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I think the system does encourage the maintaining of a reserve.
Absolutely it does! Keith has got a formula that works- previously I’d played with a bunch of ppl whose declaration of action was to period play, not rules play.
Keiths adroit skills with his SYW expertise has brought the ‘attrition’ game into play; as long as players have some of the basic knowledge of the era and dont go messing about, all our games have been quite enjoyable. As shown even my ‘rigged’/ umpireless game worked well. If I’d won it would have been a really tragedy for the Austrians!
With a long list of rules underour belts, SoE has been accepted for a number of reasons as a BP replacement.
Update with another game- mine a few weeks ago.
With 50/50 hits prob you just can’t tell. Here we had an arriving ‘flank’ marching force [actually it was merely a separate road of advance for the ‘army’ involved].
The French were in retreat and to retire to their base line. These two battalions and a Kurassier [Austrians] did more damage than the rest of the army put together [another 8 batts/ 2 cav / 2 arty] who didn’t quite make full contact with my French.
The Austrians flank force heavy cavalry charged the arrogant French lines who stood before them. [Here you see a combined regiment but it was all Kurassiers!].
I decided NOT to form square and chose to test for ‘opportunity fire’ for the close in support rear battalion. It passed and therefore could fire at the attackers (perfectly reasonable given the period and distance). Both battalions only got the 3 out of 4 hits- pretty good which caused 6 hits- bringing the chargers to a withering halt.
Despite their great dice advantage, the player rolled poorly only getting 1 hit on my infantry. Because higher/ lower counts, not the quantity, they recoiled. Lucky for them my small Chasseur regiment in the rear was just that bit too far away to charge them.
Given this is exactly what happened at Austerlitz and other battles where infantry stood in confidence, the result seems characteristic. I still lost the game, as the rest of my outnumbered infantry was crushed/ routed and I had no reserves than these poor sods that had one lucky fire!
This was a larger game than we had previously played out of about 8-9 and with a more specific scenario (the retreat in advance of a mass advance)- all based on Neys withdrawl from Ampfing in 1800, the day before Hohenlinden.
Our battle started like this- two French battalions vs the Austrian Army- time to leave…
With a flank assault; two battalions broken and mounting losses the French couldn’t have held much longer as the Austrians had the reserves to go on.
Thus after 8 moves and 3 3/4 hours fighting and marching, we called it an Austrian victory.
Research- J’étais Soldat de Napoléon!
A lot of examples, and that’s 200 of them, of research and decades of sweat has gone into it by the owner/ millionaire collector and author.
Complete with superb descriptions of not only the source, bona-fides and historical errors and mistakes that haunted some pieces, but explanations of the deals and trades that had to be made in the science of ‘Aquisitions’ (Ferengi cf).
Glorious full page captures, like this custom-made (of course) dolman of a General de Brigade of the Cavalerie Legére. Take the colour as gospel- it is not ‘French/ Royal/Empire’ blue! Full colour of the pelisse with brown fox fur as well!
Tells a much bigger story in the close up photos and excellent colour depictions; with a high degree of fluid text describing attributes; far more value I’d say than half a dozen so called traditional ‘artwork’ type prints and books that cover huge swathes of subjects.
More importantly, having been 34 years since I was in Europe/ France doing my research in multiple cities and museums- as well as private visits to collectors– if you can’t or havent been- this is the next best thing! Honestly, you will be repaid for the cost of it.
My thanks to Marcus Stein @ http://www.napoleon-online.de/ for facilitating my purchase- some French businesses just won’t make sales outside of France! Go figure! SO mine had to come ex-Berlin!
Simply breathtaking, well worthy of my 65th birthday (near when it eventually arrived) ~ Covid style~ two months later than expected.
(3d Artillery Regt.) Battery-Company:
Col. Kudryatsev. (Who apparently ran away from the battle!).
In the days setting sun, reflecting off the snows, the battery sans pieces rests after their matt spray was applied.
I had to correct the pompoms to add the white bases, but overall I am pleased to have them done. The ‘snow’ -two layers of pure white aquarium sand is rock hard -dabbed into fluid PVA looks good to me.
I think the real point is that by 1815 everyone was tired of war!
The discourse between commanders- neither experienced nor upstarts, was the
firstgreatest problem. As the Austrians showed for decades, that causes the lesser mortals to be sacrificed.
You had me worried for a moment… sorry for your loss.
Yes I’ve run clubs and affairs going back to 1977, and you have to have lots of willing unpaid support and try at least to make a profit to sustain the impetus- like any business really.
But I fear its a lost cause these days as micros have been overtaken by video etc. Even when given a free pass to attend a major show here, the current whiners on the committee refused the offer! I’d have gone and put a demo on, but there was no support! Sad affairs…
d17/10/2022 at 00:12 in reply to: [Fr 1805] Men of ‘La Garde’ and Staff (Etat-Major). #179158
He was chef de brigade at 27, and dead at 39 I reckon your almanac is wrong.
Indeed- chef de brigade = Colonel 1803.
The official Empire Government issued Almanach wrong- blimey!
I think as Jeff explains somewhere, he started with obscure and moved into more ‘Mythbuster’ territory as some of the information was, ahh, inconsistent or unsubstantiated perhaps.
So as much about solving the unsighted, as perhaps not always obscure! But yes, he’s fostered a following and I certainly appreciated his detail on Hohenlinden. Made the battle, and time, that much more accessible and understandable.
Such that I have a time warp going on; a portion of my 1805 French [army] will eventually field as Armée du Rhin 1800.
Regards davew16/10/2022 at 06:08 in reply to: [Fr 1805] Men of ‘La Garde’ and Staff (Etat-Major). #179138
I thought I’d posted this before… Another of those, hmmmm, moments…
In doing a command for the premiere unit, Les Grenadiers de la Garde Imperiale, one Major-Col Dorsenne was an experienced officer and much valued.
In ‘my’ command bases I include the actual ADCs, despite this being notionally a ‘regimental’ command, nevertheless they were Generals in the Garde.
Sous Lieut Dorsenne Ofc [LOH]
Sous Lieut Germanouski Ofc [LOH]
*(Source 1806 Almanach_dw)
A problem exists in that he has no children recorded, and only married in 1808.
I’ve trawled both military, Lenoire and genealogy sites to no avail.
Anyone have a source of clarification about who the ‘younger’ Dorsenne may be? And how could an Almanach be wrong? Quelle horreur!
This command base is being developed along with a probable launch of the regiments second battalion later on…
Another site of some detail, though not all articles 100% accurately portrayed, but of a breadth that is truly useful, is FrenchEmpire.net
External Reference. Highly recommended. Although off site this is a great and consistently well run web site with good information and should be used regularly with confidence.
Combining passion for Napoleonic military history with technical skills and a desire for a better encyclopedia of French officers, Nathan D. Jensen designed and built this entire site as the architect, designer, and writer. As an historian he is a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society . He works on the site in his spare time.
[But there is a change updater record!]-Hasn’t been updated for a year but as I write, well worth a regular visit.
As he’s focussed on bios for the ‘Arc de Triomphe’ names, useful enough for that alone. Often, it’s not when they became ‘famous’, but what they did beforehand.
cheers dave15/10/2022 at 21:58 in reply to: Look what my daughter found this time (start brag) #179133
Indeed, a true family treasure 🙂
Nice work, however none of my rules have any use for my stormtrooper Grenadiers to pillage markets!
Reading Mikaberidzes’ fine authorship, I was interested to read about the beginnings of one famous Russian :
Davidov, young hussar officer… seconded to Aide to Prince Bagration (1807)
“But this very field offered another disgraceful sight that shattered my very soul. As I mentioned, we were on the site of the battle of Mohrungen … Driven by curiosity, I examined the field of battle. I first travelled along our position and then visited the enemy one. I could see where the gunfire and attacks were most intense based on the number of corpses that covered the ground in those areas. Colonel Alexsey Yermolov commanded the artillery of our advance guard and its fire had devastated, in the fullest sense of this word, infantry columns and lines of the enemy cavalry that lay in heaps near the village Pfaresfeldschen, lying stricken by cannonballs and canister in the same order as they advanced or stood during the battle.”
I had associated the name with being THAT cossack officer… funny if not scary incident soon after…
“No longer expecting any help from the Cossacks, I was supremely confident in the prowess of my steed. Filled with anger against a total stranger who, God knows, was simply carrying out his duty and obligations just like myself, I drew closer to him, brandishing my sword and swearing at him in French as loudly and expressively as possible. I challenged him to leave his line and engage me unassisted in a combat. He swore back at me and offered the same conditions; but neither of us took up the challenge and we both stayed rooted to the spot. But it must be said that I had, in fact, strayed quite a distance from the Cossacks and was within only three or four horse bounds away from the French flanquers while the [enemy] officer was within the flanquers’ line itself. To be honest, I have done everything to deserve to be patted on the head but also yanked by the ears from my horse.
At that moment a Cossack uryadnik [non-commissioned officer] galloped over to me, exclaiming: ‘Why are you swearing, Your Honour? That’s a sin! Fighting is a sacred business and swearing in battle is like swearing “inside a church. God will punish you! You will perish and so will we. Please, better go back to where you came from!’ Only then did I realise the absurdity of my pretension to be a Trojan hero and rode back to Prince Bagration.”
Excerpt From: Alexander Mikaberidze. “Russian Eyewitness Accounts of the Campaign of 1807.” iBooks.
A very brief bio, and it misses any reference to his memoires, but explains why I thought he was Cossack, actually ennobled Tatar, if he ‘designed’ the resistance to N. invasion… quite interesting…
Well I can only apologise for the two months delays… life has certainly been throwing bricks, and then I have a limited attention span sometimes ;-?
So here are the full size pics of ‘5’ models for you to examine. Sorry the ‘flash’ ones could possibly be redone now we have a lot more sunlight to use! Navigate left and right to see all round views.
Finally, a repeat of the slightly updated GDV Hulin model- a Minifigs ‘Garde Impériale’ General-Commandant of the Grenadiers.
by DaveW, on Flickr. Album: https://tinyurl.com/davew-Flickr-Collection
Trust these may help
I’m perfectly happy to use proxies. That said, I am one of those dilettanti who are entertained by such curiosities. For instance, it gave me great pleasure to discover that Jellacic’s Grenzers at Schwechat in 1848 were not wearing their usual uniforms, as these had either been worn out by campaigning or else never issued in the first place, so they borrowed the line infantry’s change of uniform.
And I agree- my Grenz for 1805 also, because I simply can’t believe they were ALL ISSUED new uniforms because of ‘rules’, have diverse colours and shades as best I can make without going into complete ‘re-make’ mode. Besides I bought my WF ‘skirmishing’ type models 20 years ago and am sticking with them.
Given a one battalion regiment [Bröder Grenz Regiment #7], I only discovered in the last 5 years, was an amalgame of the two battle weary and worn battalions from the short campaign- so they should be pretty dishevilled and lacking in the uniformity. Contrast that with another regiment taken from the Army Reserve that hadn’t been on campaign, which may well have been more ‘regularly’ appointed.
**PLDs comments on Drummers and Tete du Colonne for de Ligne regiments seem to be hitting a chord. That is, coloured facings were in the minority of regiments.
If at all most regimental drummers continued to use the lace distinctions cited for 1786 (ie yellow lace around facings; or special embroidered lace with zig-zag designs); wings and not epaulettes etc.
Damn! Now I’ve got to repaint half my cavalry!
Well what righteous gamer hasn’t already????
I use Citadel now- when the sun comes up I’ll shoot the bottle and show ye!
Post Edit Thoughts: On the de Marbot illustration, the most heinous crime appears overlooked- that is that the regiment were mounted on blacks, as best fit, and in 1804, in Paris, I’m sure they were… didn’t stay that way of course. [We know they ‘rejected’ unfit for use Prussian mounts in 1806/07 for instance] .
No-one is saying we need to be 100% accurate in our ‘modern’ interpretations of such matters- I merely point out that again, ‘norms’ are moving targets, and some of us are happy to engage such issues- otherwise why would I bother customising an entire armies worth of French? I feel guilty having so many shakoes in it…
And what hue is aurore anyway?
Colloquially- sunrise orange.
Most often quoted in Brit as salmon-pink, yet is nothing like it IMO. Look at any extant Marin de la Garde habit/ shako and you can see. Also the Chasseur á Chev chez Musée de l’armee (foyer?).
Can’t agree with some; it’s a critical part of the history- whether you bother or not. NO, I am not interested in playing matchsticks battles nor anything chess like.
I haven’t seen any discussion here, may be news to some but others not. Whatever rattles ya cage….
And here I thought it was a serious web comment… 😡
Eh? Personally I’d visit the local little girls hobby shop and purloin a few of the glass things they’re attracted to…:-/
I hesitated to reply, given every book and reference that I own in 40 odd years has always shown such, in mostly official diagrams, one way or another. Many subject authors punt them out …
OTOH I’ve never seen a single reference to Austrians deploying standards at the ends; it even seems like a SYW thing to do perhaps. More likely some bad translation of positioning of guide banners and not regimental artefacts.
I used the above linked data, and several similar/ uodates on same. In designing my ‘new’ backdated 1805 Russians I decided I’d pretty them up and designate two banners per battalion, as 1805 was technically the last year they did carry company style, two per bn in the line. I came up with this as placement- simply because I don’t want a top heavy element; nor covering those beautifully embroided banners with two side by side.
Per the given translation, or guessing, in battle the ‘Emperors’ white colour was in the 3rd rank, not the first. Doubtless on parade it would be in front. The naive drawing represents both column and line.
My interpretation anyway… cheers d
Sorry you’ll have to explain more.
Is this something new, or from last Century?
Yes they seem a common thought but then so few make it, apart from the ‘known’ elite.
Indeed I cant fathom the arithmetic of it… commercial limits cited with crushing punitive one-man-band sites. I see they say Lithuania as the company site.
Certainly wasn’t me either !- if I visit 3 times a month its about all.
*having to move the current club WP site somewhere too.*
Many years ago … Since I’ve focused on smaller skirmish in the 1990s… Then I found that for nearly all contexts they attracted other similar troops that other players already had …or decided to have. One example the late 16th C. Wars of Religion for which I painted about twenty figures some years ago, intending to run only very small games with them; and when I began to display them other players suddenly unearthed from their hidden and almost forgotten reserves, or bought and painted, much more.
I’d painted 17 figures, a dozen mounted knights and some dismounted, expecting to make an ‘alternate’ time travel Medieval force- however after 20 years in the shadows I gave them to a friend who also, was going to create a force.
Then last year I asked him- what are you doing with those knights? Nothing he said- he already had so many projects he couldn’t get completed, so he gave them back to me!
And to boot, he dredged out another 200 figures of the same brand, partly painted second hand from yet another old local friend. So I quickly catalogued these and began a slow path toward DBMM.
While these remain in the background to my Napoleonics, I have purchased a modest amount of ancilliary figures and types to complete a somewhat hypothetical, almost irreverent, ‘historical force’ according to rule lists (which I despise as much as pumpkin!):
The project list, GInormous! On the desk [aka computer and work desk], 25/28mm Napoleonics:- 1805 Russian Artillery foot company (CRM figs) ditto Russian jaeger bn (Eureka in bicornes) French- various ADC figs; various other commands, incl for the 10e Legere mounted officers; special corps customised figs; misc horses for same, and main demand, chasseurs of the 10e Legere (most of the elite companies and commands completed- two battalions). Plus finalising French, Russian and Austrian gun/ arty models that have lain dormant for a long while. All reaching the final touches… cheers dave —
As of SEPTEMBER- –
While I’m not proud of my lack of progress over the dull Winter days-
- the CRM Russian Artillery company (all 12 figures) got completed and based, albeit falsely using 6 pounders as the ‘heavy guns await.
- The 3/5th Jaeger have edged foward- given 7 new figures had to be brought along the trail… to complete the unit and deploy before November.
- The miscellany of French ADC’s and staff have also quietly crept along. None will get an early ‘mounting’ as such, but that leaves the actual ‘commanders’ to be individually worked on.
- The poor 10eme Legere… two years development and barely touched. [Add those revised cavalry ‘elites’ into the same category- the big 3 that mostly deserve attention I promised myself…].
- However, tinkering and sample painting on the ‘Allied’ forces when I’m ignoring the balance of the French isn’t good enough- so I pulled out a 3/4s done battalion for the 1/108 de ligne (1800/ 1805- Davouts Corps) and with a game due in a week will get them completed and based by Sunday. All the fusiliers anyway including specialty ‘eclaireurs’; the elite companies for 1805 will be painted from scratch afterwards.
So, one could say there’s been a little action, but not a lot of progress- sounds like some of my historical life reviews… :~)
Werry inter-westing… quick draw Magraw… 🙂
Well a bit more scurrying around the depths of interwebs and one finds some more clarification:
B) The creation of the Danube Legion
September 8, 1799, it is decided to create a new legion Polish, who this time must serve in Germany. The general Kniazniewicz is appointed head of this legion. In order not to live again the same event in Mantua, the convention of 7 Fructidor Year VII considers Polish soldiers serving in this legion to be French soldiers.
The Danube Legion is divided into two forces, one in Strasbourg under the orders of General Moreau, the other in Mayence under the command of General Klein.
They return to campaign on April 30, 1800. This legion served in Germany until the signing of the Treaty of Lunville, February 9, 1801 (20 Pluvise Year IX). Once again, the Poles are sidelined. Once again, to raises the question for France of the usefulness of the Polish legions.
So we have a title, origins and some clarity on where this legion sits when almost all English language info resides around the various uses and creations that occured solely in the Italian domains.
I also had in my possession, yet without specific linking of facts, an illustration of their alleged uniforms. Were such as newly raised ‘foreign’ troops really this well dressed in a time of war?:
The abuse of their subsequent roles as detritus cannon fodder hauled off to the West Indies comes under the ‘Inconvenient Truth’ banner of colonialism and corruption.
And again, Jonathan… they really want yer munney… 😉
RUSSIAN GUARDS 1805
Yet another research topic- this one appears an excellent article but needs a decent translation to English, as both the automated version of translator and an alternate, rather better usually, cant cope with the dialect or idiom of two centuries ago:
I had already saved the pics on my first or earlier visit, but I need to create cross links and refs [one very good reason for keeping the obscure gibberish/ titles of online data].
My only serious interest here was the Jaeger Battalion,
Agree on these points, but calling anyone from the outer side of the planet is like missions to Mars- expensive and delay prone waste of … resources.
I learnt many years ago, having found the pics/ illustrations of suitable figures, to take a copy of these (some bizarre sites, mostly US based, PREVENT YOU from saving a pic.. so screenshot is next) and keep my own record.
Whilst I have done this for ‘known’ replacements/ increments, the next units may not be….
So while I have pics of xxx 12 pounders in various guise, if they’ve been changed/ remastered (and some need it) I’m annoyingly unaware…
My fallback has been the second hand fora and rare are the opportunities. I heartily recommend Ian Hinds and his topheavy, but prolificly illustrated site: https://www.hindsfiguresltd.com/Figures-For-Sale.html
I’m enjoying, to some extent, in that I can usually* but not always get books that have been published long ago (say 20 years when I stopped caring) and can pick up from someone elses collection.
*Usually, because, well, sellers leave their catalogues online and induce payments- even though they dont have THE actual items they sell you- in any other case such a matter would be theft, or at least robbery, (covered elsewhere…).
Obviously publishing has changed immensely with technology improvements [and licensing payment I guess] as ‘reprints’ of modern works are now de rigeur.
I’ll just add some modelling… the very centre of the Russian ‘advance’ at Austerlitz was one Heavy Battery-
CRM ‘Early Russian’ artillery in uniform and greatcoats. Shown with 6 pounders and not the heavier 12s yet available. Following others I’ve used a grey rather than pure black for shakoes, but didn’t like the ‘lines’ or splodges effect so made them wholly grey, with peaks retouched in black.
Of course the figures aren’t truly ‘early’ as they have 1808 styles fittings however as a style thats ok for me. I varied the costumes deliberately and applied not quite ‘regulation’ things like yellow cuffs on greatcoats etc. and mixed the placements of a ‘working’ company.
The snow effect I hope is reasonable as I’ve used a double layer of pure white aquarium sand for coverage at exorbitent expense [when compared to the ‘free’ sand] I’ve stolen from local beaches and ‘purified’ myself 🙂
Trust you like them, only my second ‘official’ full Russian unit supporting the Kaiserliks all around them, cheers
Yes agree, superb modelling. And now for the ‘weathering’… 🙂
I think to me the word “deserve” feels too demanding.
You may be correct to a point, however I’m not a self-pretentious yuppie or GenZ expectantly awaiting everything being handed to me on a plate or on demand.
The societal norms have been well and truly broken by the ‘entitled’ classes demanding whatever they want. Hence former rock stars/ celebs/ wealthy going to jail, or committing suicide themselves, because what they were doing was found to be ‘unreasonable’ in social context, regardless of laws. You only have to look at the idiotic results of US leadership to see how blatently perverted ‘reasonable’ has become.
And the most unfortunate side effect of technolgy acceptance and availability is the notion that everything you see is the truth. When clearly snapshots cannot define the full story, yet people are persuded, indeed the gullible, conned. The innocent also get affected by such malice or deceit being perpetrated. But I digress…
All I’m suggesting is that those who broker themselves as ‘merchants’ should, reasonably, make available their wares and profer such support as pictures [!] so you don’t have to answer idiot enquiries when the product is not clear.
cheers… normal transmission may now resume ____
How could Suvorov not have been a consummate general of significance to undo, defeat and outwit [some of ] the same French commanders [themselves no fools] who’d taken part under Bonaparte?
I wrote that not realising that MOST of the French in Italy were in fact a ‘replacement’ army- as the Directory was wont to do- transferred and subordinated Moreau and the Army of the Rhine (1798-99) to Italy due to B.’s extraction of his own Army of Italy, to Egypt!
It shows the enormous self control and humility of Moreau in that HE was placed second in command to other French generals, when he himself had been General en Chef. He not only stayed with the Army voluntarily, but willingly supported and cooperated with his new ‘Chiefs’, at first Scherer and then Joubert.
Thus we read of a malcontent MacDonald playing smart and attempting to penetrate the flank of the Allies, only to be forced into a battle where he very nearly was killed, and with two wounds serious enough to pass over command and rendered incapacitated for at least 4 days.
He’d decided to lead forward a cavalry squadron in reconnaisance at Modena on 12 June 1799 and crossed swords with ironically, the Bussy Chasseurs, an emigre unit.
Because according to Duffy he’d become tangled in his horses tackle he was unable to draw his own sabre (comanders of the era rarely wore swords) and so was unable to defend himself, receiving a head wound and an arm injury. He was only saved by his companions quick action AND a grenadier battalion nearby ‘cutting down’ most of the enemy chasseurs.
This experience must have chastened MacDonalds future enthusiasm and he later left the army to convalesce back in France.
I see nothing in the book that gives any impression of poor or unprofessional actions by either Russian regiments who had marched over 1000 leagues nor the Austrian rank and file in Italy. Their commanders and ‘political’ issues however, abound.
but I don’t thik anyone deserve anything. The service provided is what the business wants to provide, if I’m not happy with it I’ll simply not buy there again. Being at the whims of the business can be frustrating
There’s clearly a disconnect when you cant buy models that you want to match. Yes I’ve been ‘gamed’ by sellers and dont use them ever again and privately steer others away. Like the guys who sell ‘fake’ flags- wrong designs and wording- most of their customers wouldnt give a toss. Why I spent 25 years making and painting my own…
As to the arrogance of doing what they want and not ‘feeding’ the populace, well they will blithely carry on doing that and eventually die and its all gone again.
Service means a lot, and it comes with rewards, in better sales. “People” appreciate being listened too, and reward can be a fulfillment all of its own.
As someone who has a few dormant ranges bought from other people, I will say that all of them have defects that need rectifying before being brought back into production.
Thanks for the input Ian- [its NOT YOU!] I do actually understand all that [and have been on that side of the fence back in 90’s; same time I taught myself hand coding html etc. and assisted/trained mostly free of charge people to learn and use/ repair software glitches for Macintosh.
I think your recognition of problems to ‘correct’ isn’t always as pervasive; in my case I know what I want, and I’m trying to match older ranges too, so some ‘support’ would be appreciated. The previous owner couldn’t have been more helpful for some clutz the other side of the planet. In return I added other things that I might not have otherwise bought from him (quid pro quo?).
>>I also want to cast a vote for ‘Most of the sellers I have dealt with have been AOK’
>> Personally I have found most wargaming companies, including the one-person, part-time, operations to be streets ahead in service terms compared to most on-line sellers.
I don’t disagree with either of these comments and wasn’t my intention to slander all ‘one-man shops’ in the same boat. As for on-line- its merely a presentation point for sales for me; thus if you are going to catalogue, at least do it properly!
Similarly I don’t engage with the mass-produced latest gimmicky ‘complete’ armies that require no effort to accumulate from boxes.
However, benchmark producers like Perrys’, and others, DO a superior job. Witness my recent quick fire order arriving in 12 days !! Superb.
Another ‘old hand’ book business [with staff but apparently no morals] took my money this year, shipped nothing, couldn’t be bothered telling me for a month that in fact they didn’t have the books you could order on-line. Offered alternatives we had to try 6 different titles before I got any value from my ‘purchase’. Even then I felt I was ripped off. That is apparently the level of fraud being committed via credit card charging these days.
And yes I too do go back to postal notes [payment] and letters to the maker back in the 70’s. Of course I could buy Airfix locally, but painting them was such a pain!
Hello from New Zealand Javier !
Excellent work and like you I work with the lowest cost, recyclable and re-use forms and materials I can. Unfortunately we do not get ‘fine’ grade polystyrene here in nz, so a lot of work has to be covered with wall paste and other materials.
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