Sunday, 27 December 2009
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Happy Christmas To All!
friends and readers
have a wonderful
Holiday Season and
New Year filled with
prosperity and peace,
and continue to drop
by from time-to-time
to see where our
tour bus decides to
Monday, 21 December 2009
Capture of Oppenheim
A couple of pleasant figures from Wm Britain
These two figures out of their Redcoat range are pleasing. One a Coldstream Guard pikeman of 1670 and the other Francis Hawley c1685.
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Memoirs of a Cavalier by Daniel Defoe
Published in 1720 this novel - in full online - tells the tale of a 17th century soldier from the Thirty Years War on to the Civil War. Another version here
I am not sure what the source for this book is - I remember reading somewhere that it was based on interviews conducted by Defoe - does anyone know more about this book?
Chateau Trompette 3 D model
Friday, 18 December 2009
Martin Hyde the Duke's Messenger
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
The Restoration Company
'The first part of a promotional video recorded by Restoration Company, a Dutch-based early-music ensemble specialised in historically informed performance of English music from 1650-1750 -- the era that encompasses Purcell, Handel and their contemporaries. The group's careful attention to the political, cultural, theatrical and literary context surrounding the music is one of its defining characteristics. Our video -- here split into three parts -- demonstrates the breadth and quality of Purcell's music, as well as the capabilities of each member of the group, and the resulting musical coherence. Visit our website for the texts of the pieces, some explanatory notes, and more general information on the group and its repertoire'.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Friday, 11 December 2009
Interesting little film about the leader of the Norwegian group recreating the era of 1704 getting ready and firing the group's cannon.
Kong Frederik den IV's Tambourafdeling af 1704.
See them at a display in 2009 here.
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Gustav II Adolph
My Two Favorite Commanders Meet Osprey and Del Prado
I happened to find my figure through a retailer closing out some "out of box" samples at a very favorable price, but even at the regular subscription rate of $20 US per figure, these are fair value. Do watch the accuracy of the painting however, they also do a figure called "French Captain of Musketeers, 1670" which has the figure on the gray horse of the 1st Company, but with the black hat of the 2nd Company. Easy enough to correct, but annoying none the less! Still, all things considered, not a bad way to add a little extra color and inspiration to the gaming room, den or painting table. I have my figure of Turenne on a shelf above the area where I'm working on his 15mm counterpart. Until next time....
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Another Bila Hora 2009 film
Sunday, 6 December 2009
European Weapons and Warfare by Eduard Wagner
Friday, 4 December 2009
Jacobites in Derby
Battle of Lund 1676
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Spanish flintlock drill
Reconstruction of the loading sequence by some of the garrison at the Castillo de San Marcos near Fort Augustine in Florida.
A couple of images from the movie Alatriste
Exciting News in Plastic!
Until next time (hopefully without as long a delay!), enjoy the Holiday Season, ask Santa, Father Christmas, Peré Noel, or Kris Kringle for lots of new little toys, and be well my Friends.
My Absence and Apologies
First, my apologies for my lengthy absence from the blog. I have been in communication with Ralph and I believe he will concur that it was necessary, at least for my mental health. I do appreciate the personal e-mails that I received asking about me, and again apologize that I could not answer them in more detail at the time.
Ralph knows the full details of the actions that precipitated my absence, as my counselor recommended disclosing them to someone I considered a "close" friend. I will only speak in generalities here on the matter. Beginning in late August of this year, my Family has been exposed to an extremely traumatic series of events that I would not wish on anyone. This began when a Family member (by marriage I should note) betrayed the trust of the rest of the Family, and betrayed his responsibility as a Father by causing harm to another, defenseless and minor, member of the Family. This betrayal has had a "ripple" effect, resulting in criminal charges against the betrayer, my Daughter to be facing impending divorce, my Grandson and Granddaughter to now be without a Father, and my Wife and I to have to face our worst fears, deal with our own thoughts of retribution (biblical justice has entered my mind on more than one occasion), and try and keep the core Family unit together under the worst imaginable conditions. We are all undergoing counseling and hopefully will begin to see some return to normality in the near future. We did have a good Thanksgiving holiday under the circumstances, and hope to have a good Christmas, for the children if nothing else.
While I have kept up with goings-on here and on other blogs that I follow, and have attempted to publicise the blog in occasional postings on TMP and the OSW wargaming Yahoo Group, I simply wasn't ready to re-focus my efforts on painting, researching, writing and the other activities that are relevant to this blog. I think I am now ready to begin trying to function again, but I hope that you will bear with me, as we do still have pending legal matters that will probably occupy my thoughts and time facing us. Thank you again for your patience and certain individuals for your concerns. At least for now, I remain;
Sir William the Aged