Wednesday, 16 October 2019

No Play Today!

As I discussed with CSG last night on the telephone, I wanted to paint today the Austrian Horse Grenadier officer I had made last week and then start the next game move. The regiment of 24 figures are all troopers, not wishing to have officers/musicians for each of the different squadrons, a single officer would be enough.
 
Inadvertently and unbeknown whilst leaning over the table I must have caught on my cardigan one of my favourite 2 piece vignettes. Not sure when...... And as you do I stood on it! 
 
So this morning was spent trying to make good both figures. Soldering, Milliputing and re-painting. I have to say repairing such miniatures is not easy and albeit it looks now OK it is not as good.....but
 
I then painted the horse grenadier officer.
 
More photos from yesterday and a shot of the new officer.
 
Once again my inbox had many emails from readers with kind words......Thank You
 
John
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

' Spectacular '

Well I would say that................
 
It is a real pleasure to move these painted miniatures and take photographs. I am certainly lucky to have such a wonderful collection to enjoy.
 
Just had a chat to DJ discussing next years painting slots. And this evening, a good chat with CSG.........A great hobby day!
John
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Boom Boom Boom

The artillery start the action.
 
Each artillery piece will represent a number of guns. In the case of the 'big guns' each will fire 4 times per move. If the armies were larger I would probably have increased this to 5.
The single piece field guns represent 2.
 
Already the Austrians have had two guns destroyed and one disabled for two moves. Which means the 16 gun battery is now down to 13 for the next move.
John
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ready

Time to throw some dice.
 
Thank you to ALL readers that have found time to email expressing their delight on seeing the troops at Jarmirz.
 
Even my Grandson yesterday was amazed by the sight of so many miniatures on the table.
John
 
 
 
 

Monday, 14 October 2019

Big Battle for 2019

The table is now set for Jarmirz.
 
This is the biggest game I have set up since Fulda (AMG book) and certainly more miniatures than Mollwitz.
 
A quick count and we have circa 1700 miniatures on the table with more Austrian infantry and cavalry still to be placed. The Prussians only have hussars to call upon. So slightly over 2000 pieces in total. At my preferred scale of 1 : 30 = 60000 effectives.
 
The table could have been longer but this size gives another free room to maneuverer all miniatures, still have sufficient seating space and a free workbench. 
 
The photographs show the fruits of years of hobby time. On the table are about thirty per cent of the painted Prussians and about seventy per cent of the Austrians.
 
The game starts 9am tomorrow.
 
John
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Welcome to the Military Gentleman's Webpage

Some years ago, following a series of articles shown on the internet of a campaign that I had completed, an American lady called Marcia contacted me regarding her ancestor who had been mentioned in a number of the engagements. This led to many conversations, emails and paperwork crossing the ‘big pond’.

It soon became apparent that, as a result of our correspondence, we had the material and the background to this character to turn his story into a publication. And so, with Marcia’s blessing, ‘The Travels and Adventures of an Officer of the 18th Century’ was born. The work, which is written as an adventure story, covers the earlier part of his military life.

The second part of the book is an extensive gallery of over 100 pages, including a number of double-page landscapes, allowing many of the models in the collection to be shown separately, along with photographs of other miniatures that are not included within the main story. 

The project has taken about seven years, from concept to publication.  Figures had to be made and painted, and models constructed to create the period backdrops in keeping with this amazing story. With the help of many friends, I have now completed the book, and it is now available.


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The book has 300 pages, and this first limited edition (of 500 numbered copies) will be produced in large format (305mm by 230mm), on high quality 170gsm silk paper, cased in wibalin over 3mm boards, for a high-value production.

The binding is sewn litho to ensure stylish reproduction and because there are a number of double-page spread photographs. The unique inclusion of two ribbons will allow you the reader to keep an eye on the gallery section whilst at the same time enjoying the main story!

About the Photos

The pictures shown within the text of this webpage are merely "snaps" and do not appear in the book itself. (For an example of the professional photographs within the book, see the picture of the flags at the foot of this page).
Most pages of the book are illustrated with original pen and ink drawings, specially commissioned military artwork, and professional photographs of model soldiers. In total there are more than 500 images throughout the book, covering:
  • the Russian /Ottoman Wars,
  • Wars in Western Europe,
  • the Bavarian Succession,
  • and the conflict in America, culminating in the Wars with France and Spain. 

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Within the book, there are:
  • full-scale, pitched battles
  • skirmishes
  • duels
  • naval engagements 
  • and sieges
involving regular troops from the main protagonists of the 18th century world; and irregular troops, from Ottomans to North American Indians.

Please note:
This book is not for those who want a set of games rules, or a series of "how to" articles; but it is for those collectors who appreciate the fine art of beautiful model soldiers and armies in wonderful settings, including extensively detailed model towns and cities.

How do I acquire the book?

Go to the Book Order tab/button on the navigation bar above, and follow the process on that page, and you will receive the book within just a few days.



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Thank you for your interest.

Best wishes

John