A little bonus blog post because I think I am one behind my one a week average, but nonetheless a nice little story.
Some time ago I cleared out some of my books and a amongst the mess I found two old ones about miniatures from the 1970s. I had no idea where they came from but thought that perhaps Henry Hyde would be interested in them. Maybe he would even give them a place in that famous Hyde book shelf!
One of them had a nice passage saying that…
“Materials for constructing the terrain are very easy to obtain in the model shops. Quite simply it is a matter of plundering the lore of half a century or more of railway modelling. The cheapest and the best ways of making realistic hills, valleys, roads, bridges, cottages and the like were developed long ago by our fathers and elder brothers.”
Henry said yes and I sent them to him. They seemed to arrive safe and sound.
The next scene is a flashback to my more younger self and having just bought my first Baccus 6mm GNW models. I was frantically looking for some guidance on how to paint them. A friend of mine gave me a some sheets of paper he had ripped out of a Battlegames magazine – the painting guide was of course overkill for the scale but this was my guiding star for those very first 6mm I painted.
Anyway and zooming back to more or less the present time and a few days after this a little box arrived from Henry and I could not believe my eyes when two very familiar gentlemen were in it.
They are now on permanent guard duty protecting my Great Northern War books.
A few notes:
The article “A brush with musketeers” can be found in the Battlegames Magazine, issue 7, and was written by Dave Robotham who also painted the miniatures. The miniatures are from the old Musketeer range sculpted by Bill Thornhill (not sure what happened to them?).
Henry Hyde is of course that guy who wrote the Wargames Compendium, edited Battlegames and Miniature Wargames amongst other things, and is now running a Patreon project (is that what you call it?) where you could join in – Battlegames the Spirit of Wargaming! There is a link to it here for you to check out.
Thanks again Henry!
In other news I have been doing some flight stands (completed some more planes) and ordered a hex mat for my winter and continuation war project. Here are some pictures. Links to previous postings on this subject can be found here and here.
Will write more about this project once the mat arrives.
/Hope that was of some interest