Thursday, 23 October 2014

What's that coming over the hill....

Dan Morgan and friends contemplate a career change as they spy a horde of shiny redcoat veterans on the march.

is it a monster Gilder AWI update? Could be.....

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Fantastic Soldered Soldiers

The above are a sample of the British Legion dragoons Doug Mason created for me last year. Despite there being only 2 castings in the Hinchliffe range (an officer and trooper) Doug has created a unit of 24 figures where each is different. Of all the conversions i think the trooper with pistol and dangling sword is my favourite, and something of a Mason trademark.

All in all another great example of what is possible with fairly basic raw material, if you have the imagination (and a soldering iron).

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Jager von Mason

AWI Hessian Jager by Doug Mason. If you're familiar with the Hinchliffe range then you'll know that the Jager (AW31) is only available in a single pose (the rather static 'cocking rifle' pose as seen above in the lower picture, third figure from the right), so all of the variation you see above is the result of Doug's imagination and soldering iron. Great stuff!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Gilder and Waterloo 150

1965 was a big year for Napoleonic enthusiasts, none more so than a young Peter Gilder who proved to be a pivotal figure in two of our hobby's major commemorative events - the British Model Soldier Society Waterloo Convention, and Wargamers Newsletter's Military Festival.

First up two reports, from the BMSS periodical 'THE BULLETIN' (No 6 December 1965), on the Waterloo Convention (staged at the Rembrandt Hotel, London on 18th June), where PG  starred in the final of the BMSS national Napoleonic wargame competition:

Next, also from THE BULLETIN (this time No 3 June 1965), Donald Featherstone's report on his Military Festival (staged on the 20th March at Chelsea Barracks), where PG contributed to a demonstration wargame of Waterloo itself:

It strikes me how quickly (within a couple of years of discovering the hobby) Gilder had become a major figure in British wargaming. Of course the hobby was much smaller then, but it is testament to his great enthusiasm and talent nevertheless (and getting on with Don Featherstone would have helped too!).

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Battleground in the TV Times

An article from the TV Times previewing Battleground. Thanks to Roy Lowson for sending it in.

Monday, 14 October 2013

My Hero 2

The future MP for Liverpool by Doug Mason.

Every chap of good taste wants his own miniature Banastre Tarleton, and i am no exception. Luckily  the legend of paint brush and soldering iron that is Doug Mason kindly agreed to create one for me. The basic figure is the Suren British Legion officer (armed with trademark pin sabre) mounted on a Hinchliffe horse (my favourite of the 'dramatic' Gilder horses) that he controls via wire reins (another Mason trademark).

Every sensible scouser turns up to a fight mob-handed, and our future MP for Liverpool is no exception - the British Legion cavalry are hot on his heels. These, and other DM creations, will feature as soon as i've based them up.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

'A Military Gentleman' now on general sale

John Ray's masterpiece is now available to anyone who missed the pre-launch offer. In short: if you can afford it then buy it, you will not be disappointed.

The hobby has not seen the like of this book before, and won't again (unless perhaps John does another). John and his team have taken the journal of an officer who served in Europe and America, dramatised his story, and illustrated it with literally hundreds of plates, sketches and photographs of John's vast collection of 30mm bespoke figures, buildings, ships and terrain. You get land and naval battles, sieges, vignettes and civilian scenes. Every element of this work is superb, no corners have been cut. It's even physically impressive: a solid 'Troiani sized' (approx 12" by 9") hardback of over 300 pages.

The nearest comparison that comes to mind is Curt Johnson's 'Battles of the American Revolution' but it's a poor comparison - 'A Military Gentleman' blows Johnson out of the water and into the outer atmosphere.

So, if you are an 18th century wargamer, appreciate state of the art sculpting, modelling and painting, or just enjoy a beautifully produced book, then go on, spoil yourself......