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Thursday, 29 August 2013

A thank you....

I think it is very gratifying that so many wargamers have taken the time to reply to my musings, ie last nights post.
 Its also nice that while we have different views, we [ I mean wargamers] know that playing with soldiers, is really a wonderful but harmless hobby.
Thinking about it more deeply, I have to admit I am attracted by the ' glamour' of war.
What male wouldnt like to don the uniform of Napoleon's Chasseur a Cheval of the Garde.
 Bugger the fact he tried to take over Europe, he knew how to dress his men to look good. It still doesnt make my love of military history and playing with toy soldiers somehow wrong. Far from it really.
 Anyway thanks for all the comments, and yes Andy I will be at Gateshead, hopefully buying more soldiers.
 Which leads my indirectly on to a Kevin Bacon moment, ie favourite uniforms throughout history.
 In Achtung Schweinhund, Harry Pearson [ where is he by the way?] talked of Blandfords military uniforms of the world book and his top ten of uniforms in the book.
 Well, in third place, I have to admit I have a huge soft spot for the uniform of the Grenadiers of the 7th regiment from the kingdom of Naples, ie the regiment Africa, 1812. The white bearskin, and yellow facings always looked the dogs bollocks, ignoring the fact they weren't very good troops.
 In second place is the attire of any Polish winged hussar, especially if they are resplendent in a tiger skin, not really a uniform per se, but its my list.
 In number one spot, and still there after twenty plus years, the Lancer de Berg, original uniform, of white and deep crimson. My definite babe magnet attire.

6 comments:

  1. Excellent Choice! It's my joint favourite along with the 2nd (Dutch) Guard Lancers. It's no use though, I've always managed to resist the temptation to buy any . . . until now . . . might be an idea?

    ;O)

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    1. I must admit I do like the Dutch lancers, but then I was always impressed by the Dutch Grenadiers, and domnt get me started on the Westphalians. God the French knew how to dress their soldiers.
      Thanks Robbie.

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    2. Dear Sir

      I am writing to you to invite you to Fayre Times Festival a brand new festival being held at Barlylands Essex in here in the UK.

      The festival is designed to bring together all forms of alternative hobbies such as table top, wargaming, larp, re-enactment, living history, paintball and many other hobbies that are quickly growing in the UK. We would like to extend an invitation to you to either promote your club with us this year over the weekend of the 21/22 of September. We are looking to attract 20,000 people and would like to give you the opportunity to showcase your group with us.

      If you are interested and would like more information please visit our website at www.fayretimesfestival.co.uk or alternatively you can contact me direct.

      Lukestill@fayretimesfestival.co.uk 07824832005

      Yours Faithfully

      Luke Still

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  2. I always remember Robert E Lee's comment here
    "Its is well that war is so terrible, else we should love it too much."

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  3. I'd forgotton that quote bt Robert E Lee and how so true. Napoleonic and Seven Years War to hell with anything other than the uniforms make it all worth while.
    Sorry no Gateshead, taking my close friend Lee to Partizan on Sunday, he was diagnosed with motor neurone last November and he has deteriorated quick and would like to go to this show.

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    1. ourselves at Partizan, no doubt we will Im certain you'll enjoy yourselves, no doubt we'll bump into each other this year.
      Thanks Robbie.

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My 6mm Napoleonic set up.

My 6mm Napoleonic set up.
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