Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Things to Come
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Do I wargame, reenact or make models? Not these days but I feel qualified to write about these things and writing about them seems a reasonable contribution to the subject. If I can attract people with the opening sentences that occur on search pages the hopefully their curiosity will be aroused to look and look further. For this reason I try to group subjects so if someone is looking for something the other items are linked in some way. I don't promote the site really - I get less hits than say this time last year but I am not too bothered after all if I wanted loads of hits I could write about Big Brother or celebrities' sex lives or even Sharpe but then where's the challenge in that? I feel quite pleased when I write about something and it is about the only non commercial piece on it on the internet in the English language - then I feel pretty good - so I am naturally after the obscurer items of interest, creating a niche if you like.
Anyway enough rambling. Thank you for reading if you are a regular and if you're an irregular visitor sorry about the stuff that is of no interest - whatever that may be!
Friday, August 24, 2007
I've been browsing the various Swedish groups seeing which ones do the Great Northern War - why? seeing the clip from the Sovereign's Servant (see below) affected me enough to search out more on the 'Karoliner' - the Swedish soldier of the reign of Charles XII. Trouble is I don't speak Swedish and the online translators are a bit clumsy. I mainly mention all this so you can see how my mind works - I see a great epic movie and then I want to reenact it. This has been the way since I was a child and watched films like the Alamo at the Gaumont and then go and refight it afterwards in the cattle market buildings behind. But I digress. It's hard to separate the mythology from fact with regards the Karoliner but certainly legend has them as furiously aggressive on the battlefield in contrast to the norm of the time which was defensive relying on firepower rather than shock.
Check out the Links to see what is going on in Swedens historical scene.
Another battle scene from Sovereign's Servant - prelude to the clip below showing the Karoliners forming up.
Pic from the Swedish Army Museum
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
the Swedes are doing the Gå På thing....I need to know more about it!! OK I have found out - it's a movie Слуга государев
http://www.slugagosudarev.com/ - set in 1709 - English title The Sovereign's Servant and it's a tale of two Frenchmen who are sent into the camps of Peter the Great and Charles XII. Imdb says 'Worthy of a look for those interested in battle scenes and historical accuracy'. We're there dude. Prop musket for sale - wonder if there are any more props on the market?
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
This has to be my all time favourite Elvis moment - a brilliant Leiber and Stoller song beautifully delivered with a minimal backing - over shots of New Orleans - what more do you need to celebrate the life of the man taken from us 30 years ago. I'd love to cover this song but I would be in the worrying space of whether to anglicise it as crayfish thus losing the Elvisian syllable 'aw'. I actually feel a fair bit of guilt towards Crayfish - I used to hunt them down Vallis Vale and now everytime I go there I find none so I feel somewhat responsible. I also feel guilt over the Great Crested newt population of Broadway pond and the stone loach and gudgeon life at Feltham pond. But we didn't have game systems or the internet in those days - catching some rare pond life was about as good as it got for a ten year old in Frome.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Austrian Empire in the Age of Reason. These ferocious petite guerre experts were the envy of all Europe and it does my heart good to see them recreated so well. Members of the Dreispitz group - see photos of Kolin and other Seven Years War 250th events there. It makes me want to get involved in the anniversary events coming up - anyone out there want to do Austrian infantry?
Thursday, August 09, 2007
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Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Looking at the new Italeri set at Soldatini Online I think they've sculpted the bicorns too big but what the hell the poses are excellent. I might this winter start a project that's been in the back of my mind since I was about 12, that is recreating the armies of Austerlitz and the other great battles in this time in the history of warfare.
PSR French Infantry
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
This was a pleasant start to the day - a juvenile Buzzard landed on our roof. We snapped it and filmed it fly off uttering its characteristic mew. They're fairly common 'round here but it still gives us a thrill. We live on the edge of town so our humdrum life is occasionally punctuated by spotting a stoat or roe deer, but it's rare to actually film something. You can hear Susan worrying that this Buzzard was after our fave ferret Napoleon - now that would have been a Youtube moment... Buzzard versus Ferret....