Wednesday, 30 June 2010

I blame Steve Gill , old boy...


Yes you did read this correctly. Well actually I don't really blame him and hereby apologise for seeming to be rude to Mr Gill.
Let me explain. I have been re reading my back issues of "Battle games" magazine of late . I am tired at the end of term and have enjoyed this stimulating yet not over taxing reading material. I have enjoyed myriad articles but one review has stuck in my head- one by Steve Gill of 1866 period Austrian hussars. In it he talks of the idea of 19th Century imaginations. This has gone round and round in my head of late. Yesterday I scribbled thoughts onto my Dodo pad on the train and was heartened/hooked /distracted (depending on one's point of view) by the ideas that flowed. I am still undecided but need a new project in a new period to get over a certain modelling jadedness. Besides the Helion figures are amazing...
Yet,dear reader, I await your comments. Thank you Steve Gill for sowing the idea in my mind of a little corner of Europe, an extra curve in the Rhine still unmapped and a place of forests,castles and the joys of efficent rail travel!

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Swiss Navy- no honestly....

I am trying to find information about the Swiss Navy- yes, you did read correctly ! I know Switzerland is landlocked but the country maintains patrols upon the lakes. I have posted a picture from around ww2 and another from 1783 ( Lake near Zurich I believe) - I cannot find more info or images and would like to find out what boats were used in the 18th Century and circa 1900- 1918. If you can help it would be really appreciated...


Sunday, 20 June 2010

De Saxe @ Midsommer

Tomorrow is Midsommer in the Duchy of Tradgardland- a day of celebration and feasting culminating in the dancing of the Herring Dance around the bonfires which light up the night .

But that is tomorrow...

Today Duke Karl Frederick is in his study having spent his day in horticultural pursuits and needing to be refreshed by a glass of wine. He gazes wistfully at the portrait of his old friend Maurice de Saxe which graces his study wall. The Duke pours over the plates of the uniforms which his old friend had designed. Perhaps,Karl Frederick thinks,now is the time to raise a Legion. He gazes into the middle distance before ringing a bell to summon the court tailor.
( I have succumbed to some samples from Steve's comissioned De Saxe figures and look forward to their arrival here in the Duchy...)

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Amazing Maps!!!!!!


The BBC is currently showing a fascinating series on Maps- well worth catching on I player gentlemen...
Tonight they were looking at maps of London. Mentioned was a fascinating and very stylistically individualistic artistist/map maker called Stephen Walters. Here is a link to his amazing map of London-
You must have a look. If you do let me know what you think...
p.s inspired me to try a some area of Tradgardstadt in asimilar vein!

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Bicorne Rules thoughts

Many thanks for your thoughts upon the previous post I made. As a result I have been looking on my shelves at home as well as on the net to see what rules to use. I'm afraid I just don't want to spend £30 or so on rules no matter how well illustrated they are or highly reccomended...

As luck would have it I found the very thing on the bookshelves- "Playable Napoleonic Wargames rules" first published in 1987. They offer a staight forward and fun game without myriad rules/charts to read through. Just the ticket I think. The weekend comes tomorrow with the opportunity to do some more planning, looking out lead and maybe even some painting -reports permitting!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Minimum Force...


On the way home I was pondering the following- what is the minimum (in terms of numbers of units) size of force to give a satisfying game against an enemy? Also what would be the composition of such a force. As ever I am interested in what YOU think on this matter too...