Monday, 1 March 2021

Catching up on my reading 4

     One of the several downsides of being a relatively studious chap in today's whiz-bang -kapow world is that so much  of the wargames reading on offer is pretty lightweight. It is one of the reasons I don't often read wargames magazines any more - unless I find something in them to engage my brain. Now this does happen as there is sometimes still good stuff in their pages but so often the articles simply do  not interest me, being yet another scenario for a "game" I've never heard of and would not want to use anyway or perhaps a how to paint- this extremely expensive collection of assorted thingys wiv pointy ears or overly large ray guns, or even if historically based frequently merely a scenario for yet another skirmish game with little or no reference to the historical sources.



So it my come as no surprise that my reading is somewhat more "in depth" than most magazines can(or indeed would want) to provide. These glossy journals being at the shallower end of the  pond so to speak.

     Now currently I'm chewing my way through William Dalrymple's "The Anarchy" - which being Dalrymple is a meaty tome indeed in size much like his "White Mughals" and "The return of the King" and equally being Dalrymple concerning an Indian Subject. This time the rise of the East India Company from its comparatively humble beginnings in the 17thcentury to being  overlord of the Indian subcontinent by the  first decades of the 19th.  Shortly put and with massive over simplification the EIC stepped into the vacuum left by the crumbling of the Mughal Empire throughout the 18th century. There were plenty of bumps in the road  but that is essentially the main thrust of the narrative.  This is a subject close to my heart as Indian military history is definitely one of my "things". However this is not a purely military book but puts the battles, sieges and assorted political skulduggery into context. Therein lies its value, context is everything-otherwise there is little point to the battles we (or at least some of us) study.

Definitely recommended for anyone interested in the wars of India. 



Next up is Stuart Reid's Sheriffmuir 1715. Now this is a more military study as you would expect from Reid. Now it is a long way from the heat and dust of 18th century India to the rain and cold of 18th century Scotland  but that merely goes to show how wide my taste in history goes. Once again however this is a book which puts the Jacobite Rising of 1715 into its political context as well as giving us a fine breakdown of the armies involved in the campaign. I've actually had this one a few months and like most of Reid's books it is a good read (sorry !!). Stuart knows his stuff and since I have a Highland army in the throes of rebasing.......

Again recommended.- especially if you can find a cheap one.

As it happens I also have Jonathan Otes's book on the same campaign - but I have not read it yet . India was in the minds eys much warmer than Scotland so after Reid I went with Dalrymple..... 

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Snow Snow and a bit more Snow

 Waiting for a shipment to be delivered by UPS. Currently the tracker tells me Castle Donnington- that East Midlands Airport to you and me. At one point they said delivery yesterday but that didn't happen. Now they are simply saying "in transit" so we wait. At least the shipment is in the right country. 



 5th February Update.

 Had one box of the 14 box shipment delivered yesterday. The other 13 still "in transit" but have cleared customs. This of course is a side effect of the total balls up of Brexit- even though this shipment has come from the USA. No-one seems to know their arse from their elbow largely because our excuse for a Government don't know what the hell they are doing.

 Rest of the shipment will doubtless arrive in dribs and drabs over the next few days .

 Welcome to the world of "take back control" and "less red tape". God rot the bloody fools who voted for this. 


Monday, 18 January 2021

Sikh and Shiny.

 No Not a music hall act ..
.(I say I say Mr Shiny. My Wife's gone to the West Indies.
Jamaica Mr Sikh?
No She went of here own accord!.....)
 No it is not that all all - for which you may be thankful !
 While all you other chaps are painting away in isolation I'm managing to get a few items done while sending out gear to the chaps who are ... painting in isolation .
 So it goes.
 I am managing to add a few units to the various collections.

TLC for Old Lead Dudes 3

Minifigs 30mm British Napoleonic artillery of considerable age- about 1972 I think. 

Another view of the same group.


  The British Napoleonic Foot artillery are very aged Minifigs 30mm  pulled out from a very mixed lot of  aged 30mm stuff I picked up last year . Mostly guns limbers and horses of which this is the first fruits of those I can refurbish. There is also another British  gun and crew and a French crew without a gun and bizarrely a couple of Russian - I think- limbers and a British limber with horses and  riders- in the wrong uniform.
 All will go into the  "Shinyloo" collection which is now well over 300 finished. figures and still growing.


Sikh Wars

Nice Command figures- shame about the marching dudes. Fine paintwork from Jim though. 


A couple of additions to the Sikh Wars project which again has a long way to go. The Foundry Sepoys were a happy re-discovery. My good friend James Main painted them for me about 15 years ago - or perhaps longer- before the OG Sikh Wars range came out anyway.  They then languished in both his loft and mine until we both decided to  get into the Sikh Wars when "as if by magic" they re-emerged covered in dust and dead spiders. . Jim's excellent  paintwork survived admirably after a good bit of a clean up and basing. With the exception of the rather nice Command figures the unit lacks movement  for me and the marching figures especially  look a little stunted.  Size wise they blend in pretty well with OG so no worries there Have to get hold of some of those Studio Miniatures to see how they fit in. Not that I care really It would be nice to have at least one unit from all the Makers of Sikh Wars stuff in addition to the OG collection.   Once flagged they will still be the 25th Bengal Native Infantry ready to try conclusions with the Khalsa.

This unit when finished should be 7 bases- 28figures strong. 


 The Firing line is the first part of a unit for the Khalsa depicting non-Sikh troops of which there were a goodly number. The finished unit will have French tricolour flags.
Officer of Scinde Horse. 



The single mounted figure is an officer of the Scinde Horse in full dress- which they probably didn't wear on campaign but he is pretty and is the 6th figure in the OG British High Command set. 

So still ots more to do. Oh and a book to finish as well.