Der Alte Fritz stated most eloquently, "Don't do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "
Monday, December 26, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
After some long soul searching, (and the grinding pressures of the economy), I have come to the realization that I do really love 40mm as a scale of choice, and since my Prince August Homecast project is coming along well, I am seriously considering offering my entire 25mm RSM/Minden Imaginations collection for sale!?
Those of you have enjoyed the exploits of the Konigreich der Bleiherzen and the Grand Duchy of Grolstein over the past years, fear not as a change in scale will not mean these two most bellicose of little nations will disappear from the Lead Gardens. But it might mean the troops gain in stature from 25/28mm to 40mm...That being said, anyone who is interested in a buying really nice, beautifully painted, collection of miniatures Imaginations/Old School style, please feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com
|The Real Deal-Classic style!|
I'm having to write this under the influence of a stout martini, because it's a bit painful to contemplate the necessary end of an era...but upwards and onwards...! Huzza!
|10mm Panzer Brigade 107 circa 1944|
...and finally I've got some 28mm civilians (unpainted Blue Moon and Eureka up for auction on ebay):
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I was not expecting to buy anything,
just a quick to look see...
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a clean new copy of Knotel's "Uniforms of the World",
and for only eight tiny dollars.
Away to the checkout I flew like a flash,
Tore open my wallet and drew out the cash.
The owner was skinny not chubby, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And ran my debit card, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, this card should work!
He sprang to his chair, to himself gave a whistle,
And away I flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere I walked out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"
...for me I'll be tucked with this new treasure in my bed,
while visions of new uniforms dance in my head...
Happy Holiday Hunting Everyone!
(...my sincere apologies to Clement Clarke Moore and my readers as I am no poet, it's true!)
Sunday, December 11, 2011
|The Lorraine Regiment, Commanded by the Marquis de Villeroy- two "companies" of 16 plus an 8 man company of grenadiers following, so really the line companies are more like historical "wings"|
|Lorraine grenadier company...these are some of the older molds that PA offers. They are a bit flatter than the newer molds but I think they still look pretty cool.|
|The Marquis de Montrimal leads two squadrons of the Royal Roussion Cavalerie|
|Grenadier company of the 12th Foot|
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
In the few months that I have been away from the blog, I've taken up 40mm home casting in a serious way by virtue of a storage room clean-out of piles of old figures that instead of trying to unload on ebay (which seems to be really flat these days...) I got the notion to buy a few Prince August molds and turn those old figures into new 40mm stuff. I've got a lot of metal that I accumulated over the years and it has really played out in the casting as I don't have to buy metal ingots.
I've managed to build a basic old school horse and musket force (both sides) for almost nothing save the start-up cost of the molds. I decided that since I had already collected a nice 25mm collection of 18th century Imaginations, that I would base this new collection on historical SYW French and English units with a few fictitious light infantry and such to spice it up a bit. In that effort the fantastic Seven Years War website was my weapon of choice as far as units, painting, as well as names of commanders and such. Much more on this throughout the month. But suffice to say, classic gaming is alive and well here at the Lead Gardens!
|British 12th Regiment of Foot|
These are some images of the Prince August castings. I have been much inspired by the blog Ilkley Old School and Battlegame of the Month in this endeavor which is really great if you've not had a chance to read these two fantastic blogs.
|The mighty 12th Foot... 2 wings of 16 plus a grenadier company (8 figures) in all it's glory!|
I'll be sure to post better pics and more comprehensive battle reports this holiday season since I have some time away from work (...the academic's life has it's perks...)
In the meantime it seems I literally can't seem to give away a collection of nice 10mm WWII Pendraken stuff!? on eBay...so I'm giving up on the ebay thing and I'm posting some pics of them here and if any of my faithful readers are interested just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and make me an offer...here are some pics (just ask me for a detailed list if you are interested)...they are painted to a high level and I know you'll love these minis if you are in to this scale!
All the best for your Holiday Season!—littlejohn