Saturday, 29 June 2013


Every now and then you have a little piece of luck. My moment came recently when Iain at Flags of War sent me an e mail saying that I had won the above vignette in his May draw. To be honest I had not really been aware that I was entered in a competition but apparently my order for those Marlburian flags had made me eligible and so I was on the path to good fortune.

Painted by David Imrie, it consists of 14 Claymore Castings figures representing the death of Douglas. It shames me to say that I have no idea who Douglas was and why he met his fate at the hands of 9 poleaxe wielding men at arms. Nevertheless there he is right at the centre of the model breathing his last - he is actually quite hard to see but right in the centre of the lower picture you can see two silver legs, that's him. I think.

Apart from being a very nice piece it is a chance to study in some detail the work of a top notch painter. Colour combinations, style, points of detail - they are all in there. The finish is fantastic with none of the minor flaws I see in my own work. I should also say that the Flags of War standard and banner look superb. If you would like to see any more photos of any part of this then let me know.

So, many thanks to Iain and David for giving me the chance to win such a great diorama. And the opportunity to get so many good ideas from a piece that measures little more than 80mm x 120mm.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

More French

Am I being unfair to the French logistic system of 1815? This Battalion has a wide variety of greatcoat colours but I think it looks quite good as a result. It was interesting doing Perry metals and plastics alongside each other - would it be heresy to say that I prefer the latter? The metals, and I know it has been said before, require a lot of cleaning up and the figures have some very spiky detail. Anyway check them out on eBay at:


Thursday, 6 June 2013

Osprey? What?

Idly browsing through Amazon I thought I'd take a look to see if there are any reference books for Marlborough's Army. Naturally I thought that Osprey would fill the gap. I first looked at the French side of life to find a Louis XIV and his men on sale for £6.89 or thereabouts. This seems reasonable. Then I went to the British and 'Marlborough's Army'. £46.38. I'll repeat that just in case you think its a misprint. £46.38. I know we won and all that but really. £46 for an Osprey. How I laughed.