to the Black and white illustrations and the maps and battle plans is quite a bit more arduous than I imagined when I started. Not that I begrudge such duty - far from it but it does not half make your back ache poring over the screen for such a comparatively long period of time without a break.
Still , no worries it is getting done.
However what with that and getting the usual crop of orders out- not to mention a bundle of back orders it means that other stuff- such as figure painting has been almost entirely absent for the last week or so .
Hence no new pics in this post
well perhaps just this one ......
One of the very minor downsides of running a model soldier company and doing a lot of wargame shows, is that, over the years, you end up with a plethora of ex-display case units that don't have armies to belong to. There are armies that I simply have no interest in building and even less in playing games with. Some of these units are- to all intents and purposes "Factory Fresh" having done no more work than travel up and down the country and then stand in a display case for a year or two's shows or have their pictures taken for magazine adverts or website pictures..
As I rifle through my assorted boxes I have discovered several units which fit this criteria all OLD GLORY of course as well as a bundle of stuff I simply don't use any longer. Most of these professionally painted and table ready. It is time for them to move on to create space for more .So over the next few weeks I shall post pictures of these units as I check 'em out for"travel-dings" and make any repairs that may or may not be needed. So far I have found - all 28mm-
A bunch of about 20 or so Norman Cavalry
Some Vikings from the Somerled range- again about 20
A unit of 10 Dark Ages Magyar cavalry
Some Old Glory 2nd Edition Union Infantry.
A 24 figure unit of Italian Wars Swiss Pikes
A10 figure unit of Polish Winged Hussars plus their 10 Pancerni.
So here are pics of the Poles and the Magyars. Prices?
Well the Poles and the Magyars are £100.00 per unit plus shipping which will of course depend upon where they are going
|The two units of Polish. Hussars and Pancerni .|
|Close up on 1 Hussar.|
|The Pancerni unit|
|Close up of the Hussars|
|The Magyar Cavalry. |
More photos of more "spare units" as I sort them out. After all I need some new toys to paint !